As anyone planning a wedding knows, there’s a lot that goes into picking out a wedding dress (seriously — there are no less than 70 things to keep in mind before you even get started!). Between the research that happens ahead of hitting the bridal boutiques, figuring out your budget, setting up trial appointments, and trying more dresses on than you care to count, it’s safe to say that selecting “the one” is kind of a big deal. But after all of that time and effort spent, shouldn’t you be allowed to enjoy it more than once?
Celebs such as Troian Bellisario, who recycled the bottom half of her Cortana bridal ensemble for a 2020 Oscars afterparty, and Keira Knightly, who has famously stepped out in the Chanel mini-dress from her big day not once, not twice, but three different times, certainly seem to think so. Honestly? We can’t say we blame them! Keep reading to find out what other bold brides bucked tradition in favor or a second go at their show-stopping — and eco-friendly! — wedding gowns.
Camila Parker Bowles
Kate's not the only royal who knows how to recycle a good look! Though most will likely remember the pale blue-and-gold Robinson Valentine coat the Duchess of Cornwall wore for her wedding to Prince Charles on April 9, 2005, which she layered over a long chiffon dress, she actually wore another dress that day, also by Valentine. The second had a much shorter scalloped-edge hem and a matching neckline, which she paired with a cream overcoat and a feathered hat to match. It was this look that we saw again just two years later, when Bowles stepped out for National Assembly of Wales in 2007. Though she again wore it with a white coat and a striking golden brooch, the royal kept things fresh by changing up her hat and shoes.
By now, Keira Knightley has pretty much become the poster child for re-wearing your wedding dress. Five years after first taking her bespoke Chanel tulle gown by late designer Karl Lagerfeld for a spin at a Finch & Partners' pre-BAFTA bash in 2008, she decided it was just the piece for exchanging her vows with James Righton in Marzan, France. “I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again,” she would later tell the Telegraph.
Seven months later, she hit the red carpet in the dress yet again for the SeriousFun gala in London, trading out her bridal flats for a pair of strappy heels.
The beloved gown has since been retired, however, as Knightley revealed to the publication in 2014 that it was all but ruined after a friend spilled red wine all over it. “It's quite impressively splattered. But, hey, a good night is a good night and when a dress has had its time, maybe it's had its time," she said. "I'm pretty sure I can get it out, but if I can't, I'm happy with the memory of a good night and the story of how the dress got destroyed."
Ahead of exchanging her vows with record producer Jimmy Iovine in 2016, the Snow White and the Hunstman actress was spotted joyously frolicking the beach with her loved ones in a gorgeous satin ivory gown with a halter neckline outside their home in Malibu. Two weeks later, she was back in the dress, strutting her stuff at Vanity Fair’s Oscars afterparty with a slicked-back ‘do, a pearl ear jacket, and a little black clutch.
The No Doubt frontwoman pulled out all the stops for her 2002 wedding to ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, blowing everyone’s mind with her dip-dyed ombré Christian Dior gown, designed by none other than John Galliano. 15 years later, she was still rocking the look, choosing a strapless recreation of the piece from Christian Siriano’s bridal line in which to announce her 2017 holiday album.
“I think it was a new updated version for her,” Siriano told the Observer at the time. “It wasn’t specifically designed for this album, but it fit right in and she looked like a queen!”
Alex Borstein’s marriage to Jackson Douglas might not have stood the test of time (the couple called in quits in 2014), but the elegant frock she wore for their 1999 nuptials most certainly did. In fact, the actress was wearing it when she took home two Emmys for her roles as Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Lois Griffin on Family Guy in 2018.
“This is actually my wedding dress, this was from 20 years ago,” she said of the silver satin gown, which featured a plunging neckline and flutter sleeves. “The marriage didn’t last, but the dress did. And I wanted to give it new life, so now it’s my [Emmys] dress.”
If Kate Bosworth’s angelic gown at the 2018 Met Gala looked somewhat … familiar, it’s because you actually saw her in the same strapless silhouette with an über-long train before—on her wedding day. The Blue Crush star tapped her bridal gown designer, Oscar de la Renta, to recreate the custom piece he made for her 2013 nuptials, which included a show-stopping 16-feet of fabric trailing behind her. Sure, the updated Met version had a few tweaks — namely, the gem and rosemary bead adornments and its sheer gold tulle overlay — but the crux of the design remained largely the same, allowing Bosworth to relive all of her bridal fantasies.
Priyanka Chopra is no stranger to a good bridal gown — in addition to the jaw-dropping Georges Hobeika creation the Quantico alum wore on the red carpet at Cannes in 2019, she famously donned three different wedding dresses for her 2018 nuptials to husband Nick Jonas. There was one she liked so much, however, she was game to wear it a second time—on the cover of Vogue Netherlands’ Love & Weddings issue, no less!
Her pick was none other than the lacy, hand-embroidered Ralph Lauren creation she wore down the aisle for the couple’s Western ceremony. Considering it featured crystal Swarovski embellishments that took a whopping 1,826 hours to create, we're gonna go ahead and say the rewear was most definitely warranted.
Adrienne Bailon Houghton
The Real co-host had no trouble slipping back into the strapless mermaid gown from Ryan Patros and Walter Mendez that she said her “I dos” in in 2016. In fact, she pulled it out of the closet for a collection launch of her jewelry line, XIXI, just last year. “It was the exact same as it was on my wedding day,” she told People in November 2019.
Still, Bailon admitted she had a few months to prepare: “My weight has fluctuated over the past three years,” she said at the time. “The thought of putting the dress back on was daunting but also motivating. I’d been trying to get in shape to help my body through family planning but I always need a goal, this gave me a deadline.”
12 years might have passed since Busy Philipps first pulled on her charming strapless buttercream gown with a black belted waist she dressed in to surprise her friends and family members with her secret wedding to husband Marc Silverstein, but she looked every bit the blushing bride when she busted it out for an episode of her former talk show, Busy Tonight, last year.
“Yes. I really pulled out my wedding dress from 12 years ago and wore it on my show tonight,” she explained on Instagram. “It basically fit except my stupid upper rib cage which grew after my 2 babies. No one tells you about that sh*t. But babies expand your rib cage so, just be aware. This is a PSA.” Duly noted!
Oscars party-goer or boho bride? The Pretty Little Liars alum was a little bit of both after the 2020 Academy Awards. By trading in the ¾-sleeve top with sheer sleeves and a plunging neckline that completed her two-piece bridal set in 2016 for an understated blush pink cami, Bellisario managed to create a whole new red carpet vibe that left us none the wiser that she was rewearing her skirt.
The actress clued us in, however, revealing to her Instagram followers that she had recycled it for the event. “"Wore half my wedding dress. Home by 11. Eating ice cream. Happy,” she wrote on a snap of herself showing off the gorgeous bottom with hubby Patrick J. Adams.