A woman’s wedding day is her day to feel just like a celebrity, and her opportunity to wear a gown fit for a princess. All details of the wedding gown are usually thought over with great care to create the dress perfect for the occasion. One of the best places to look for ideas for a fabulous wedding dress is by looking at celebrity wedding gowns. Celebrities utilise high priced designers and look to both classic and contemporary styles to create a timeless wedding day look. A bride’s wedding plans could take some tips from some of the most celebrated celebrity wedding gowns when personalising their design. Whether the ultimate goal is a more classic ‘fit-for-a-princess’ wedding gown, or a more modern, contemporary look, celebrities have a plethora of inspiring ideas to assist in achieving that look.
This guide covers seven wedding gowns worn by celebrities to accomplish that timelessly classic look. It covers details of a variety of types of gowns, fabrics, silhouettes ,and finally, how to buy the dress. The seven gowns featured all bring together both classic and contemporary aspects to create an individual, celebrity-style fashion.
1. Elizabeth Taylor’s Sweetheart Wedding Gown
Elizabeth Taylor is well known for her many marriages, but perhaps her best loved dress was in her wedding on May 6th 1950 to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. The dress features a sweetheart neckline, and a shorter veil. It was designed by Helen Rose of MGM and gifted to Elizabeth Taylor. It had long off-the-shoulder sleeves with a tight bodice that came out in an A-line silhouette. Beading accents the neckline of the dress, but the rest of the dress is left fairly simple for a classic look. To find a similar look to this Elizabeth Taylor wedding gown, search for a satin A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline.
2. Grace Kelly’s Timeless Wedding Gown
Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III of Monaco on April 19th 1956. Grace Kelly’s dress is one of the most famous dresses ever worn. Similar to the dress that Elizabeth Taylor wore in 1950, Grace Kelly’s wedding gown was designed by Helen Rose of MGM. The design of this Rose dress consisted of an underbodice with a skirt attached. A lace bodice came over the underbodice. It had multiple layers of petticoats and lace. The veil length fell to her midsection with lace at the bottom. This dress features a deep v-neck in the lace and long sleeves made out of lace.
To get Grace Kelly’s wedding gown look, use lace to cover otherwise exposed skin. A wide ruched waistband was also used in the dress. Wear it with an A-line or princess skirt billowing out from underneath that transforms into a train, also incorporating lace.
3. Lady Diana Spencer’s Princess Wedding Gown
Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales on July 29th 1981. Her gown was made of ivory silk taffeta and it also utilised antique lace. The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The dress incorporates lots of lace, sequins and pearls. The dress is one that has a lot of poofs and layers to it. The trademarks most commonly asked for after this dress was worn by Diana are puffed sleeves, “soft touches of fabric”, and full skirts.
4. Carolyn Bessette’s Contemporary Wedding Gown
Carolyn Bessette married John F. Kennedy Jr. on September 21st 1996 in a Narcisco Rodriguez simple silk dress. The dress was made from white silk and had a silk tulle train. Her hair was done in a simple, understated chignon bun. The theme for this wedding look is simple and elegant. Carolyn Bessette wore very few accessories, instead choosing red lipstick and flowers. She chose to go with a more modern, sleek dress featuring a sheath silhouette. The dress has thin straps and a loose neckline. Long, classic white gloves were worn. Carolyn Bessette’s wedding day look can be replicated using simple white silk gowns with tank sleeves, hair in a simple up-fashion, and with a flower bouquet.
5. Gwen Stefani’s Colourful Wedding Gown
Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress stands out because of its use of the colour pink and the way the shade of the colour gets brighter towards the foot of the gown. Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale on September 14th 2002 in a dress designed by John Galliano. The dress featured thicker straps with one strap gracefully falling off the shoulder. The neckline is asymmetrical and the white to pink ombre makes a bold fashion statement. The dress was very ahead of the fashion and modern but features an A-line silhouette and a long classic veil. By bringing together modern aspects with classic aspects of wedding dresses, the dress put a fresh twist on the traditional princess gown.
