Most of us consider ourselves lucky just to get tickets to see Beyoncé perform a concert. Her shows are known to be a dazzling spectacle that sell out fast, so being caught by the wayside for even a few moments can mean missing an amazing opportunity.
Beyoncé is also known for having a tremendously loyal fan base who would literally go to the ends of the earth for her. They’re known as the ‘BeyHive’ and she’s considered the ‘Queen B’ and we’ve often seen them swarm people on Twitter or social media who criticize her. However, this time, the superstar managed to get our attention for an entirely different reason.
A wedding is a day of great importance and joy in a couple’s life, and while we’ve seen stars crash weddings in the past, this was entirely different. The wedding in question was that of Isha Ambani, daughter of the richest man in India and president of the Reliance Jio Infocomm Company and Reliance Retail. She has in fact been good friends with the mega-star for quite a long time as well as many other celebrities, who were also attendees at the wedding.
As you can imagine, having a star of Beyonce’s level perform at your wedding is nothing short of amazing and there are probably only a handful of humans in the history of Earth who will ever be able to say that they had the opportunity.
The videos from the performance look completely amazing and Beyoncé did not hold back from performing a number of her most popular hits, accompanied by dancers, amazing costume changes, a veritable army of backing musicians and a dazzling light show. It seems like it was basically the On The Run II without Jay-Z all for just one happy couple’s wedding! As far as no-expense matters weddings go, this has to be one of the most impressive we’ve seen so far!
40+ Wedding Dresses From Movies and TV Shows
We love wedding dresses from TV shows and movies. Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite character walk down the aisle? And, depending on the world they live in, we get to see all types of gowns. There’s the puffy meringue dress, the curve-hugging mermaid silhouette, and the chic silk shift. Some big-screen brides wear short dresses, while others go for non-traditional colors. Join us as we take a look at wedding dresses from movies and TV shows — spoilers ahead!
April – Grey’s Anatomy
April Kepner had several weddings during her time on Grey’s Anatomy, none more dramatic than her first to paramedic Matthew Taylor. For this fairy-light-strewn barn wedding, April wore the Waking Up dress by Peter Langner, an Italian dressmaker. That’s a fitting name considering what happened next!
This gorgeous gown is a silk organza ball gown with flowers and mesh detailing on the lace bodice. In the show, the trauma surgeon paired her gown with a braided crown and long veil.
Lady Edith – Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey has also seen its fair share of weddings, some with better outcomes than others. Lady Edith was married twice during the show’s run, but was jilted at the altar by Sir Anthony Strallan. For those failed nuptials, Lady Edith wore an elegant long-sleeved satin gown.
Thankfully, “Poor Edith” had a happier wedding day later in the series. For her next wedding, she wore a short sleeve lace gown with a tiara perched on her wavy bob.
Sophie – Mamma Mia
A lot of jukebox musical Mamma Mia revolves around Sophie’s upcoming wedding to Sky. The young bride wears an extremely elaborate gown fit for a Greek goddess for her Greek island wedding.
This dress is by Claire Pettibone and features silk ribbons and charmeuse, beaded tulle, and lots of lace. In the movie, Sophie pairs the gown with a huge veil, tumbling blonde curls, and a floral crown. We’re obsessed with the delicate blue and white flowers all over.
Serena – Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl was known for its fashion credentials, so why would its lead character get married in a boring white wedding dress? Serena Van Der Woodsen needed a show stopper to say “I do,” and that’s what she got.
For her big day, Serena wore a striking metallic strapless gown by Lebanese fashion house George Chakra Couture. This ballgown has lots of tulle, leading to this dramatically full skirt. It’s certainly an avant-garde gown, and a bold choice for tying the knot.
Mia – The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Look, we reckon Anne Hathaway would look perfect wearing literally any dress at all. However, she looks particularly regal in this one. For The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, the movie’s costume designer made this dress especially for the actress.
The gown was based on the wedding dress of Princess Claire of Belgium who got married the year before the movie was released. Her white lace gown was designed by Edouard Vermeulen of Natan, a favorite of Benelux royals.
Lisa – Coming to America
We know from watching far too many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress that a huge amount of people are still inspired by the famous dress in Coming to America. Lisa’s ginormous pink tulle gown is still the fairytale wedding look lots of people want to emulate. Honestly, we can’t blame them.
Deborah Landis was the costume designer of this hit movie. Apparently, the famous dress was initially ivory and yellow, then blue, and eventually the famous blush-pink.
