10 Most Iconic Wedding Dresses Ever

The times may have changed, but classic dress trends remain the same. We saw some incredible gowns on the runway this past season and think they are as timeless as ever! Check out these lovely famous brides and their modern-day counterpart! Which one is closest to your dream dress style?


Kate Middleton

InStyle.com; Courtesy of Christos Bridal

Kate Middleton’s Lace Gown With Sleeves by Sarah Burton

This iconic Sarah Burton royal wedding gown has since inspired countless modest v-necks and dainty lace sleeves. This romantic style will make any girl feel like a princess.

Trend to Try: Lace sleeves
See More: Christos gowns


Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

InStyle.com; Allan Zepeda

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier’s Bateau Dress by Ann Lowe

The embellished skirt of Jackie’s taffeta gown paired perfectly with her grandmother’s lace veil for a super romantic, heirloom look.

Trend to Try: Cap sleeves
See More: Badgley Mischka gowns


Victoria Adams Beckham

InStyle.com; Kurt Wilberding

Victoria Adams Beckham Corseted Strapless Gown by Vera Wang

The structured bodice and strapless style of Posh Spice’s trend setter wedding dress (by Vera Wang, none other) has paved the way for many dresses in time since. She just may be solely responsible for the strapless dress empire in the world of weddings.

Trend to Try: Corset bodice
See More: Alvina Valenta gowns

Carolyn Bessette

InStyle.com; Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

Carolyn Bassette Kennedy’s Strappy Sheath Gown by Narciso Rodriguez

The sleek and sexiness of Carolyn’s bias-cut, Narciso Rodriguez gown resulted in the launch of his career and then solidified her as a style icon.

Trend to Try: Sheath dresses
See More: Elizabeth Fillmore gowns

Mia Farrow

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Mia Farrow’s Mini Dress

Mia Farrow’s wedding to Frank Sinatra was sweet and chic, just like her boxy mini dress that was cropped to perfection.

Trend to Try: Short dresses
See More: Jenny Packham gowns

Lady Diana Spencer

InStyle.com; Courtesy of Jenny Lee Bridal

Princess Diana’s Silk Taffeta Gown by David and Elizabeth Emanuel

While there was nothing understated about Diana’s puff-sleeved, ruffled, silk taffeta gown (not to mention covered in lace, embroidery, and 10,000 tiny pearls) at her royal wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, we still see each of those elements — just not all on the same gown.

Trend to try: Ruffled necklines
See More: Jenny Lee gowns

Kate Moss's Sparkly Shear Gown by John Galliano

InStyle.com; Kurt Wilberding

Kate Moss’s Sparkly Shear Gown by John Galliano

Flower children, floral crowns, and illusion necklines are all common factors in the Kate Moss wedding category. This trend setting wedding has inspired trends throughout the industry time and again.

Trend to Try: Illusion necklines
See More: Mark Zunino gowns

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn’s Bateau Gown

Not her exact wedding dress, but this one she wore in the film Funny Face paved the way for tea-length gowns of all types. Classic and simple, and oh so elegant.

Trend to Try: Tea-length
See More: Oscar de la Renta gowns

Grace Kelly

TheDreamDress.com; Kurt Wilberding

Grace Kelly’s Pearl-Studded Sleeved Gown by Helen Rose

This dreamy, Hollywood fantasy gown was just that. In 1956, she played a princess onscreen in The Swan and then assumed the role in real life. As a parting gift from Grace Kelly’s former studio, MGM, the pearl-studded, long-sleeved gown she wore to marry Monaco’s Prince Rainier was conceived by costume designer Helen Rose.

Trend to Try: Lace sleeves
See More: Dennis Basso gowns

Gwen Stefani

InStyle.com; Courtesy of Watters

Gwen Stefani’s Custom Dip-Dyed Gown by Dior

This Dior dip-dyed silk faille gown was custom-created for the pop star’s 2002 wedding. We love this ombre look!

Trend to Try: Ombre effects
See More: Watters gowns

What was your favorite inspiration?  Tweet me @heatherhallm or let me know below!

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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