The use of colour adds a modern and distinctive touch to a wedding gown. The one strap off-the-shoulder creates a more casual look to formal attire. Incorporating colour that has personal meaning brings an individual touch to a wedding gown.
5. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Moviestar Wedding Gown
In 2008 Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown in her movie, Sex and The City. While the wedding was fictional, the gown caused such a fashion stir that it can easily be included under the category of inspirational celebrity fashion. This dress, while similar to many wedding gowns in that it is an A-line, is a knee length dress. It ends in many billows and features a sweetheart neckline with a tight bodice, and can be made from satin. The dress encompasses many of the princess features that brides are looking for in many dresses. There isn’t a lot of beading or detail in this dress and it stays simple in the details while extreme in the silhouette.
6. Rebecca Twigley’s Ornamented Wedding Gown
Rebecca Twigley married Chris Judd on December 31st, 2010 in a strapless corset bodice with a long gown. The dress utilises tulle in many layers to create the full skirt. Rebecca Twigley’s gown is a J’Aton Couture gown. The dress uses a lot of detailing in a modern style.
The inspirations taken from this dress include tulle, lace, and chiffon fabrics. The dress has a sweetheart neckline, similar to Elizabeth Taylor’s dress, but also has layer upon layer of different fabrics. The dress is ornamented with detailed embroidery, beading and shirring.
7. Kate Middleton’s Modern and Traditional Gown
Kate Middleton married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on April 29th 2011. Kate Middleton’s gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and intended to bring together both tradition and modernity. It also displayed an artistic touch that is a signature of the work of Alexander McQueen.
The bodice has a lace applique featuring symbolism of the nations of the United Kingdom. The lace applique, which overlays satin, symbolises England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Kate Middleton’s wedding gown train measured 270 cm.
Kate Middleton’s classic wedding gown has a simple bodice with a long-sleeved lace V-neck overlay, and an A-line silhouette. It displays some similarity to the dress Grace Kelly wore in her wedding. Grace Kelly’s wedding dress had long lace sleeves and a V-neck cut as does Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. The A-line is sometimes called the princess cut and is used frequently in both classic and contemporary wedding gowns.
How to Buy a Wedding Gown on eBay
Start your search by typing in wedding gown on the eBay home page and then browse through the wedding gown results. Narrow the search by using the filters to select more detailed specifications. eBay has a large selection of wedding gowns so it may be best to make a list of some of the dress features you are looking for. Many of the gowns above feature an A-line or princess silhouette. Type "A-line wedding dress" in the search box to return fewer results.
It may be a good idea to filter search results to only display sellers in your area. If you find a local seller and the seller and buyer are agreeable, you may be able to reduce postage costs by arranging to pick-up the dress. In some cases, a dress fitting may even be a possibility. All arrangements should be made with the seller. Research the seller of any prospective wedding dress and review their feedback. Also, look into the other auctions that they may have for a variety of other wedding items you may be looking for. Sellers sometimes have multiple items a buyer may need, which can help to reduce shipping costs.
Every bride wants to achieve the ideal look on her big day. Celebrities have the tools and style to inspire the wedding look for a variety of brides. Many celebrities that accomplish a timeless wedding dress look blend both the contemporary and the classical. The A-line, or princess style, is a very popular dress silhouette among celebrities because of its classic feel. Some celebrities choose to modernise their wedding dress further. Carolyn Bessette chose to have a sheath satin dress that fell straight down the body, rather than billowing out and Gwen Stefani chose to add a bold color at the bottom of her dress. Rebecca Twigley adorned her gown with elaborate ornamentation and a modern design in the layers of the gown. Combined with classic A-lines, cuts and lacing, a timeless and unique dress is possible. eBay has a very large selection of wedding styles and sizes to choose from to suit each bride’s individuality.