As the summer wedding season is about to shoot itself right out of a cannon, let's celebrate some memorable wedding gowns from the public (read: celebrity) realm. Why not? Inspiration comes from a million directions. [If you are a bride-to-be: try to let inspiration come from no more than a dozen directions. Just sayin....]
These are gowns that we've noted, tilted our heads to the side like a Lab puppy (and let's face it - DIED LAUGHING AT) more than once as a culture ,,,, and rightfully so. If you are under the age of 30, consider this part of your education in pop culture. You may need to Google some of these folks.
Katie Holmes was Tom Cruise's third wife and she was 16 years his junior .... still is, if math holds up, and we believe it does. He was 54 and she was studying for her finals in college. Kidding. The gown was gorgeous, designed and hand made by Armani.
This dress is amazing in that it is a completely original idea - or at least a take on a very old idea. Brides, especially royal brides, use symbolism in their gowns and veils to show family heritage. They sew in family crests, elements that represent their battles, triumphs, wealth, property, etc. While this post will contain no images of royals, I'll mention that Meghan Markle's veil in her wedding to Prince Harry had representations of all the flowers from each of the states in the royal commonwealth - a nod to the family she was joining.
When Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt, she had their children's favorite drawings embroidered into her gown and veil so that they were all joined together that day. Regardless of how you feel about them and their breakup, the sentiment on that day is pretty sweet.
We included this dress, because of the scale of the entire outfit. There is ... just. so. much. to look at! Celine Dion (here's her wiki page, kids) wore everything but the kitchen sink. She reminds us of an ice princess with all of those crystals and diamonds and fur. Underneath, though, is one heckuva singer.
By contrast, here is former supermodel, Kate Moss. She wore a particularly lacy and clingy gown for her marriage in 2011. Designed by her longtime friend and designer John Galliano (pictured with her), her gown is sort of the definition of gossamer. Delicate and sheer, it appears to be a reference to her fame as a waif when she was most famous in the 1980s.
Jada Pinkett Smith wore velvet and silk. That lady sparkles, but our guess is that she was burning up in that thing. What else can you say. The marriage has lasted nearly 22 years, but the dress ... well, you make your own judgements.
The beautiful Carolyn Bessette Kennedy sadly passed away, along with her American royalty husband John F. Kennedy, Jr., before we would see her really become someone. This July will be 20 years since their small plane went down. She was known for her style and her wedding gown is the proof that she had an eye for cuts that worked for her.
Kim K was covered on her wedding day, in tons of figure-hugging fabric and lace. If you get married in Italy and can have 47 million blooms shipped in (we made up that number), you can wear whatever you like. Her first gown showed more skin, but this looks downright virginal.
Kaley Cuoco, of The Big Bang Theory fame got the job done in a lace pant suit. It's non-traditional and fun, if not for everyone. She looks happy!!
Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts, was once married to singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett and above is what she wore. Yup, she was barefoot and in a casual sheath dress. The marriage lasted 2 years, but the look has appeared on beaches everywhere. Keep it simple.
Whether you are going for princess, beach bunny, classic or over-the-top, our recommendation is that brides stay true to who they are and wear something that makes them look and feel amazing.