If there’s one thing we love more than most at Wedding Ideas it’s a celebrity wedding. Although there have been some real meringues (yes, we’re looking at you Katie Price), we’ve chosen 8 of our favourite celebrity wedding dresses that prove it’s possible to combine celebrity status and style perfectly…
Movie star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in what was a Hollywood dream come true. The bride’s dress was created by costume designer Helen Rose from silk taffeta and remains a classic today – in fact many commentators have said that the enduring elegance of Grace Kelly’s gown inspired Kate Middleton.
With a lace bodice, long sleeves and a full skirt, the dress was fit for a princess-to-be and has never looked dated since.
Dita Von Teese
If you’re contemplating wearing a coloured wedding gown, then burlesque artiste Dita Von Teese should be your inspiration – She wore a full-skirted gown in a rich purple designed by Vivienne Westwood. The dramatic colour showed off the bride’s creamy skin and dark hair to perfection.
Although it’s not a traditional-style wedding dress, it created a real sense of occasion and any bride would feel like a million pounds in a frock like this. If this is the route you want to take, check out names like Pronuptia, Ian Stuart and Vera Wang who make some fabulous frocks in unusual shades.
This was a wedding that took place in the vastness of St Paul’s Cathedral and Diana obviously felt she had to have a dress that would hold its own in the enormous interior.
Her wedding dress took up most of the interior of the Cinderella-like glass coach that carried her to the ceremony and the 25ft train had to be unfolded by her bridesmaids on the steps of the cathedral. While she looked beautiful on her wedding day, we think it was a dress that reflects the excesses of 80’s fashion – with big shoulders, ruffles and can’t-miss embellishments.
As she matured and developed her own look, Diana started wearing more fitted, elegant dresses by Catherine Walker, Azagury and Armani and looked particularly good in column style dresses, which suited her athletic figure. We think she’d have looked better in a wedding gown more like this but still, she was only 20 when she married and hadn’t developed her own style and confidence.
Queen Elizabeth II
There’s usually a collective sigh when everybody first sees the bride in her wedding gown and the British nation were all overwhelmed when they saw the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – looking blissfully happy at her marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947. Britain had just emerged from World War II and clothes rationing was still in place (even for the Royals), so the public had sent in their own clothing coupons to enable Princess Elizabeth to have the dress of her dreams.
Another trendsetter. Jessica looked like a classic bride – with one small difference. She chose a blush pink for her wedding gown by Giambattista Valli and we have to say, we loved it. It’s very bridal, very feminine but just with that accent of difference. If you don’t suit white or ivory then a pale pastel could be the way forward – we’re thinking blush pink like Jessica, or a pale blue?
According to bridal boutique owner Ellie Sanderson, the Royal Family generally get it right when it comes to classic wedding dresses. They don’t follow fashion but go for a timeless look. Look at the wedding dress of Princess Margaret from 1960 and you’ll have a perfect example of this. It was designed by couturier Norman Hartnell and created from silk organza.
Princess Margaret had a slight frame, which Hartnell understood and he kept the details on the frock to a minimum so that she wouldn’t look swamped. Life magazine called it ‘the simplest royal wedding gown in history’. Not such a bad thing, because you could wear it today without looking dated. If you want to see the dress, go along to the display of royal wedding dresses at Kensington Palace in London.
Kate has been around fashion long enough to know what suits her and we loved her unstructured wedding dress created by John Galliano. Kate herself described it as ‘Rock and Roll Gatsby’. Created from chiffon, tulle, lace and sequins, it moved beautifully and made Kate look like a Goddess. We loved it.
and finally… Kate Middleton
Absolutely stunning. A dress fit for a Queen in waiting. Designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, this dress was all about the shape and the lace. It’s actually a relatively simple design and will look good in photographs for years to come. Kate kick-started a new trend for lace in wedding dresses and sleeves have come back into fashion big time since then. A design that makes us proud of British design at its best!
So there we are. Eight wedding dresses for eight famous brides. What’s your wedding style going to be? Why not chat with other brides on our Forum to see how they’re getting along with their decisions?