Fashionable Wedding Dresses
Traditional. Unconventional. Ball Gown. Mermaid. Train. No train. White. Off-white. Colorful. In the wonderful world of wedding dresses, there are just so many options to fit every bride’s aesthetic. It is no surprise that the bride’s dress takes the center stage of the wedding, as it is the special day of her union with her life partner, which is why she must choose a dress that makes her look and feel her best.
Pairing a beautiful dress with a stunning bridal look, the bride leaves guests breathless with her ethereal glow as she walks down the aisle. Whether it be going simple and elegant, or bold and extravagant, women know what they want out of their wedding dress and some even leave a lasting impression for years to come.
12 of the Most Fashionable Wedding Dresses Throughout the Years
Anne Hathaway wore a custom-made Valentino gown when she married Adam Shulman in an outdoor sunset ceremony back in 2012. The actress paired her off-shoulder dress with a dramatic full-length veil and a vintage-inspired lace Juliet cap. The romantic materials of intricate lace appliqués and embroidery in her dress were just as fashionable then as it is now, being one of the biggest bridal trends of 2022.
The Grand Slam champion stunned her groom Alexis Ohanian, guests, and fans with her gorgeous and regal Alexander McQueen ball gown and cape designed by Sarah Burton, Maison’s creative director who also designed the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. The strapless gown captured the beauty and grace of Williams and the cape added an incredibly elegant touch.
Audrey Hepburn wore a Pierre Balmain tea-length dress for her wedding with actor Mel Ferrer in Switzerland in 1954. The full-skirt dress captured the romantic aura of Hepburn with a high neckline and popped collar, leg-o-mutton sleeves, and a bow at the back cinching her waist. Ditching the veil, she wore roses in her hair. Hepburn also wore gloves, a traditional accessory some 2022 brides are looking into incorporating into their bridal ensemble with their more contemporary tastes.
Duchess Kate Middleton
The nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 was broadcasted live for the whole world to witness. The stunning bride captured the hearts of millions, if not billions, in an ivory and white satin gazar dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The long sleeves and bodice covered in couture lace were truly what made the dress look like it came out straight from a fairytale. The veil was made from layers of ivory tulle and secured on her head by the Cartier Halo Tiara which was from Queen Elizabeth’s collection.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated their union in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle back in May 2018. The incredibly elegant silk-cady gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy had a bateau neckline that created a beautiful balance with her long sleeves. Her 16 feet veil was secured to her by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara.
Nicky Hilton, businesswoman and the younger sister of Paris Hilton, married her husband James Rothschild in 2015. The fashion designer and socialite wore a custom Valentino Haute Couture gown with a high neckline and rosettes, two other big trends expected to grace the bridal gown designs of 2022.
The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip held a private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor back in July 2022. The dress Princess Beatrice wore to wed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was a silk moire Normal Harnell dress. It was first worn by her grandmother back in 1926 and was altered by Angela Kelly for the special event. It had a lovely square neckline and puffed sleeves, two elements which are also big for brides this 2022. Princess Beatrice topped off her bridal ensemble with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, forming a cohesive look with the embellishments on her dress.
The singer-songwriter and Blake Shelton got married in July of 2021. Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress was a custom-made Vera Wang gown with a plunging sweetheart neckline, a beautiful fitted bodice and cut-away back, and a high-low tulle skirt. The custom lily-white silk georgette looked ethereal. Her chapel-length veil was hand-embroidered with the names of Shelton, Stefani, and her three sons.
Though not technically a dress, Amal Clooney wore a cream two-piece bespoke suit by Stella McCartney for her civil ceremony with George Clooney in Venice back in 2014. The top was short-sleeved with navy trim while her trousers were wide-legged. For a touch of elegant chic, she paired the outfit with a cream wide-brimmed hat with a navy band.
Also not one for the traditional dress, Solange Knowles wore a cream jumpsuit by Stéphane Rolland when she married music video director Alan Ferguson. The streamlined look was sleek and the cape gave it an air of elegance. Solange kept it simple with some accessory rings and in place of a veil.
Emma Thompson also bucked traditional bridalwear by opting for a knee-length white, pink, and green floral dress for her wedding with Kenneth Branagh at Cliveden House in 1989. The puffed sleeves and ribbon details added to the colorful and joyous dress. The look was completed with a matching feather and tulle hat.
Throughout the years, women never fail to select the perfect dress for themselves. The dress they choose highlights their beauty and grace and makes them feel incredible as they celebrate the joyous beginning of she must choose a new chapter with their partner.