We love a celebrity wedding, especially the massively over the top ones where the cake cost more than we would spend on our entire wedding. But most of all we love the dresses. We want to leaf through glossy magazines with pages of pictures of the veil, the tiara, the shoes and every small detail that is on offer. If there are children involved, so much the better. They look so adorable and often outshine the bride with their cuteness and innocence. However, some celebrity mums just get it plain wrong. Whether it be the color, the cut or the ridiculous accessories, some dresses just do not work.
10. Kate Middleton
The young Kate Middleton wore one of the most anticipated wedding dresses of the modern era. Even the designer was kept a secret until the last minute. Every effort was made to shield the dress from the public gaze until Prince William caught a glimpse of it on the wedding day. On 29th April 2011, the world saw the dress for the first time. The designer was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and despite much rumor in the run-up, this fact was only officially announced on the wedding day.
It was made of the most beautiful handmade lace. The workers who crafted the lace for Kate’s dress were told it was for a costume drama to avoid any leaks of the details of the dress. The bodice of the dress was made from gazar ivory satin, and the skirt flared out from the waist over McQueen’s signature padded hips. The skirt of ivory satin was fashioned to resemble an opening flower, flowing down from the hips to a glorious train which measured nearly three meters long, reported Good Housekeeping. Emblems from the Commonwealth and the British Isles were incorporated into the embroidery.
9. Serena Williams
When Serena Williams married Alexis Ohanian, she also chose Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to design her gown. The dress features a fitted strapless bodice with a sweetheart necklace, flowing into an enhanced ballgown skirt. In her wedding photographs, the enormous skirt is the star of the show, it seems to go on forever, reports The Sun. This was not what Serena had expected she would choose for herself, but she fell in love with Sarah’s design. She finished the wedding gown off with a small sheer cape covered in sparkles which just covered her shoulders. This then cascaded down her back to form part of the dress’s train. The gown’s vast skirt was made of layers and layers of silk tulle.
One dress was not enough, however. At the wedding reception, Serena chose a more versatile gown by Versace which was embellished by feathers and beads. As if that wasn’t enough, Serena changed into a third gown in the evening, again a Versace number. This was a shorter dress, again beaded and covered in jewels, and in a nod to her sporting prowess, Serena wore this dress with trainers, sparkly of course.
8. Gwen Stefani
Gwen has never been one to follow convention and she didn’t disappoint with her ombre wedding gown. The dress, when she married Gavin Rossdale in London in 2002, was a white one-shouldered triumph, cascading into a pink skirt and train. The unique gown was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior and wore it with a beautiful antique veil according to Brides. The fitted corset bodice featured an asymmetric line of buttons and the neckline was slightly off the shoulder and embellished with a pink bow.
The skirt was tucked at the front in homage to the bow shape while the rest of the low waisted skirt, shaded from white to pink at the bottom. Gwen wore the dress again a fortnight later when she and Gavin renewed their vows in Los Angeles. Gwen’s colorful gown started a trend among brides for colored wedding dresses, especially for the adorable pink she chose for the bottom of her gown. The dress is regarded as one of the most iconic dresses of all time and was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at an exhibition of some of the standout dresses of all time.
7. Kate Moss
Kate did not disappoint us with her wedding dress, reports One Fab Day. The fashion queen wore a stunning vintage inspired dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior. Her gown was topped with a lace cap, redolent of the Queen Mother’s beautiful wedding dress from the 1920s. The cap was combined with a beautiful sheer, an embroidered veil which was also designed by Kate’s friend John Galliano.
The underdress was of sheer silk, overlaid with a sparkled bodice in lace and echoed with the skirt which shimmered in rhinestones, beading ,and intricate embroidery. A silver leaf emblem and sparkled gold bead shower fell to the hem and matched the silver strappy sandals by Manolo Blahnik that Kate wore to the ceremony. The silhouette of the dress was reminiscent of the bias-cut dresses of the 1930s, and it drapes around Kate’s body. There was some amazingly detailed embroidery on the dress and veil. There are nearly 400,000 sequins in total and nearly 3,000 seed pearls. All this work was done by hand and took over 700 hours of work to achieve. The veil alone took over 250 hours of work to complete.
6. Christina Ricci
Actress Christina Ricci chose Givenchy to design her wedding gown. It was made from white silk tulle and featured a high neckline, cutaway sleeves, satin piping and a long flowing train. It was decorated with Chantilly lace and tiny pearls which caught the light as Christina walked. She wore a short veil, also of Chantilly lace which came halfway down her back and allowed ample view of the tight-fitting bodice. The dress fitted perfectly to Christina’s body and gave a gorgeous silhouette.
The dress was a triumph of elegance, it showed off Christina’s figure in a nod to sexiness but remained demure in its high neckline. The cutaway panels in the shoulder added a unique feel and the lace and pearls spoke of glamour and sophistication. The sheer sleeves were an unusual twist to a traditionally styled gown. The cutouts at the shoulders almost gave the impression the Christina had a separate piece of lace covering her lower arms, but the sleeves were integral with the rest of the dress. Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy must take all the credit for this delicious gown, in which Christina married a fellow actor, James Heerdegen.
5. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria made a bold choice when she chose the designer of her wedding dress. Rather than go to a Parisian fashion house for her gown, she chose her friend, the designer, Victoria Beckham to fashion the dress. She married Pepe Baston in Mexico, as reported in Hello! Magazine. The dress was in Victoria’s classic sleek style. It was a long dress in pure white and fitted beautifully around Eva’s curves. It had thick shoulder straps and a sweetheart neckline, and the stark white and simplicity of the design emphasized Eva’s gorgeous coloring and figure.
Eva chose to wear no veil and some very simple jewelry. This fitted in with the simple style of the dress, which let the design and cut of the fabric speak for itself. It was romantic and sexy at the same time. A triumph for Victoria and her fashion house. Eva said that Victoria was an amazing help during the designing process and was hands-on at every stage, including on the wedding day. Victoria also made a further two dresses which Eva wore on her wedding day and acted as a witness to the ceremony.
4. Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney looked her usual sensational best on her wedding day, in a phenomenal Oscar de la Renta gown. The dress reportedly cost $380,000 according to Elle. It was stunning off the shoulder creation made from French lace over ivory tulle. Pearls and diamante were incorporated into the floor length dress which fanned out at the back into a beautiful train. Apparently, there were fourteen yards of Chantilly lace in the dress. She topped it with a long veil, also embroidered in handmade lace and embroidered with tiny crystals and beads.
The wedding was as lavish as the dress, spanning three days in Italy. Amal looked her usually achingly elegant self in a variety of stunning outfits which matched the dynamism of her wedding gown. Amal worked closely with Oscar de la Renta on the dress and has a close relationship with the American designer. When some of his creations were shown in a museum in Houston, Amal’s unique wedding dress was among the exhibits. Sadly, it was to be the last dress that Oscar made as he passed away soon afterward. Amal’s dress was a fitting tribute to this ‘elegant’ man, in Mrs. Clooney’s words.
3. Kim Kardashian
It was no surprise that Kim and Kanye’s wedding was as over the top as the couple themselves. Kim had several dresses, the wedding had several venues, and there were several hundred guests. Kim’s ‘main’ dress, the one she took her vows in, was a Givenchy creation especially designed and made for her. It highlighted her famous figure in a mermaid silhouette and had long lace sleeves and some cheeky cut outs on the waistline. The Daily Mail claims the dress cost $500,000. Kim wore a cathedral length veil to top off the number. Through the sheer veil, her back was visible, the dress tethered by only a simple waist strap.
The train extended some feet behind Kim, and over the tail of the dress, and was exquisitely embroidered in beautiful lace detail. She wore stunning lace shoes to complete the look, which were said to have cost $40,000. Kim changed into a Balmain mini dress for the reception, a sparkly short number which dazzled the guests in Italy. The event which was billed by Kim as ‘small and intimate’ was one of the most lavish in celebrity history.
2. Angelina Jolie
When Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt in 2014, there was eager anticipation about what the fashion-conscious bride would wear. She chose her friends, Luigi Massi and Donatella Versace at Versace to make and design the gown. It was a simple dress in structure, with a fitted bodice, a ruched bustline and slim shoulder straps, the bodice flowing into a full A-line skirt of ivory silk. The real talking point was Angelina’s silk veil. Whilst the gown was a simple, traditional design, she had copies of her children’s drawings sewn onto the veil and back of the dress, making it a special tribute to her six offspring. The pictures were of the family, monsters and animals, plus doodles of their own creation.
It was reported that Brad and Angelina would only marry when their children wanted them to, and the children were also involved in writing the wedding vows. The children also all had roles in the wedding itself which took place in France, fulfilling a promise that Angelina made to her mother, reported The Daily Mail. Maddox and Pax walked their mother down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls and Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers.
1. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff wore a Vera Wang creation when she married a hockey player, Mike Comrie in 2010. It was a very fitted strapless dress which flowed out into a mermaid tail of silk tulle and organza which gave an impression that is was fashioned out of large flowers. Looking at Vera’s original sketches of the dress, it appears to be a silhouette with a floor of large blossoms. The hand-finished dress gave this impression perfectly, the ivory blush coloring of the fabric adding to the illusion. Hilary’s flowers and shoes complemented the look perfectly.
Hilary wanted something that had volume but had to keep the structure of the dress petite, as she is so small. The tailored dress with its blossom inspired train seemed to fit the bill nicely. The train added a focus to the beautiful view of the bride and groom as they made their vows in a candlelit service which was described as delightfully romantic by the guests. However, the day did not start well. Hilary chipped one of her teeth in the morning and had to visit an emergency dentist who fixed the tooth in record time according to The Stir.