People.com Lifestyle Style Unconventional Celebrity Wedding Dresses See the stars who weren't content to wear the traditional white strapless ball gown for their big days By Alex Apatoff Alex Apatoff Instagram Twitter Alex Apatoff is the Executive Editor of PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for more than a decade, holding various roles on the Style and Beauty team before becoming the site's Lifestyle Director to coordinate the work across the commerce, evergreen, features and marketing teams. Prior to her role at PEOPLE, Alex worked at Us Weekly (where, among other things, she oversaw the Fashion Police pages) and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines and Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico Brittany Talarico is PEOPLE's Deputy Style Director, where she oversees the brand's digital Style and Beauty coverage. This includes running lead on the Met Gala, which is among PEOPLE.com's top-trafficked red carpet events every year, interviewing the industry's top influencers (including all the Kardashian-Jenners), and breaking A-list celeb news (a New Jersey shore native, it is no surprise that her favorite interview ever was with Bruce Springsteen). Brittany is a style contributor to People Every Day Podcast and has represented the brand on national TV programs including Good Morning America and The CW's two TV specials on the British Royals. She joined PEOPLE from Cosmopolitan in 2013, where she was an Associate Editor. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on May 6, 2022 11:37 AM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 25 Melissa Gilbert Melissa Busfield/Instagram For her ninth anniversary to actor Timothy Busfield, the actress posted a throwback photo of their romantic wedding, where she wore a crimson strapless gown. "The dress! It was quite a search," Gilbert told PEOPLE after the wedding. "The moment I saw it, I knew … and the color spoke volumes. Passion, fire, love: Red says all of those things to me." 02 of 25 Ricki Lake Ricki Lake and Ross Burningham. Ricki Lake / Instagram Matching the beachy outdoor venue, the actress tied the knot to Ross Burningham in an orange printed maxi dress (which also perfectly vibed with the gorgeous sunset views during their vows). "We did it! 1/2/22," the former talk show hosted captioned photos of the ceremony. "Ross and I said I DO! 💍🍾✨♥️🥰" 03 of 25 Meghan O'Toole King Jeremy Fraser/LA Exposures To tie the knot with Cuffe Biden Owens (the nephew of President Joe Biden), the former Real Housewives of Orange County star told Brides she decided to go the non-traditional route for her wedding look, from try-on to final look. "I bought thousands of dollars worth of dresses online — everything from traditional gowns to cocktail dresses off the rack. And, breaking from tradition, I tried all of them on for Cuffe to see," she said. Her final pick? A Rasario blazer dress which she wore with lace gloves and blue Manolo Blahnik pumps. (The couple split two months after marrying.) 04 of 25 CHLOË SEVIGNY Sinisa Mackovic, Chloe Sevigny. Chloe Sevigny/Instagram The actress added a few bridal accessories (like a white veil and bouquet of flowers) to accessorize her black long-sleeve midi dress with heeled boots that she wore to wed art director Sinisa Mackovic in March 2020. The pair, who welcomed their son Vanja less than two months after their N.Y.C. City Hall nuptials, kept the news secret until Chloë shared a one-year anniversary pic on Instagram. 05 of 25 BEHATI PRINSLOO Behati Prinsloo/Instagram Six years after saying "I do" to Adam Levine, the model shared never-before-seen photos of her sexy, skin-baring Alexander Wang wedding dress in honor of the designer's birthday. "This dress you made for my wedding. I'm still not over it haha!" she captioned one of her Instagram Story photos of the gown, which featured a plunging neckline and revealing slits on both sides of the dress. 06 of 25 NATALIA VODIANOVA Natalia Vodianova/Instagram After announcing their engagement in January, the supermodel wed her longtime love Antoine Arnault, the Berluti CEO, in a ceremony in Paris. The bride kept things simple for their pared-down affair, in a strong-shoulder white blouse with purple collar, worn with a white slip midi skirt, matching pumps and thin belt at the waist. "OUI! 💝💝💝," she captioned the happy pics. 07 of 25 LILY ALLEN Lily Allen Instagram The singer's '60s-inspired double-breasted off-the-shoulder Dior mini dress and short sheer veil perfectly vibed with her Las Vegas chapel ceremony (complete with In-N-Out-catered "reception") to Stranger Things star David Harbour. 