- Weddings are common scenes in all types of movies, showing Hollywood stars in wedding dresses.
- But some wedding dresses from movies are better than others.
- Insider rounded up the best and worst wedding dresses from movies.
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A fashionista in her own right, and with a bevy of designer wedding dresses at her disposal, Carrie Bradshaw really should have done better in “Sex and the City: The Movie.”
Carrie gets to try on a variety of wedding dresses for her Vogue photo shoot, which includes designs by everyone from Vera Wang and Christian Lacroix to Oscar de la Renta and Dior.
She settles on a Vivienne Westwood gown, which at first glance seems like the perfect couture fit for the most stylish of the “Sex and the City” foursome.
Unfortunately, the devil’s in the details. Bradshaw’s bodice doesn’t actually fit to her body, and the effect is reminiscent of Madonna’s famous cone-shaped bra from the ’90s. Plus the entire gown desperately needs to be pressed – from the back, it just looks like a hot mess.
But at least Carrie’s in good company. After all, Princess Diana had the same problem.
Mia’s wedding dress in “The Princess Diaries 2” was underwhelming, especially for a princess.
Although Mia doesn’t actually go through with her arranged marriage, she does get all the way to the alter in her gown before she backs out of the nuptials.
And the dress Mia wears when she asserts her ability to lead Genovia alone is a letdown. The off-the-shoulder gown has lace sleeves, a dropped waist, and a plain silk skirt.
The dropped waist fit isn’t a good look for most brides, including Mia. But the real problem with the dress is it just isn’t as striking as a future queen’s gown should be.
Lillian’s couture wedding dress wasn’t what she hoped for in “Bridesmaids.”
Lillian’s wedding gown is a big topic of conversation in “Bridesmaids.” Eventually, she and Helen fly to Paris to get the perfect dress made, much to her best friend Annie’s dismay.
But the dress doesn’t end up how she imagined, and the abundance of layered fabric on the skirt and sleeves looks tacky rather than elegant.
The hat-like veil is the worst part of the ensemble, but luckily, Annie helps her make the dress more appealing for her wedding ceremony.
Amy looks like a Grecian goddess while saying “I do” in “The Wedding Date.”
Amy nearly ruins her own English countryside wedding when she spills to her fiancé that she slept with her sister’s boyfriend years ago, ending their relationship. Did we mention the boyfriend happens to be the groom’s best friend?
But after Nick saves the day, Amy makes it down the aisle to marry sweet Ed in a gorgeous silk gown fit for Mount Olympus.
The double spaghetti-strap detail is unique, and the simplicity of the rest of the dress allows for the delicate headpiece and long, flowing veil to really be the stars of the entire ensemble.
Marie’s wedding dress from “When Harry Met Sally” was used as a punchline.
Marie is Sally’s sidekick and Jess’ love interest.
When she and Jess tie the knot, her wedding dress turns out to be a puffy letdown. The embroidered bodice hides her figure, and the oversized sleeves and heavy skirt swallow her. The veil comes off as tacky.
The dress is so unattractive that it actually becomes a joke in the film, with Sally only saying “Oh, Marie,” when Marie asks what she thinks of it.
Katniss Everdeen’s wedding dress from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was a showstopper.
Katniss and Peeta can’t actually tie the knot because they are forced to compete in the Hunger Games again, but Katniss models the wedding dress her stylist Cinna designed for ahead of the competition for her fans in the Capitol.
The strapless dress is stunning, as it has a full trumpet skirt, fitted bodice, and three-dimensional detailing on the bodice.
But the best part of the dress is that it transforms; when Katniss twirls, the gown is engulfed by flames, revealing a fitted navy gown with a train that appears like wings. It’s designed to make her look like a Mockingjay, the unofficial symbol of the rebellion.
Araminta Lee’s dress in “Crazy Rich Asians” was a glittering showstopper that perfectly fit her over-the-top wedding.
