40 of the Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses, from Serena Williams to Priyanka Chopra
Apart from the guest list, florals, venue and nerves, the dress is one of the most crucial elements to any wedding (from the bride’s perspective, at least). Pinterest can only take you so far, and that’s OK, because there are countless celebs who can further feed your bridal obsession. Keep reading for 40 of the most stunning celebrity wedding dresses, from Serena Williams to Priyanka Chopra.
1. Emmy Rossum
For her 2017 nuptials to Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, Rossum opted for a custom off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown inspired by the Guggenheim Museum. The happy couple tied the knot at the Central Synagogue in New York City on May 28, and the star-studded guest list included Robert Downey Jr., Hilary Swank, William H. Macy and Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin.
2. Sofia Vergara
Couture fashion designer Zuhair Murad added 11 pounds of sequins to Vergara’s exquisite 2015 wedding gown. The America’s Got Talent judge walked down the aisle with Joe Manganiello at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, and according to Brides, their dazzling ceremony had an estimated 400 guests, including some of her co-stars from Modern Family.
3. Portia de Rossi
For their 2008 vow exchange, Ellen DeGeneres and de Rossi chose elegant, custom-made "her and hers" Zac Posen looks. The pair had an intimate, candlelit wedding held at their L.A. mansion on August 16, shortly after the Supreme Court of California legalized same-sex marriage.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Ralph Lauren designed this dazzling custom gown for Chopra’s special day with Nick Jonas, which took a whopping 1,826 hours to make. Per Town & Country, the dress is embellished with over two million mother of pearl sequins, and it was paired with an intricate 75-foot veil.
While Chopra donned the dress at their traditional Christian ceremony on December 1, she switched into a show-stopping red gown for their Hindu wedding the following day.
5. Gabrielle Union
Did you know that the Bring It On alum snagged her wedding dress at Kleinfeld Bridal boutique mere hours before she attended the Met Gala in 2014? The actress looked like a Disney princess during her wedding to NBA star, Dwyane Wade. A sweetheart neckline, draped bodice and a ball-gown skirt—simplicity at its finest!
Ciara tied the knot with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2016 and simultaneously proved there’s no such thing as too much drama. The singer’s custom-made Roberto Cavalli dress features sheer lace bell sleeves and embroidery with the couple’s initials.
7. Princess Diana
In 1981, Princess Diana walked down the aisle in one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time. Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel constructed the epic 25-foot train, but it was the 19-year-old Princess of Wales who truly made it a vision.
Her marriage to Prince Charles, which took place at St Paul's Cathedral, included 3,500 people and was watched by 750 million people around the globe.
8. Nikki Reed
Reed channeled her inner bohemian and wore a three-quarter-sleeve lace Claire Pettibone gown when she married The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder in 2015. The couple exchanged vows in a secret ceremony with family and friends in Topanga Canyon.
9. Chrissy Teigen
Teigen tied the knot with John Legend in Lake Como, Italy, in 2013. She had not one, not two, but three Vera Wang outfit changes. She wore a backless princess ball gown for the ceremony, a white mermaid dress for the reception and a—va-va-voom—red mermaid number for the after-party. Talk about the belle of the ball!
10. Kate Middleton
In 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in a gorgeous, long-sleeve Alexander McQueen gown with a train that was almost as dramatic as the memorable wedding dress worn by her mother-in-law, Princess Diana. She and Prince William wed in Westminster Abbey, and there were about 1,900 guests at the ceremony.
11. Meghan Markle
The duchess was a beautiful bride in her elegant gown as she walked down the aisle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2018. Designed by Clare Waight Keller, the dress was made of silk and included an open boat neckline with three-quarter-length sleeves. Meanwhile, the veil was embroidered with flowers that symbolized the countries of the Commonwealth, in addition to the California poppy, in honor of Markle's home state.
12. Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie worked closely with Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos to design a dress that not only paid homage to Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, but that also made a bold statement about beauty norms. For her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank, the royal opted for a corseted bodice and a low back that revealed her scoliosis scar.
In a recorded statement, she revealed, "I had always wanted a low back—part of it was showing my scar, and I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future, and it's a way of getting rid of a taboo. For me, it's a way of communicating with people who are going through either similar situations with scoliosis or having a scar of their own that they are trying to deal with."
13. Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020 while wearing a gorgeous vintage gown that she borrowed from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Made of ivory peau de soie taffeta, the dress was originally designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, but it was remodeled for the princess by Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin. To complete the look, Beatrice wore the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara—the same headpiece the queen wore on her wedding day in 1947.
14. Serena Williams
When she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017, Williams looked like she stepped out of a fairytale in her dreamy Alexander McQueen gown, designed by Sarah Burton. The strapless number featured a sweetheart neckline and a stunning sheer cape. The tennis champion told Vogue, “I flew to London to meet with Sarah and ended up falling in love with the ball gown silhouette, which is completely the opposite of what I ever thought I would choose for myself.”
15. Anna Camp
Camp and her Pitch Perfect co-star, Skylar Astin, have since parted ways, but the actress certainly turned heads in this stunning Reem Acra gown during her 2016 nuptials. At the time, Camp and Astin wed in a romantic outdoor ceremony in California.
16. Ellie Goulding
In 2019, the "Burn" singer married Caspar Jopling at York Minster, sporting a Victorian-inspired Chloé silk gown that featured embroidered White Rose of York symbols.
While chatting about the dress with Vogue, she said, “Chloé is intrinsically romantic and [the house’s creative director] Natacha Ramsay-Levi has a vision that is so modern and relevant that I knew it would fit with the themes of my wedding. I have loved the house and its incredible team for years so it only seemed right for Chloé to play a big part in this special day.”
17. Reese Witherspoon
Earlier this year, the actress gave fans a rare glimpse of her 2011 wedding with Jim Toth, which took place at her ranch in California. Witherspoon channeled her inner Elle Woods with a custom blush gown by Monique Lhuillier. It featured a strapless neckline, a Chantilly lace corset bodice and an A-line tulle skirt.
18. Sophie Turner
The Game of Thrones star married Joe Jonas in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony, right after the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, then got married a second time with a traditional ceremony in Paris. Turner sported an elaborate Louis Vuitton dress, featuring a plunging neckline and cut-out back with fitted sleeves and a cascading skirt, complete with a lace-trimmed veil.
19. Celine Dion
When Dion and René Angelil said their “I dos” in 1994 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the lavish ceremony was televised in Canada—and it was certainly a wedding for the ages. The singer wore an extravagant dress designed by Mirella and Steve Gentile, which included lace, crystals and a six-meter-long train. She finished the look with a dazzling headdress made of 2,000 Swarovski crystals.
20. Hailey Baldwin
Baldwin’s strapless lace dress was designed by none other than Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, who took things up a notch by embroidering “Till death do us part” on the see-through veil. The model and Justin Bieber eloped in New York in 2018 before having their traditional ceremony at a luxury resort in South Carolina. Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Usher were just a few of the stars that attended.
21. Gwyneth Paltrow
In 2018, Paltrow exchanged vows with Brad Falchuk in a lace Valentino gown with cap sleeves and a cutout back. The gorgeous bride worked closely with designer Pierpaolo Piccioli to achieve the look, which also included a tulle veil.
22. Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory actress became Mrs. Karl Cook in a San Diego, California, ceremony in 2018. Her custom lace gown was designed by Lebanese designer Reem Acra, and it took ten seamstresses around 400 hours to complete. The gown itself is made from 50 yards of pure silk chiffon and featured floral appliqués, as well as a matching cape.
23. Pippa Middleton
Middleton wed James Matthews in 2017 at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, and she stole the show in a custom Giles Deacon gown with a high neckline and cap sleeves. Deacon said in a statement, “The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliquéd to create an illusion of the dress having no seams. The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has layer upon layer to enable a floor-sweeping movement. It’s a privilege to show the craftsmanship that my team produces in London and a real testament to Pippa’s support of British fashion.”
24. Kim Kardashian
Kardashian rocked a flattering Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci when she married Kanye West in 2014 at Forte di Belvedere in Italy. The couple started their wedding weekend in France, where they held their rehearsal dinner, then flew their guests to Florence for the big day.
25. Miranda Kerr
The Victoria’s Secret model wore her best ensemble yet on her wedding day in 2018, when she married Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel in Los Angeles. Inspired by Grace Kelly's peau de soie and lace masterpiece, Kerr donned a couture gown by Christian Dior’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The elegant satin dress was appliquéd with flowers inspired by Lily of the Valley.
26. Jamie Chung
Chung got married to fellow actor Bryan Greenberg in a stunning silk and tulle Monique Lhuillier wedding dress with sparkly embroidery. The two exchanged their vows on Halloween Eve in an outdoor ceremony at El Capitan Canyon in 2015.
