The Best-Dressed Brides of the 21st Century

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or merely dreaming to be a bride one day, you’ve at one point fantasized about the perfect gown for your fairy-tale wedding. The big day calls for a showstopping dress that’s guaranteed to make jaws drop left and right. Even the most visionary and imaginative of people often need a little bridal inspiration. That’s where these women come in and show us exactly how it’s done. So without further ado, here’s a list of the fiercest celebrities who have earned bridal icon status in the 21st century.

 

KATE MIDDLETON 

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When she married Prince William, Kate became Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, in an Alexander McQueen masterpiece only fit for royalty. It only took a moment for the “Kate effect” to take over the fashion world. Fast-forward to 3 years later and bridal designers are still imitating her show-stopping gown.

MARCIA CROSS

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In 2006, the famous red-head and Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney tied the knot in Pasadena, California. “Walking up the aisle was a glorious moment. I was just so happy,” gloated Cross, who donned a custom Reem Acra gown paired with a cathedral-length veil and Neil Lane platinum-and-diamond jewelry.

ALICIA KEYS

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Once again, we have another celebrity donning a gown created by Vera Wang. Alicia Keys looked goddess-like in a Grecian-inspired ivory silk, one-shouldered Vera Wang gown as she married Swizz Beatz at their 2010 Mediterranean gala. Alicia’s flowing dress matched her island-style wedding perfectly and beautifully complemented her adorable baby bump.

PORTIA DE ROSSI

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Portia’s Zac Posen gown is one of the boldest dresses to grace a bride. It takes a brave woman to reveal so much back fearlessly, but when you look as fit as Portia De Rossi, wearing a backless dress is a piece of cake. Ellen’s crisp white suit complemented Portia’s dress flawlessly. The two could not have looked more perfect on their special day.

GWEN STEFANI 

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Our gal Gwen Stefani could have said her wedding vows in a leopard-print tutu and she would’ve still made our list of phenomenal brides. This fair fashionista never seizes to blow us away with her one-of-a-kind style. She surprised everyone with a custom ombré John Galliano for Dior dress. The ombré wedding dress makes the list of unforgettable iconic gowns thanks to its distinctively unique design.

IVANKA TRUMP

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Brainy and beautiful, Ivanka’s dress was influenced by Hollywood golden girl, Grace Kelly’s timeless wedding gown. Ivanka Trump’s outfit wasn’t the only thing to take a conservative turn–she also converted to Judaism in order to marry her Jewish sweetheart, Jared Kushner in 2009. Thus, her gown required a modest style in order to suit the traditional ceremony. Vera Wang was more than happy to create a work of art. “I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn’t naked,” the designer stated at the time.
 

LAUREN CONRAD

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Glamorous. Classic. Simple. That’s how Lauren Conrad described her flawless attire custom designed by Badgley Mishka. In fact, Conrad helped design the dress, which featured two-tone lace with crystals, pearls, baby glass beads, and a 10-foot train! Her wedding day look mirrored her laid-back California lifestyle, showing brides everywhere to stay true to who they are.

KIM KARDASHIAN

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From the moment rapper Kanye West popped the question to the reality star, the universe was busy speculating which designer she would wear down the aisle. For her Florence wedding, Kim wore a custom-made haute couture creation by the couple’s close friend, Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy. Baby North and her groom Kanye looked fabulous too, wearing (you guessed it!) a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci tuxedo.



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