The main love story in “Crazy Rich Asians” is between secretly-loaded Nick Young and his girlfriend Rachel Chu, but Araminta almost steals the show in her iconic wedding dress.
Rachel looks like a couture Thumbelina in the sparkling gown, which comes complete with gold tights that run down her legs as she walks along an ethereal aisle decorated to look like a secret garden.
The high-low ruffle skirt is grand without looking like a duvet cover, and the shimmering gold bodice fits her perfectly.
Jane’s gown from “27 dresses” was a letdown.
Jane spends the majority of “27 dresses” as the dutiful bridesmaid, so her wedding is a long time coming.
And when she finally does step out in her own wedding dress, it’s a simple white gown with a V-neckline and a loose A-line silhouette.
There’s nothing wrong with the gown, but it’s boring and doesn’t make much of a statement. That would be disappointing on any bride, but it’s even more of a bummer because Jane’s wedding has been so highly anticipated.
Her sister’s gown was prettier, even though Jane didn’t like it.
Tess’ dress turns into a major plot point of “27 Dresses,” as she tears apart her late mother’s dress to make her own custom gown – much to Jane’s dismay.
But despite Jane’s protests, the dress Tess has created is stunning. It features spaghetti straps, a full skirt, and lace detailing on the neckline.
The gown is also backless, adding a bit of spunk to the simple and elegant look.
Sophie’s bohemian wedding dress in “Mamma Mia!” perfectly matches the small Greek island setting.
Sophie’s laid-back gown is a reflection of the free spirit that she inherited from her mother Donna, who has raised her daughter as a single mother in Greece.
Sophie and her fiancé Sky end up choosing to travel the world instead of getting married, but her sparkling gown is still a beachy dream.
We love the subtle but sparkling blue detail – perfect for a Mediterranean wedding – as well as the gauzy tulle that falls into easygoing ruffles at the skirt.
Margaret’s heirloom gown in “The Proposal” is dated and ill-fitting, especially before it’s altered.
Although Margaret and Andrew’s “The Proposal” wedding is a farce, she’s still fitted for a wedding dress that once belonged to his grandmother.
The gown is a sweet gesture, but it’s old-fashioned and doesn’t fit her well. It’s nicer once it’s altered, but it’s still underwhelming.
Bella Swan wowed in a silk gown with a keyhole back in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1.”
When Bella and Edward say “I do” in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1,” she looks every part the blushing bride, despite her hesitance at being the centre of attention.
The silk gown fits tight across her body, has geometric lines on the bodice, and long sleeves. The simple front is paired with a keyhole back that’s covered with lace. It’s lined with delicate buttons as well, giving it a classic look.
Bella owes the ensemble to her new sister-in-law Alice, who doubles as her personal stylist.
Liv’s gown in “Bride Wars” could’ve been one of the best, but a few key details led it astray instead.
Liv got rid of the blue hair dye just in time for her big day at the Plaza Hotel, where her best friend Emma was also supposed to tie the knot at the exact same time.
And while only Liv actually ends up making it down the aisle, her stunning ball-gown dress was ruined by a couple of design failures.
First, there’s the random purple belt in the middle, which may have inspired Khloe Kardashian’s own questionable wedding gown just eight months later. The sweetheart neckline was perfect for Liv’s dress, but the weird design at the top just made it look unfinished.
Lisa McDowell made a statement in her pink wedding dress in “Coming to America.”
When Lisa and Prince Akeem finally get married, she walks down the aisle in a stunning and surprising wedding dress.
The strapless gown has a fitted bodice, a full, layered skirt, and it’s covered in sparkles. The pink hue takes the dress to the next level.
The matching veil and crown complete the look, making Lisa look every bit the princess.
While “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is an absolute joy to watch, Toula’s actual dress is just way too much.
Toula Portokalos gets very little say in her wedding to Ian Miller and, unfortunately for her, that includes the dress.
Where to even begin? The huge roses blooming from the centre of the bedazzled bodice? The sky-high veil? The pearl choker necklace?
And don’t even get us started on the lace gloves!
