#TBT—The 7 Glitziest Wedding Dresses of All Time
Décor, seating plans, and menus are undoubtedly important elements of your client’s wedding day, but the wedding dress is perhaps the biggest (and toughest) decision a bride will face. Helping your client make the best decision, based on budget and preference, is absolutely essential as a wedding planner, and a great deal of trust will be placed in your expertise.
Looking for inspiration? We’ve rounded up some of the glitziest, most famous wedding dresses of all time, worn by brides ranging from princesses to actresses, to provide you with a glittering starting point!
1. Chrissy Teigen
When model Chrissy Teigen wed musician John Legend in a lavish, Italian destination wedding back in 2013, she donned not one, but three wedding dresses by designer Vera Wang! Her ivory ceremonial gown featured a strapless open back, full tulle skirt and delicate embroidered detail. Planned by Lisa Vorce Co. and Mindy Rice, this wedding’s fairy tale atmosphere was amplified by Teigen’s ball gown wedding dress, demonstrating the essential role of the wedding dress on the big day.
2. Kate Middleton
Everyone remembers the spring day in 2011 when Britain’s Prince William wed his long-time girlfriend Catherine (Kate) Middleton, as her dress was one for the ages. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Kate’s gown featured an ivory satin bodice which incorporated floral lace, a full skirt, and a train measuring over 7 metres in length.
For this royal wedding, no expense was spared—the dress was both a tribute to traditional royal wedding gowns as well as a huge influence on wedding dress styles for the next few years. As the wedding planner, suggest a Kate Middleton-style gown to a client who prefers a conservative, elegant look on her wedding day—complimented by a long, delicate veil, this bridal look is absolutely timeless.
3. Kim Kardashian
No list of glitzy, opulent wedding dresses would be complete without Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy Haute Couture gown from her wedding to musician Kanye West in 2014. The reality star’s magnificent gown featured a mermaid silhouette, lace sleeves, sheer paneling and cut-outs. Internationally acclaimed event planner Sharon Sacks oversaw every detail of Kim and Kanye’s wedding, including Kim’s unforgettable wedding dress.
4. Jessica Biel
Not all brides opt for white wedding dresses, as illustrated by actress Jessica Biel when she married husband Justin Timberlake in a rose-pink gown in 2012. Designed by Giambattista Valli, the actress’s dress was a strapless confection made of silk mousseline and organza, and according to Biel it “moved like a dream”.
If your client isn’t interested in wearing white on her wedding day, there are a myriad of different colors she can choose from! Pink, yellow, blue, and even lavender are all uniquely beautiful choices that will ensure she maintains her own personal style (while still feeling like a bride!).
5. Whitney Port
When designer and actress Whitney Port married her husband in 2015, she chose a unique, high-low gown designed by Ashi Studio. The gown featured a miniskirt in front, a full skirt at the back, and stunning silver embroidery and tiny pearls covering the entirety of the garment. It was actually modeled after a Venetian chandelier (now that’s what we call glitzy!).
6. Princess Diana
Lady Diana Spencer became Diana, Princess of Wales when she married Britain’s Prince Charles in 1981, and her wedding dress became instantly iconic. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the gown was made of ivory silk taffeta and featured both antique lace as well as pearls and sequins.
The most distinguishing feature was a 25-foot train, earning this dress its worthy title as the wedding dress of the century.
7. Salma Hayek
When actress Salma Hayek married husband Francois-Henri Pinault on Valentine’s Day in 2009, she chose a full-skirted, sparkling Balenciaga gown with a silver crystal embroidered bodice and full skirt. This dress was fit for a queen, which suited the wedding budget of $3.5 million!