The 16 Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses Of All Time

The moment when a bride reveals herself to the guests in her church, temple, hip museum venue, or backyard, there is always a beautiful and inimitable gasp. While the bride and the marriage itself are why everyone finds themselves tearing up, there is always a specific element that leads to a great deal of excitement, too: the wedding dress. And who does wedding dresses quite as well as the rich, famous and heavily-styled? Naturally, we’re talking about celebrities and their elegant, custom and often over-the-top wedding dresses.

Celebrity wedding dresses have a long tradition of being unique, in part because celebrities are often a little zany themselves and also because they’re so often starting from scratch to have designers create dresses for them specifically. The results are occasionally silly, but typically wind up being absolutely stunning and so very perfect for their bodies. While they may not be the type of gowns you can wear again after your wedding (unless you’re a celeb getting married like four times a decade), these are all beautiful in a way that only designer and couture gowns can be. So, which celebs have chosen the best ones?

1. Portia De Rossi

While Ellen Degeneres‘ white suit was excellently tailored, Portia’s dress was just impossible to stop staring at. She looks like a fairy princess.

2. Elizabeth Taylor

The 20 Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses Of All Time

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This beautiful silk down that Liz Taylor wore to her wedding to hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton proved once again that a perfectly-fitted dress with a wide neck and lace overlay is timeless.

3. Kaley Cuoco

The 20 Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses Of All Time

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Remember this gem from the very beginning of the year? Despite Kaley’s occasionally rough red carpet style and Ryan Sweeting‘s bad couple tattoo, it is undeniable that she had one of the loveliest wedding dresses we’ve ever seen. And in such a beautifully unconventional color!

4. Audrey Hepburn

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Photo: Ernst Haas/Getty Images

This Pierre Balmain dress was a wonderful choice for the actress to wear at her wedding to Mel Ferrer. A high collar, nipped in waist, tea-length hemline and garland atop her head make this one of the best (and most charming) wedding looks of all time.

5. Gwen Stefani

This dress that the No Doubt singer wore in her wedding to Gavin Rossdale is probably my favorite on this entire list. Gwen did ombre before ombre was remotely cool, let alone before it went pink, neon and all over the place. Her wedding dress…

6. Grace Kelly

For her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Kelly picked one of the loveliest dresses the world has ever seen. It was created by Helen Rose, a costume designer for MGM, which makes a great deal of sense given how cinematic the overall look is. From the veil that goes on for days to the dramatically high neckline, Kelly’s gown fit the regal and royal setting perfectly.

7. Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea Clinton’s stunning Vera Wang gown took center stage at her 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky. And now she’s pregnant! We can’t wait to see her maternity wear this year.

8. Chrissy Teigen

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Photo: Instagram

Wow, the model looks incredible in this big tulle-skirted gown. While the enormous dress might have overwhelmed the small frame of another, Chrissy is a seasoned pro in wearing clothes rather than letting the clothes wear her. She is positively killing it in this photo.

9. Jacqueline Kennedy

Naturally, Jackie O’s Ann Lowe-designed gown had to make this list.

Click to the next page to see the a classic Marilyn Monroe look, a rock star wedding suit, and of course, the dress that 2 billion people watched walk down the aisle.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      When I first saw Anne Hathway’s dress I thought I would hate it, but it totally grew on me. And there’s no way I could make that headpiece work like she could.

    • Heather C

      Omg! Have I really never seen Anne Hathaway’s dress? I would remember that headpiece.

    • Lily Savage

      Kate Middleton was flawless in her wedding gown. Completely worth waking up at five am to see.

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    • Dina Hashem

      Christina Ricci’s is perfect. Also for a sec I thought Gwen Stefani was marrying Matt McConaughey.

    • Coco

      Can you please do a follow up piece of “Worst Celebrity Wedding Dresses Ever”?

      • Samantha Escobar

        Hell yeah.

    • joanne

      Yoko is actually wearing tennis shoes and knee high socks which somehow makes it even cuter!

    • anna

      *2 billion

    • Eileen

      Some of these are lovely, but for “President’s daughter” I would substitute Jenna Bush Hager (or Tricia Nixon Cox – their dresses looked a lot alike) and for “European royalty” I can’t help thinking that none of the ’80s-born crew can touch Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

      Yeah, okay, maybe I like lace dresses.

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      Best Wedding Dresses Online.

    • Jen

      this is actually 17 dresses…you put number 16 twice ha

    • Ann Marie

      I think that Princess Diana’s gown was beautiful. Not a fan of Yoko so she should be listed in the Worst Celebrity Dresses Ever.