Carrie’s gown is arguably the worst wedding gown from “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”
As you’d expect from the title, there are four wedding dresses in “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and Carrie, the main love interest, doesn’t make a great choice with her gown.
The dress has a straight skirt and a lace top that looks like a jacket. The shelled neckline looks dated, and although the gown has a more casual silhouette, Carrie pairs it with evening gloves that seem out of place.
The crown and veil might be pretty with another dress, but they just look wrong with the gown Carrie picked.
Padme’s gown is both beautiful and fantastic in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clone.”
Luke and Leia’s parents tied the knot in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” and Padme’s dress was perfect for the occasion.
The fitted dress had a V-neckline, a long train, and it was covered in intricate detailing that gave it texture. A cap-like veil matched the ensemble.
The outfit had an otherworldly feel that was appropriate for the sci-fi film.
Maria’s wedding dress from “The Sound of Music” is classic and chic.
When Maria and Captain von Trapp finally make their love for one another official in the second half of “The Sound of Music,” Maria trades her casual governess dresses for a stunning wedding gown.
The long-sleeve dress features a V-neckline and a fitted bodice, flowing into an understated ball-gown skirt with a massive train. Her traditional headpiece and veil complete the look.
Her dress is elegant and understated, fitting her character to a T.
Annie’s gown epitomizes the worst type of wedding dress from the ’80s in “Father of the Bride.”
The standout aspect of Annie Banks’ wedding-day look is the sneakers she chooses to wear with the gown.
Unfortunately, the rest of her outfit isn’t as cool or fun, as Annie sports a silk and lace ball gown. The style looked like dresses that were popular in the 1980s despite the film coming out in 1991, and the lace and large skirt swallow her.
The lace sleeves are pretty, but it’s not enough to save the rest of the look.
Hannah wears a gorgeous wedding dress during “Made of Honour,” but not during her Scottish ceremony.
Hannah doesn’t say “I do” to her strapping Scottish fiancé Colin after Thomas crashes the show – and he really did her a favour.
It’s not the tartan sash that Hannah wears across her dress (which is part of Scottish tradition) that bothers us – it’s everything else.
The lace sleeves look stuffy rather than delicate, and the bunched up skirt isn’t doing Hannah any favours. And don’t even get us started on the sky-high updo.
Daphne Wilder opted for an avant-garde wedding dress in “Because I Said So,” but it ended up looking frumpy.
No one expected Daphne to wear a traditional dress to her wedding ceremony, but the combination suit-gown she ended up in wasn’t the best way to express her personality.
The top of the piece looks like a long sleeve, high-necked blouse with a peplum waist. It flows into a full skirt with a lining full of Daphne’s signature polka dots underneath it.
The whole outfit just falls flat, especially with Daphne’s trio of stylish daughters standing nearby.
After looking prep-school chic for the entire film, Kimberly Wallace’s dress in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” is a total disaster.
With her perfectly-pressed shift dresses and tied-just-right silky scarves, Kimmy is the perfect contrast to chain-smoking and crop-top-wearing Julianne.
But when Kim finally does make it down the aisle to marry the dreamy Michael, she dons a ghastly gown that looks like it was made with curtains.
The off-the-shoulder effect is ruined by the ill-fitting sleeves, which are about three sizes too large. And we’re still not quite sure what’s going on with the back, which looks like someone just cut out a bunch of paper roses and super-glued them to the bodice.
The pink flowers on Shelby’s wedding dress made the gown over-the-top in “Steel Magnolias.”
Shelby’s wedding dress could have been a reprieve from her all-pink wedding, but instead, it adds to the Pepto Bismol effect of the day.
The off-the-shoulder dress has a ball-gown skirt, and it’s adorned with pink flowers. An oversized pink bow on the back of the dress completes the gown.
The dress is just too much.
The Bride’s feminine but understated dress in “Kill Bill Vol. 2” is perfect for her small Texas wedding.
