24 Jun

Wedding Dress Wednesday :: Wedding Dresses in Movies

Five recent blockbusters all have drop dead gorgeous gowns that shine even when they are off set. However, the price tag will only allow NYC writer and fashionista, Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) or fashion designer, Tess Nichols (27 Dresses) to afford these couture pieces. I’ve found a similar dress comparable to the silver screen silhouette, but is easier on the bottom line.

1) Bride Wars: Best friends torn apart by their bridezilla like behavior can have a huge affect on ones friendship. But their classless acts are done while wearing beautifully designed gowns by Vera Wang.


Liz (Kate Hudson) wears a frothy ballgown made of whipped topping, I mean tulle. The bodice is made of lace and is tied with a suede ribbon at the natural waistline. If you can’t afford custom designed Vera, how about these two options that will allow you to pay for the catering as well?

moviedress2(Sincerity Bridal; less than $1500 and Cosmobella; less than $1000)


On the other hand, Emma (Anne Hathaway) wears a timeless silhouette to reflect her more conservative, yet chic taste. The dress was Emma’s mother’s, so the style was supposed to reflect just that. The silk taffeta adds structure to the dress and the hour glass shape gently hugs the curves. It was harder to find this dress and to stay within a reasonable price range. You can always seek a dress maker to create a unique dress made for you.

Desktop2(Vera Wang; $4000 and Jasmine Bridal; less than $1000)

2) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: A modern day story of the Christmas Caro with a wedding twist has Jenny (Jennifer Garner) about to marry a man, Paul (Breckin Meyer) and Pauls’ brother,  Conner (Matthew McConaughey) is trying to convince Paul it is a mistake he might soon regret. However, Conner is taken to the past, present and future to see where his selfish womanizing ways make take him if he continues to treat the women in his like like trash.

girlfreinds past

This stunning strapless gown by Manuel Mota has crystal beading throughout the skirt and a silk bow at the natural waist. You can buy the exact dress that Jenny wore by visiting any shop the carries the Manuel Mota line. Or you can find a similar dress by Jasmine Bridal.

Desktop3 (Manuel Mota; and Jasmine Couture; less than $1500)

3) I Love You, Man: Without a close best friend to be his Best Man for his upcoming nuptial, Peter (Paul Rudd) is on the mission to spark the perfect bromance. Eventually something must have happened, as Zooey (Rashida Jones), the bride-to-be walks down the grass covered aisle wearing a simple dress from J Crew. A perfect compliment to an outdoor wedding!


The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice accentuate the curves, yet minimizes the problem areas by flowing out above the natural waistline. The dress is no longer available from J Crew, but search for it on Ebay, Once Wed, Preowned Wedding Dresses, or the Green Hanger.

moviedress(J Crew; $350 and Wtoo; $1284)

4) Sex and the City: The Movie: The season’s most hyped up wedding. But what is a wedding without the groom? Just looking at this scene gives me the sadness chills. As you can see, the dress was too much. It took over the wedding. But don’t let the dress scare you off. If this dress is your dream dress, you can now find a replica by Madam Westwood herself. Just get your name on the list now, as there is a 6 month waiting period to even order. The dress is only 5k. If you want the longer version, don’t worry, it is only 15k.


As Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) said, “A dress so special it could wring a wedding tear from even the most unbelieving of people.” This strapless confection is made from ivory silk and a large Radzimir taffeta skirt. The dart neckline with beading detail and gold-backed ivory corset top is the frosting on the cake. Portions of the skirt has pickups and a partial bubble hem to reveal the underskirting. A dress fit for a diva or two.

moviedress3(Sarah Danielle; less than $1500 or Vivienne Westwood; $5000)

5) 27 Dresses: Tess Nichols (Malin Akerman) from 27 Dresses gets engaged to her older sister, Jane (Katherine Heigl)’s boss/secret crush and heads down the aisle before Jane. Thus, using their mother’s wedding dress (well a portion of it) for her own. The dress that Tess “designs” is sweet without being too foufy and features beading between the v neck. The empire waist would hide a multitude of sins and secret pockets for your vows.

27 dress

The dress from the movie was designed by Amsale, with the additional lace waistband that was added specifically for the movie to imitate a portion of the mother’s dress. You can go straight for the gold and order the Amsale version or find a more affordable option that should fit your needs and budget.

moviedress1 (J Crew; $1950/Etsy; $340 and Amsale; $4700)

Would you wear a dress that was in a featured flick? I am in love with Tess’ dress. If only I could renew my vows now…


I wish I was in my 20’s and could fit into a dress like the girl from 27 dresses. It is very lovely.

June 25, 2009

Whoa! Was Carrie’s dress really that much?! Gulp. That would be my whole wedding budget. I do love the Vera Wang that Emma wore in Bride Wars. Sooo prettty!

June 26, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I reckon Sarah is wonderful, she’s done some really great films through the years.

April 29, 2010

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November 03, 2010

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