What bride-to-be hasn’t daydreamed about posing for a photoshoot, in the season’s best designer wedding dresses, à la Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City? Some of the best wedding dress moments that come to mind are from the films we’ve seen, and we’re listing the top gowns from our favorite movies! For those looking for bridal inspo or just a good rom-com to watch, scroll through to see how Hollywood and the movie business do wedding dresses.
In the 1931 film, the character Elizabeth (played by Mae Clarke) wears a long-sleeve lace gown, by Vera West, to attempt to escape Frankenstein’s monster . . . that train isn’t the best accessory for fleeing, but it does make for a dramatic look. One woman’s impractical fashion choice is another’s bridal inspiration.
Gone With the Wind
Designer Walter Plunkett made Scarlett O’Hara’s dress, from the 1939 classic, ill-fitting on purpose. As the storyline goes, O’Hara’s groom, Charles Hamilton, was off to war soon, so the wedding was a rushed one, and the bride borrowed her mother’s gown. How commendable to stay so in-character with the wardrobe choices.
The Father of the Bride
In the original 1950 film, Helen Rose designed Elizabeth Taylor’s character’s iconic wedding dress. Rose also designed Taylor’s own gown for her wedding to Conrad Hilton, Jr. and that of Grace Kelly to wed Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Sophia Loren and Cary Grant fell in love on the set of The Pride and the Passion, and their chemistry lasted through the filming of this movie as well. While Loren and Grant didn’t wed in real life, their characters in House Boat did, and the character of Cinzia Zaccardi wears this Edith Head dress down the aisle. The high-neck, structured bodice, soutache on net overlay gown with a full skirt was a sight to behold and sold at auction for $12,500.
While not an actual wedding scene, Fanny Brice (played by Barbara Streisand) wears this gown, stuffed with a pillow, to perform “His Love Makes Me Beautiful.” The floral-trimmed dress is by Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning costume designer Irene Sharaff.
In the final wedding scene, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character wears a silk crepe dress with embroidered net sleeves and an empire waist, which became popular after the film’s release. “It’s an honor to launch a trend . . . But the dress is meant for young women with perfect figures like Emma, as the style is not very forgiving,” says Ruth Myers, the dress’s designer, to the Los Angeles Daily News.
After inviting all three of her possible-fathers, Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) wears this Ann Roth dress to her Greek island wedding.
Maybe this isn’t the dress you want to replicate, as Miss Havisham (played by Helena Bonham Carter) insisted on wearing it for the rest of her life, after being jilted at the altar. However, we can’t deny that her commitment to the look makes it worthy of being one of the greatest wedding looks of all time. Costumer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor looked to historic and modern inspiration. “I was very much influenced by Alexander McQueen’s SS13 oyster dress. It’s simple but beautiful and a wonderful example of how material can be used and layered to create a dramatic silhouette,” Pasztor tells Stylist.
“Cinderella” may be the most mentioned Disney princess when it comes to wedding dresses, so when it came to the 2015 live-action remake, we were expecting big things for Lily James’s character’s gown. To wed her Prince Charming, Cinderella wears a beige, long-sleeve silk organza dress with hand-painted flowers. “Rather than try to make something even better than the ball gown, I had to do something completely different and simple,” costume designer Sandy Powell tells Vanity Fair. “I wanted the whole effect to be ephemeral and fine, so we went with an extreme-lined shape bodice with a long train.”
How to Marry a Millionaire
Lauren Bacall wears this off-the-shoulder lace Travilla design in the 1953 movie, where she stars opposite Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.
This is certainly not the only time Audrey Hepburn wears a Givenchy wedding dress (she wore one to her own ceremony!), but the white gown with a drop waist and full tea-length skirt has a special place in cinematic wedding fashion history.
The Sound of Music
To marry Captain Von Trapp (played by Christopher Plummer), Julie Andrews’s character Maria wears a high-collared, formal gown by Dorothy Jacobs.
Father of the Bride
In the 1991 remake, Kimberly Williams walks down the aisle with her father (played by Steve Martin) in a lace ballgown, designed by Susan Becker.
Sex and the City
To almost walk down the aisle, Carrie Bradshaw wears this strapless Vivienne Westwood gown that is gifted to her, after she is shot in the dress for a feature in Vogue. A dream way to get a dress, but not a dream wedding for Bradshaw that day.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Whether you were Team Edward or Team Jacob, no one can dispute that Bella Swan’s long-sleeve, lace-back Carolina Herrera gown wasn’t gorgeous.
Just two best friends walking down the aisle in Vera Wang dresses—ignore the fact that prior to this moment Liv and Emma were tackling each other on said aisle because by now all has been resolved.
Mary (played by Rachel McAdams) is expecting her first child with Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) at the time of their wedding, so she chooses a flowing, unexpectedly red dress, found in a London vintage shop.
Coming to America
Lisa McDowell (played by Shari Headley) wears a pink, shimmering wedding dress with a very long train and matching veil to wed Prince Akeem (played by Eddie Murphy). “As for the dress, ironically it was made with very inexpensive fabrics—nylon tulle—but again Shari could wear it. And she had dignity and elegance. She wore it as if it was the most expensive dress on the planet. So a lot of it has to do with the romance and the magic of the scene,” explains the film’s costumer designer, Deborah Landis, to Complex.
In the 2006 Sofia Coppola film, Marie Antoinette (played by Kirsten Dunst) wore a historically accurate and spectacular wedding gown, designed by Milena Canoreno.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) reveals her wedding dress from President Snow on television. Before the film was released, everyone speculated as to who was designing the gown. Some thought Alexander McQueen would be taking the reins, but the BAFTA-nominated costumer designer for the film, Trish Summerville, tells The Hollywood Reporter that Tex Saverio from Jakarta is responsible for the look. With layers of organza and thousands of Swarovski crystals, it was perfect.
The Princess Bride
Phyllis Dalton created Princess Buttercup’s wedding gown, which gives us Medieval and Renaissance inspiration fit for royalty.
Even though Allie never makes it to the her wedding to James Marsden’s character, we’re still glad we get to see what she would’ve looked like. Absolutely dying for that sheer button detail by costumer designer Karyn Wagner.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
To walk down the aisle . . . and then not get married, Anne Hathaway’s character, Princess Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, wore this off-the-shoulder, lace gown designed by costumer designer Gary Jones.
Ginger Rogers plays Amanda Cooper in the 1938 movie Carefree, opposite Fred Astaire. Edward Stevenson and Howard Greer designed her frilly wedding day look.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
William Travilla designed the wedding dress for Marilyn Monroe’s character, Lorelei Lee, in this film. The gown featured a high neck, belle sleeves, and a tulle skirt. He also designed the pink strapless gown she wore to perform “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which sold for $310,000 at auction in 2010!