Yes, 2018 was a very turbulent year. But, in case you were living under a rock, it also brought us some of the most epic weddings we've seen in a while. And with epic weddings come even more beautiful wedding dresses.
With two royal weddings and a slew of celeb "I dos," it's no wonder we were served some beautiful wedding dress moments. Meghan Markle is a given, but we were also stunned by Princess Eugenie, Ashley Greene, Hillary Swank, Shanina Shaik, influencers Chiara Ferragni and Rocky Barnes, and many more. But it's not just celebrities who took our breath away, some real brides gave the red carpet a run for its money in stunning creations by Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Ralph & Russo, and even a few brides who designed their own dresses.
Ready to see the most beautiful wedding dresses of 2018? Keep scrolling to see the 27 that made our jaws drop.
Meghan Markle's Halter Reception Dress
Sure, Meghan Markle's Givenchy wedding gown got all the glory, but we're particular to the striking, yet minimal, halter wedding dress by Stella McCartney she chose for the reception. No wonder we're seeing this look on every runway.
Princess Eugenie's Dipped Back Wedding Dress
Beyond gorgeous, Princess Eugenie's wedding dress was also sweetly sentimental. The frock's dipped back showed off Eugenie's scar from a childhood scoliosis operation. The reveal was an intentional one, as the bride told ITV that she specifically requested the silhouette for that reason. "I’m patron of [the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal] and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back," she explained. "It’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this."
Rocky Barnes's Flapper-Style Mini Dress
With the after-party at the Boom Boom Room in New York City, influencer Rocky Barnes knew she needed a party-ready dress, so she tapped Pronovias to create a custom look for the occasion. The flapper-style design features a high neck and short skirt trimmed with ivory feathers.
Hilary Swank's Chantilly Lace Wedding Dress
To match the ethereal California redwoods setting, Hilary Swank donned a similarly heavenly Elie Saab wedding dress, featuring gauzy Chantilly lace, silk chiffon, organza silk, and beaded floral embroidery. "I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress," Swank told Vogue.
Chiara Ferragni's Tulle Skirt Wedding Dress
It was the dress that broke the internet. Mega-influencer Chiara Ferragni walked down the aisle in a custom gown by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior. “Dior has always been one of my favorite brands, and I love what Maria Grazia Chiuri does,” she told Vogue. “So my dream was to get married in one of her creations.”
Ashley Greene's Sheer and Sparkly Dress
Twilight star Ashley Greene slipped into a sheer and sparkly dress by Windi Williams-Stern for her stunning redwoods reception.
Virginia Williams's Floral Embroidered Gown
When Virginia Williams married Pusha T in July, she ended up with two gorgeous wedding dresses. For the ceremony, Virginia walked down the aisle in a floral embroidered romantic Marchesa gown featuring a deep v-neckline.
Leanne Marshall's Flowy Dress
“You don’t date every single guy within a 500-mile radius before choosing the one, and finding your wedding gown shouldn’t follow that pattern, either," bridal designer Leanne Marshall said of her awe-inducing gown. "Instead, a dress—just like a partner—will let you know when it’s the one. You won’t be able to get it out of your head.”
Tracy Nour Scheer's Fluttering Lace Wedding Dress
Blogger Tracy Nour Scheer of She Just Knows turned to RMINE to create a custom wedding gown that was everything she imagined (and more). “I knew I wanted something a little over-the-top," she says. "After all, it was my one chance to wear a princess dress.” Her gown featured a deep-v neckline, fluttering lace sleeves, and floaty tiers of tulle.
An Asymmetric Statement Dress
Jennifer wore a cool, asymmetric Toni Maticevski gown with a black zipper down the back (paired with hot pink Saint Laurent shoes) for her courtyard ceremony. During her search at LOHO Bride in Los Angeles, she decided “there’s no better chance to wear a statement dress than on my wedding day.”
A Classic Dress With a Capelet
With a weekend full of beautiful bridal looks, Schuyler Claiden pulled out all the stops on her big day. For her dress, she selected an Oscar de la Renta gown and capelet, which she paired with a sweet bundle of lily of the valley. "I wanted something small, simple and elegant," she says of her tightly packed bouquet.
Diipa Khosla's Detailed Couture Wedding Dress
“I was a fan of Mr. Ashi's work for years,” influencer Diipa Khosla told Brides of her Ashi Studio gown. “I have always been in awe of his couture pieces. So when it was time for me to become a bride, I knew the only designer who could create the magical moment for me would be Mr. Ashi. He has such a beautiful understanding of east meets west, fashion and art, and just how to make a woman feel her most beautiful self in his work.”
