Wedding Fashion: The Celebrity Inspiration Guide
By Ashley Bailey
, Thursday, March 24, 2011
By Ashley Bailey
, March 24, 2011
Celebrity marriages may not always last long, but the designer dresses and picture-perfect hairstyles leave a lasting impression. Celebrity bridal dresses range from slim and trendy to classic and princess-like, so no matter what your personal taste, there is a celebrity wedding ensemble that will be the perfect inspiration for your own wedding day look.
Victoria and David Beckham may have tied the knot over twelve years ago, but they are still going strong, and Victoria’s sharp fashion sense shows as keenly in her wedding-day ensemble as it does in her more recent looks. At their wedding in 1999, Victoria wore a modern take on a princess classic—a cream satin ball gown with a tiny waist and a huge skirt. The scoop strapless neckline keeps the look modern, and the upswept hair and full tiara shows Posh Spice for the fashion icon she is. Soccer legend David Beckham matched his fashionable wife with a cream-colored tuxedo and bow tie. Learn from Posh by embracing the princess inside of you, and adding a modern twist to a classic favorite.
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is known for her lustrous red hair and sexy curves, so it makes sense that she wanted to highlight those assets on her wedding day. Her form-fitting Carolina Herrera featured a dangerously low-cut neckline and a panel of side ruching that showed off those famous curves. Meanwhile, Christina’s red curls were piled atop her head with a fingertip veil, and she picked up on that bold color with rust-colored satin flat shoes. Christina’s bridesmaids looked old-school and yet fresh, in non-matching vintage party dresses in her wedding colors of red, orange, and blue. Channel Christina in a retro-style dress that shows off your own curves.
With her funky, exotic style and catchy beats, Alicia Keys’ wedding outfit was sure to be memorable and unique. And indeed, at her 2010 wedding to Swizz Beatz, Alicia pulled back her hair in a sleek chignon and topped it with a piece of truly unique bridal jewelry—a diamond hairpiece that draped elegantly over her forehead. Alicia’s gown was simple and sexy as well—a one-shouldered Grecian gown by Vera Wang. He wore a white dinner jacket and a black bow tie—the perfect complement to his gorgeous new wife.
When Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner in 2009, she asked Vera Wang to design a custom-made dress that would be stunning and memorable and still appropriate for the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The result, a Grace-Kelly-inspired creation with three tiers of ivory lace, had an illusion neckline with elbow-length lace sleeves. Ivanka modernized the look by wearing her hair down with a chapel-length veil, and finishing the look with a fabulous diamond bracelet. If you love Ivanka’s bridal look, look for a dress with modest but flirty sleeves—and don’t forget to pile on the diamond bridal jewelry!
Gwen Stefani doesn’t like to do anything like anyone else, so when she tied the knot with Gavin Rossdale in 2004, she had Dior design a custom-made silk organza dress—which was dip-dyed so the bottom half and the long train were a unique bright pink color. Gwen finished her look with a rocker-meets-princess pouf hairdo and a chapel-length veil affixed with a stunning crystal hairpiece. Of course, no Gwen Stefani look would be complete without her trademark retro red lipstick. If you love her rocker-chic look, find a way to make your own bridal dress completely unique—leave the traditional white dress to someone else!
When political princess Chelsea Clinton married her long-time boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, the whole world waited to see what she would wear. And she did not disappoint, with a fresh take on a classic bridal look, from head to toe. With her hair pulled back simply, a full veil, and a classic makeup style, Chelsea could have been a bride from any decade, but her full dress was totally current. The full skirt had the dimensional texture that is becoming more and more popular, while the simple bodice was finished with a dramatically beaded belt. Thousands of brides have been inspired by Chelsea’s classic look, so you will have your choice of gowns embellished with contrasting belts and deeply textured skirts.
No matter what style you love, you can look to the movie stars and socialites who have the hottest designer dresses for the most current, gorgeous wedding ensemble inspiration.