Over 2 billion people watched the royal wedding on April 29, 2011, and Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint. For her walk down the aisle, the new Duchess of Cambridge wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. “Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress,” the Clarence House said. The hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace dress was paired with matching Alexander McQueen shoes.
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In 1950, Liz Taylor took her first trip (of seven) down the aisle, marrying hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton in a Hollywood ceremony. Her silk, basque-waisted gown cost a then-staggering $1500 (almost $14,000 in today’s dollars) to make and was a gift from her studio, MGM.
Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
Both blondes wore Zac Posen to their 2008 ceremony: de Rossi chose a dramatic backless gown with a ballerina-inspired pale pink tulle skirt, while Ellen DeGeneres (the only bride not wearing a dress on our list) opted for a tailored ensemble consisting of white pants, a dress shirt and a white vest.
Lady Diana Spencer
Yes, her puff-sleeved, ruffled, silk taffeta gown—decorated with lace, embroidery, sequins, and around 10,000 tiny pearls—wasn’t exactly understated. But then neither was anything else about Diana’s royal wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
Donald’s daughter was reportedly inspired by Grace Kelly’s classic gown: She converted to Judaism in order to marry Jared Kushner in 2009, and required a slightly more covered-up style. Vera Wang was happy to oblige. “I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn’t naked,” the designer said at the time.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green escaped to a Hawaiian beach for their 2010 wedding. Fittingly, the bride wore a flowing silk chiffon Armani Prive gown and skipped shoes for her walk in the sand.
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Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury goods company PPR, wed in a surprise ceremony at City Hall in Paris on Valentine’s Day 2009. Two months later, the couple married for the second time at Venice’s opera house. For the lavish affair, the bride took the plunge in an appropriately fashion-forward Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
The Swedish royal married her personal trainer Daniel Westling in a classic off-the-shoulder satin gown by Pär Engsheden, which featured a sixteen-and-a-half-foot train.
In 2006 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban said “I do” in Sydney. The red carpet style star captivated in an ivory silk chiffon gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga and Fred Leighton antique diamond-and-pearl earrings.
The wedding of Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney took place on June 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California. “Walking up the aisle was a glorious moment. I was just so happy,” says Cross, who accessorized her custom Reem Acra gown with a cathedral-length veil and Neil Lane platinum-and-diamond jewelry.
When Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend tied the knot at N.Y.C.’s Il Buco restaurant our then Winter Weddings cover girl worked her curves in a strapless Carolina Herrera gown.
In 2007, Julianna Margulies wed Keith Lieberthal in a Narciso Rodriguez empire gown. Long white gloves and flowing curls completed her romantic bridal look.