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The Top 20 Movie Wedding Gowns

Updated on September 17, 2015

The Top 20 Best Movie Wedding Gowns

This hub looks at the top 20 movie wedding dresses. The idea is that the woman had the intention of getting married even if she doesn't actually get married while wearing it.

The dresses were scored by beauty, how they reflect the character/movie and how memorable they were. I also tried to keep the dresses to the white or very soft shades of color for this list.

List is subject to change (changing the list means new polls)

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Jennifer Aniston as Jennifer Grogan Marley and Me
Jennifer Aniston as Jennifer Grogan Marley and Me

Number #20

Jennifer Grogan, Marley and Me

This dress seems more suited for a beach wedding but having set against the snow makes it feel more romantic. it features a layered neckline with lace and ruffles. The shawl adds a bit more romance to the overall look.

Gown designed by Coral Gables

Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts)  Runaway Bride
Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) Runaway Bride

Number #19

Maggie Carpenter from Runaway Bride

Reluctant Bride Maggie Carpenter dons a few gowns in the film but it’s the last gown that is the perfect mix of romance and subtly. With it’s off the shoulder neckline, a-line silhouette and lovely beading it’s both elegant and charming.

Gown designed by Amsale

Isolde (Sophia Myles) from Tristan and Isolde
Isolde (Sophia Myles) from Tristan and Isolde

Number #18

Isolde from Tristan and Isolde

This gown was created for a version of 1001 Nights and was changed for Tristan and Isolde but it is such a lovely costume and fits into the movie. It a light green with gold elements.

Gown designed by Maurizio Millenotti

Georgiana (Keira Knightley)  from The Duchess
Georgiana (Keira Knightley) from The Duchess

Number #19

Georgiana from The Duchess

The Costumes in The Duchess all capture the opulence of 18th century English nobility but it was the gold tone wedding dress that Georgiana wears for a brief moment that was used for the film's promotion. Its rich gold tone, stunning embellishments and hip petticoat makes it very memorable and beautiful.

Gown designed by Michael O'Connor

Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) from  Shakespeare in Love
Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) from Shakespeare in Love

Number #16

Viola De Lesseps from Shakespeare in Love

Much like The Duchess, Shakespeare in Love captures the opulence of English nobility but in the 16th century. Viola's wedding gown is gold with lots of lace details, stunning sleeves and prominent collar.

Gown designed by Sandy Powell

Bella Swan  (Kristen Stewart)  from  Twilight; Breaking dawn
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) from Twilight; Breaking dawn

Number #15

Bella Swan from Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn

This dress is simple yet elegant in its streamline silhouette and lace details. The open back gives the dress a little bit of an edge.

Gown designed by Carolina Herra

Katherine Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) from Father of the Bride 1950
Katherine Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) from Father of the Bride 1950

Number #14

Katherine Banks from Father of the Bride 1950

This one-off gown is a prime example of the 50's demur elegance. It has a lace collar, draped shirt and framing neckline detail.

Gown designed by Edith Head

Father of the Bride 1950

Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) from Sense and Sensibility
Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) from Sense and Sensibility

Number #13

Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Marianne wears a lovely and charming 19th century gown. It features an empire waist, 3/4 sleeves and a matching bonnet. The gown is enhanced by it's embellishment which is made from straw. Straw as elegant, who would have thought?

Gown designed by Jenny Beaven

Manon (Emmanuelle Beart) from Manon de Sources
Manon (Emmanuelle Beart) from Manon de Sources

Number #12

Manon from Manon de Sources

Towards the end of Manon de Sources (which is the continuation of Jean de Florette), Manon dons an elegant art deco style gown. It features a streamline silhouette and cowl neckline. It's made complete by the lace veil.

Gown designed by Sylvie Gautrelet

Giselle (Amy Adams) from Enchanted
Giselle (Amy Adams) from Enchanted

Number #11

Giselle from Enchanted

The gown takes the princess gown to the extreme. It had big puff sleeves, full princess ballgown with underskirt of ruffles and an over skirt of embroidery. It’s a very memorable gown and was used in the films promotion.

Gown designed by Mona May

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) from  Mamma Mia
Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) from Mamma Mia

Number #10

Sophie from Mamma Mia

This gown is a perfect example of care-free femininity with it soft ruffles, lace and tulle elements. It had an empire waistline, an asymmetrical neckline, blue bead, and an ankle hemline.

Gown designed by Ann Roth

Emma (Anne Hathaway) from Bride Wars
Emma (Anne Hathaway) from Bride Wars

Number #9

Emma from Bride Wars

Bride Wars is by no means a good movie but the two wedding dresses to appear in it are both lovely. Of the two Emma’s is of the less cliché princess variety and more elegant. It has a nice subtle edgy detail with the twisted neckline.

Gown designed by Vera Wang

Justine (Kristen Dunst) from Melancholia
Justine (Kristen Dunst) from Melancholia

Number #8

Justine from Melancholia

The first half of Melancholia centers around depressed and fragile bride, Justine's, wedding. It was inspired by Shakespeare's Ophelia with it delicate and fragile style. It’s a strapless gown with gather tier and a lovely flower bolero.

