I can honestly say that I have had a lot of fun researching the topic of celebrity wedding gowns and dresses. Celebs, no matter how popular, attract many different kinds of curious and inquisitive eyes. Media, paparazzi and fashion consultants worldwide document all of this, forever etched in history and easily accessible to anyone via the Internet.
Picking the right dress, it fitting comfortably, form-flattering design, being seen in the right dress and leaving jaws agape are just some of the important aspects that go into someone’s rationale when it comes to selecting a wedding gown. However, those aren’t the only things that are important and really, honestly, the whole entire process is a bit of an arduous art form.
Over the years, many celebrities especially or people in the public eye for that matter, have gone out of their way to make sure that their wedding attire pops with a flourish and I can’t say that I blame them. I would want to be remembered on my wedding day also. Unfortunately, sometimes it pops to bright and too loud or it doesn’t pop at all. So, I assembled some of my favorites, not-so-favorite and head-scratchers for your entertainment.
Sarah Jessica Parker
In 1997 Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker said “I do” with Matthew Broderick. Bucking the tradition of white or off-white wedding attire, Parker opted for a black wedding dress. Since then, odd colors have become less eyebrow raising but in 1997 it wasn’t quite expected. Naturally, reactions to the dress were mixed as it gave a sort of macabre atmosphere to the ceremony. I file this one under the category of “Odd”.
Elizabeth Taylor is known by many as the Queen of Marriages. Having been married technically nine times (twice to Richard Burton and Michael Todd) and engaged to three other fellows as well, she should know a thing or two about wedding dresses. So, in 1974 when she first married Richard Burton her wedding dress turned quite a few heads, but not necessarily in a good way. She wore what appeared to be a baggy canary yellow Summer dress with a floral wreath for a headpiece. The dress was considered odd by many as the bagginess and color made her look more like she was wearing a rain slicker.
Shifting gears from somewhat odd choices to downright mortifying ones that made a person want to scream: “What were you thinking?!”.
All in all, I suppose Pamela Anderson’s decision to wear a white two-piece bikini, in retrospect, makes perfect sense. Her marriage to Kid Rock was basically a laugh riot among late night talk show hosts and comedians nationwide. Personally, I believe you should wear what you want to wear. It’s your wedding but it was lacking taste. The two split several months later.
June “Mama June” Shannon
The world, more than likely, knows who June Shannon is because of the reality television show about her daughter; Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The Shannons have an eclectic taste when it comes to formal wear so, as much as it was a shock to see her stroll down the aisle in a camouflage and hunter’s orange wedding dress, it was also sort of what we all expected.
I decided to save the best for last. Well, it’s my favorite of all that I researched.
People called it “The Wedding of the Century”. Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly, set to marry Monaco’s Prince Rainier III in a wedding that captivated an international audience in 1956. The eventual Princess of Monaco wore a traditional and formal white gown with a headpiece bejeweled with seed pearls, a lace veil, high neck and long sleeves. It was an elegant design that seemed to fit her petite form perfectly and flow from her naturally. It has to be considered one of the most beautiful gowns in history.