Ah movie weddings…as if movies weren’t already bad enough with the prefect one liners, background music, gorgeous actors, & wardrobes they have to go and add amazing weddings to them to add fuel to every girl’s unrealistic wedding hopes. And of course with a big wedding comes a big wedding dress. It’s the one thing we all look forward to seeing, well at least I do 🙂 Here are some of my all-time favorites from the cinema. Which ones were your favorites?
Toni Collette in “In Her Shoes”
I love this knee length, lace and tulle, 50’s inspired wedding dress that Maggie (played by Cameron Diaz) picked for her older sister Rose (Toni Collette). It was her gift to her only sister on her big day which made it even more special. I’m not sure where the dress came from but the costume designer is Sophie De Rakoff, she is also a stylist.
Julia Roberts in “Steel Magnolias”
Classic 80’s bride. I’m not sure if I like this dress because it’s not disgustingly overdone for 1989, or because it’s Julia Roberts and she looks gorgeous in anything, or because it’s a classic fit or all of the above. Some people may hate it but I think it’s one of the best. Costume designer Julie Weiss definitely made a memorable impression with this dress to go with Shelby’s “blush” and “bashful” wedding color scheme.
Kate Hudson in “Bride Wars”
I must’ve watched this movie about a million times before my wedding. I can’t think of a better movie for wedding inspiration. The dress is by world renowned wedding dress designer Vera Wang. Since this dress was by an actual wedding dress designer and not a costume designer, anyone could purchase it. It retailed over $7,000.00 a bit overpriced yes, but look at how gorgeous it is!
Drew Barrymore in “Ever After”
In this scene Danielle stole back her mother’s wedding dress from her evil stepsister so that she could wear it to the ball. This vintage beauty was known as the “Breathe” dress made by costumer Jane Law. The shoes to go with dress where a custom design by Salvatore Ferragamo. You can find an interesting article on the dress here.
Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City”
“The bride wore a dress by no one”. When I first saw this movie I wasn’t expecting the epic couple to marry at the courthouse and have an IHop reception with friends afterwards, but I don’t think this movie couldn’t have ended any better. This simple, “label-less” suit although disappointing in the beginning really did make sense in the end. It was what Carrie knew she should marry Big in all along. Turns out the suit is not so “label-less”, it’s actually from the Christian Dior 2008 Resort Collection. And, the pair of Manolo’s she wore in this scene can still be purchased today at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom.
America Ferrera in “Our Family Wedding”
Here is another dress that’s available for purchase to anyone. Monique Lhuillier custom designed this “Lucia” gown for America Ferrera’s character in this movie. I love this elegant, lace, slim fitted dress that has a surprising open back, it’s perfect for an outdoor Spring wedding.
Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City”
Of course this dress made the list. I know that I said I loved the simple suit but this dress is just so gorgeous. As we all know, Vivienne Westwood designed this dress specifically for this movie and apparently right after the movie was released, a shorter version of this dress sold out within minutes according to this article.
Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride”
Hands down this is the best dress of all of Maggie Carpenter’s weddings in Runaway Bride. According to this article costume designer Albert Wolsky designed all of the wedding dresses in this movie except this one. He found this Amsale gown off the rack at Saks.
Kristen Stewart in “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1”
I’m so not into these movies (sorry Twilight fans), but I’m definitely into this dress! Gah! Look at the incredible detail in the back of this dress! I’ve never seen Kristen Stewart look so beautiful (or happy) as she does in this screen shot. Carolina Herrera designed this $35,000.00 crepe satin and French Chantilly lace dress. The gown has 152 buttons on the back and 17 on each sleeve all sewn in by hand. This dress was also available to anyone willing to bank out the big bucks but there also was a more affordable version of this dress available at Alfred Angelo according to this article.
Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”
Oh Miss Audrey… you sure are one style icon which is why it’s no surprise that you are the number one movie bride on my list. It just amazes me how anything she wore became an instant classic that would be worn years (many years) later. The dress was of course designed by Hepburn’s favorite, Hubert de Givenchy. This 1950’s style will never get old judging from the fact that this same silhouette is used by many designers today. Classy, timeless, and elegant as things usually are from any Hepburn/Givenchy collaboration.