Cristina – Grey’s Anatomy
The longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history also has quite a few weddings. Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang donned two wedding dresses during her time on the show, though she only said “I do” once.
For the wedding where she loses her eyebrows, Cristina wore the Kenneth Pool lace dress with an intimidating choker. For her more low-key wedding, she opts for a non-traditional slinky red number with a simple bouquet. For our money, she’s better off unmarried.
Ariel – The Little Mermaid
This is the only animated entry on our list, and that’s because it fully deserves to be here. Ariel’s gown in The Little Mermaid is beloved, particularly for its puffy sleeves. The Disney movie was released in 1989, eight years after the royal wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles.
For our money, this gown is based on the David and Elizabeth Emanuel gown that Lady Di walked down the aisle in. Ariel also wears a tiara and a huge train, just like Diana.
Juliet – Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet presented the ill-fated lovers in a more modern context. Set in the 1990s rather than the 1500s, the movie’s lead characters wear Hawaiian shirts and fairy wings. For their wedding ceremony, young bride Juliet wears a simple silk gown.
Only the top of the gown is visible in the movie, though we can see it has a modest neckline and button detailing. Floral embroidered gloves and a loose ’90s chignon hairstyle finish off the look.
Toula – My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Naturally, movies that are all about weddings tend to go all out when it comes to the gown. In 2002 American-Canadian movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Greek-American Toula falls for WASP Ian. As you might expect, culture clashes ensue.
For her big Greek wedding, Toula wore a massive white ballgown with a pearl and floral decorated bodice and a long train. We presume this gown was made for the movie as it’s since been put up for auction along with signatures from the cast.
Jess – New Girl
For Jess’s wedding look in sitcom New Girl, creator Elizabeth Meriwether added in some of her own life.
She explains —“I scratched my eye two days before my wedding. It was this big red scratch, so I went to my mom’s eye doctor in New York, and he was like the thing to do was to put a patch over it […] For a day before my wedding, I wore an eye patch around New York City.” And so, Jess’ pirate-esque wedding day look was born!
Pam – The Office
Truth be told, we’re not the biggest fans of Pam Beasley’s wedding dress from The Office. However, we can’t deny that it’s extremely true to character. This somewhat basic gown certainly suits Pam and Jim’s everyday romance and simplicity.
The gown itself was super popular with fans. It’s a David’s Bridal, floor-length, A-line dress from the Galina Collection with an empire waist. Apparently, when actors Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski saw the final edit of their wedding, they cried.
Jane – 27 Dresses
In rom-com 27 Dresses, Katherine Heigl plays a woman who’s been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings. Of course, by the end of the movie, she’s standing at the altar herself. For her own nuptials, Heigl’s Jane Nichols wears a simple, plunge neck, A-line lace dress.
What adds interest to this bridal look are the flowers that Heigl carries and wears in her hair. The yellow and white blooms really add to the beachy vibe, and make everything look more laid back.
Arizona – Grey’s Anatomy
It’s time for another Grey Sloan wedding! This time we’re revisiting Calzona’s big day, and taking a look at fetal surgeon Arizona Robbins’ wedding dress. Both brides wore Amsale, a New York-based couture brand founded by Ethiopian-born Amsale Aberra.
Arizona’s more flirty number has a textured skirt, a sweetheart neckline, and a flower motif belt. The character added a looped floral headpiece, giving her look a bohemian feel. Of course, this wedding, and marriage, was full of drama.
Jo – Funny Face
This has got to be one of the most famous on-screen wedding dresses of all time. In musical rom-com Funny Face, a 28-year-old Audrey Hepburn plays opposite a 58-year-old Fred Astaire. Eventually, Hepburn’s Jo dons a drop waist Givenchy number to tie the knot.
This satin and tulle tea-length wedding dress is one of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic fashion looks (and she has many!) The super-tight bodice and full skirt emphasized the actress’s petite frame.
Rachel – Suits
Now, Meghan Markle is most associated with the bespoke Givenchy gown that she wore for her own 2018 royal wedding. However, before that, Markle’s character on Suits got all dressed up for her own big day.
For her season seven wedding, Rachel Zane opted for a V-neck gown with intricate flower beading and a thin black ribbon belt. The A-line gown was designed by Atlanta-based designer Anne Barge, though production brought the originally low ballerina neckline up for TV.
Paige – The Vow
2012’s The Vow follows the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a married couple that experiences a tragic accident. In the movie, Kim is played by actress Rachel McAdams (who appears on this list more than once).
