What did you wear to the last wedding you went to? A pastel pink midi dress with a matching hat? Or a strapless black gown with a saucy cut-out? Needless to say, if you're Kim Kardashian, the answer is the latter. For the wedding of her friend, and former boss, Paris Hilton, Kardashian arrived wearing a floor-skimming dress from Rick Owens. The bottom half was relatively modest, especially considering that she wore thigh-high sock boots from her favourite brand Balenciaga, but the top half was a different story, involving a triangle of skin and a strapless neckline that left very little to the imagination.
On the very same day, Kendall Jenner wore a rather revealing dress to another friend's wedding. Like Kardashian's, it was black, floor length and featured diamond-shaped cut-outs, this time all over the front so that triangles of flesh were strategically revealed and concealed.
Celebrity weddings are a bit of a law unto themselves when it comes to what is and isn't appropriate - especially in America, where the dress code tends to involve the kind of gowns that would be appropriate for the MTV Awards - but still, is it right to wear such a revealing showstopper to another friend's wedding? This really begs the question: what on Earth will people wear to Britney's wedding?!
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Chloë Sevigny said 'I do' this week in an ethereal white Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown designed by Glenn Martens as she wed husband Siniša Mačković (for the second time).
For their low-key ceremony in Santa Barbara, which was attended by just two witnesses (his father and her maternal grandmother), Kardashian side-stepped a frou-frou frock for something infinitely more fun: a spaghetti-strapped minidress from Dolce & Gabbana. The mini's corset was embellished - rather appropriately - with a heart and she accessorised the look with a demure veil that was attached to a pair of sheer sleeves. Genius.
Lady Kitty Spencer wowed on her wedding weekend in not one but five dresses from Dolce & Gabbana. For the ceremony, it was high-necked, full-skirted and puff-sleeved affair that was inspired by two particular wedding dresses: her mother's and Grace Kelly's.
Mandy Moore wed musician Taylor Goldsmith in a stylish non-traditional extravaganza. The This Is Us star and the lead singer of folk-rock band Dawes exchanged vows in their backyard in a custom pink Rodarte gown.
Ariana Grande wore a custom Vera Wang dress when she married Dalton Gomez at her home in Montecito in an intimaten affair, with fewer than 20 guests in attendance. The singer wore a shoulder-length veil topped with a satin bow and her signature winged eyeliner to walk down the aisle.
Supermodel Natalia Vodianova tied the knot in Paris, wearing a super chic dress, with a nipped-in waist and pointed collar, by her friend Ulyana Seergenko.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton tied the knot in July 2021, in an intimate ceremony on Shelton's ranch in Oklahoma. Gwen wore a custom Vera Wang Haute silk georgette gown with a sweetheart plunging neckline.
From the choice of wedding breakfast (In-And-Out Burger) to her '60s-inspired minidress (Dior), Lily Allen's Las Vegas wedding was a highlight of 2020.
For her first wedding to Conrad Hilton, Elizabeth Taylor wore a traditional off-the-shoulder gown designed by MGM costumier Helen Rose, the designer also responsible for Grace Kelly's wedding dress.
Silver screen star Mary Pickford gives a lesson in 1920s bridal glamour.
Mia Farrow opted for the clean lines and simple silhouette of a skirt suit for her 1966 wedding to Frank Sinatra, perfectly complimenting her iconic pixie cut.
Yoko Ono chose a simple tiered mini dress, a wide-brimmed hat and white pumps for her wedding to John Lennon. Oh, and massive sunglasses.
We couldn't not include Mariah's characteristically dramatic bridal gown (complete with tiara), worn for her first wedding in 1993. Designed by Vera Wang, the $25,00 style was reportedly inspired by Princess Diana's wedding dress.
Keira Knightley chose a knee-skimming tulle dress by Chanel Couture for her low-key wedding to musician James Righton in 2013, a dress she already owned and one that she has subsequently reworn.
Princess Margaret chose a silk organza gown by Norman Hartnell - the designer behind the wedding and coronation dresses of her sister, Queen Elizabeth II - for her wedding in 1960. The tailored shape and lack of embellishment (a striking departure from previous royal wedding styles) lead Life magazine to crown it 'the simplest royal wedding gown in history.'
Queen Elizabeth II had to save up ration coupons to exchange for the duchesse satin used in her wedding dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell and decorated with 10,000 imported pearls.