27. Victoria Beckham
It’s safe to say that the former Spice Girl’s wedding was a royal affair. She and David Beckham walked down the aisle at Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland—the same venue that previously hosted Queen Victoria. The singer and fashion designer wore a fabulous Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train, which was worth a cool $100,000.
28. Sarah Levy
Schitt’s Creek fan favorite Sarah Levy recently tied the knot and showcased her stunning wedding dress, which included a strapless neckline and a large bow on the back. She and her husband, Graham Outerbridge, held an intimate ceremony with family and friends at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California.
29. Camilla Parker Bowles
The Prince of Wales was all smiles after he married Bowles at Windsor’s The Guildhall in 2005. The duchess wore a silk chiffon dress and a matching oyster silk coat. For added wow-factor, she finished off the ensemble with an elaborate white hat (move over, Olivia Pope).
30. Sarah Ferguson
Thanks to fashion expert Lindka Cierach and her team of female designers, Ferguson debuted a silk ivory masterpiece with silver embroidery on her wedding day. Her ’80s-inspired gown featured a 17-foot train that bore the first initial of the groom, Prince Andrew. And to complete the look, she wore an elaborate flower crown, removing it halfway through the ceremony to reveal the York tiara.
31. Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth's marriage to Philip Mountbatten proved to be a welcome (and joyous) distraction during the postwar era, and her dreamy dress made it even more memorable. The regal Chinese silk gown was designed by Norman Hartnell and featured a tailored bodice and a short train, complete with embroidered flowers. FYI, the train was inspired by Botticelli's 1482 painting of Primavera.
32. Katie Holmes
Holmes wore a jaw-dropping, off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani number during her 2006 nuptials to Tom Cruise. The former couple wed at Odescalchi Castle in Italy and invited around 150 family members and friends.
33. Gwen Stefani
The “Hollaback Girl” singer celebrated her union with Blake Shelton by wearing not one, but two stylish Vera Wang dresses—one was a traditional, lily-white silk floor-length gown and the other was a white minidress. Stefani walked down the aisle in an intimate ceremony that took place at Shelton's Oklahoma ranch. The Voice host Carson Daly served as the officiant with 40 guests in attendance.
34. Elizabeth Taylor
The iconic actress was married eight times, but perhaps her most memorable ensemble was from her nuptials to Hilton Hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950. The cream-colored, pearl-embellished gown was made by costume designer Helen Rose (AKA the woman who created Grace Kelly's iconic dress), and it took three months to make.
35. Audrey Hepburn
Before Hepburn skyrocketed to fame, she was engaged to a British businessman named James Hanson in 1952. And during their year-long engagement, the actress wasted no time selecting a gorgeous, mid-length silk dress designed by Zoe Fontana of Rome. Unfortunately, the couple called off the wedding before Hepburn walked down the aisle, so instead, she donated the creation to another bride-to-be.
36. Kate Upton
The famous model tied the knot with athlete Justin Verlander in Tuscany in 2017. She wore a floor-length Valentino lace gown with appliqué sleeves and a classic veil.
37. Paris Hilton
Hilton bid farewell to the single life when she said “I do” to Carter Reum in a custom Oscar De La Renta gown, which featured a sheer bodice, floral lace and a full tulle skirt. The ceremony, which took place at her late grandfather’s Bel-Air estate, included a star-studded guest list, including Demi Lovato, Paula Abdul, Emma Roberts and more.
38. Michelle Obama
The former First Lady stunned in a white off-the-shoulder dress with matching pumps when she married Barack Obama back in 1992. While celebrating their 25th anniversary, she wrote on Instagram, “You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October 1992 with a nasty head cold. Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared, and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty-five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.”
39. Chelsea Clinton
The former first daughter married her longtime partner, Marc Mezvinsky, in an interfaith ceremony at the Astor Courts Estate in 2010. She wore a strapless, princess-like Vera Wang gown with a crystal-encrusted belt around the waist.
40. Mariah Carey
That train! That veil! It’s (almost) too much to handle. When the pop diva married former record producer Tommy Mottola in 1993, she pulled a Princess Diana with her extravagant wedding attire, which included a ten-foot veil and a 27-foot train. The Vera Wang gown cost an estimated $25,000, while the ceremony itself cost a whopping $500,000. Sounds fit for royalty.