In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve been dedicating the week to weddings on film, but we have to include the bad, too! Here is our Top 10 List of the worst wedding gowns on film. At first, we thought it was going to be difficult to come up with ten terrible wedding dresses from movies, but then we actually had a hard time narrowing it down!
1. Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried), Mamma Mia! Yuck… we don’t even know where to start. There is no redeeming feature of this disgusting outfit. Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, a 20-year-old girl getting married on a Greek island. You could wear a white bikini, and it would be a better choice than this. Sophie is supposed to be a free-spirit, but good god, this is atrocious. The lack of makeup, the frayed layers, the tiny crown in the middle of her head, the fact you can’t separate her hair, tiara, gown or skin from each other in the dimly-lit church she almost gets married in – it’s all just bad. Even her handsome husband-to-be looks horrible! Who is he channeling? John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?! Our biggest question was, she lives in Greece… why didn’t she go the route of Grecian goddess?2. Betsy Hopper (Molly Ringwald), Betsy’s Wedding We love when people think for themselves, but this wedding gown was just too hideous to pass off as inventive. It’s just plain awful. Molly Ringwald plays an independent young bride marrying into a wealthy family, and everything goes wrong planning her wedding – just like her gown! It’s short in the front and long in the back (just like a mullet), paired with long gloves, cream ruffles, white cowboy boots and a top-hat. Ringwald had just chopped off her beautiful red locks to shake off her teenage queen status, so she looks all the more terrible. It’s bad when you know the top-hat is probably the best part of the getup. Blech!
3. Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace (Cameron Diaz), My Best Friend’s Wedding Good thing Cameron Diaz was cute, because this dress would have been #1 otherwise. In the 1997 romantic comedy, Julia Roberts and Diaz fight over sexy Dermot Mulroney, and after seeing this dress, we remembered why we rooted for the redhead the whole time… We don’t even know how to describe it – a bunch on geometric shapes in unflattering angles? Film Scouts describes it as, “off the shoulder and double-bodiced, constructed of white silk gazarre and silk satin, hand-beaded with Austrian crystals and detailed with silk roses. The silk tulle veil, piped in silk satin, flowed 20 feet over a 14-foot train.” That description was a hell of a lot prettier than whatever the hell Diaz is wearing. She started her career as a model, so it’s impressive they found something so gross to put her in. Kimmy is supposed to be a wealthy Chicagoan and her wardrobe is pretty and preppy up until this point. We just don’t get it – does she hates herself AND her cousins?!
4. Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), Sense & SensibilityThis dress was originally in our Top 3, but we Googled it and found photos of it from behind, and the train is actually stunning from behind. It just looks bad on a chubby, curly-haired Kate Winslet. She’s not even that large, but she looks perpetually pregnant in every empire waist she dons in the period film. Her wedding scene looks particularly horrible, because her skin-tone matches the material of her mesh dress, the the gold beading matches her hair color, and it doesn’t look like she’s wearing any makeup, which turns her into one big blob. According to IMdb, the gown was actually trimmed with straw… what?!
5. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City It’s not surprising why Mr. Big nearly left Carrie at the altar in this ridiculous outfit. Our editors constantly argue about whether or not Carrie was well-dressed in the TV series, and while I argue that I don’t love everything she wears, her character certainly took risks and inspired many trends. But this is just terrible. Sarah Jessica Parker is such a clotheshorse, and can almost wear anything, but not this crinkly monstrosity by Vivienne Westwood. The dress itself isn’t even that bad – it looks beautiful on the hanger, but it’s a gown you’d constantly have to steam to keep it’s shape. On Parker’s tiny frame combined with severe, slicked back hair, hideous gold heels and the bird on her head, Carrie Bradshaw ended up in our #5 spot. This was especially disappointing after the beautiful gowns she modeled earlier in the movie at the Vogue wedding dress shoot. But Carrie later realizes she made a fashion faux-pas to Miranda at a Valentine’s dinner together: “I put a bird on my head!” Miranda responds, so relieved, “Is that what that was?” As if it had been bugging her, the whole movie, too! Fun Fact: In real life, Parker was definitely unique at her own 1997 wedding – she wore a little black dress!
6. Henrietta “Duckface” (Anna Chancellor), Four Weddings and a Funeral Poor Duckface. She was definitely crazy, but that’s because she loses Hugh Grant, not once, but twice in this 1994 romantic comedy. And it’s probably because she looked like a huge meringue at her wedding. (No, not really – it was the early 90s… Most brides looked like puffy meringues!) There’s a famous scene in this film where Andie MacDowell tries on a bunch of different wedding gowns, and discusses how ridiculous they all look, and it seems Duckface didn’t get the memo. At least she gets to hook up with a prince instead!
7. Emma Allen (Anne Hathaway), Bride Wars We missed something about this Vera Wang gown that ended up on so many “Best Wedding Gown” lists… The cream colored dress matched Anne Hathaway’s pale skin, completely washing out the star. In some shots it isn’t so bad, but we’re over the crinkly mermaid look. And paired with a luminous Kate Hudson, she just looks so blah! In the film, her character, Emma, is supposed to have inherited the gown from her mother, indicating that she’s not having the wedding of her dreams, but just repeating her parents’ day. Well we’re glad she doesn’t end up getting married in this dress, cause it stinks.
8. Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos wrote this sleeper hit about planning her own nuptials to her co-star, Ian Gomez. We hoped the pretty Greek looked better than this in real life! When Nia’s character, Toula, sees herself for the first time in her gown she exclaims, “I’m a snow beast!” After the ceremony, she starts ripping bows and rosettes off her goofy gown, which makes it look a lot better. Eh, at least she gets John Corbett!
9. Juliet (Keira Knightley), Love Actually Keira Knightley is one of our favorite fashion icons, and she’s so adorable it’s hard to forget how strange her wedding gown is in this Christmas classic. (Especially considering we just featured her TWICE on the Vintage Wedding Gown List!) Her frock in this romance is see-through, her midriff is showing, and she’s covered in feathers… probably three of the biggest “dont’s” on your wedding day, hehe. She still looks so cute from the neck up, but really trashy and immature from the neck down.10. The Bride (Elsa Lanchester), The Bride of Frankenstein There’s only one explanation for this gown: Men.