Every bride wants to feel like a movie star on her big day—so why not look to the iconic big screen wedding scenes for inspiration? After all, the most memorable moments from our favorite romantic comedies are undoubtedly when our favorite characters tie the knot in lovely, overblown, and unexpected ways.
Whether it's the dramatic Vivienne Westwood gown Carrie Bradshaw wears while getting her heart crushed in the Sex and the City movie or Juliet's (Keira Knightley) unique sheer-and-feather white number from Love Actually, a wedding dress is always one of the most unforgettable costumes from a film. Even some of the most classic love stories featured memorable big-day looks: Julia Roberts's oh-so-'90s ball gowns in Runaway Bride and Steel Magnolias, Julie Andrews's iconic A-line dress in The Sound of Music, and Audrey Hepburn's vintage Givenchy number in Funny Face.
And brides-to-be should pay attention to the best big-screen wedding dresses for more than just nostalgia purposes—the looks can also serve as style inspiration. Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart) silk, open-lace back Carolina Herrera creation in Twilight: Breaking Dawn is perfect for the romantic bride throwing a winter wedding, while Melanie Smooter's (Reese Witherspoon) sleeveless dress and fishnet veil in Sweet Home Alabama is fit for a southern belle's nuptials. Searching for something more non-traditional? Look to Paige's (Rachel McAdams) short pink strapless number in The Vow. Ready to take a trip down movie memory lane? Click through to see the most memorable wedding dresses in film!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Katniss's (Jennifer Lawrence) would-be wedding dress—a cruel stunt pulled by President Snow—was surely a stunner. The intricate Tex Saverio design for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was crafted from layers of organza, thousands of Swarovski crystals, and silver flames—it was the perfect, fantasy-filled number for the setting.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
It was only a matter of time until Bella (Kristen Stewart) married Edward (Robert Pattinson) in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, and when she did, her Carolina Herrera long-sleeve silk sheath, with an open lace back, was extremely fitting for their epic romance.
Bride Wars proved to be double trouble—and we're not talking about the ongoing fight between Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway). With each leading lady wearing Vera Wang, not even the former besties wrestling down the aisle could stop us from loving their big-day looks.
Sex and the City
The crème de la crème of modern movie dresses, Carrie Bradshaw's Vivienne Westwood gown for her failed wedding to Mr. Big at the iconic New York City Library was one of many jaw-dropping designer dresses paraded throughout the Sex and the City movie.
Unlike most movies, Enchanted opens with a wedding dress—and what a gown it is! Giselle (Amy Adams) is every bit the princess-to-be in the puffed-sleeve ball gown.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) may have assumed her royal title in her home country of Genovia in the first Princess Diaries, but she truly became a princess in her regal, lace-sleeved wedding dress, which capped off the ending to the sequel.
The wedding may not have worked out between Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Lon (James Marsden) in The Notebook, but her classic lace long-sleeve stunner with an illusion neckline will stand the test of time.
Sweet Home Alabama
The Southern belle's wedding dress was simple and romantic—unlike her road to the altar in Sweet Home Alabama. But when Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) broke off her wedding to the smoky Andrew Hennings (Partick Dempsey) to reunite with her childhood sweetheart Jake Perry (Josh Lucas), the lace, sleeveless mermaid and fishnet veil she wore was everything we wanted and more.