From designs by Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta to Vivienne Westwood and Sandy Powell, wedding gowns on and off the silver screen are memorable creations. Dearly beloved, join us as we go behind the scenes and raise a toast to tying the knot, Hollywood style.
The ivory bangalore silk wedding gown worn by Julie Andrews as Maria in the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Sound of Music was one of the most coveted and copied wedding dresses of the decade. Created by costume designer Dorothy Jeakins, the slender long sleeves, stand-away collar and raised waistline with a gathered train make it the perfect "cathedral wedding gown." And while you missed the boat on obtaining this beauty (it was sold at auction for a mere $23,000 in 2013 and Captain Von Trapp was not optional), it is cemented in the annals of film history.
Perhaps the Academy Award-winning actress summed it up best when she said, "I've never felt as beautiful as when I wore that wedding gown. I've never felt prettier before or since. That dress was a miracle."
Grace Kelly went from actress to Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III in what was known at the time as both the marriage and the wedding of the century. Academy-Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose created the Philadelphia-born beauty's gown composed of 150 years of taffeta and tulle and 300 yards of silk needle lace. The dress took 30 seamstresses at MGM studios six weeks to construct.
No doubt you can recall the screen moment when Carrie Bradshaw came within an eyelash of saying "I do" to Mr. Big before she was left at the altar. And what better dress to wear when flying solo than this Vivienne Westwood stunner? If you are not superstitious and have six months to wait, the dress can be yours for a mere $15,700. Just don't wear it near cold feet.
Human-rights lawyer and style icon-in-waiting Amal Alamuddin married the elusive bachelor/actor George Clooney in 2014 as hearts broke around the world. Oscar de la Renta designed the ivory beaded-tulle off-the shoulder gown with Chantilly lace and hand-embroidered pearls for the British-Lebanese beauty. The wedding of the decade took place at the Aman Canal Grande resort in Venice and pretty sure our invitations were lost in the mail.
While she may have uttered the words "I do" eight times, La Liz certainly knew how to dress for a wedding. Our favorite wedding frock was worn for her fifth marriage (first time around) to her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton. Canary yellow chiffon must have been a lucky color for the actress as the union lasted ten years from 1964-1974 and marked her longest run. The baby doll dress was designed by costume designer Irene Sharaff (who created her Queen of the Nile wardrobe) and accessorized with a diamond and emerald Bulgari brooch and hyacinths and lilies of the valley headdress.
The tulle-filled romantic comedy featured two best friends (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) who just happened to set the same wedding date at the Plaza Hotel. Vera Wang designed the strapless stunner and romantic off-the-shoulder gowns that prompted Kate's film character to exclaim, "You don't alter Vera to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera!"
Weddings and fairy tales often go hand in hand so it's only natural one of our favorite gowns would be worn by none other than Cinderella. Costume designer Sandy Powell's creation for the Disney film took some 550 hours for the twelve-layer crème silk organza gown. Perfect for any princess-to-be or bride-in-waiting, the dress had a less than fairy tale ending when actress Lili James stood too close to a heater and it caught on fire! We are happy to report no one was harmed.
Proving every gown need not be white or floor length, Rachel McAdams dons a short, two-tone pink floral wedding dress for her cinema nuptials to Channing Tatum in The Vow. While it may not have ushered a trend in wedding gowns, actress Reese Witherspoon defied tradition when she wore a blush lace gown by Monique Llhuiller on her big day.