These looks are heads and tulle above the rest.
When your face is known around the world, layering it beneath tulle may seem like playing down one of your very best assets on the special day. But for these celebrity brides, wearing a veil only enhanced their star presence. Here, the famous women who rocked the centuries-old accessory for their weddings.
From long and flowing to short and sweet, and in whites, creams, and even pinks, these show-stopping wedding veils left the media in awe. So go on and grab your own bridal inspiration, from Hollywood, fashion, and royal icons alike.
Wedding Date: July 6, 2016
Groom: Russell Wilson
Venue: Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK
Ciara wanted to wear a veil just like her mom. And this stunning piece didn't disappoint, going on, and on, and on in this gorgeous snapshot. Now, look closely—as a finishing (and surprise!) touch, Peter Dundas of Roberto Cavalli added the Wilsons' monogram into the fabric.
Photography: Bar Refaeli via Instagram2 of 26
Wedding Date: September 24, 2015
Groom: Adi Ezra
Venue: Carmel Forest Spa Resort, Haifa, Israel
Supermodel Bar Refaeli married businessman Adi Ezra in a rustic outdoor ceremony in her nation of origin, Israel. Her Chloé dress and veil—which were soft, unique, and beautifully bohemian—fit right on theme.
Photography: Allison Williams via Instagram3 of 26
Wedding Date: September 19, 2015
Groom: Ricky Van Veen
Venue: Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
The Girls actress knew just how special her scalloped veil was, showcasing it (and her couture Oscar de la Renta dress) in all its translucent glory in the sun.
Photography: Nicky Hilton via Instagram4 of 26
Wedding Date: July 10, 2015
Groom: James Rothschild
Venue: Kensington Palace, London, England
The hotel heiress donned a long and flowing tulle veil down the aisle atop her Valentino wedding gown, but not before the intricate lace trim got caught beneath a Bentley wheel!
Photography: @peter_dundas Instagram5 of 26
Wedding Date: May 24, 2014
Groom: James Cook
Venue: La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
This British socialite's second wedding look—a romantic floral-bedecked gown accompanied by a veil dotted with golden buds—isn't just famous. It's Insta-famous. After asking guests to refrain from posting photos on social media of her nuptials for her first event—a traditional church affair in London—she seemed to loosen the reins for the follow-up fête—a boho fling among the picturesque beauty of Marrakech. But sometime after the snaps of her dream silhouette designed by Peter Dundas for Pucci began making headlines, the images were removed, leaving fans with fewer mementos but no less love for her one-of-a-kind bridal style.
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Photography: Aaron Delesie6 of 26
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Groom: John Legend
Venue: Hotel Villa Pizzo, Lake Como, Italy
Chrissy wore an elegant tulle veil to her destination wedding before switching over to pinned-in flowers (and two additional dresses—all three by Vera Wang!) for the reception.
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Wedding Date: July 1, 2011
Groom: Jamie Hince
Venue: St. Peter's Church, Southrop, England
Her engagement ring was inspired by the one worn by Zelda Fitzgerald, so it's only fitting this modern icon would also look to the Jazz Age icon for style inspiration on her big day. Working with designer John Galliano, the 37-year-old model walked down the aisle in a bias-cut slipdress embroidered with gilded paillettes that trickled delicately down to form a mythical phoenix feather pattern about the hemline. The Juliet-cap veil coordinated perfectly, showcasing 270,000 gold sequins, 120,000 foil paillions, and 2,800 pearl beads, which took more than 250 hours to apply. "It's rock-'n'-roll Great Gatsby," Moss told Vogue of the look that following month. "That light and that kind of fun decadence."
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Wedding Date: April 29, 2011
Groom: Prince William
Venue: Westminster Abbey, London, England
When you have an estimated 1 million people lining up on the streets of London, an estimated 2 billion viewers tuning in to watch you on television, and 1,900 guests congregated to witness your "I dos," nothing short of perfection will do. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen delivered that and then some with Kate's wedding ensemble, which included a veil made of layers of soft ivory silk tulle, which was hand-embroidered with a trim of flowers by the Royal School of Needlework. Securing it was a 75-year-old Cartier tiara studded with more than 800 diamonds lent to her by the Queen herself.
Photography: Handout9 of 26
Wedding Date: July 31, 2010
Groom: Marc Mezvinsky
Venue: Astor Courts Estate, Rhinebeck, New York
Nothing could stop the former POTUS and this Vera Wang bride from having a sweet father-daughter moment on the big day—not even a veil. After escorting her down the aisle, it is reported that Clinton lifted the cathedral-length silhouette to whisper a few words to her before giving her away.
