Celebrity Brides Who Wore Bold Colors on Their Wedding Days
These leading ladies broke with tradition and said "Yes!" to non-white big-day dresses.
It's no secret that celebrities are fashion icons on the red carpet. So, naturally, it's exciting to see what they wear when they tie the knot—especially when their big-day outfits are completely unexpected. While many stars opt for traditional white wedding dresses, others buck the norm and surprise fans with colorful gowns (and other unique styles!) when it's time for them to say "I do."
Famous brides have been wearing bright, unconventional ensembles for longer than you think (Wallis Simpson wore blue at her wedding to King Edward in 1937!). Since then, many have followed suit by slipping into everything from blush ball gowns and mauve sheaths to chic orange pantsuits and short green dresses on their big days. These looks prove that an unexpected, non-white bridal gown can still feel wedding-worthy—so it makes sense that they've inspired other brides to reach for their own nontraditional numbers.
Don't just take our word for it, though. Ahead, we've rounded up some of the most unconventional colorful wedding dresses ever worn by celebrities. While some of the following haute couture fashions live up to that Hollywood hype with their extravagant embellishments and daring silhouettes, you might be surprised by the more subdued picks (note Kristen Bell and Emily Ratajkowski's low-key ensembles ahead!). The gist? Each celebrity made their nuptials their own with bright outfits that defied tradition. If you're still deciding between a white and colorful ensemble for your own wedding, these daring high-profile looks might just convince you go for the unconventional.
Malin Akerman opted for a sleek pink Cushnie dress for her bohemian-themed beach wedding in Tulum last year. The gown featured a thigh-high slit on one side and unique cold shoulder draping.
During her and Winston Marshall's 2016 Moroccan wedding weekend, Dianna Agron made multiple outfit changes. However, it was her nontraditional, embroidered Valentino dress that really caught our eyes. The sheer gown was fresh off the runway and dotted with gold, rose gold, gunmetal, and mauve details.
For her November 2018 wedding to Taylor Goldsmith, Mandy Moore went the nontraditional route and wore a pink ruffled Rodarte gown. The reason? A white dress just didn't fit the bill. "It just doesn't feel the most me," she told
months before the big day.
When Emily Ratajkowski married Sebastian Bear-McClard in early 2018, the model didn't wear an extravagant gown from a fashion shoot or red-carpet event. Instead, she went for an orange pantsuit from Zara for her city hall nuptials.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's low-key 2013 courthouse wedding called for an equally casual outfit. Bell skipped the white wedding dress get-up entirely and chose a black top and pants for her "I dos," instead.
Jessica Biel tapped Italian designer Giambattista Valli to custom make her unconventional wedding dress for her 2012 wedding to Justin Timberlake. The romantic blush gown included layers of tulle with a watercolor floral motif.
Elizabeth Taylor had already walked down the aisle three times before she wed singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher in 1959, so she opted for an nontraditional olive green hooded dress for her fourth wedding.
While Chrissy Teigen was at her final fitting for one of the other wedding dresses she wore during her Italian destination wedding to John Legend, she spotted this red gown from Vera Wang's Spring 2013 collection and had to have it, purchasing it off-the-rack. She changed into this one after dinner for the remainder of the reception.
Amber Tamblyn told
that she chose her bright yellow wedding dress for her 2012 vows to David Cross because she wanted something that would match her personality. "It was marigold and it had a train in the back that was cream," she said. "There's nothing really traditional about me."
John Galliano created Gwen Stefani's pink ombré wedding dress, which she wore to her 2002 wedding to Gavin Rossdale, by spray painting the lower half of the silk skirt. Sadly, she and Rossdale split in 2016—but Stefani's colorful wedding dress remains iconic.
Shanae Grimes' black tulle Vera Wang dress wasn't the only nontraditional element in her 2013 wedding to Josh Beech: The 90210 star also walked down the aisle to house music.
Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall
While Camilla Parker-Bowles sported a cream-colored ensemble to her civil wedding ceremony to Prince Charles in 2005, she changed into this elegant blue and gold damask coat by designer Anna Valentine (with a matching chiffon dress) for the service of blessing.
While the black-and-white photos from their wedding in 1937 don't show it, the Mainbocher dress that Wallis Simpson wore to wed King Edward was the bride's signature shade of pale "Wallis Blue" to match her eyes.
Marilyn Monroe's marriage to Joe DiMaggio lasted only nine months, but the chocolate brown suit with mink collar and rhinestone buttons she wore when they eloped in 1954 was timeless.
For her fifth wedding, Taylor wore a yellow dress and floral headpiece to marry actor Richard Burton in 1964.
For her backyard wedding to Bart Freundlich in 2003, Julianne Moore wore a simple mauve-colored sheath, designed by Prada, to go with the vibe of the low-key wedding.
Dita von Teese
Dita von Teese's dress choice for her 2005 wedding to Marilyn Manson was just as edgy as she is. Teese wore for a corseted purple gown designed by Vivienne Westwood down the aisle.
Anne Hathaway wore a custom Valentino gown with an ombré pink tulle skirt to her and Adam Shulman's California nuptials in 2012. "The memory of creating it with [Valentino] is something that I will treasure forever. He somehow read my mind and designed the dress that I'd always wanted," she told
A year after divorcing, Taylor and Burton reunited in 1975 to wed a second time in Africa. This time Taylor wore a Gina Fratini dress in ombré shades of green, yellow, and pink that was later auctioned off by Christie's in 2011 for a whopping $62,500.
Kiera Knightley's pale pink Chanel dress was her "something old" for her 2013 civil wedding to Klaxons singer and keyboard player James Righton. "Karl [Lagerfeld] very kindly designed me a jacket to go with it. I'd worn the dress lots. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again" she told
. She wore the dress yet again to the SeriousFun London Gala 2013 in London.
In 2011, Sofia Coppola wed Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix, wearing a short lavender Alaia dress at a historical palace in Italy owned by her father, Francis Ford Coppola.
In 2013, fashion designer Caroline Sieber wed her financier boyfriend Fritz von Westenholz in her hometown of Vienna in a dove gray custom Chanel Couture gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld. A light blue ribbon was tied around her waist as a finishing touch on the Radzimir silk gown with a long train and balloon sleeves.
In 2014, after marrying James Cook in London where she wore a classic white wedding dress, Poppy Delevigne added a splash of color to her second wedding in Morocco; she wore a romantic floral gown designed by Peter Dundas for Pucci.
Jessica Simpson went for the gold when marrying Eric Johnson in 2014. The singer decided on a custom Carolina Herrera gown for her California nuptials.
After a short four-month engagement in 2015, Allison Pill wed actor Joshua Leonard wearing a short-sleeved yellow dress that fit the low-key mood of their DIY celebration.
For her lavish Roman wedding to Joseph Getty in 2015, jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem wore a Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown with a hooded cape. It was embroidered with a golden sun motif by the French house Lesage—who also embellished the bride's Charlotte Olympia heels. "I wanted something dramatic!" she told
After wearing white to their wedding ceremony in 1999, Victoria and David Beckham both changed into matching purple Antonio Berardi outfits embellished with flowers for their reception.