Jennifer Aniston's wedding dress is likely to take the same approach to formalwear that's become her signature on the red carpet: Simple, sleek, and figure-flattering. Whether in a black Rochas column with a sweeping train at the 2006 Oscars or in a vintage Dior blush-colored slip for the 2002 Primetime Emmys, Aniston stays true to her understated style by choosing straightforward silhouettes with less-is-more detailing. Here, some of our favorite designers fuse those elements with their own diverse aesthetics to offer the star a range of custom wedding-day creations.
Few wedding dress designers boast as much red carpet cred as Reem Acra, so it's no stretch to imagine the Lebanese couturier as Jennifer Aniston's top pick. Just in case Hollywood does come calling, Acra designed a strapless wedding gown embroidered with pearls and three dimensional flowers, along with a cape of silk organza for a contemporary take on the traditional veil. Complementing the carefree glamour of her gown, Acra says she imagines Aniston hosting a "sweet" and "intimate" wedding where the star and her fiancé can be "surrounded by close friends and family."
Given her envy-inducing body, it would be easy to mistake Jennifer Aniston "for a bombshell surfer-girl in her twenties" warns designer Hayley Paige, who envisioned an ivory bias-cut charmeuse gown for the "effortless, understated, and so unbelievably cool" star. Noting the versatility of Aniston's figure, Paige gravitated toward a slinky 1930s-style silhouette similar to that of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's iconic 1996 wedding gown—and enhanced by subtle Chantilly lace details and sweeping godets around the skirt. "Jennifer stuns in the most simplistic and refined of silhouettes," Paige says. "She's a classic beauty."
The team of designers at David's Bridal converged on Jennifer Aniston's natural, fuss-free sensibility to create a gown that "reflects her effortless style but with a dose of drama as nod to her star status," they say. The result is a strapless mermaid gown with a fitted bodice and a simple neckline punched up by glamorous beaded details, which extend along the skirt and scatter onto an illusion hem. So what sort of wedding will feature this glittering gown? "Since she is a big celebrity, we imagined that Jennifer and Justin would have a relatively big affair," say the designers, "that is elegant but in a very low-key sort of way." Just like her wedding dress.
Dreaming of a ceremony "on the beach somewhere warm like Mexico or the Caribbean," the team at Watters designed a V-neck chiffon gown with a fly away skirt for Jennifer Aniston's upcoming nuptials. The different layers of chiffon cascading down the silhouette—and beaded at the edges for a touch of twinkle—play with opacity in key areas that the actress tends to bare most often, such as the bodice and legs. (See all of Aniston's style signatures in our roundup of her most wedding-worthy red carpet looks.) "Jennifer has a very sophisticated and daring style," notes the design team. "She is very adventurous with necklines and fabrics but likes to show off her very toned and tan body." Wouldn't you?
"Jennifer is a classic beauty," says Alfred Angelo designer Michael Shettel, who imagined this bias-cut lace gown from his Modern Vintage collection for the newly engaged star. "Body skimming silhouettes and soft colors play off her skin tone, while highlighting her amazing body," he adds. The combination of a charmeuse under slip and a sheath of elegant lace panels cut into a v-neck with cap sleeves results in the kind of dress Shettel says belongs in a "casual outdoor wedding with an intimate group of family and friends." Bridesmaids dresses, which are also a part of the Alfred Angelo line, would be cast in a dusty hue of gossamer chiffon paired with groomsmen in a casual, light-colored suit.
Claire Pettibone's sketch for Jennifer Aniston evokes the same garden-ready romance as the Pettibone gown worn by Priscilla Chan—wife of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg—for her backyard wedding in May. That dress, from the designer's Fall 2010 collection, featured a laser-cut floral overlay, sweetheart illusion neckline, and matte sequins. Should Aniston opt for a similarly low-key affair, this design's illusion bodice with appliquéd Chantilly lace, toile buttons, and a linen skirt trimmed in lace should make just as sweet a statement—which, when you consider that Jen is basically America's girl next door, might be just what the wedding gods ordered.
Like many women in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston presents us with an oft dichotomous public image—that of the heartwarming, goofy gal and the Tinsel Town movie star. "I wanted to play up both sides of Jennifer's personality," says designer Kelly Faetanini of her fantasy wedding gown, "the effortless, casual girl-next-door Jen and the sexy glamour girl Jen we see on the red carpet." To arrive at an aesthetic based in both sides, Faetanini created a beaded bias-cut charmeuse slip with a v-neckline and soft tulle cascades at the hem to add bit of texture. Explains the designer: "I started with a classic, no-fuss silhouette to accentuate Jennifer's striking figure and then added a hint of sparkle."
Like the intimate wedding she pictures for Jennifer Aniston, designer Ee-lyn Tang's fantasy gown is more "fuss free" than "over the top," because "she makes looking good so effortless," says Tang. That refined approach to celebrity nuptials comes as little surprise from a designer whose Love, Yu bridal collection—launched in 2009—is at every inch understated, ageless, and chic. (We recently counted a long-sleeved Love, Yu gown among our favorite lace wedding dresses of the Spring 2013 season.) The camisole top of this gown is cut from ultra-feminine French Chantilly lace, with a skirt of bias-cut silk charmeuse trimmed at the bottom, again, with lace.
"Consistent"—that's how designer Nicole Miller describes Jennifer Aniston's style. "Even though she doesn't take many fashion risks, she is always tasteful and elegant," says the designer, adding: "Her hair has always looks great, too!" To complement both the star's famous 'do and her understated aesthetic, Miller imagined a wedding dress with sleek, modern lines and elegant details. A simple spaghetti-strap neckline hits just below the bust, giving way to a formfitting mermaid silhouette accented in the back by two floor-length flyaway panels. The total look culminates in a style that Miller calls "not too frou-frou."
How does Jennifer Aniston's movie star-next-door persona translate through the eyes of an Italian-Venezuelan designer? "She's the fun American girl," says Rafael Cennamo, "who is also very sophisticated and feminine." Since launching his eveningwear label in 2006, Cennamo has dressed such noted American girls as Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani, going on to debut his first bridal collection in 2010. Were Aniston another of his celebrity clients, Cennamo would dress her in a crepe bias-cut gown embellished with Chantilly lace and jeweled straps over a low-cut back. It's a relaxed-cum-glamorous gown that Cennamo envisions for a ceremony "not on the beach, but near it in Southern California—maybe near Malibu."
A great haircut made Jennifer Aniston's career—and if Theia Creative Director Don O'Neill has any say, it'll be the making of her wedding dress, too. "Jennifer has a wonderful relaxed style, which is created by her signature haircut," explains O'Neill. "I felt the sporty look of a backless halter dress paired with the romance of a mermaid skirt would be perfect." O'Neill designed a French Chantilly lace gown delicately re-embroidered with silk thread and micro beading over a nude silk-georgette lining. The skirt is a mixture of gazaar, tulle, and organza that creates "an ethereal cloud to accentuate Jennifer's beautiful figure."