From royal couples to A-list movie stars, celebrity weddings are often better arbiters of style than the red carpets these larger-than-life personalities are famous for walking. With seemingly bottomless budgets, star-studded guest lists, and million-dollar gowns, the best celebrity weddings truly spare no expense. While Hollywood romances are often short-lived, celebrity weddings continue to live on in infamy as iconic inspiration for your own wedding—albeit on a much smaller scale.
Celebrity wedding dresses are as iconic as the celebrities who wear them and can help inform your own tastes and preferences before you even walk into your bridal salon appointment. Maybe you want to go classic with your wedding dress, a la Audrey Hepburn, or perhaps you'd rather take a cue from Solange Knowles' wedding day attire and wear a pantsuit instead of a gown. Either way, celebrity wedding looks can serve as the ultimate inspiration.
We've rounded up what we believe to be the 40 most beautiful celebrity wedding dresses and outfits. See all of our favorite looks below.
Before British royal Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle, another prince found his future princess in Hollywood. Prince Rainier of Monaco married American actress Grace Kelly in a lavish ceremony on April 18, 1956. Her wedding dress is one of the most iconic dresses of the 20th century, a lace and silk taffeta gown designed by Helen Rose, an Academy Award-winning costume designer. The dress is famous for its stunning silhouette: a high neckline with long lace sleeves, a fitted lace bodice, and a bell-shaped skirt with a three-foot-long train.
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic wedding dresses of the last century, Princess Diana's wedding dress to marry Prince Charles was designed by the husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The ivory taffeta gown was covered in sequins, lace, and 10,000 pearls, and was estimated to cost $115,000. The lavish gown sparked a sea of copycat dresses in the years immediately following, and the over-the-top display of grandeur still inspires brides today.
Old Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor tied the knot a whopping eight times, but it was her first wedding to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton that earns her a spot on this coveted list. The cream-colored, silk satin long-sleeved dress designed by costume designer Helen Rosen was embellished with pearls, and originally had a 20-inch waist to show off 18-year-old Elizabeth's tiny figure. The gown was sold at auction in 2013 for £121,875.
What do you wear to marry the King of Rock and Roll? 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu donned an understated floor-length white wedding dress in silk to marry her longtime beau, Elvis Presley. The long-sleeved pearl-encrusted gown was topped with a rhinestone tiara and voluminous three-foot tulle veil to complete the classic ’60s glamour look.
Mariah Carey wore a Princess Diana-inspired gown for her 1993 wedding with Tommy Mottola, a music executive who signed the artist to Sony which launched her into stardom. The bride wore an ivory-silk Duchesse satin Vera Wang gown boasting a 10-foot veil and 27-foot train, costing reportedly $25,000.
All eyes were on American actress Meghan Markle when she married Prince Harry in the summer of 2018. British designer Clare Waight Keller designed the simple yet stunning dress under the Givenchy label. The focal point of the dress is the open bateau neckline, which gorgeously frames the shoulders and emphasizes the waist. Markle paired her 16.5-foot veil with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara, a Cartier bracelet, and pair of earrings.
The Insecure star wore custom Vera Wang for her surprise wedding to Louis Diame, which took place on the French Rivera. The strapless, beaded ball gown features a sweetheart neckline, which Rae paired with a chapel-length Chantilly lace veil.
Solange Knowles is anything but traditional. She had a total of six ivory outfit changes during her New Orleans nuptials to director Alan Ferguson. Our favorite? The cream-colored jumpsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and elegant cape.
Priyanka Chopra's wedding to Nick Jonas in December 2018 rivaled a royal affair. The couple held a lavish three-day celebration in Jodhpur, India, which had two ceremonies honoring Hindu and Christian traditions. For the Christian ceremony, Chopra wore a custom gown designed by American designer Ralph Lauren. The modest dress featured a coat-style high neck, long sleeves, and a controlled A-line bottom extending outwards into a 75-foot-long veil. 32,000 pearlescent sequins, 5,600 seed beads, and 11,632 Swarovski crystals gave the gown a pearlescent finish.
