Every 'Downton Abbey' Wedding Gown We Swooned Over

The marriages didn't always end well, but the dresses were oh-so-stunning

01 of 08

Mary, to Matthew Crawley

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“I wanted her to look romantic, really elegant,” costume designer Caroline McCall said of the custom pearl-beaded lace gown the Granthams’ eldest daughter wore to marry Cousin Matthew in season 3. Topping it all off? A $200,000 diamond tiara, which ladies-in-waiting can now rent by the day for their own royal weddings.

02 of 08

Edith, to Sir Anthony Strallan

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The second Grantham sister wore the same floral tiara as her elder sibling – but the similarities ended there. Edith’s satin-and-crystal gown was inspired by Lanvin, the costume designer tells EW – and of course, her much-older suitor left her at the altar.

03 of 08

Anna, to Mr. Bates

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The star-crossed lovers of the downstairs set didn’t have much time to arrange for fancy wedding clothes – they tied the knot in a rush to allow Anna to claim spousal privilege in the event Mr. Bates is accused of his ex-wife’s murder (it’s all very dramatic).

04 of 08

Rose, to Atticus Aldridge

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The Granthams’ free-spirited cousin got to wear two wedding looks; the first, for her registry in London, was a sophisticated sky-blue skirt suit with cream and coral details, plus a custom hat adorned in real roses. “When you have a character called Lady Rose it’s hard not to bring in roses where you can, it’s her namesake,” McCall said.

05 of 08

Rose, to Atticus Aldridge

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But of course, the costume designers at Downton weren't going to deprive us of a flapper-inspired wedding gown (which served as Rose's reception dress) – especially not once they stumbled upon this 100-year-old gold-beaded number that had never been worn. “When we put it on Lily, it fitted perfectly,” McCall said, adding that real roses were worked into the gilded headpiece as well to complement the wearer.

06 of 08

Mrs. Hughes, to Carson

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Perhaps the longest-simmering romance on the show, the two heads of the downstairs household got hitched (after all these years!) at the local church. Most touching? Mrs. Hughes donned a re-embroidered coat gifted to her by her employer, Lady Grantham, which serves as a very stylish “something borrowed.”

07 of 08

Mary, to Henry Talbot

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Mary lost her first husband to an automobile accident – then went on to marry a racecar driver. But regardless of your thoughts on her choices in men, you can’t deny her impeccable taste in clothing. For her decidedly more low-key wedding in the final season, she swapped the tiara for a chic hat and traded the elegant lace train for a smart pleated shift topped with long pearls.

08 of 08

Edith, to Bertie Pelham

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Even Edith gets a happy ending! The perennially unlucky-in-love second sister tied the knot with her high-born suitor (not pictured here) while wearing a very modern high-necked lace number with a correspondingly high hem, plus a '20s-perfect beaded headpiece.

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