08 of 25 CHRISTINE QUINN John & Joseph Photography Inc. The Selling Sunset star secretly tied the knot to her businessman hubby Christian Richard in December. And she matched the gothic winter wonderland theme with her custom Galia Lahav black ballgown with sheer black veil and beaded appliqués throughout. "I never conformed to the status quo or societal expectations," Quinn told PEOPLE of foregoing white. And even though she was "disappointed" in how her wedding was shown on the new season of the Netflix show, she always dreamed of marrying in black. "I've always enjoyed being bold, different and trendsetting. I've always wanted to get married in a black wedding dress, and I'm so happy that my dream came true." 09 of 25 KAT VON D Kat Von D/Instagram The tattoo artist and makeup mogul ditched the traditional white gown for her second wedding to husband, musician Leafer Seyer, and went for a dramatic red gown with a cape and train courtesy of designer Adolfo Sanchez. Her look came adorned with red antlers and a person in a red bodysuit to hold her veil. 10 of 25 EMILY RATAJKOWSKI Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram The model channeled Bianca Jagger in a veiled hat and belted Zara pantsuit (which clocked in under $200!) for her surprise City Hall nuptials to Sebastian Bear-McClard. The pug made the perfect accessory. 11 of 25 TEYANA TAYLOR FRED DANIELS III The model/singer and her husband Iman Shumpert made a statement - literally - with their matching moto jackets. Hers says "I do," his says "I do too," and a mini "Oh ... me too!" was made up for their baby daughter Junie. 12 of 25 STEPHANIE MARCH Stephanie March/Instagram The Law & Order: SVU star donned hydrangea-print Dolce & Gabbana to tie the knot with tech investor Dan Benton at their home in Katonah, New York. 13 of 25 AGYNESS DEYN Henry Holland/Instagram Years of posing in Vogue prepared the model to pull off her Molly Goddard pink tulle confection with turquoise accents for her summer wedding to financier Joel McAndrew in Brooklyn. Said the designer, "I got the feeling of what she was after immediately — a wedding-y wedding dress, a bit glam but not glamorous, and sparkly, which scared me a bit." 14 of 25 LYDIA HEARST The actress's pink ombré Christian Siriano dress wasn't the only surprising thing about her wedding attire: She and her Talking Dead fiancé Chris Hardwick saw each other's wedding looks before the big day -- and Instagrammed gorgeous black-and-white sneak peeks. 15 of 25 KRISTEN BELL The star married Dax Shepard back in 2013, but the couple only recently released photos from their low-key courthouse wedding. It was so low-key, in fact, that she skipped a dress altogether, opting instead for a simple black top and pants — and a striking statement necklace for a little bit of bridal sparkle. 16 of 25 LIBERTY ROSS The model wed music mogul Jimmy Iovine in a black vintage Givenchy Haute Couture gown and oversize sculptural couture headpiece by milliner Stephen Jones for their Valentine's Day nuptials. And keeping with the nontraditional theme, all female guests (including Oprah Winfrey!) were asked to wear red. 17 of 25 SOLANGE KNOWLES Rog Walker Solange Knowles arrived to her New Orleans wedding to Alan Ferguson in a caped Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit – then changed into a caped Humberto Leon for Kenzo full-length gown for the ceremony. Not that we'd expect any less from the queen of hipster chic. (The pair separated in 2019.) 18 of 25 ALLISON PILL Courtesy Alison Pill The Newsroom star shared plenty of sweet photos from her wedding to actor Joshua Leonard – including lots of good angles of her ruffled lemon-yellow gown and vintage-inspired engagement ring. 19 of 25 PIPER PERABO FameFlynet Not only was Piper Perabo's silver sequin Michael Kors gown a memorable choice for her N.Y.C. wedding to director Stephen Kay, but the bold cathedral-length yellow veil she wore with it ensured it would not soon be forgotten. 20 of 25 OLIVIA PALERMO Courtesy Olivia Palermo The reigning star of street style had to go for an eye-catching choice for her June wedding to model Joannes Huebl. She certainly achieved that with her Carolina Herrera look, consisting of a cashmere sweater, lace skirt and matching shorts (yes, shorts). 21 of 25 LAKE BELL Margot Landen Photography If we'd exchanged vows right around the release of The Great Gatsby, we'd probably also have selected something like Lake's custom Marchesa turtleneck creation (which she wore to wed Scott Campbell) with those Daisy Buchanan-approved fringe tiers and intricate beading. (The two separated in 2020.) 22 of 25 ALEXANDRA LENAS Mark Seliger A billion dollars. OK, that's not quite how much Alexandra Lenas (who married founding president of Facebook Sean Parker) spent on this romantic Elie Saab dress. But all in (including those yards of tulle and tons of sequins), the wedding cost a reported $9 million. 23 of 25 SHENAE GRIMES Courtesy Shenae Grimes Many brides eschew bright white for creams and ivories, but when the actress got hitched to Josh Beech, she went to the opposite end of the color spectrum: The actress selected a dramatic midnight-and-blush Vera Wang gown from the designer's much talked-about Fall 2012 collection. 24 of 25 AMBER TAMBLYN Courtesy Questlove She arrived in a boat and trekked over dirt and grass to get to the altar, so it makes sense that Amber wore a laid-back midi in a mustard shade that matched the turning leaves when she married David Cross. 25 of 25 CYNTHIA NIXON Laurie Rhodes For her ceremony in N.Y.C., the actress opted for pale green in the form of a flowing Carolina Herrera gown (which coordinated with wife Christine Marinoni's tie) and got her fix of bridal white with a bouquet of peonies.