The tennis superstar married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a custom Alexander McQueen ball gown paired with an embellished cape and jewelry by XIV Karats, which was supposedly worth a whopping $3.5 million in total. For the reception, she changed into a beaded and feathered Versace gown before slipping into a mini dress with a feathered skirt for her first dance.
Caroline Kennedy, the only daughter of the late President Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Cape Cod on July 20, 1986. The white silk organza gown designed by Carolina Hererra featured a rounded neckline, short, puffy sleeves, and a full skirt with a sweeping 25-foot train. The bodice was embroidered with white shamrocks, which was a nod to her father's Irish ancestry.
Singer Ciara married pro football player Russell Wilson wearing a 13-foot-long dress designed by Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas. The couple's initials were embroidered into the lace at the back of her train for a hidden, romantic touch. Ciara topped the gown with a matching silk tulle veil embellished with the same Chantilly lace floral pattern as the gown.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend wed in beautiful Lake Como, Italy, in 2013. The bride wore three dresses that night, but for the ceremony, she opted for a princess-inspired strapless ivory tulle ball gown designed by Vera Wang.
Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kanye West may be ending, but their wedding will live on forever as one of the most iconic celebrity weddings of this century. For their Italian nuptials, the bride wore a floor-length gown designed by Kardashian's close friend, Riccardo Tisci, under the Givenchy label. The understated gown boasts long lace sleeves, a diamond-shaped cut-out bodice, and a flowing white cathedral-length silk veil.
Actress Gabrielle Union wore a fairytale-inspired custom Dennis Basso gown for her 2014 wedding to NBA star Dwayne Wade. The dress was regal, featuring an embellished bodice, sweetheart neckline, and traditional veil to top off the look.
Diana Ross married Norwegian shipping tycoon Arne Naess Jr. in a pearl-embroidered dress and a Belgian lace veil reportedly costing $20,000.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The future First Lady wore a gown by Anne Lowe, a Black couturier, to wed John F. Kennedy in 1953. Although, Lowe was not credited as the designer until the mid-1960s. The dress was made of ivory-colored silk taffeta and featured a portrait neckline and a bouffant skirt, showcasing interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers.
Princess Eugenie Of York
The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II tapped Peter Pilotto, a British-based label led by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, to create her wedding gown for her 2018 royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank. The classic silhouette was updated with a corseted bodice and accentuated with a full pleated skirt. The portrait neckline featured fabric that draped around the shoulders, flowing into a low back that showed off Eugenie's scoliosis scar. A flowing cathedral-length train and Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara borrowed from her grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, completed the look.
Mia Farrow was only 21 years old when she married 50-year-old Frank Sinatra in 1966, but her iconic white skirt suit is elegant beyond her years. With a bow at the waist and her short pixie haircut, the look has a distinctly ’60s mod vibe to it.
Yoko Ono tied the knot with John Lennon in 1969 wearing a white crepe mini dress with elbow-length sleeves and a ruffled skirt. She finished the look with her signature oversized sunglasses and a large, floppy felt sunhat.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake said "I do" in the Italian countryside with the bride wearing a petal-pink custom-made Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown. The non-traditional gown was a show-stopping number that worked perfectly for the couple's over-the-top wedding weekend at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy.
Holmes asked her longtime friend, designer Giorgio Armani, to design the off-the-shoulder wedding gown she wore when she wed Tom Cruise in Italy in 2006. The silk and lace design was adorned with Swarovski crystals, which took 350 hours to place, according to People.
Queen Elizabeth II
Britain's leading couturier, Norman Hartnell, designed the then-princess's dress for her wedding to Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey. The dress was made from Duchesse satin with a sweetheart neckline and long, fitted sleeves. However, the gown was far from simple: it was covered in exquisite pearl and diamanté-encrusted starflowers, roses, jasmine blossoms, and ears of wheat embroidered throughout the bodice, skirt, and lengthy 13-foot silk tulle train.
Motown legend Barry Gordon escorted his daughter Hazel down the aisle to marry Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson Five. Her scoop neck wedding dress is framed in white fur, while the gown is dotted in delicate pearls.
