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The 27 Most Beautiful Wedding Dresses

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Yes, 2018 was a very turbulent year. But—in case you were living under a rock—it also brought us some of the most epic weddings we’ve seen in a while. And with epic weddings come even more beautiful wedding dresses.

With two royal weddings, and a slew of celeb “I dos,” it’s no wonder we were served some of the most beautiful wedding dress moments this year. Meghan Markle is a given, but we were also stunned by Princess Eugenie, Ashley Greene, Hillary Swank, Shanina Shaik, influencers Chiara Ferragni, and Rocky Barnes, and many more. But it’s not just celebrities who took our breath away this year, some real brides gave the red carpet a run for its money in stunning creations by Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Ralph & Russo, and even a few brides who designed their own dresses.

Ready to see the most beautiful wedding dresses of 2018? Keep scrolling to see the 27 wedding dresses that made our jaws drop this year.

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

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Sure, Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding gown got all the glory, but we’re particular to the striking, yet minimal, halter wedding dress by Stella McCartney she chose for the reception. No wonder we’re seeing this look on every runway!

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Beyond gorgeous, Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress was also sweetly sentimental. The frock’s dipped back showed off Eugenie’s scar from a childhood scoliosis operation. The reveal was an intentional one, as the bride told ITV that she specifically requested the silhouette for that reason. “I’m patron of [the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal] and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back,” she explained. “It’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”

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With the after-party at the Boom Boom Room, influencer Rocky Barnes knew she needed a party-ready dress, so she tapped Pronovias to create a custom look for the occasion. The flapper-style design features a high neck and short skirt trimmed with ivory feathers.

Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider Wedding

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To match the ethereal California redwoods setting, Hillary Swank donned a similarly heavenly Elie Saab wedding dress, featuring gauzy Chantilly lace, silk chiffon, organza silk, and beaded floral embroidery. “I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress,” Swank told Vogue.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie wedding

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According to Entertainment Tonight, the wedding dress Rose Leslie wore to marry Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harrington, a long-sleeved lace gown from Elie Saab’s spring/summer 2018 collection, cost a whopping $20,000. Yep. $20,000.

Chiara Ferragni in Dior

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It was the dress that broke the internet! Mega-influencer Chiara Ferragni walked down the aisle in a custom gown by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior. “Dior has always been one of my favorite brands, and I love what Maria Grazia Chiuri does,” she told Vogue. “So my dream was to get married in one of her creations.”

*Twilight* star [Ashley Greene](https://www.brides.com/story/ashley-greene-paul-khoury-wedding-photos) slipped into a sheer and sparkly dress by Windi Williams-Stern for her stunning redwoods reception.

Twilight star Ashley Greene slipped into a sheer and sparkly dress by Windi Williams-Stern for her stunning redwoods reception.

When Virginia Williams married [Pusha T](https://www.brides.com/story/pusha-t-and-virginia-williams-wedding-photos) in July, she ended up with two gorgeous wedding dresses. For the ceremony, Virginia walked down the aisle in a floral embroidered romantic Marchesa gown featuring a deep v-neckline.

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When Virginia Williams married Pusha T in July, she ended up with two gorgeous wedding dresses. For the ceremony, Virginia walked down the aisle in a floral embroidered romantic Marchesa gown featuring a deep v-neckline.

Bride and groom kissing on Mountain top

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“You don’t date every single guy within a 500 mile radius before choosing the one, and finding your wedding gown shouldn’t follow that pattern, either,” bridal designer Leanne Marshall said of her awe-inducing gown. “Instead, a dress—just like a partner—will let you know when it’s the one. You won’t be able to get it out of your head!”

bride beauty look

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This bride turned to RMINE to create a custom wedding gown that was everything she imagined (and more). “I knew I wanted something a little over-the-top,” she says. “After all, it was my one chance to wear a princess dress!” Tracy’s gown featured a deep-V neckline, fluttering lace sleeves, and floaty tiers of tulle.

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The bride wore a white, 3-D lace Naeem Khan column dress. “I loved the texture of the fabric, how minimal yet unexpected it was,” she explains. Willa paired her stunning gown with shoes by Acne Studios, jewelry by Quarry, and a bouquet of wild cornflowers tied in a dusty blue ribbon. Her nails were painted in that “dirty yellow” she outlined in her original design scheme.

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Phoebe first hit all the bridal boutiques in Melbourne in search of her dream gown. But after no such luck, she hit the Internet, scoured photos, and found the one on the runway in New York City. “I saw an image of Houghton’s ‘Miranda’ dress and immediately fell in love with it,” she says. “I managed to find it at another boutique in Melbourne, tried it on, fell in love, and contacted the Houghton team in New York the next day.”

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Ashley chose a Naeem Khan gown that was hand-embroidered with ribbon to fit her exact measurements. It also featured layers of fabric she custom chose to create the perfect off-white hue that would make the embroidery pop.