Gown designed by Manon Rasmussen

Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway)  from The Princess Diaries 2:Royal Engagement
Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway) from The Princess Diaries 2:Royal Engagement

Number #7

Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Prim and elegant Princess Mia dons a lovely gown with a off the shoulder, lace neckline that extend into long lace sleeve. It's an amazing gown from not good movie.

Gown designed by Gary Jones

Ellie (Claudette Colbert) from It Happened One Night
Ellie (Claudette Colbert) from It Happened One Night

Number #6

Ellie from It Happened One Night

Spoiled Ellie dons this stunning bias cut gown with flutter sleeves and flower details along the neckline. It also has a lovely veil.

Gown designed by Robert Goosson

Christine Daae   (Emmy Rossum) from The Phantom of the Opera
Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) from The Phantom of the Opera

Number #4

Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

Christine Daae was forced into this gown by the Phantom.It has an off shoulder neckline with short sleeves. It has an asymmetrical overskirt that drapes around the side and covers the underskirt that is covered in ruffles.

Gown designed by Alexandra Byrne

Princess Buttercup  (Robin Wright Penn) from The Princess Bride
Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) from The Princess Bride

Number #4

Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride

Princess Buttercup dons a blue gown that has an empire waist, flower details and flowing long sleeves. It also has delicate beading on the neckline and the sleeves. It was used in the film promotion.

Gown designed by Phyllis Dalton

Padme Amidala(Natalie Portman)   from Star Wars Episode II
Padme Amidala(Natalie Portman) from Star Wars Episode II

Number #3

Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode II

Padme's wedding gown is stunningly beautiful without being too grand. It has a clean silhouette that was inspired by the Edwardian era. It was made from Edwardian lace bedspread. The dress has a low v-neckline, an a-line silhouette, long flutter over-sleeves and lace veil. The dress is covered in seed pearls.

Gown designed by Trisha Biggar

Lily James as Cinderella, Cinderella 2015
Lily James as Cinderella, Cinderella 2015

Number #2

Cinderella from 2015 version of Cinderella

This gown is both classic and very youthful. The silhouette is elegant and and the sheer neckline and sleeves give it an understated quality. The youth come from the pop of color from the embroidered flowers throughout the gown. The assymetric death with the embroidery in the shoulder is a great surprising detail.

It is the perfect gown for the kind poor girl turned royal.


Costume design by Sandy Powell


Fleur Delacour (Clemence Poesy) from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Fleur Delacour (Clemence Poesy) from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Number #1

Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

There is some controversy around this gown as it looks very similar to a 2008 Alexander McQueen gown but tribute or copy it's still gorgeous. The soft ruffle skirt and the lace phoenixes are a lovely contrast to each other. It's dramatic with out being too over-the-top.

Gown designed by Jany Temine

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

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Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) and Westley (Cary Elwes) The Princess Bride
Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright Penn) and Westley (Cary Elwes) The Princess Bride

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Scarlett Gone with the Wind  (Vivien Leigh)
Scarlett Gone with the Wind (Vivien Leigh)

Which on of these wedding gowns do you like the best?

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      Izzy 3 months ago

      Padme's wedding dress is really gorgeous . Maria's wedding dress in The Sound of Music should be in this list too. :)

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      DGbreezin 2 years ago

      I always liked the wedding gown from "So I Married an Axe Murderer." The dress that Danielle wears to the ball in "Ever After" is memorable, though I don't recall if it's definitely her mother's wedding dress. Also, the wedding dress from "Outlander" is gorgeous.

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      RiverCygnet 2 years ago

      you're right, I need to update.

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      Laura 2 years ago

      Why is Cinderella's dress not an option in the poll?

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      HathawayLover 3 years ago

      I can't believe you dissed Princess Diaries 2!! #hathawayforever

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My favourite might be the other dress from Bride Wars. Hard to choose but I did think the other dress was very elegant and understated. It's the one I remembered.

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      AmyLOrr 4 years ago

      This lens is wonderful. All the dresses are so pretty - I picked Princess Mia's dress because I would most likely wear that. Fleur Delacour's dress is also beautiful :)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Loved your lens - Pinned to my weddings board. I voted for Fleur Delacour's dress, but I also loved Viola De Lesseps and all of them really.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      You are so observant of the gorgeous details in movies! I love these "Top" series you have composed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All the dresses were beautiful and so glad to see dresses that weren't strapless. Strapless dresses are not very flattering on most body types and will be so glad to see the style go away. There is nothing worse than a fat bride in a strapless dress.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like Fleur Delacour's wedding dress from Harry Potter. In the book, it is nearly impossible for a phoenix to die. When a phoenix dies, it bursts into flames, rises from the ashes shortly after, and forms another body for itself. I really love the phoenix details on the dress. It is the symbol of eternal. Great for every weddings :D

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