Kate Moss's vintage-inspired wedding gown for her 2011 wedding to Jamie Hince served as the original inspiration for boho brides everywhere. The bodice of the sheer silk slip dress was embroidered with gold sequins, while the skirt boasted an intricate web of gold beading, embroidery, and rhinestones. She completed the look with a 1920s-style lace veil set on either side of her head with fabric flowers.
La La Anthony
La La wore a strapless, princess-style wedding gown designed by Vera Wang for her July 2010 wedding to NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver got married on April 26, 1986, during a Catholic ceremony in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The bride wore a long-sleeved lace V-neck gown with puffed sleeves and a pleated skirt, topped with a cathedral-length veil.
Brigitte Nielsen embraced Old Hollywood glamour for her 1985 wedding to Sylvester Stallone with the embellished headpiece, enormous shoulders, and mock turtleneck neckline. Say what you want about the '80s, but they sure did go for it.
Audrey Hepburn is synonymous with classic, and her wedding dress to marry British businessman James Hanson epitomized her signature style. When she called off her engagement to Hanson, she had the mid-length, boatneck silk dress, designed by the Rome-based Fontana sisters, donated to a bride who deserved but couldn't afford a dress of this caliber. It ended up in the hands of Amiable Altobella, who wore it to her farm wedding.
For her 1970 wedding to Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright donned a timeless, A-line ivory gown with a round neckline and statement sleeves. Her hair was styled in two chic side buns to add a fun flair to the simple gown.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's 1988 nuptials were clearly right at the tail end of '80s fashion, with Rita rocking a super-short bodycon dress decked out in ruffles and lace. The couple is one of Hollywood's most beloved and enduring relationships, with the two having celebrated more than 30 years together.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady secretly wed in an ultra-private 20-person ceremony at the Santa Monica Catholic Church, with Giselle in an off-shoulder lace wedding dress with a lace-trimmed veil. The bride swapped the lace for a sequin Dolce & Gabbana gown for the intimate at-home reception.
Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard eloped in New York City on February 23, 2018, in front of a small audience of just a couple of friends. The bride skipped the white dress and instead opted for a gorgeous mustard suit from Zara and a black wide-brimmed hat with a netted veil.
Hilary Duff wore a distinctly modern Jenny Packham dress to marry record producer Matthew Koma. The bold shoulder and cape-like sleeves formed a train, creating a striking yet simple shape. She paired it with Anita Ko earrings and a diamond and pearl Jennifer Behr headband.
Supermodel Jasmine Tookes looked downright regal in her dramatic Zuhair Murad long-sleeved lace gown, complete with a 15-foot train modeled after Grace Kelly's iconic 1956 gown.
In true Paris Hilton style, she wore not one but four wedding dresses during her fairytale wedding to Carter Reum. She walked down the aisle in a custom Oscar de la Renta long-sleeved gown, which featured a high neckline and gorgeous floral embroidery. The matching embroidered veil was also by Oscar de la Renta.
Niecy Nash married Jessica Betts in a stunning strapless white lace mermaid-style gown from local boutique Lilli Bridals. The champagne and ivory gown featured a sweetheart neckline and delicate leaf appliqués against ruched tulle. For the reception, Nash wore a pair of Pride-themed Converse sneakers with rainbow-striped soles to dance the night away in.
We couldn't get enough of Lily Allen and David Harbour's totally Las Vegas ceremony, complete with an Elvis impersonator and In 'N Out burgers in lieu of a reception. The bride wore a double-breasted above-the-knee white Dior dress with a bateau neckline, black buttons, belted waist, paired with black suede platforms. The bouffant updo and two-tiered veil added to the retro vibe.
The Smiths are far from traditional, as evidenced by Jada's unconventional wedding dress. Jada wore a long-sleeved, high-neck, champagne-colored, velvet Badgley Mischka gown for the couple's ultra-romantic (and secretive) New Year's Eve wedding.
Kate Middleton wore a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown to wed Prince William in 2011. The long-sleeved dress featured handmade lace, floral appliqués, and an 8-foot train.