* SPOILER ALERT! * If you haven't seen the final episode of Gossip Girl and would be bothered by finding out what happens in it, you probably shouldn't read this post.
We've talked before about what to wear (and not wear) to a wedding as a guest, but today I'm turning the focus to what is arguably the most important rigout on the day: the wedding dress itself. Let's take a nosey at some of the best real-life celebrity wedding gúnas as well as some TV and movie favourites!
THE CLASSIC ICONS
On- and off-screen, Audrey Hepburn could rock a quintessential '50s tea-length wedding dress like nobody's business. Little wonder, then, that her bridal style is still a key point of reference for retro-loving brides-to-be today.
I tried on a Carolina Herrera dress last year that reminded me of something – it took me a while to cop that it was putting me in mind of the unusual detail on Miss Jaqueline Bouvier's dress for her wedding to JFK.
Few dresses are paid so much homage in bridal design as Grace Kelly's iconic frock, which has inspired thousands of long-sleeved lace copy-cats (and perhaps even influenced one copy-Kate.)
The cummerbund-style waist, the full but structured skirt, that amazing lace – there's nothing to not love here.
THE PINK LADIES
Gwen Stefani's pink dip-dyed Galliano dress became an instant classic the minute she put it on 11 (!) years ago, proving that it's entirely possible to showcase your personal style in a very substantial way on your wedding day and look amazing.
Portia de Rossi, Reese Witherspoon, and most recently Jessica Biel also eschewed traditional bridal whites in favour of gorgeous soft blush hues.
When you think “Vera Wang”, there's a good chance that the first dress to pop into your head will be Kate Hudson's humungous princess-style gown from Bride Wars. Which might or might not be a good thing, depending on your own taste (personally, the only bit of it I liked was the grey ribbon belt, which ultimately didn't make it up the aisle and just goes to show what I know about these things.)
What do you reckon to this tulle Wang number that Chelsea Clinton donned for her 2010 wedding? Cinched with a sparkling sash at the waist, the silhouette was romantic yet modern with lasercut swirling ruffled detail adding interest to the skirt.
A million bonus points to the former first daughter for embracing her paleness.
And one final Wang before we go: Ivanka Trump's covered-up, traditional dress with illusion neckline and lace overlay.
It looked sleek but a little unremarkable – boring, even – from the front, but the back of Bella Swan's dress in Breaking Dawn had Twihards and haterz alike swooning.
Kate Moss' wedding to Jamie Hince looked like one big, chilled out party and the bride's sparkling boho chic Galliano gown fit in perfectly with that laid-back vibe.
* SPOILER ALERT! *
Seriously, if you haven't seen the final episode of Gossip Girl and are bothered by finding out what happens in it, STOP READING RIGHT NOW and get off this page quick.
If not, well, as you were, and prepare for a feast for your little eyeballs.
zOMG. It's way out there, obviously, and not for the faint- or traditional-hearted, but the embellishment, the colour, the silhouette – oh my. Blair's Elie Saab number comes pretty close to perfection in my book.
What do you reckon, ladies; did you spot any of your own faves there? Or have I missed out on your all-time favourite famous wedding dress?
Let me know in a comment!