For many brides, movies provide their first glimpse of a wedding dress. Beginning with Cinderella's classic ball gown, dresses depicted in films help ignite brides' imaginations as they begin to decide what their own wedding dresses will look like. But although many big-screen designs are indeed beautiful, others are memorable for all the wrong reasons (see: Lillian's "Lady St. Petsois JuJu" wedding gown in Bridesmaids).
To separate the dazzling from the duds, we've chosen our top 10 favorite wedding dresses from movies. Spanning decades of film and fashion, these gowns are stylish and timeless, and they would look glorious on any real bride. Impressively, not all the dresses were created by bridal designers – some are credited to the film's costume designer, and one was actually a vintage find. Discover our picks below, and watch the video clips to see the gowns on-screen. Then, tell us in the comments: Which movie dresses are YOUR favorites?
Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Whether you love or hate the Twilight saga, most brides can agree that Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart)'s long-sleeved Carolina Herrera gown with a sheer back is one of the most gorgeous movie wedding dresses in recent memory. Lesson learned: You can look sexy without showing a lot of skin!
Sex and the City
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth)'s New York Public Library wedding didn't work out so well, but Carrie still looked fashion-forward and fabulous in this Vivienne Westwood ball gown and peacock feather-encrusted headpiece.
The feathered, long-sleeved gown worn by Juliet (Keira Knightley) in Love Actually was dreamed up by the film's costume designer. Don't forget to take a peek at the gown's elegant train!
We've never seen a gown quite like the frilly creation worn by Justine (Kirsten Dunst), which was designed by the film's costume designer. The cleavage-baring bodice and voluminous sleeves would complement a daring, trendy bride.
This Givenchy design truly epitomizes 1950s fashion and Audrey Hepburn's iconic style. Unsurprisingly, this gown was a major contributor to the tea-length wedding dress trend.
I Love You, Man
For brides who aren't enthralled by ball gowns, bows, and lace, the J. Crew gown worn by Zooey (Rashida Jones) is a breath of fresh air. The crisp, modern dress beautifully complements a garden or beach ceremony.
We did a double take the first time we saw Paige (Rachel McAdams) rocking this short pink number (a vintage gown customized by the film's costume designer) in The Vow. But for non-traditional brides, colored gowns are a stylish and undoubtedly memorable option!
A timeless gown for a timeless film. With its sheer sleeves and lace-embellished bodice, Elaine (Katharine Ross) looks gorgeous both in the church and hitching a ride on a school bus.
The Parent Trap
True, no bride actually wore this beautiful dress designed by Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson) in The Parent Trap. But the minimal, ballet-inspired ball gown is truly stunning. Well, she had to do something while Annie was at camp.
It Happened One Night
Wedding gowns from the 1930s don't get any better than this satin beauty, worn by Ellie (Claudette Colbert) in It Happened One Night. The classic bias-cut gown features fluttering sleeves and a floral trim around the neckline. Fans of Old Hollywood glamour, we've found your gown!