It isn’t until the second volume of “Kill Bill” that we get to see the simple and sweet dress The Bride dons before Bill’s revenge at her ill-fated dress rehearsal.
The classic dress fits the mum-to-be perfectly, with lace detailing on the three-quarter-length sleeves that gives the entire ensemble a vintage feel.
She pairs the look with sandals and a simple bow in her hair, asking Bill: “Do I look pretty?”
“Oh yes,” he replies.
Fran and Steve don’t make it down the aisle in “The Wedding Planner,” but her dress was definitely memorable.
Fran and Steve go their separate ways after he falls in love with their wedding planner, but at least Fran still got to wear her incredible wedding gown for a few hours.
The dress features delicate spaghetti straps – a big trend in the 90s and early aughts – and a subtle shimmering bodice.
Our favourite detail, though, is the glittering crystals in her hair that perfectly pair with the long veil.
Mary’s wedding dress is the complete opposite of Fran’s in “The Wedding Planner,” but it’s perfect for a courthouse ceremony.
It’s no surprise Mary shines in this simple but chic dress for her intimate wedding.
The silk dress fits her perfectly, with delicate buttons running up the sleeves that give a nice modern touch to contrast her more old-fashioned pillbox hat.
And the gorgeous off-the-shoulder neckline is even said to have inspired Meghan Markle’s wedding dress design.
While Muriel makes the genius decision to walk down the aisle to ABBA during “Muriel’s Wedding,” her gown is nowhere near as fabulous.
Muriel Heslop tries on a lot of wedding dresses throughout the 1994 cult Australian classic, but the one she actually wears on her big day is a princessy cliché.
The sparkling gold detailing on the long-sleeved bodice makes the dress look more like a costume, which is a bit fitting seeing as the wedding isn’t as authentic as it seems.
But the worst part of the entire outfit is the huge tiara that Muriel wears high on her head, which makes it clear that she’s still very much playing dress-up.
Jenny’s dress in “Forrest Gump” is very her, but it isn’t the most stylish.
After years of back and forth, Forrest and Jenny finally get married toward the end of “Forrest Gump.”
At the wedding, Jenny wears a flowing, peasant-style dress with long sleeves. The bodice has buttons flowing down the front and layers of fabric on the skirt, which Jenny pairs with a flower crown.
The hippie look is a good idea in theory, but Jenny just ends up looking lacklustre – especially after her parade of disco-chic outfits.
Maggie Carpenter looks like a dream in the first gown she wears for “Runaway Bride.”
Maggie is terrified of saying “I do” in this classic ’90s rom-com, but she still makes for a gorgeous bride.
The beginning of the film sees Maggie escaping yet another wedding in a feminine gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline and delicate gloves.
Maggie’s long and flowing veil also makes for the perfect accessory as she flees on horseback. Talk about forward-thinking.
Juliet’s dress could have been perfect for a winter wedding, but it’s completely ruined by the top half.
Juliet and Peter’s wedding is a joyous affair. There’s a surprise singalong to the Beatles, Andrew Lincoln smiling adorably from behind a video recorder, and a live band!
And there’s plenty of great details in Juliet’s dress, from the elegant train to the delicate feather detailing on the neckline.
But we have no idea what’s going on with the rest of the top, which actually appears to be a sheer cardigan covering up the bodice. It ruins the entire effect of the gown, and actually makes it look a little juvenile.
No rom-com list would be complete without the wedding dress photo shoot from “The Parent Trap.”
OK yes, there’s no actual wedding in Lindsay Lohan’s classic 1998 version of “The Parent Trap,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great wedding dress moment!
Hallie accompanies her mum Elizabeth James, the famous wedding-dress designer, to her shop in London and ends up helping out.
The gown, by the way, is stunning. It’s as chic and modern as Elizabeth’s own understated style, but with beautiful details. The bodice has a subtle shimmer, the back a surprising sheer panel.
And then there’s of course the iconic top-hat veil, and the adorable photo shoot – to the tune of “Never Let You Go” by Jakaranda – that follows.
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