For her big day, McAdam’s Kim wears a very unusual short, pink wedding dress. The flirty frock is vintage Betsy Johnson, and worn with a matching pink veil. The tulle skirt is adorned with applique flowers dotted with diamante. Delightful!
Giselle – Enchanted
Enchanted is a Disney movie that pokes fun at Disney movies. The film’s hero, Giselle, is banished from her animated princess world and finds herself in grimy New York City. For much of the movie, Amy Adams runs around in ginormous princess gowns.
Apparently, 11 versions of this dress were made for the movie. Adams said, “The wardrobe people who dressed me had to carry that thing around […] I couldn’t get dressed in dressing rooms or trailers, because there was no way to get out the door.”
Rachel – Friends
The costume designer for Friends, Debra McGuire, remembers picking out each wedding gown used in the show. Rachel’s season one gown was fished out of the Warner Bros. costume department because it looked like it would fit Jennifer Aniston. We particularly love Rachel’s elaborate tiara and veil.
Years later, McGuire wishes she had made copies of the dress. At the time, the designer didn’t know the show would be a huge hit and later needed a similar dress for flashback episodes.
Grace – Will & Grace
When Grace Adler impulsively walked down the aisle in 2002, it was the first time a primetime sitcom showed a Jewish lead character marrying another Jewish person. Isn’t that incredible? This episode was a big deal in general, with many critics and fans of the show concerned about its dynamic going forward.
For her wedding day, the always chic Grace, played by Debra Messing, wore a Vera Wang gown, Sergio Rossi boots, and Martin Katz jewelry. The red-haired character chose warm-toned blooms as her bouquet.
Carrie – Sex and the City
Ok, if we’re taking memorable and iconic wedding looks, then we must talk about Carrie Bradshaw. Famously, the perpetually single New York writer decided to go all out for her marriage to Mr. Big in the first SATC movie. For this momentous occasion, the fashionista opted to wear a bird on her head. Yes. A bird, on her head.
Carrie Bradshaw wore this magnificent Vivienne Westwood wedding gown in the 2008 movie. Later, she slips into something a bit simpler.
Maggie – Runaway Bride
In 1999’s Runaway Bride, Julia Roberts plays the titular bride that keeps running off on her grooms. Roberts’ Maggie attracts the attention of the media with all of her jilting so they send reporter Ike, played by Richard Gere, to write an article on her. Classic!
Julia Roberts can be seen in lots of wedding dresses in this rom-com, but these are two of our favorites. On the right is a chic gown with ribbon trim on the skirt. On the left is an off-the-shoulder number.
Lady Mary – Downton Abbey
The costume designer for Downton Abbey, Caroline McCall, wanted Lady Mary’s wedding dress to “have a bit of softness.” She explained, “I wanted her to look really romantic, really elegant.”
The result? This stunning long-sleeved cream gown, encrusted in Swarovski crystals and rice pearls. And naturally, Lady Mary needed the jewels to match. The character wore a 45-carat floral diamond tiara that was valued at $200,000. For her fashion-forward wedding, Lady Mary carried chic calla lilies.
Kimmy – My Best Friend’s Wedding
Here’s another wedding-themed rom-com featuring Julia Roberts. In My Best Friend’s Wedding, Roberts’ Jules realizes she’s fallen for her lifelong friend. Of course, because this is a rom-com, he’s about to tie the knot with Cameron Diaz’s Kimmy.
Peppy Kimmy walks down the aisle in a rather hideous dress. It’s an off-the-shoulder, double-bodice gown made from white silk gazarre and silk satin, with hand-beaded Austrian crystals and silk roses. It’s as over-elaborate as it sounds!
Araminta – Crazy Rich Asians
Next up on our list of wedding dresses from TV and movies we actually have a jumpsuit. Araminta’s bold wedding look was made for the movie by costume designer Mary Vogt. She explains, “It’s a jumpsuit that we made out of stretch tulle and it’s studded with gold Swarovski crystals, and the skirt goes on top of it, we basically attached it to the bodice.”
The ballet-inspired gown was heavily inspired by the British actress and ballerina who played the character, Sonoya Mizuno.
Emma – Emma
Truth be told, we’ll never get tired of seeing Gwyneth Paltrow decked out in period costume. For 1996’s period comedy Emma, based on Jane Austen’s novel, the actress played the title role. At just 26 years old, Paltrow was the perfect ’90s interpretation of a Georgian bride.