Bride solo shot

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Pilar wore two dresses by Spanish designer Belén Barbero of Beba’s Closet, who had also designed her sister’s wedding gown. “I had to have big ruffles!” the bride says. “I’ve loved ruffles ever since I was a little girl.”

Bride solo shot

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Jennifer wore a cool, asymmetric Toni Maticevski gown with a black zipper down the back (paired with hot pink Saint Laurent shoes) for the courtyard ceremony. During her search at LOHO Bride in Los Angeles, she decided “there’s no better chance to wear a statement dress than on my wedding day.”

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The bride, who uses a butterfly as her jewelry brand Apodemia’s logo, worked with Spanish designer Belen Barbero of Beba’s Closet to design her dream gown.  Jimena’s resulting gown featured long sleeves, a full, flowing skirt, and colorful embroidery—that incorporated her signature butterfly emblem on the sleeve.

Bride solo shot

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With a weekend full of beautiful bridal looks, Schuyler Claiden pulled out all the stops on her big day. For that, she selected an Oscar de la Renta gown and capelet, which she paired with a sweet bundle of lily of the valley. “I wanted something small, simple and elegant,” she says of her tightly packed bouquet.

“I was a fan of Mr. Ashi's work for years,” influencer Diipa Khosla told [Brides](https://www.brides.com/story/diipa-khosla-ashi-studio-wedding-dress) of her Ashi Studio gown. “I have always been in awe of his couture pieces. So when it was time for me to become a bride, I knew the only designer who could create the magical moment for me would be Mr. Ashi. He has such a beautiful understanding of east meets west, fashion and art, and just how to make a woman feel her most beautiful self in his work.”

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“I was a fan of Mr. Ashi’s work for years,” influencer Diipa Khosla told Brides of her Ashi Studio gown. “I have always been in awe of his couture pieces. So when it was time for me to become a bride, I knew the only designer who could create the magical moment for me would be Mr. Ashi. He has such a beautiful understanding of east meets west, fashion and art, and just how to make a woman feel her most beautiful self in his work.”

brides in dress

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The bride is the bridal designer behind Harriette Gordon so she, of course, designed her own dress. “I knew I wanted to wear something embellished and couture but in a relaxed, nonchalant way,” she says.

Bride and groom dancing

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This bride initially planned to wear a Grecian-style white dress but ended up falling for a colorful Dolce & Gabbana gown she saw online. “I loved this dress because it was surprising for everyone, starting by me,” she says. “It was the opposite of what I imagined myself getting married in!”

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Chanel Dror was inspired by the wedding venue château’s romantic aesthetic, and she let the place inform her dress: a statement gown with a detachable cape by Amir Taghi in Houston. “It was over-the-top and minimal at the same time, just like the château,” she says.

Ralph & Russo wedding dress

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For her wedding gown, model Shanina Shaik turned to the husband-and-wife design team at Ralph & Russo, who helped create her dream dress over the course of eight months. “I wanted it to be simple, bohemian, and elegant,” she says. “I love a boho style and I wanted to give it a little twist by incorporating lace.”

Bride with baby

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Irene worked closely with designer Santos Costura to customize her wedding gown. “I wanted long sleeves and a simple neckline, and adored the braided details on the bodice,” she says.

The day before the wedding, [Harley Viera-Newton](https://www.brides.com/story/harley-viera-newton-wedding-new-york-city) and Ross Schwartzman went down to city hall to sign their paperwork—and they dressed for the occasion! Harley wore a three-piece Chanel suit that she found at a vintage store in Miami. "I asked, 'Do you happen to have anything bridal?,' and they pointed to a mannequin next to me and there she was," Harley remembers. 

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The day before the wedding, Harley Viera-Newton and Ross Schwartzman went down to city hall to sign their paperwork—and they dressed for the occasion! Harley wore a three-piece Chanel suit that she found at a vintage store in Miami. “I asked, ‘Do you happen to have anything bridal?,’ and they pointed to a mannequin next to me and there she was,” Harley remembers.

For the actual wedding day, Harley wore three gowns—all from the Valentino archives! "I'm a die-hard fan," she says. "I feel my best in their designs; they're so elegant and fit so beautifully."

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For the actual wedding day, Harley wore three gowns—all from the Valentino archives! “I’m a die-hard fan,” she says. “I feel my best in their designs; they’re so elegant and fit so beautifully.”

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman ultimately said yes to a stunning wedding dress by Zuhair Murad, a Lebanese fashion designer she has worn several times on the red carpet. “I feel very lucky to have gotten married in one of his gorgeous creations,” she says.

After saying "I do" to singer [Miguel](https://www.brides.com/story/miguel-and-nazanin-mandi-wedding-photos), Nazanin Mandi slipped into a custom Carly Cushnie gown just in time for one of the most important parts—cake cutting, of course.

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After saying “I do” to singer Miguel, Nazanin Mandi slipped into a custom Carly Cushnie gown just in time for one of the most important parts—cake cutting, of course.