If you’re set to marry the love of your life soon, you’ll doubtless want a suitably stunning dress to live up to the occasion. Get some inspiration, then, from celebrities who have tied the knot within the past couple of years and their jaw-dropping gowns. After all, even if your budget doesn’t stretch to buying the same outfit, at least you can take tips from the detailing.
20. Nicky Hilton
Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton married James Rothschild in July 2015 at The Orangery in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens. For the occasion, she wore a beautiful Valentino couture vintage-style gown with a long train and lace veil, costing to the tune of around $75,000.
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19. Amber West
Actress Amber Stevens married her former Greek co-star Andrew J. West in December 2014 at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles. The bride wore a stunning, strapless and lace-accented gown by CB Couture, which featured a three-layered skirt and was accompanied by a delicate lace veil.
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18. Amal Clooney
British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin wore an Oscar de la Renta gown when she married George Clooney at the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel in September 2014. The elegant dress – which is believed to have cost more than $15,000 – came complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline, an unusual circular train and a French lace overlay lavishly embellished with diamanté and pearls.
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17. Lauren Conrad
Fashion designer and reality TV star Lauren Conrad looked amazing in her Badgley Mischka Couture dress as she married William Tell in Santa Ynez, California in September 2014. The sleeveless Chantilly lace gown was decorated with pearls, crystals and glass beads, with Alençon lace also weaved into the mix to magnificent effect.
16. Ashley Tisdale
Former High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale married Christopher French near Santa Barbara, California in September 2014. Her beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown was made of lace with a nipped-in waist and capped sleeves, and the look was topped off with a bohemian crown made of flowers.
15. Jenny McCarthy
Although she married actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg in August 2014 at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, model and TV host Jenny McCarthy only revealed her dress to the public five months later. As seen on an episode of their reality show Donnie Loves Jenny, her Ines Di Santo ballgown-style dress had a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice and a satin skirt embellished with floral details.
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14. Jacqui Ainsley
In July 2015 model Jacqui Ainsley married Guy Ritchie at their home, Ashcombe House, in Wiltshire, U.K. She wed the movie director in a gorgeous corseted Phillipa Lepley gown comprised of silk duchesse satin and decorated with hand-embroidered fine French lace.
13. Poppy Delevingne
English model Poppy Delevingne married James Cook in May 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London. The occasion called for a customized Chanel short-sleeved mini wedding dress, accompanied by beading and floral embellishments and a daring, floor-skimming lace underskirt.
12. Ashlee Simpson
Singer and actress Ashlee Simpson married actor and musician Evan Ross in August 2014 at the groom’s mother’s house in Greenwich, Connecticut – fair enough if your mom is none other than Diana Ross. In keeping with the laid-back spirit of the day, the bride broke from tradition to wear a lace, long-sleeved crop top and scalloped skirt rather than a dress. Both pieces were by Houghton Bride.
11. Jessica Simpson
Ashlee’s big sister Jessica Simpson also got married in July 2014, in her case to ex-footballer Eric Johnson at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Thought to have cost more than $30,000, her stunning Carolina Herrera dress was a multi-layered, strapless champagne gown with gold embroidery – a piece that Herrera herself deemed as feeling “very regal.”
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10. Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo kept a rather relaxed feel to her wedding outfit when she married German model Johannes Huebl in June 2014. For the civil ceremony at City Hall in Manhattan, the actress paired a Carolina Herrera-designed cream-colored cashmere sweater together with white shorts and a tulle skirt overlay, finishing the whole ensemble off with a pair of blue Manolo Blahnik heels.
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9. Vanessa Williams
When Vanessa Williams married businessman Jim Skrip in July 2015 in Buffalo, New York, they wanted an Egyptian theme to reflect the place in which they first met. For the ceremony, then, the actress chose to don a sleek Carmen Marc Valvo ivory dress decorated with an eye-catching wide gold waistband.
8. Elisabetta Canalis
Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis married orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri in September 2014 in Alghero, Sardinia. Shortly after the nuptials, the bride auctioned the white mermaid-style, silk Alessandro Angelozzi Couture gown with hand-sewn Chantilly lace for charity, fetching around $6,000. A bargain for sure, since the piece originally cost in the region of almost $20,000.
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7. Cheryl Hines
Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines married Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in August 2014 at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The dress she chose to wear was suitably chic and classic-looking: a white, strapless Romona Keveža-designed A-line gown, with its skirt skimming just below her knees.
6. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie donned a silk Donatella Versace gown when she married Brad Pitt in August 2014 at Chateau Miraval in the south of France. The ivory dress had a ruched bodice and a sweeping skirt, while both the back of the dress and the lace veil were adorably decorated with embroidery replicas of drawings done by the couple’s six children.
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5. Naya Rivera
Naya Riviera married fellow actor Ryan Dorsey in July 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For her big day, the Glee star wore a custom-made gown by Monique Lhuillier made from ivory-colored lace, complete with long sleeves and an exposed back.
4. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Former Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi married Jionni LaValle in November 2014 at the St. Rose of Lima Church in New Jersey. She opted for an Eve of Milady-designed, Cinderella-style gown for the ceremony, with the piece featuring a full skirt and an embellished bodice.
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3. Solange Knowles
Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange Knowles was the mistress of understated elegance when she married video director Alan Ferguson in November 2014 in New Orleans. Humberto Leon for Kenzo designed her simple floor-skimming, cream-colored gown with matching cape, which the singer and actress set off with gold accessories.
2. Gabrielle Union
Although she married in August 2014, actress Gabrielle Union only shared photos of her nuptials to basketball player Dwyane Wade a year later. For the wedding at Chateau Artisan in Miami, she wore a strapless ivory-colored gown by Dennis Basso – a classically chic choice with a huge bow at its back.
1. Kim Kardashian
In May 2014 Kim Kardashian wore an haute couture Givenchy gown to wed Kanye West in Florence, Italy. The gorgeous bespoke dress cost around $500,000 and featured lace panels strategically placed to demurely emphasize the reality star’s curves.