For Valentine’s Day, we’ve counted down our least favorite bridal wear, favored bridesmaid looks, and vintage wedding dresses, so it’s only natural we finish off the Valentine’s week by showing our Top 10 favorite wedding gowns in film (especially on a Fancy Friday)!
1. Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson), The Wedding Planner Personally, I would have taken Bridgette Wilson over Jennifer Lopez. She’s crazy. But their characters did a good job picking out what Wilson’s character, Fran, wore on her wedding day. This was the first bridal gown I can remember loving onscreen. A sophisticated lace bodice with a small cream ribbon around the waist, a beautiful ballgown, delicate straps and a simple veil – I was in love. Too bad Matthew McConaughey’s character didn’t feel the same way about this beautiful blonde on their wedding day… he goes for J. LO instead – no, thanks! It’s no surprise this stunning creation is by bridal gown magnate Vera Wang. LOVE IT! <3
2. Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross), The Graduate The ceremony doesn’t last very long, and it’s probably the most famous interrupted wedding we can think of, but at least Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine, looks good when fleeing the church with Dustin Hoffman’s character in The Graduate. The beautiful lace gown was created by Charlotte Todd, who beat out many other designers to make the famous dress. We would have taken Mrs. Robinson over her daughter – she’s way more interesting than her flaky spawn. Our editors still think the film is overrated, but the fashion (and the great soundtrack) is certainly something to remember!
3. Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), The Time Traveler’s Wife We think Rachel McAdams looks adorable in anything, but after seeing her as a fictional bride in this 2008 drama, all we wondered was why someone hasn’t scooped up this cute Canadian for a real wedding! Hehe, we only kid. But she did look beautiful, as always, as Clare, a woman in love with a man, played by Eric Bana, who travels through time. He nearly misses the wedding, but shows up in time to see her in this gown of simple elegance by Lea-Ann Belter. The organza ballgown is called the Cecilia dress and hails from her Niagra Collection.
4. Tracy (Sasha Barrese), The HangoverThis movie really isn’t about a wedding as much as it is about the bachelor party that precedes it, but the bride, Tracy (Sasha Barrese), certainly looks beautiful on her big day. This editor has been obsessed with the idea of a black and white wedding since middle school, so this is the perfect aesthetic in my mind. Tracy sported a strapless Amsale dress with a black ribbon around the waist adorned with some delicate flowers. It was from the line’s Fall 2008 Collection called the “Tyler” gown, and apparently is nowhere to be found for brides looking for a similar look!
5. Rachel (Piper Perabo), Imagine Me & You This 2005 film probably isn’t remembered for its elegant formal wear, as much as its edgy premise. The film opens at the English wedding of Rachel, played by Piper Perabo, and Hector, the adorable Matthew Goode, but the bride ends up falling for the florist… who also happens to be a woman! It’s a romance, but it’s certainly not a typical romance focused on the handsome groom! Perabo looks just lovely when she meets her true love Luce (played by Lena Headey), while wearing a sophisticated, ballerina length gown. The sheer neckline is beautiful and flattering, accented by a small white ribbon under the bust. Costume designer Consolata Boyle told IFTN the dress “was made from scratch because in the text the character says ‘I look like a meringue.’ and yet I wanted the dress to look good and have a coolness to it too.” Mission accomplished Ms. Boyle! We adore it!6. Jennifer Grogan (Jennifer Aniston), Marley & Me This movie wasn’t particularly as popular as the book, but Jennifer Aniston looked stunning as dog-lover John Grogan’s bride. She sported a floating satin and lace gown by Florida-based designer Carolina Boulton, which is fitting because the couple decides to move to Florida after their snowy wedding! Accompanied by a silky cream shawl and falling snow, this scene is wildly romantic and why it ended up on our #6 spot!7. Liv Lerner (Kate Hudson), Bride Wars Kate Hudson may play the uptight one in this terrible movie with Anne Hathaway, but at least she gets to wear a magnificent ballgown by Vera Wang. Hudson’s character, Liv, exclaims at one point, “You don’t alter Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera!” Those are wise words, but in reality the dress was designed specifically for the film – meaning Vera probably altered it to fit Hudson! We love the dusty lilac ribbon to accent the bouquet!
8. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Admittedly, this dress would have been higher up on the list if the movie wasn’t so anti-feminist and ridiculous. It’s actually not even that exciting from the front (as shown below), but dayum… That is one beautiful back! Designer Carolina Herrera did the work on this stunning gown, which is studded in 152 white satin buttons down the backside. Eighteen-year-old Bella Swan is marrying a vampire in the woods, but her gown is estimated to be around $35,000! (Well, her husband has been of working age for about 100 years, so let’s hope he’s been saving all that money, haha!) In terms of an appropriate style for a wedding gown, this is actually a fantastic selection, because it’s both conservative and very sexy – a hard combo to come by! Every bride wants to look attractive on their wedding day, but they don’t want to look like a floozy either! But then again, the character is deciding to sacrifice her life and future by marrying a bloodsucking old man stuck in a teenager’s body – she’s not exactly ahead of her time. (Come on, you know in reality, Edward would probably be trolling for ladies in a nursing home so he could trade racist tirades, and find someone to listen to the Andrews Sisters with instead of a high school senior.) But I guess they do make a lovely-looking couple, although Bella is so pale she kind of looks like the vampire here. We’re all for staying out of the sun, but put on some blush, girl!
9. Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl), 27 DressesAfter putting on 27 horrible gowns, Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane, finally gets her moment in the sun (literally) at her own Long Island beach-side wedding at the film’s finale (did we ruin the ending for you? Did you really expect her to die alone, surrounded by 27 cats and shreds of taffeta and tulle from 27 dresses? NOT.) Anyhow, earlier in the film, her selfish sister, Tess, ruined their dead mother’s vintage gown by cutting it up into a million pieces to create her own ugly, modern dress without consulting her big sis first. But it leads Jane to find her own individual wedding, instead of just copying her mom. And she chooses well – a simple, V-neck column gown by Amsale accentuates the star’s natural curves, and goes perfectly with her simple hairdo and yellow flowers. Haha, too bad her friends weren’t nicer to her, or they could have worn pretty dresses, too! 😉
10. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City Her original gown may have landed her on our worst-dressed list, but we had to let Carrie redeem herself. She is, after all, the biggest television fashion icon of our time. In the 2008 film, her first wedding dress was accessorized terribly, but it’s quite the opposite from the frock she finally goes with. Carrie originally spots this vintage silk suit, and decides that what she wants to marry Big in. But some of her friends disagree, which eventually leads to this mess… When it’s time for Carrie and Big to tie the knot the way they originally hoped, Carrie puts her original suit back on, with her “something blue” – a pair of Manolo Blahniks! What else would Carrie wear?! The designer actually named the shoe “Something Blue Satin Pump,” which retails for about $895. The creators did a play on Cinderella, with Big eventually proposing with Carrie’s version of her glass slipper, after leaving her pumps behind in the apartment she and Big intended to buy. It’s the quintessential ending to Miss Bradshaw’s singledom (although, in the book, she stays single… aren’t we ever the pessimists?!) Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! <3