Weddings, and all their unexpected drama, make for some of the most memorable moments on a scripted television show. Think: Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe chugging a few beers on the couch; Harry spilling red wine on Charlotte's dress; and the entire final season of How I Met Your Mother. So naturally, the bridal looks worn by our favorite characters make a lasting impact on the legacy of their story.
From the perfectly puffed sleeve dresses featured on classic '90s shows like General Hospital and Full House to more recent, gorgeous gowns like Charlotte's Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka looks on Sex and the City, TV wedding dresses have certainly evolved over the years. Of course, we can't forget about the most fashion-forward bride to grace the small screen: Molly Carter and her breathtaking Oscar de la Renta gown on Insecure.
However, you don't have to be a famous fictional character to have an iconic wedding moment, and brides can easily draw inspiration from some of their favorite reality celebs like Kim Kardashian (obviously!) and Catherine Lowe from The Bachelor. If nothing else, you can look to these women (whether their marriages lasted or not) for guidance on how to make your personality pop down the aisle.
Now ditch Netflix and satisfy your nostalgia by scrolling through the most iconic wedding dresses ever worn on television.
Rachel Green 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 show's 10-year journey and the many milestones each Friends character will bring.
Molly Carter on Insecure
Molly's Oscar de la Renta gown is embedded in our minds as one of the most iconic TV wedding dresses of all time. After five seasons of dating the wrong men, she meets her match in Taurean and finally gets to have her dream wedding. The characters of Insecure truly became our best friends throughout the series, so Molly's wedding was a win for us all.
Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl
Though Gossip Girl fans weren't rooting for this groom, Blair's stunning, lace Vera Wang gown—which she wore to her wedding with soon-to-be ex-husband Louis—was fit for a princess.
Maggie Pierce on Grey's Anatomy
After reconnecting in Seattle, Maggie and Winston were finally set to tie the knot, but not before jumping through several hurdles like a global pandemic. The surgeon opted for a one-shoulder, tea-length dress for her micro-ceremony, but in true Grey's Anatomy plot twists, she didn't get the chance to say "I do" in that ensemble. Maggie later wore a traditional, lace fit-and-flare gown at her official ceremony, which occurred several months later in front of friends and family.
Charlotte York 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 anxious due to the many unexpected mishaps that occurred during the celebration. However, the one thing that was a success, was her Badgley Mischka gown! 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.
Rachel Zane on Suits
Before she wore her iconic Givenchy wedding dress, Meghan Markle played Rachel on Suits, who was also a bride on the show. In the seventh season finale, Rachel finally made it to the alter to marry Mike, wearing a gorgeous A-line, deep V-neck gown designed by Anne Barge. This also marked Rachel's final appearance on the show, because her real-life persona, Markle, would soon walk down the aisle to become the Duchess of Sussex.
Cece Parekh on New Girl
We will never forget Cece's first wedding lehenga on New Girl. Between the rich red color, the floor-length veil, and just the overall design, what's even more unforgettable are the embroidered jewels that dripped down the gown. While she didn't end up saying "I do" on that episode, her look will go down as one of the best in TV history.
Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother
The entire final season of How I Met Your Mother was dedicated to Robin and Barney's nuptials, so how could we not talk about Ms. Sparkle's dress? After all, this Monique Lhuillier design, which we saw on multiple occasions, was perfect.
Laura Spencer on General Hospital
Many different generations have watched General Hospital, but one thing that unites them all is Luke and Laura. While there have been many weddings on the long-running soap, this was by far the most anticipated and watched.
Monica Geller 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 silhouette spoke to Monica's inner perfectionist, and let her shine on her big day.
Kim Kardashian on Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Kim Kardashian has had several TV wedding moments, but it was her Givenchy gown, for her wedding to Kanye West, that is the most iconic. On the season 9 finale of Keep Up With the Kardashians, the Skims founder said "I do" to Kanye during a destination ceremony in Italy. The bride wore a custom, long-sleeve lace mermaid gown with a cut-out bodice.
Pam Beesly on The Office
Fans of the long-running NBC sitcom, The Office, rooted for Pam and Jim from the beginning. So, when they were finally able to tie the knot, a very pregnant Pam glowed in her flowing empire waist gown.
Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother
Lilypad and Marshmallow's wedding day was quite the disaster—Marshall shaved off most of his hair, 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, was just right.
Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation
When Leslie and Ben's formal wedding completely fails, 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.
Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl (again)
The moment we had all been waiting for—Chuck and Blair finally tying the knot—was as good as we always anticipated. The main reason? Blair's incredible Elie Saab blue dress and gem-encrusted headband.
Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City
Stubborn as ever, Miranda refused to have a traditional wedding. So much so, that she chose a community garden as her venue and wore a velvet burgundy suit for her nuptials to longtime love (and baby daddy) Steve.
Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy
Callie and Arizona's wedding on Grey's Anatomy marked an important moment in TV history for many reasons. We love how the ladies wore dresses that reflected their personalities for their same-sex nuptials.
Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl
A perfect ending to the style-centric show, Serena finally married her on-and-off-again love, Dan, in a gold and white Georges Chakra gown. To no surprise, her dress was extremely appropriate for the ultra-glam society girl.
Trista Sutter on The Bachelorette
Making a mark in history as the first Bachelor nation couple to tie the knot, Trista did it up with a fairy-tale ball gown. Now, 10 years later, the Sutters are happily married and have also renewed their vows on TV.
Becky Katsopolis 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. Her puffed off-the-shoulder sleeves and sky-high veil make for the best '90s wedding fashion moment ever.
Phoebe Buffay on Friends
The last of the bunch to say "I do," the hilariously eccentric Phoebe wore an unexpectedly traditional dress for her snowy ceremony to Mike Hannigan (played by a young and handsome Paul Rudd).
Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell
Presented as a two-hour TV movie, Zack and Kelly's wedding marked the series finale of the much-loved teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. For her Vegas nuptials with the gang, Kelly rocked a very early-90s, short-sleeve pearl-embellished ball gown.