For their New Orleans ceremony, Serena Williams wore a custom-made dress designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton before changing into a feathered cape by Versace.
Jackie Kennedy's traditional wedding dress was designed by Ann Lowe, a designer favoured by American high society, and was made from nearly 50ft of ivory silk-taffeta.
Was there ever a cooler wedding dress than Kate Moss's bias-cut, Thirties-inspired slip of a gown, custom-made by her friend John Galliano? The designer later described the process of making Kate's dress as his 'creative rehab.'
The original It girl Bianca Jagger broke the rules for her 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger, choosing a slim-fitting skirt suit designed by Yves Saint Laurent.
For her first wedding to Mel Ferrer in 1954, Audrey Hepburn wore a high-necked, puff-sleeved gown designed by Pierre Balmain (whose fashion house is now best known for the high-octane glamour associated with clients like the Kardashians.)
Hepburn chose a pale pink mini dress and matching headscarf, designed by her lifelong friend Hubert de Givenchy, for her second wedding to Andrea Dotti in 1969.
Kim Kardashian called on close friend Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's creative director at the time, to design a dress for her wedding to Kanye West. The result was an Instagram-breaking creation, featuring cut-out panels and long lace sleeves.
For her wedding to Alan Ferguson in 2014, Solange Knowles side-stepped bridal traditions by opting for a structured cream jumpsuit by Stéphane Rolland.
For the most talked about wedding of the century, Kate Middleton wore a long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown, designed by creative director Sarah Burton, for her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
Designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, Grace Kelly's high-necked, long-sleeved gown was a clear inspiration for Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Worn for her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainer of Monaco, it was fashioned from 25 yards of silk-taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, and Brussels rose point lace.
Princess Diana's 1981 wedding dress is still one of the most famous bridal styles of all time. The fairytale gown, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was fashioned from ivory silk-taffeta and antique lace, which had belonged to Queen Mary. The 25 foot train posed something of a problem, however, barely fitting into Diana's wedding carriage.
Zoë Kravitz chose a butter-wouldn't-melt dress by Alexander Wang (the drop-waist and ankle-length silhouette drew comparisons to Audrey Hepburn).
Gwyneth Paltrow wore undone waves with Valentino Haute Couture for her Hamptons wedding to Brad Falchuk.
For the ultimate meeting of the rock and modelling worlds, in what must surely be the most glamorous union of all time, Iman married David Bowie wearing a Hervé Léger gown with elbow-length gloves.
Hailey Bieber's wedding wardrobe included four white dresses, but this lace Off-White number, with 'Till Death Do Us Part' embroidered on the veil, was a scene-stealer.
For her civil wedding in Venice, Amal delivered note-perfect polish in a cream jumpsuit by Stella McCartney.
The wedding of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, at Chateau De Cande in 1937, was perhaps the most controversial in Britain's history. As Time reported from the event: 'She wore a dress that most U. S. department stores were soon to feature: soft blue crepe with a tight, buttoned bodice, a halo-shaped hat of the same color, shoes and gloves to match. At her throat was a tremendous diamond-&-sapphire brooch.'
In the most-anticipated wedding dress designer announcement of all time, Meghan Markle surprised on-lookers by choosing Clare Waight Keller, artistic director at Givenchy at the time, to create her wedding dress.
For her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, Princess Anne chose a high-necked, puff-sleeved gown by Maureen Baker.
Princess Eugenie's open-backed dress, from London-based Peter Pilotto, was specially designed to showcase her scar from scoliosis surgery. The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, gifted to the Queen Mother, was her crowning glory.
Author, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth didn't let Covid-19 stop her tying the knot on the 15th May 2020. She, and husband Jonathan Singletary got married on their Brooklyn stoop, with 200 friends watching on Zoom, well-wishing neighbours and a small group of socially-distanced friends. While her shoes were custom-made Brother Vellies, her dress, according to Vogue, was something she pulled out of her wardrobe, having not worn it for three years, and her veil was her mother's. 'Since the mantra we set for our stoop wedding was, 'Do the best you can with what you have,' I decided to not overthink my dress,' she told Vogue.
Model Chanel Iman walked down the aisle with New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard in Beverly Hills while wearing a stunning lace gown by Zuhair Murad.