Iconic Celebrity Wedding Dresses - A Step Back In Time

Looking great in any of the known celebrity wedding dresses never fails to highlight the ceremony joining two hearts as one. There are just a few once-in-a lifetime events in a woman's life worth making a big fuss about, and a wedding tops the list. Of course, one can have an inexpensive nude wedding on any Norwegian beach, but we're talking about traditional weddings where fashion stands out as a defining character of the two lovebirds taking their matrimonial vows in a church or garden ceremony.

Why do women love celebrity wedding dresses?


It's timeless. In a word, that's what defines celebrity wedding dresses of the last 100 years. It can be the wedding of the century (there are several touted as one), something as regal as the David and Elizabeth Emanuel silk taffeta gown the late Princess Diana wore for her 1981 royal wedding to British throne heir Prince Charles that upstaged the equally radiant Helen Rose gown worn by Princess Grace Kelly in her 1956 nuptial to Monaco's Prince Ranier III. If you didn't know who was wearing either, there are no design clues that betray the decade or year they were worn in. In fact, you can have your favorite couturier copy either designs for your own 21st century wedding and still look fashionably gorgeous.

 Timeless simplicity and elegance in celebrity wedding dresses

Weddings may not be a once-in-a-lifetime affair for the late Hollywood screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor, but she certainly had the flair to make every wedding a dream photo opportunity for the paparazzi's following her every move. More than most any other women of her time, she built-up an enviable wedding wardrobe worn in 8 weddings between 1950 and 1991. From the fairy-like regal exuberance of her first white wedding gown (costing $1,500 in 1950, a fortune at that time) when she wedded her first husband, hotel magnate Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, to her more subdued yellow chiffon with matching headpiece of white hyacinths for her first wedding of hubby number 5, Welsh acting legend Richard Burton in 1964 (divorced and remarried in 1975). Elizabeth Taylor effectively defined what 20th century celebrity wedding dresses have come to look like. And what they look simply reinforces what being "timeless" means.
The timeless quality of a wedding dress does not come from the design alone but from a synergy of how it creates a total persona with the one wearing it. If there are celebrity wedding dresses that define timeless grace and elegance that are rare among Hollywood stars, you can find one in the Pierre Balmain tea-length dress (not really a gown) worn by fashion icon and star Audrey Hepburn in her nuptial with fellow actor Mel Ferrer in 1954. Even with a prudish high neck, full-length sleeves and a floral tiara, the simple wedding dress is everything that fans expect in a stylishly elegant persona of an Audrey Hepburn.
Simplicity in celebrity wedding dresses couldn't get any simpler than with the Yves Saint Laurent tailored office look with a plunging neckline jacket that Bianca wore with a wide brim hat for her nuptial with Rolling Stone rock star Mick Jagger in 1971. It's really about making the right choice of wedding dress to accentuate what looks great in a woman that adds to the timelessness of the dress. In this case, the very down-to-earth Bianca with a masculine persona couldn't be better served than with the tailored look of that YSL wedding dress she wore.


Wedding gowns, if properly preserved from the ravages of time, can be heirloom pieces. Unless you were wedded in your 40's carrying a wider girth, your daughter can, with just some retouches, wear it again for her own nuptial, and again by your granddaughter. If you're looking for $1,000 to $10,000 wedding gown designs that celebrities have worn over the last 100 years, there is no need to spend full retail from known fashion czars who are celebrities on their own. You can always buy the sample of the gown you love here, and still stand out to dazzle your guests. With the dozens of celebrity wedding dresses at half the cost of what celebrities paid, one thing stands out for which you as the bride can never go wrong with a wedding dress design that exudes proven timeless elegance that you can pass on to the next generation.