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 of the most beautiful wedding dress moments this year. 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 this year, 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 wedding dresses that made our jaws drop this year.
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
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' 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!”
She Just Knows' Fluttering Lace Wedding Dress
This bride 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!” Tracy’s gown featured a deep-V neckline, fluttering lace sleeves, and floaty tiers of tulle.
A 3-D Textured Column Dress
The bride wore a white, 3-D lace Naeem Khan column dress. "I loved the texture of the fabric, how minimal yet unexpected it was," she explains. Willa paired her stunning gown with shoes by Acne Studios, jewelry by Quarry, and a bouquet of wild cornflowers tied in a dusty blue ribbon. Her nails were painted in that "dirty yellow" she outlined in her original design scheme.
A Tiered Ruffled Wedding Dress
Phoebe first hit all the bridal boutiques in Melbourne in search of her dream gown. But after no such luck, she hit the Internet, scoured photos, and found the one on the runway in New York City. "I saw an image of Houghton's 'Miranda' dress and immediately fell in love with it," she says. "I managed to find it at another boutique in Melbourne, tried it on, fell in love, and contacted the Houghton team in New York the next day."
A Minimalist Ruffled Wedding Dress
Pilar wore two dresses by Spanish designer Belén Barbero of Beba’s Closet, who had also designed her sister’s wedding gown. “I had to have big ruffles!” the bride says. “I’ve loved ruffles ever since I was a little girl.”
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 the 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 Colorful Flowing Wedding Dress
The bride, who uses a butterfly as her jewelry brand Apodemia's logo, worked with Spanish designer Belen Barbero of Beba's Closet to design her dream gown. Jimena's resulting gown featured long sleeves, a full, flowing skirt, and colorful embroidery—that incorporated her signature butterfly emblem on the sleeve.
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 that, 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
The 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
This bride 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 by 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."
A Simple Dress With Subtle Braided Details
Irene worked closely with designer Santos Costura to customize her wedding gown. “I wanted long sleeves and a simple neckline, and adored the braided details on the bodice,” she says.
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.
Chanel Iman's Simple Yet Elegant Dress
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.