Let me clarify a few things before I even get started with this list. First, I wanted to focus on modern brides – at least from this decade although I did make one exception – so there are quite a few classic celebrity wedding dresses that didn’t make the cut. I only have so much space in these articles so I had to set some perimeters. I’m currently compiling a list of classic celebrity wedding dresses that will feature Princess Diana’s wedding dress, Celine Dion’s wedding dress and many more so stay tuned for that. Second, this list is by no means complete. There were a lot of great dresses I just couldn’t find decent pictures of that were left off the list as a result. Third, this list is in no particular order. The first dress on the list is not necessarily the nicest. Now with all that out of the way, let’s look at some of the best celebrity wedding dresses of our time.
Amy Smart in Carolina Herrera
Amy Smart’s silk and ruffled chiffon Carolina Herrera wedding gown was the perfect fit for her farmhouse wedding to Carter Oosterhouse. It was simple but oh so elegant, combining the classic and the modern for a lovely wedding look. I love the fact that she opted out of the long, flowing veil which, with this dress, would’ve just been too much.
Nicole Richie in Marchesa
When Nicole Richie decided to walk down the aisle, anyone who is even a casual fan of the young reality television star/design diva knew this was going to be a celebrity wedding dress to remember and Nicole certainly did not disappoint. The Marchesa dress Nicole chose featured a ballgown style skirt made of over 100 yards of silk organza and tulle petals. While the skirt was obviously the focal point for most, I couldn’t stop fixating on the top details. The long sleeves worked beautifully with the high neck and open back with button details. The dress, inspired by Grace Kelly was a great example of how a traditional design can be transformed with a few modern touches.
Kate Moss in John Galliano
Words can’t express how much I love this sheer slip dress Kate Moss chose as her wedding gown when she married Jamie Hince. It’s simple yet elegant, made from bias-cut silk and accentuated with understated gold sequins and gold beading. It’s delicate and lovely, foregoing the typical bells and whistles in favor of a more muted kind of glamour. This is a look that could suit any bride who wants to look beautiful on her wedding day without going too over the top.
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen
All eyes were on Kate Middleton as she walked down the aisle to marry Prince William and live out every little girl’s dream of becoming a real princess. She definitely looked the part and the star of the Royal Wedding – the dress, of course – did not disappoint. Wearing a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate looked radiant. The dress featured French Chantilly lace with English Cluny lace in the underskirt and bodice. This stunning gown was fairly traditional while still incorporating a modern feel perfectly suiting this bride. The nine-foot train may have felt like a little too much on any other gown but it fit it well at a Royal Wedding.
Ivanka Trump in Vera Wang
To be honest, I was a little surprised to see how traditional Ivanka Trump’s wedding dress was. I expected something edgier and more modern but instead, Ivanka chose a beautiful, traditional Vera Wang wedding dress inspired by Grace Kelly when she married Jared Kushner. The gown, featuring three layers of lace, each a different shade of ivy, was simple, elegant and is easily one of my favorite celebrity wedding dresses.
Kendra Wilkinson in R. Mine Bridal
Kendra has always been a unique kind of girl. That’s a big part of what I like most about her. When it came time to plan her wedding to Hank Baskett, she wasn’t content to just wear someone else’s creation, getting involved in the dress designing process and co-designing her gown with Armine Ohanessian of R. Mine Bridal. This duchess silk gown reportedly cost $20,000 and was covered in 1,200 crystals.
Carolyn Bessette in Narcisco Rodriguez and Manolo Blahnik
While I really wanted to keep this list focused on some of today’s best celebrity wedding dresses, I couldn’t do this list without including one of my all time favorite celebrity wedding dresses, Carolyn Bessette’s Narcisco Rodriguez silk crepe creation. This gown is the picture of elegance and sophistication while remaining unique and true to the bride as a person. Her decision to pair this gorgeous pearl colored gown with silk gloves, a hand rolled tulle veil and Manolo Blahnik sandals was a stroke of pure genius and turned this look into a timeless look for the ages.
Gwen Stefani in Custom Dior
Gwen Stefani is a style diva so when she married Gavin Rossdale in 2002, fans and fashion watchers alike knew this celebrity wedding dress was going to be one for the ages and we were right in a big way. When Gwen walked down the aisle in this gorgeous pink and white silk faille gown, I was floored by this bold, unique but still traditional and elegant look. That is how you take something classic and put your own spin on it. Beautiful.
Heidi Montag in Monique Lhuillier
Okay, here’s the deal. There is only one celebrity I dislike more than Heidi Montag and that celebrity is her boyfriend/husband/ex/current/whatever, Spencer Pratt but despite the fact that my two least favorite celebrities are in this picture, I had to include it on this list because, well, that Monique Lhuillier gown is incredible. Featured in Monique’s Spring 2009, this silk organza gown, officially called Symphony, featured an elegant drop waist and an elegant peacock feather design. Don’t like the girl but I love the dress.
Kim Kardashian in Vera Wang
I’m not a big Kim Kardashian fan and I think her short lived marriage to Kris Humphries makes a total mockery of everything marriage stands for but I can’t deny how much I love this dress. I may even go so far as to say it’s one of my favorite celebrity wedding dress and I’m a sucker for celebrity wedding dresses. The full tulle skirt and basque waist gave the dress that glamorous, fairy tale feel which was only accentuated by the Chantilly lace applique on the bodice and train. The diamond drop headpiece and cathedral veil was the perfect finishing touch on a gorgeous wedding look.
Sara Rue in Amsale
Remember a moment ago when I said Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress was one of my all time favorite celebrity wedding dresses? It gets the “one of” distinction because I don’t know that anything could beat the gorgeous cafe colored Dahlia dress Sara Rue wore when she married Kevin Price. Made of silk taffeta, this dress also features gorgeous hand pleated taffeta embroidery on the skirt and a classic ruched sweetheart neckline. The headpiece is stunning – bold and eye catching without being too outrageous. This is a celebrity wedding dress done right.
Hilary Duff in Vera Wang
I know I just said not much could top Sara Rue’s Amsale wedding gown but I’d have to say Hilary Duff’s Vera Wang wedding dress either does it or comes very close. When Hilary married Mike Comrie, she simply looked stunning. Although you can’t really tell in the photo above, this dress wasn’t the traditional white but was instead a beautiful blush pink tone. That alone would’ve been enough to help this mermaid style dress stand out but when you add the giant blossoms that accented the dress, you have a real knockout. Made of silk organza and tulle, Hilary’s dress is everything celebrity wedding dresses should be and more.