Along with some very tightly pinned curls, this version of Emma wore a slip dress with floaty layers of tulle and puff embroidered sleeves. This type of boudoir bridal look is back in fashion today.
Victoria – The Young Victoria
From one period gown to another, now we turn to Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria. This movie was made in 2009, and set in the Victoria period. Interestingly, Queen Victoria started the trend of white wedding dresses when she was just 20.
The royal thought white highlighted the lace in her gown, and asked other guests not to wear the color. Emily Blunt’s Victoria wears an appropriately frilly and elaborate gown for her turn as the famous monarch.
Callie – Grey’s Anatomy
And now for the other half of Calzona. On her wedding day, orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres isn’t having the best day. She has to deal with her unsupportive parents and suddenly she finds herself spiraling. However, when it’s time to say “I do,” she’s there in a gorgeous gown.
Callie’s wedding dress was also designed by Amsale, but has a very different feel than Arizona’s. The boat-necked gown has a structured skirt and jewel-encrusted, three-quarter-length sleeves.
Monica – Friends
According to Friends’ costume designer Debra McGuire, none of the lead actresses on the show liked fittings. That’s why Courteney Cox picked a random dress from costume when the one designed specifically for her didn’t quite fit yet. When the random dress slipped on perfectly, Cox was satisfied.
McGuire remembers, “Courteney’s wedding was painful for me, because I really wanted to design that dress.” However, she does concede that Monica’s gown “was so classic and beautiful,” saying “it did look perfect on her.”
Grace – Ready or Not
In black comedy horror movie Ready or Not, bride-to-be Grace finds herself hiding in fear of her future in-laws. Australian actress Samara Weaving plays Grace, and makes a beautiful bride in this lace number.
Costume designer Avery Plewes was inspired by both Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly when making the gown. The end result is actually a combination of five pieces — a corset, the skirt lining, the skirt overlay, a lace shirt, and a belt. This allowed Weaving to do a quick-change on set.
Allie – The Notebook
We told you Rachel McAdams would be back! In tearjerker romantic drama The Notebook, McAdams plays a girl from a well-to-do family that falls for local lad Noah, played by Ryan Gosling. At one stage in the movie. McAdams’ Allie is all dressed up and ready to say “I do.”
Allie’s 1940’s-inspired dress is right up our street. And it helps that Rachel McAdams really pulls off the whole heiress bride look. This lace gown appears off the shoulder but has an illusion neckline.
Bella – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
There’s nothing like marrying a vampire that’s hundreds of years old, right? Well, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, that’s just what Bella Swan does. Kristen Stewart’s character marries her brooding beau in a Carolina Herrera gown with a gothic silhouette.
The long-sleeved silk sheath gown had a stunning open lace back, and a cathedral veil. Following the movie, special editions of this crepe satin and French Chantilly lace dress were made by the designer for $35,000 each.
Annie – Father of the Bride
Hooray — it’s another ’90s wedding romcom! This one was released in 1991 and follows Steve Martin as a dad who simply is not ready, or willing, to give his daughter away. The bride, Annie, is played by Kimberly Williams in her first-ever movie.
Costume designer Susan Decker made Annie’s ’90s ball gown with hand-dyed and beaded Belgian lace. Ahead of her time, this movie bride wore Nike sneakers covered in lace that matched her gown. We love it!
Bailey – Grey’s Anatomy
We return to Seattle for another medical wedding. As is often the case on this show, Miranda Bailey’s big day doesn’t exactly go to plan. In fact, the bride-to-be finds herself in the OR before she can make it down the aisle. Hey, what else would we expect?
The petite Miranda Bailey opted for a mermaid silhouette to say “I do” to her Mr. Right. The strapless gown has a sweetheart neckline, a ruched bodice, and a dramatic ruffled skirt.
Cece – New Girl
On New Girl, Cece ends up buying herself a hideous wedding gown online. Eventually, Zooey Deschanel’s Jess offers to transform the dud dress into something her best friend can wear down the aisle.
Hannah Simone’s character gets married in a white gown with gold lace overlays and a long red and gold veil. In real life, costume designer Debra McGuire also used the original dress to make this final version. When Simone put it on, she thought, “Oh, that’s it! That’s Cece’s wedding dress.”
Phoebe – Friends
Debra McGuire is responsible for all sorts of iconic TV looks, including those on New Girl and Friends. For Phoebe’s snowy wedding in Central Park, the costume designer bought a light lavender-toned gown. She said, “My biggest goal on Friends was to create things and make looks that nobody had ever seen before.”
