Celebrity weddings always cause quite a sensation. Photos of celebrity wedding dresses and their bridal styles are liked and re-shared on Instagram and Facebook, and pinned and re-pinned on Pinterest to help inspire brides still shopping for her wedding dress.
Over the past 10 years the wedding-day looks of celebrity brides have influenced how wedding dress designers incorporate color and utilize various detailing in their collections, from Kate Middleton’s wedding gown with long lace sleeves to Sofia Vergara’s convertible wedding dress to Reese Witherspoon’s pale pink ball gown.
Here’s a look back at 9 iconic celebrity bridal looks that inspired designers and brides around the world—and wedding dresses with the same vibe.
2008: White Tailored Suits for Brides
For their August 2008 wedding at their home in Los Angeles, Ellen and Portia worked with designer Zac Posen to create wedding-day looks that were true to each woman’s style. While Portia wore a ball gown with open back, Ellen chose an all-white outfit comprised of tailored pants, a button down shirt and vest. Ellen’s fashion choice sparked an influx of white tailored suit looks for brides that continue to this day. Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang are a few of the bold face names in bridal who have created tailored suits for their bridal collections, including a blazer, pants or a (long or short) skirt.
Ensemble by Sachin & Babi
2011: Wedding Gowns with Long Sleeves
Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding took place on April 29, 2011. Kate chose a gown by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen featuring lace sleeves, a cathedral-length train and a V-neckline for a touch of modernity.
“I don’t think we have ever seen a celebrity wedding influence the bridal market the way the royal wedding has,” shares Mark Ingram of the Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. “The Duchess of Cambridge’s gown showed the world that sleeves can be sexy. The trend of strapless was pushed aside and now my brides’ number one request is sleeves!”
And the trend shows no sign of stopping. For Spring 2018 bridal designers kept the sleeve trend alive with more long-sleeved gowns than ever before seen on the runway.
Gown by Jim Hjelm
2011 & 2012: Blush-Colored Wedding Gowns
The traditional white wedding dress still reigns as the #1 shade a bride will choose, but coming in at a close second is blush, a pale pink hue that is both feminine and romantic. When Reese Witherspoon married Jim Toth in March 2011 she tapped Monique Lhuillier to design the palest of pink wedding gowns. The A-line tulle skirt was paired with a Chantilly lace corseted bodice and finished off with a slightly darker pink satin sash at the waist. Jessica Biel was also inspired by the romantic hue and wore a pink wedding gown designed by Giambattista Valli when she wed Justin Timberlake in Italy in October 2012.
Gown by Theia
2013: Multiple Wedding Gowns
Brides who can't deciding between two wedding gowns, or want a more traditional wedding dress for their wedding ceremony and a sexier wedding dress for the reception, may take a page from Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s September 2013 wedding. The bride wore not one, not two, but three gowns by Vera Wang.
“Changing gowns gives the brides the opportunity to show off two different looks, often a full ball gown and then something more fitted for the reception,” says Jordan Ensminger of The Bridal Collection in Denver, Colorado.
While this may seem extreme, choosing two wedding dresses became common as brides decided that a shorter or lighter dress would be easier to dance in.
Gown by Morilee by Madeline Gardner
2013: Art Deco Designs
When the film The Great Gatsby was released in May 2013 brides clamored for the Art Deco dresses and jewelry seen on Daisy Buchanan (played by Carey Mulligan) and Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki). British designer, Jenny Packham, and Australian designer, Johanna Johnson, exploded on the U.S. bridal market with their glamorous gowns inspired by the Roaring Twenties. And while the wedding scene in the film isn’t a joyous one, or even that long, the flapper-style made a lasting impact influencing more than wedding dresses, but bridesmaids, men fashion and wedding décor for several years.
Gown by Jenny Packham
2014: Cut-outs and Open Backs
As brides decide to show off their figures on their wedding day, more revealing gowns have hit the runway. For her wedding to Kanye West in May 2014, Kim Kardashian worked with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, on a wedding dress with sheer paneling and cutouts on the sides of the bodice and sleeves.
“Kim was ahead of the trend when she and Kayne married in Italy,” says Jordan Ensminger of The Bridal Collection. “Long-sleeved low-back styles are the hottest look for brides, whether they’re hoping for a boho style gown or one for a traditional wedding.”
From behind, Kim K revealed her back beneath illusion netting, a thin belt, and fluted silhouette, which sparked an open-back trend that continues today.
Gown by Mira Zwillinger
2014: Off-the-Shoulder Necklines
When Amal and George Clooney married in September 2014, designers and brides noticed the stunning and alluring off-the-shoulder neckline of the new Mrs. Clooney’s Oscar de la Renta gown.
“Amal Clooney set the bar high with her off-the-shoulder gown,” says Lindsey Principi of Maddison Row Bridal Chic in Charleston, South Carolina. “Brides started to ask for a classic look, and lace gowns as well as off-the-shoulder necklines started to pop up everywhere.”
Bare shoulders are attractive on almost everyone, and became a major trend. While the neckline was modern, the rest of the custom designed gown was traditional with a sweeping train, hand-embroidered pearls, diamanté accents and French lace.
Gown by Sachin & Babi
2014: Covering Up with Capes and Jumpsuits
Beyoncé’s little sister struck quite a pose in her wedding portrait in an ivory Humberto Leon for Kenzo column-style wedding gown, which included a cape! The super-hip singer wore multiple looks to her November 2014 wedding to Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, and each one included a cape. To arrive at the church on time the couple rode vintage bicycles and the bride-to-be chose an ivory Stephane Rolland jumpsuit with plunging neckline with matching cape. For the wedding reception she changed into another ivory Stephane Rolland jumpsuit with a keyhole neckline and ruffled cape. In addition to the chic cover-up, Solange also sparked the jumpsuit trend for brides looking for a modern rehearsal dinner look, and even fashion-forward looks for bridesmaids!
Jumpsuit by Viktor & Rolf
2015: Convertible (or Two-in-One) Wedding Gowns
Shopping for more than one wedding gown can be a lot of fun, but purchasing more than one wedding dress may not be in everyone’s wedding budget. Enter the convertible gown, which became widely popular after Sofia Vergara wore one by Zuhair Murad to her November 2015 wedding to Joe Manganiello.
“Sofia Vergara’s wedding gown allowed her to wear two different looks without changing gowns,” notes Lindsey Principi, of Maddison Row Bridal Chic. “Brides love this option, and it’s a great way to have the princess look and the fitted look without blowing your wedding budget on two gowns.”
The strapless column wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline featured a detachable skirt that was quite voluminous for the ceremony but removed for dinner and dancing.
Gown by Allure Bridals