Some were super risqué, others were simply ahead of their time.
Jun 20, 2016 6:52am
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From Bianca Jagger's low-cut skirt suit to Gwen Stefani's ombré pink gown, the world has seen a lot of wild wedding dresses.
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1840: QUEEN VICTORIA
Ever wonder why so many brides wear white? Thank Queen Victoria! In 1840, she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Albert wearing a white wedding dress that sparked a trend, making white the go-to shade for brides.
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1952: ELIZABETH TAYLOR
While she wore several gowns for her many marriages, Elizabeth Taylor's first unconventional dress was this simple suit for her 1952 wedding to second husband Michael Wilding.
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1954: MARILYN MONROE
When Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco on January 14, 1954, she didn't wear white. In fact, she wore something nobody would've expected: a chocolate brown dress that hit just below her knees, plus a matching jacket.
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1964: ELIZABETH TAYLOR
For her wedding to fifth husband Richard Burton, Taylor opted for a canary yellow chiffon dress topped off with dozens of white flowers in her hair. While her penchant for getting married certainly made the news more than her gowns, this dress definitely falls into the "unconventional" category.
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1966: MIA FARROW
On top of being a trendsetter with her iconic pixie cut, Mia Farrow totally ignored conventions when she wore a short, structured white skirt suit for her wedding to Frank Sinatra in 1966. The marriage itself was seen as scandalous, given the age difference between the pair: Farrow was just 21 at the time, while Sinatra was 50 years old.
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1967: PRISCILLA BEAULIEU PRESLEY
Ready for a big surprise? Elvis Presley's wife Priscilla Beaulieu actually designed her own dress for the pair's Las Vegas wedding — and it was a dramatic one, featuring chiffon, beads and a three-foot veil.
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1969: AUDREY HEPBURN
Considering her famously stunning looks, it's no wonder that Audrey Hepburn looked every bit the blushing bride at the wedding for her second marriage, which was to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti in 1969. Still, it came as a big surprise that she opted to wear a pale pink Givenchy minidress with long sleeves and a headscarf.
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1969: YOKO ONO
Being the unconventional couple that they were, Yoko Ono and John Lennon wore unconventional garb to their nuptials. Ono rocked several of the decade's most iconic trends: the mini skirt, a felt hat and knee-highs.
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1971: BIANCA JAGGER
When model Bianca Jagger married Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger in 1971, she wore a low-cut white skirt suit that was by no means traditional, yet it's still easily one of the most stylish celebrity bridal looks of the decade.
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1988: RITA WILSON
When Rita Wilson walked down the aisle with Tom Hanks, she rocked a super short, poofy-meets-bodycon dress that doesn't exactly stand the test of time. What did stand the test of time: their marriage. As of 2016, the couple has been together for 28 years — that's basically a century in celebrity relationship years.
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1989: EMMA THOMPSON
When Emma Thompson married Irish actor Kenneth Branagh in 1989, it's unlikely that anyone expected her to walk down the aisle in a multicoloured dress featuring a squiggly pink bodice. To be fair to Emma Thompson, the late '80s and early '90s weren't exactly the most fashionable years.
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**1993: MARIAH CAREY
*In a lavish affair on June 5, 1993, singer Mariah Carey married Sony Music's Tommy Mottola wearing a massive $25,000 Vera Wang gown with a 27-foot-long train. That's right, 27 feet* of fabric. The couple divorced just four years later.
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1994: CELINE DION
The iconic singer kicked off her marriage to her manager Rene Angélil on December 17, 1994 wearing a breathtaking Mirella and Steve Gentile gown featuring long sleeves and a 20-foot train. The (literal) crowning glory of the look that's more divisive than the dress itself: a seven-pound headpiece.
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2002: GWEN STEFANI
In a move that only a true rockstar could pull off, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani married Bush singer Gavin Rossdale while wearing a wild Christian Dior dress designed by John Galliano that featured a striking white-to-pink gradient and a lengthy train.
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2006: PAMELA ANDERSON
If anyone was willing to bare all at their wedding, it was bound to be Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. When the pair tied the knot on a yacht in St. Tropez, the bride rocked (hyuck hyuck) a teensy white bikini.
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2014: SOLANGE KNOWLES
What better way to celebrate your nuptials than by wearing an outfit you can actually move around in? That's exactly what Solange Knowles did on her way to marry music video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on November 16, 2014. Her look was totally stunning, yet super comfy — she could even ride a bike in it!