What is your idea of a perfect wedding? For most of us, it comprises a beautiful venue, a handsome groom, a romantic kiss, cheerful guests, and the bride stealing the show in her gorgeous white gown.
However, not all our celebrities picture themselves walking down the aisle in plain white wedding dresses. A few of our beloved stars love taking fashion risks, so they opted for statement-making, non-traditional wedding dresses. These A-list brides made heads turn with their bold and beautiful style choices.
From purple and yellow to pink and black, you will find everything except white in this list of unconventional wedding dresses worn by celebrity brides. By bending rules and traditional expectations, these brides proved there is no “right” way to dress when it comes to their weddings.
Have a look at the twelve stunning brides who shunned white for their big day:
Dita Von Teese
When burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese married singer Marilyn Manson in 2005, she made a head-turning entry with her unconventional gown. Her purple Vivienne Westwood corseted gown was the talk of the town for its unique colour and the high-end taffeta fabric.
Though the dress matched Dita’s bold style, it is also true that not everyone can carry such a dramatic gown with the same confidence. She accessorized the gown with a Stephen Jones hat and carried a bouquet of blood red roses. Vogue magazine documented the gown (and the wedding) in their March 2006 issue.
Sarah Jessica Parker
The Sex and the City actress opted for a black Morgane Le Fay dress when she married to husband Matthew Broderick 21 years ago. The taffeta ruffled dress gave the perfect wild and “badass” look to the bride. The actress later revealed that she chose the dress to avoid drawing media attention to her wedding.
In a 2016 interview to Vanity Fair, Parker confessed she regretted wearing an all-black gown. The actress and designer admitted if she had the chance to redo one fashion moment from her life, she would choose to not wear her black wedding gown.
The American singer-songwriter was one of the first brides to wear a colored wedding gown. When she married Gavin Rossdale in 2002, she started a trend that several celebrity brides followed in the coming years. Giving a break to the traditional white gown, Stefani chose an ombré pink gown. Brides looking for ombré patterns can shop for similar designs in different hues at Homeshop18.com.
The princess-style voluminous dress was classic white on the top and dip-dyed hot pink at the bottom. The Dior gown designed by John Galliano matched the edgy reputation of the bride.
Keira Knightley wore a powder pink Chanel dress for her wedding to James Righton in 2013. She paired the whimsical tulle dress with custom Chanel flats and a Chanel jacket. Unlike other brides, who wear their wedding dresses only once, Knightley was spotted wearing her no-fuss, short, and strapless dress on several occasions, including a Red Carpet event.
The actress has made non-conventional, but absurdly chic dressing choices in her eight weddings. In her 1959 wedding to actor Eddie Fisher, Liz wore a gorgeous green silk sheer dress with a hood and for her second wedding to Richard Burton, she wore a rainbow-colored dress with tiny feathers. Our favorite remains the yellow babydoll dress that she wore for her first wedding to actor Richard Burton in 1964. Taylor wore a diamond and emerald Bulgari brooch with the dress and decorated her braided updo with hyacinths and lilies.
Jessica Biel wore a frothy pink wedding gown for her wedding to Justin Timberlake. The princess-like silhouette of the backless Giambattista Valli dress was a leap of faith from the traditional wedding dresses. The groom had described the dress as “So Jess”- timeless and eccentric. Talking about her wedding gown, Biel said in an interview that she always wanted it to be romantic and feminine and in a shape that she had rarely worn. She admitted that she loved her wedding gown because she has never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses.
The unconventional slim-fit gown Moore donned on her wedding to Bart Freundlich in 2003 was from Prada. She paired the understated pale lavender gown with green strappy sandals. The groom complemented the bride’s attire with his royal purple tie and a lilac shirt. The intimate wedding took place at a friend’s house in Greenwich Village.
The actress stunned her guests in a nude chiffon gown on her wedding to singer Winston Marshall in 2016. The gown was embroidered with sequins, beads and glitter and cost around $20,500, according to news reports. The coveted Valentino gown looked perfect for the Moroccan-styled wedding of the couple. The dress first appeared on the runway of the Paris Fashion Week as a part of the Valentino Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.
The Big Bang Theory actress wore a custom petal pink gown on her wedding to Ryan Sweeting in 2013. The gorgeous gown was from Vera Wang’s Fall 2014 runway collection. Gwen Stefani and Jessica Biel had debuted in the same color prior to her, but Cuoco’s strapless tulle ball gown was different in several aspects like lace accents and the detailing in the bodice.
The actress married American standup comedian David Cross in a bright yellow dress. Tamblyn and Cross arrived barefoot for their woodland ceremony and still looked graceful. The marigold color perfectly complemented the bride’s fair complexion and red hair. In an interview to the US Weekly in 2012, the actress said: “There’s nothing really traditional about me.”
Like Sarah Jessica Parker, Grimes rocked her wedding look in a black gown. The Vera Wang dress the actress wore on her wedding to British model Josh Beech in 2013 featured a V-neck halter neckline and a lace bodice. The organza and a tulle gown was a part of the designer’s fall 2012 collection.
The celebrity bride wowed us twice on her wedding to James Cook in 2014 with her choice of gowns. She ditched the classic traditional gown for a floral Emilio Pucci dress by Peter Dundas while repeating vows in a second ceremony. The floral long-sleeved dress was perfect for Poppy’s luxe-boho style. Everything about the perfect wedding dress, right from the lace neckline to the floral trim at the waist, looked on-point for the Moroccan wedding.
These celebrities and their colorful wedding dresses are making a serious case for ditching the traditional all-white route. Though a few of these marriages didn’t last, we are sure that the memorable fashion moments that these brides created on their wedding day will stay forever with us. If your wedding is on the cards, take inspiration from these celebrity brides and break the idea of a white wedding dress because, why not? Yolo!