The Most Bridal Oscar Dresses of All Time

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By now we all know that walking down the aisle should feel just like walking down the red carpet. It's your moment to shine, all eyes are on you, and the paparazzi (aka your guests) are all clamoring for the best photo! And of course, picking the right dress is of the utmost importance for both occasions.

With Oscar night growing closer, we took a look back at our favorite wedding-worthy dresses ever to grace the Academy Awards red carpet. From Audrey and Grace to Penelope and Reese, we've got show-stopping Hollywood glamour to inspire every bride!

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Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954
Was Audrey Hepburn ever not setting trends? Then a young ingenue, Hepburn took the home the Best Actress statue for her role in Roman Holiday, and did so in gorgeous bridal style. Hepburn chose an Hubert de Givenchy-designed (naturally) tea-length beige gown embroidered with a floral pattern and accented with a thin belt to show-case her tiny waist. Brides have been taking inspiration ever since.

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Grace Kelly in Edith Head, 1955
Everyone has their favorites when it comes to designers, and Grace Kelly's was Edith Head. Head famously designed Princess Grace's wedding dress and was a regular on the actress's red carpet rotation. To pick up her Best Actress Oscar in 1955 for The Country Girl, Grace Kelly chose a pale blue straight-necked satin column dress by Head. While the color might not scream bride, the style (not to mention the elbow-length gloves) certainly set bridal trends.

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Angelica Huston in Halston, 1975
We'll let Angelia Huston do the talking about the gorgeous Halston dress she chose to accompany Jack Nicholson to the 1975 Academy Awards: "Well, let's start with my dress: It was Halston, pale beige with pink iridescent sequins, like fish scales — sort of a mermaid dress. Even though I worked as a Halston model, I had gotten this dress at Neiman Marcus. The awards were on Friday, and [I bought it] on Wednesday," Huston recently shared with Violet Grey.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren, 1999

So many Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar looks, so little time. While we could call Gwyneth's 2012 caped Tom Ford white gown the most modern wedding dress to hit the Oscars red carpet, the actress's pale pink Ralph Lauren gown is a classic. The simply tailored dress was perfect inspiration for minimalistic 1999 brides the world over. And dare we say we spotted this gown's twin on the Amsale Fall 2016 bridal runway? See for yourself.


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Charlize Theron in Gucci, 2004
She had been part of the Hollywood circuit for a while, but 2004 was Charlize Theron's star-making year. To accept that statue for Best Actress in Monster, Theron chose a golden metallic Gucci gown, that paired with 1920s inspired finger waves, made her a red carpet maven for the history books.


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Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer, 2004
Before she was Mrs. Smith (or Mrs. Pitt), Angelina Jolie turned heads with her vixen-meets-Hollywood style. Clad in a satin Marc Bouwer halter gown (perfectly accessorized with a statement making H.Stern necklace), Jolie was equal parts Greek goddess and vixen. No blood vials in sight.

See more: The Best Movie Wedding Dresses


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Gisele Bündchen in Christian Dior, 2005
Have bohemian brides ever had a better inspiration photo than Gisele Bundchen with Leonardo Dicaprio (sorry Tom Brady) at the 2005 Oscars? The supermodel's strapless, gold-embroidered Christian Dior gown — complimented with cascading beach waves and a glowing tan — was the ideal look for a bohemian beach wedding, no flower crown needed.


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Reese Witherspoon in 1955 Vintage Christian Dior, 2006
America's favorite southern belle looked every inch the part in a vintage Dior gown from 1955 as she accepted the Best Actress Oscar for her role as June Carter in Walk the Line.


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Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006
Probably one of our favorite red carpet dresses of all time, Michelle Williams made everyone forget about her Dawson's Creek days as she glided onto the Academy Awards red carpet in a mustard-colored Vera Wang gown. Picture this gown in white and you have yourself the most perfect 1920s-inspired wedding dress of all time.


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Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2008
Like Angelica Huston before her, Marion Cotillard made a fish scale texture red carpet (and wedding) worthy in a Jean Paul Gaultier halter gown. The French actress would take home the Best Actress award for her star-making role playing Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.


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Penelope Cruz in Vintage Pierre Balmain, 2009
Penelope Cruz chose a classic Old Hollywood Glamour dress to accept her Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. A strapless neckline and full skirt were accented by beautiful beading in the Spanish actress's vintage Pierre Balmain look.


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Halle Berry in Marchesa, 2011
Sure, Halle Berry had her major Oscars moment when she won the Best Actress statuette clad in Elie Saab for Monster's Ball. But her turn in a beaded pale beige Marchesa gown (complete with a tulle train) in 2011 gave us all the bridal feels.


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Mila Kunis in Elie Saab, 2011
Who knew one dress could make you want to wear lilac to your wedding so badly? Mila Kunis turned heads in a gorgeous lace embellished Elie Saab number that had us all rethinking a white wedding.


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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture, 2013
Before she famously fell up the stairs at the 2013 Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence hit the red carpet in a bridal-perfect blush pink Dior Haute Couture gown. "I just woke up and tried on the dress, and it fit, thank God!" Lawrence told press backstage after winning her first Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. Of the infamous fall, Lawrence kept her composure and blamed the dress, "Look at this dress! I tried to walk up stairs in this dress — that's what happened."


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Lupita Nyong'o in Prada, 2014
Ethereal and exuding innocence, Lupita Nyong'o's head-turning, floating on air feeling, pale blue Prada gown was the kind to make Oscars history. Lupita cemented herself as a rising star on the red carpet even before she was announced as Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.


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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad, 2015
It's no secret we love the Tatums around here, and of course we love seeing Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the red carpet. For last year's Oscars she went full on bridal — a very sexy bride at that — in a plunging Zuhair Murad column gown. 2016 brides take note, this is how you do modern bridal right.

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