The embroidered coat that Lisa Kudrow wears before walking down the aisle was from the designer’s own collection. She said, “it really showed her personality. It’s just so Phoebe!”
Adaline – The Age of Adaline
We’re back to Blake Lively, this time not in an avant-garde gold gown, but in a frilly period frock. In this 2015 romantic fantasy movie, the actress pays Adaline, an immortal woman who doesn’t age. We see Adaline in different time periods throughout the film, but her wedding takes place in 1931.
Fittingly, the actress wore a vintage wedding dress for these scenes. Director Lee Toland described the look as “delicate yet statuesque.” The gorgeous gown was accessorized with a veil and a pearl hair comb.
Blair – Gossip Girl
And now to Blake Lively’s castmate on Gossip Girl. We do see Blair Waldorf as a bride multiple times on the teen drama, but this bridal look is most her. Actress Leighton Meester wore this striking light blue, long-sleeved, lace Elie Saab gown for Blair’s big day.
The character popularized headbands during her time on the iconic show, so it was only fitting that she wore one for her wedding. The leaf design headpiece was designed by Jennifer Behr.
Maria – The Sound of Music
It only makes sense that Maria, a former nun in training, would walk down in the aisle in a conservative gown. The satin A-line dress has a very modest neckline that turns into an open collar. The ivory gown was designed by Dorothy Jacobs for the 1965 musical drama.
As Maria walks down the aisle to a song all about her, her long train follows elegantly behind. Julie Andrews always looks like a royal, so it’s no surprise she glided down the aisle with ease.
Jessa – Girls
The cast of Girls had an eclectic fashion sense, including boho wild-child Jessa. For her spontaneous wedding, costume designer Jenn Rogien looked for something vintage. Eventually, they found this gown in actress Jemima Kirke’s mom’s vintage boutique.
Jenn Rogien made the custom veil and headpiece, and Kirke wore blue suede Alexander McQueen shoes with a gold skull. Rogein said, “It was a little punk, rock-and-roll, and it’s very Jessa to be very free-spirited and sort of follow the rules and then not follow the rules at all.”
Robin – How I Met Your Mother
When Robin from How I Met Your Mother wore this wedding dress, fans wanted to know where they could get it. This romantic number is the Addie gown by Monique Lhullier, with an added sparkly belt just for Robin Scherbatsky.
This gown has a figure-hugging mermaid silhouette with a much more romantic finish. The skirt kicks out just above the knee, and the ruched bodice fans out into mid-length sleeves. The character also wore a long layered veil with a chic up-do.
Izzie – Grey’s Anatomy
You didn’t think we had already left the doctors of Grey Sloane behind, did you? Not before we discuss the dress Izzie Stevens wore when she tied the knot! Remember designer Amsale Aberra who designed Calzona’s wedding gowns? Well, she also founded the Kenneth Pool label, which designed this dress.
Izzie got married in this striking ivory gown, which has a dramatic low waist, a large tulle skirt, and an embroidered bodice. This is very different from the other bridal look Katherine Heigl is seen in on this list.
Juliet – Love Actually
Brace yourselves, especially if you’ve never quite noticed the monstrosity that is this dress. We’ve watched Love Actually countless times, and yet we’re so focused on Keira Knightley’s weird storyline that we never noticed her even weirder dress. It has feathers, people!
Apparently, Richard Curtis initially wanted Juliet in a two-piece ensemble. However, costume designer Joanna Johnston responded, “’You don’t want a bare tummy going into church!” The result is this sheer, layered creation with petal details and a suspect headpiece.
Miss Havisham – Great Expectations
In Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations, spinster Miss Havisham decides to wear her wedding dress for the rest of her life, after being jilted. That might sound a little extreme, but hey, you do you, Miss Havisham.
In the 2012 adaptation of the book, Helena Bonham Carter played the gothic character. Costume designer X said of the actress, “She was very inspirational for the costumes […] She always adds an incredibly high artistic level to all her costumes.”
Leslie – Parks and Recreation
Last but never least is the wedding dress of peppy government employee Leslie Knope. For her unique dress, costume supervisor Kirston Mann actually made the entire thing from on-set props.
She explains, “It wasn’t just a bunch of newspapers I had lying around […] Every single piece was pulled from a Parks episode — even though no one in a million years will be able to see all the details.” And isn’t that just what parks perfectionist Leslie would want?