Weddings make for some of the most memorable moments in a television series' run: Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe chugging a few beers on the couch; Charlotte spilling red wine and subsequently crying in a bathroom; the entire final season of How I Met Your Mother. So naturally, the dresses worn by our favorite characters on the most important day of their lives make their mark, too.
From the perfectly puffed sleeve dresses accented with voluminous veils featured in classic '90s television weddings like General Hospital and Full House to more recent, gorgeous gowns like Charlotte's Vera Wang and Badgley Mishka big-day looks on Sex and the City, TV wedding dresses have certainly evolved over the years. And of course, we can't forget about the most fashion-forward brides to grace our small screens: The ladies of Gossip Girl (remember Blair's blue Elie Saab number and Serena's gold-dipped Georges Chakra gown?!).
The wedding dresses on each of these shows will forever remain one of the major things we remember about each series, but you don't have to be a famous fictional character to have an iconic wedding dress of your own. Emulate your favorite dress from Friends, Sex and the City, or even The Bachelor and Bachelorette, by taking inspiration from the gowns' silhouettes, skirts, and necklines. If nothing else, you can look to these women (whether their marriages lasted or not—we're looking at you and the gorgeous Vera Wang gown worn to marry Prince Louis, Blair) for guidance on how to make your personality pop down the aisle.
Ditch the Netflix for a moment and satisfy your nostalgia by binge-clicking through the most iconic wedding dresses ever worn on TV.
Rachel on Friends
Rachel running away from her marriage to Barry is one of several iconic friends wedding scenes. Rocking a '90s-style ball gown at Central Perk, this series opener sets the tone for the following 10 years together and the many milestones our favorite friends will bring.
Charlotte on Sex and the City
Of all of the weddings on Sex and the City, Charlotte's second marriage to Harry had us the most farklempt for many reasons: Harry couldn't break the glass at the end of their Jewish ceremony, Samantha broke her bracelet spilling beads underneath the chuppah, Charlotte slipped on the said beads after their first kiss, and, of course, she spilled red wine on her dress. One thing was a success, though—Charlotte's stunning Badgley Mischka dress! The flutter off-the-shoulder sleeves and gentle embroidery were a romantic change from her first wedding to Trey, for which she wore a very princess-like ball gown.
Monica on Friends
Obviously, for her marriage to fellow friend Chandler (that proposal still makes us cry), everything had to be impeccable—dress included! The streamlined trumpet spoke to Monica's inner perfectionist, and let her shine on her big day.
Lily on How I Met Your Mother
Lilypad and Marshmallow's wedding day was quite the disaster—Marshall shaved of most of his hair off, their pregnant harpist's water broke, and Lily's ex-boyfriend showed up to win her back—but Lily's dress, which she scored at a sample sale with the help of bestie Robin, was just right.
Emily on Revenge
It may have all been a rouse, but "Emily" looked incredible in her scalloped lace and tulle peplum gown for her high-society nuptials. Though the dress looked like it was plucked right off the bridal runways, the show's costume designer, Jill Ohannesson, custom made the design herself.
Leslie on Parks and Recreation
When Leslie and Ben's town-wide wedding completely fails (thanks a lot, Jamm), the couple does exactly what we'd expect them to do: They get hitched in City Hall, the place where it all began. In classic Knope style, Leslie still carries her community with her in a DIY-pleated newspaper decorated skirt.
Becky on Full House
While we could spend many minutes harping on our inappropriate childhood crushes on Uncle Jesse, we must discuss his longtime beau Becky's gown: The puffed off-the-shoulder sleeves and sky-high veil make for the best '90s wedding ever.