A Vintage-Inspired Embellished Dress
This bride is the bridal designer behind Harriette Gordon so she, of course, designed her own dress. "I knew I wanted to wear something embellished and couture but in a relaxed, nonchalant way," she says.
A Colorful Yellow Patterned Wedding Dress
Evelyna initially planned to wear a Grecian-style white dress but ended up falling for a colorful Dolce & Gabbana gown she saw online. "I loved this dress because it was surprising for everyone, starting [with] me," she says. "It was the opposite of what I imagined myself getting married in."
A Statement Gown With a Detachable Cape
Chanel Dror was inspired by the wedding venue château’s romantic aesthetic, and she let the place inform her dress: a statement gown with a detachable cape by Amir Taghi in Houston. “It was over-the-top and minimal at the same time, just like the château,” she says.
Shanina Shaik's Bohemian Lace Gown
For her wedding gown, model Shanina Shaik turned to the husband-and-wife design team at Ralph & Russo, who helped create her dream dress over the course of eight months. "I wanted it to be simple, bohemian, and elegant," she says. "I love a boho style and I wanted to give it a little twist by incorporating lace."
Harley Viera Newton's Three-Piece Suit Dress
The day before the wedding, Harley Viera-Newton and Ross Schwartzman went down to city hall to sign their paperwork—and they dressed for the occasion. Harley wore a three-piece Chanel suit that she found at a vintage store in Miami. "I asked, 'Do you happen to have anything bridal?' and they pointed to a mannequin next to me and there she was," Harley remembers.
Harley Viera Newton's Vintage Designer Gown
For the actual wedding day, Harley wore three gowns—all from the Valentino archives. "I'm a die-hard fan," she says. "I feel my best in their designs; they're so elegant and fit so beautifully."
Chanel Iman's Simple Elegance
Victoria's Secret Angel Chanel Iman ultimately said yes to a stunning wedding dress by Zuhair Murad, a Lebanese fashion designer she has worn several times on the red carpet. "I feel very lucky to have gotten married in one of his gorgeous creations," she says.
Nazanin Mandi's Stunning Slip Dress
After saying "I do" to singer Miguel, Nazanin Mandi slipped into a custom Carly Cushnie gown just in time for one of the most important parts—cake cutting, of course.
Candiace Dillard's Swarovski Crystal Creation
Real Housewives star, Candiace Dillard, knew exactly what she wanted in a wedding dress and wasted zero time searching for it. “Your wedding gown should be exactly what you want it to be,” says the bride. “If you can’t find what you want, don’t be afraid to go custom!” The former Miss United States worked closely with Karen Sabag Couture for eight months to bring her vision to life: a silk organza, corseted ball gown with French bows and brimming with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. Eighty glimmering yards of them, to be exact.
Pretty in Pink Florals
Chelsea's nuptial celebration spanned the length of four days and consisted of no less than seven ensembles. She started the wedding weekend off with a bang in a floral Oscar de la Renta gown accented with pearl earrings and Edmund Castillo heels. "He made all my shoes throughout the festivities," the bride explains. "Some were old shoes of his that I’ve had for years, and some were new just for the wedding."
An Ornate Bridal Set
While Chelsea and Justin were wed at a prior ceremony in Hong Kong, the third day of the Moroccan wedding festivities was reserved for the main ceremony and the main gown. “I’d envisioned my wedding since I was a little girl hiding bridal magazines under my bed,” says the bride. “So I knew what I wanted for my dress!” She donned an intricately embroidered coat and gown ensemble by Ashi Studio that she had also sported for the Hong Kong ceremony.
A Romantic Cape
Geraldine's choice of a fitted Carolina Herrera bridal gown came as a bit of a surprise. “I had envisioned a different style, but after trying on a few shapes, it’s all about picking the dress that flatters your figure,” she explains. She paired the mermaid silhouette with a floral and lace cape for the reception.
A Vintage Drip
Taina's heavily-embellished Theia gown was not only dripping in beadwork but also the stuff of Art-Deco dreams. "I loved that it had a vintage vibe and looked like it was draped in pearls from head-to-toe," recalls the bride. "I knew it was the one when I made another mother of the bride cry in the store. It was such a compliment!" She paired the dress with something blue heels with retro fringe.