Top 5 Celebrity Wedding Dresses Of The Past Year

Gwyneth Paltrow wedding dress

Few things are more captivating than a bride confidently making her entrance.  She is typically the source of much anticipation and awe, and for a celebrity, their choice of dress is even more in the spotlight.
From A-line to ball-gown, fit and flare to mermaid styles, overseas trends are moving away from the traditional colour of stark white to ivory, nude, taupe and champagne,
Choosing the perfect wedding dress comes down to a combination of style, colour and detailing and with such an array of choice, celebrities can’t help but serve as a source of inspiration.    

Here are our top five celebrity wedding dress picks from 2018:

Meghan Markle

When she wed Prince Harry last May, Givenchy was Meghan’s designer of choice.  Her traditional white boat neck gown featured three quarter sleeves and a tailored waist. Opting to leave the intricate detailing to her 16-foot white silk veil, hundreds of hours were reportedly put into hand-embroidering flowers representing the 53 countries of the commonwealth.
Price tag aside, the simplistic, classy elegance of Meghan’s gown resonates with tradition and will undoubtedly inspire similar styles on a more modest budget.

Meghan Markle's wedding dress
Meghan Markle’s simple elegant dress
Gwyneth Paltrow

When the creator of Goop married her TV Producer boyfriend Brad Falchuck, her stunning Valentino gown embodied feminine elegance.
Featuring a fuller skirt, keyhole back, illusion neckline and lace-capped sleeves, Gwyneth’s wedding dress accentuated her slender figure and back, while the nude lining drew attention to the intricate lace appliques.

Gwyeth paltrow wedding dress
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Hilary Swank

When she tied the knot with Philip Schneider last August, the lady of Million Dollar Baby wore an Elie Saab dress that exhibited an ethereal quality that was befitting of her wedding location beside a redwood grove. Hilary’s fit and flare, tulle dress featured an illusion neckline and included generous amounts of Chantilly lace, silk chiffon and organza silk.  
The embroidery on Hilary’s dress reportedly took 70 hours to create, resulting in a timeless and romantic piece that will resonate for years to come.

Hilary Swank's dress low back
Hilary Swank’s dress at back
Hilary Swank's wedding dress
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Mandy Moore

Mandy opted for a non-traditional look when she walked up the aisle to Groom Taylor Goldsmith in her blush pink gown designed by Rodarte Haute Couture.
Featuring a tiered tulle skirt, high ruffled neck and floral-embellished waist, Mandy showed us a more edgy look, in keeping with emerging colour trends of hints of pink and blue.  A pink tulle veil with scattered floral embroidery completed her romantic, pretty and original look.

Image via Mandy Moore on Instagram
Amy Schumer

They say that when you know, you know.  When she secretly wed boyfriend Chris Fischer, in Amy’s case, the first wedding dress she tried was the best one.  Her A-line wedding gown featured a full train and floral lace detailing. As described by Amy’s stylist Leesa Evans, the Monique Lhuillier dress was “so easy and effortless.  All she wanted to do was feel comfortable and like herself.” We think there’s merit in that!

Amy Schumer wedding dress
Image via Amy Schumer on Instagram

Australian ex-model and wellness expert Miranda Kerr tied the knot with Evan Spiegel in 2017, and this list wouldn’t be complete without mention of her Dior, ballgown-style dress with floral appliques and cathedral length train.  Featuring long sleeves and a high neck, Miranda’s dress evoked a sense of class and purity. Topped with a traditional veil and floral crown, Miranda exuded true class.

As we head into 2019, we’re seeing a selection of warmer tones coming through, creating options to show off the outer lace.  Examples of other emerging trends are a resurgence of plainer styles, the high illusion neck, side cut-outs, a more edgy fitted/tucked look and double crepe.
Many brides opt for a second occasional dress to slip into for the reception.  Based in Newmarket of Auckland, Modes Bridal Boutique provides a diverse collection of top-quality gowns, combined with over 30 years’ experience.  With a separate bridal and an event wear store, a one-hour fitting is $60, within which 5-8 dresses can be tried along with a selection of veils and hairpieces to complement your look.
To view the current modes collection, check out the web site at

Modes Bridal and Modes Eventwear are now both at 26 McColl Street, Newmarket.

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