Weddings are all about fairy-tale endings and love and compromising on your future in-laws' ridiculously long list of requests (no oysters during cocktail hour?! But I love oysters during cocktail hour?!). Let's take a beat from all that noise and turn to pop culture, a place where extravagant nuptials come with no price tag and designer dresses are always accessible. It’s nice here. Behold: The most iconic wedding gowns from your favorite TV shows and movies.
Has anyone recovered from the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress Carrie Bradshaw wore in the 2008 Sex and the City movie? Obviously, the dress caused, er, complications for her and Big, but TBH, I’d choose this dress over Big any day.
When you think of Meghan Markle in a wedding gown, it’s probably the off-the-shoulder bespoke Givenchy gown that she wore to wed Prince Harry in 2018. However, her character on Suits, Rachel Zane, wore a sleeveless V-neck in her (season 7) wedding to onscreen love Mike Ross.
Whether or not Robin choosing Barney over Ted (at least mid-series) was the right move is debatable, but one thing she certainly did right was this Monique Lhuillier dress. So pretty!
Ugh, doesn’t this dress (and this ensemble cast) just make you want to run away to a Greek island for the summer?
Has there ever been a more iconic television moment than Monica Geller, Rachel Green, and Phoebe Buffay lounging around in wedding dresses they bought just for the sake of it? No, I think not.
Let’s also not forgot the dress Rachel wore in the Friends pilot, when we meet her after she runs away from her wedding to orthodontist Barry Farber. Please note the fab crown/veil situation here.
Okay, I promise I’ll stop after this, but I feel like we also need to take a moment to appreciate the simple white dress and long veil Monica wore to marry Chandler Bing in season 7.
Maggie’s dress in Runaway Bride was just big and pretty enough to distract wedding goers from noticing that she’s probably wearing sneakers underneath that skirt. Hey, when a girl’s gotta dash, a girl’s gotta dash.
You were probably too distracted by the Portokalos family’s antics to notice Toula’s (Nia Vardalos) wedding dress. The V-neck and the detailing were pure gold.
Audrey Hepburn had many iconic movie looks, including this short satin-and-tulle Givenchy wedding dress. So. Freakin’. Chic.
I get that we’re all supposed to root for Julia Roberts in this movie, but TBH, Cameron Diaz’s fun, structural gown kinda had me hoping she’d end up with the dream guy....
After watching them flirt from their desks basically every single episode, Pam Beesley and Jim Halpert—the whole world’s fave TV couple—finally got hitched in season 6.
Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding dress did not disappoint in the 1950 movie Father of the Bride. That combo of silk, buttons, collar, and lace is everything you could want in a fictional wedding dress.
When Katherine Heigl’s character, Jane, finally gets her turn to walk down the aisle (and let’s not dwell on the gender politics of this movie, because, well, they suck), she opts for this understated and elegant gown. Magnifique!
Remember this horrific scene where Jane realized her selfish younger sister cut up their late mother's wedding dress?! Awful. But is it bad that I was super distracted by her new dress the whole time? Don't @ me...
You might not have noticed Allie’s (played by Rachel McAdams) wedding dress ’cause you were too busy crying throughout the movie, but here it is, and yeah, it’s some good vintage!
And speaking of fab wedding gowns from an earlier era, Rose’s beaded and silk tulle dress in Downton Abbey is all kinds of gorgeous.
A dress that needs no introduction: The one worn by Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Such a shame about how that marriage ended though.
In season 5, Grace pulls a Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas by getting married to Leo, her boyfriend of two months. Will obviously walks Grace down the aisle, and even though she and Leo get divorced, they remarry by the end of the series.
Did Katniss Everdeen ever end up marrying Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games movies? Debatable. But did Jennifer Lawrence get to wear a stunning, futuristic wedding dress either way? She sure did.
Say what you want about Disney princesses being bad role models for young viewers, but I one hundred percent endorse Ariel’s wedding dress as role model for wedding dresses. Those animated puff sleeves are E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
This 1965 musical classic is great for many reasons, not the least of which is Maria’s (Julie Andrew) classically modest and sophisticated wedding dress.
Jessa from Girls (played by Jemima Kirke) was obviously never going to wear a traditional wedding dress, so instead, she went with this boho minidress for her surprise wedding in season 1.
We love a medieval royal wedding dress. I mean, that texture! That crown! Sure, Buttercup wasn’t too happy about this marriage, but at least she got to wear a great dress for a hot sec? Maybe? It’s fiction, you guys!
Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina Yang wore a crimson dress and carried a color-coordinated bouquet for her season 7 wedding.
Two other Seattle Grace Hospital doctors who looked great at their wedding? Dr. Arizona Robbins and Dr. Callie Torres, who both nailed the bridal look.
If you ever wondered what vampires wear to their weddings (anyone? just me?), it seems like they stick with the traditional suit and a white Carolina Herrera gown, as Bella and Edward demonstrated in Twilight.
Now that we know how vampires dress to get married, let’s look at lab-made monsters, shall we? According to Bride of Frankenstein, lady monsters wear flowing dresses like this one. Noted.