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Wedding Date: November 18, 2006
Groom: Tom Cruise
Venue: Castello Odescalchi, Bracciano, Italy
Giorgio Armani's atelier spent 70 hours on creating this bride's veil alone. But the hard work to transform 130 yards of crinoline and tulle into a showstopper paid off. "She looked angelic," a guest at this destination celebration said of the actress, "like she was floating down the aisle."
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Photography: Newspix11 of 26
Wedding Date: June 25, 2006
Groom: Keith Urban
Venue: Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel, Sydney, Australia
This actress kept her delicate knee-length veil over her face throughout her wedding ceremony, but she has since admitted it was partly because she couldn't stop shedding tears of happiness.
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Wedding Date: September 14, 2002
Groom: Gavin Rossdale
Venue: St. Paul's Church, London, England
"When I got engaged, I said I wanted [my dress] to be over the top, but not traditional—I wanted it to be everything," Stefani explained at the time of her wedding. The No Doubt singer got her wish with a John Galliano white silk gown and white tulle veil, both of which were spray-painted pink at their ends to fall in a romantic tangle about the ground as she promenaded down the aisle.
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Wedding Date: September 29, 2001
Groom: Cris Judd
Venue: Private estate in Calabasas, California
When it came to The Wedding Planner star planning her own first wedding, it was Valentino she turned to for outfitting her seven bridesmaids and herself. For her look, the haute couturier created an ivory Chantilly lace and silk gown that had a long train and plunging V-neck (this is still Jenny From the Block we're talking about, afterall). To accompany the ensemble, Lopez pulled her hair back into a chignon, embellished with fresh roses and a full-length veil of point d'esprit tulle and lace.
Photography: Michelle Obama via Instagram14 of 26
Wedding Date: October 3, 1992
Groom: Barack Obama
Venue: Trinity United Church, Chicago, Illinois
Who knew these young and smiling newlyweds would later live in the White House? Luckily, Michelle's voluminous veil was more than fit for a fashionable first lady.
Photography: Georges De Keerle15 of 26
Wedding Date: February 1, 1986
Groom: Arne Naess, Jr.
Venue: A church in Romainmotier, Switzerland
We've got some sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love for this cathedral-length veil of antique Belgian lace that Ross wore for her nuptials to Norwegian businessman and father of Ashlee Simpson's husband, Evan Ross.
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Wedding Date: July 29, 1981
Groom: Charles, Prince of Wales
Venue: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
"Twenty-five feet was unheard of, record breaking, and a bloody nightmare," bridesmaid India Hicks confessed to Harper's Bazaar in regards to her duty to manage the train that accompanied Lady Di's wedding dress on the big day. "We practiced with a long dust cloth tied to Diana's waist…. As the coach arrived [on July 29], we went down the steps to help her out and arrange the train. She turned briefly to us both. 'Do your best,' she said and began to mount the steps. We knew what that meant: If we pulled too much, straightening the material, her tiara and veil would slip. But if we didn't pull enough, the effect of the train would be lost." Fortunately, everything went off without a hitch, making both the train and the veil, created from 150 yards of netting that was studded with thousand of hand-sewn sequins, among the most famous in history.
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Wedding Date: June 29, 1978
Groom: Philippe Junot
Venue: Monaco, France
This real-life princess—and daughter to Grace Kelly—may or may not have looked to a fictional princess from a galaxy far, far away for her wedding inspiration. To top off her Christian Dior gown, she looped a garland of petite white blossoms about the crown of her head before tucking them into a sweet fingertip-length veil.
Photography: Express18 of 26
Wedding Date: May 13, 1971
Groom: Mick Jagger
Venue: Town Hall, Saint-Tropez, France
Necessity is the mother of invention—or, in this case, high fashion. According to some accounts, Yves Saint Laurent designed this bride's wide-brimmed hat, trimmed with a veil and rosebuds, to keep all guests' eyes focused on her face and not her expanding midsection. At the time, Macias was four months pregnant with she and Jagger's daughter, Jade.
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Wedding Date: May 1, 1967
Groom: Elvis Presley
Venue: Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas
Cost breakdown of this wedding in today's dollars:
- Celebratory breakfast buffet for 100: about $70,000
- Six-tier wedding cake: $22,000
- Priscilla peering out of six pairs of false lashes in a three-foot-long layered veil: Priceless
Photography: Jack Albin20 of 26
Wedding Date: December 28, 1957
Groom: Robert Wagner
Venue: A church in Scottsdale, Arizona
This lace cape meets hoodie meets mantilla that the Rebel Without a Cause Academy Award nominee wore on her wedding day may not have become a classic, but we think it's so chic that it should have.
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Wedding Date: July 1, 1956
Groom: Arthur Miller
Venue: The home of Arthur Miller's agent, Kay Brown, near Katonah, New York
Bumping up her nuptials to put a stop to prying paparazzi, the starlet didn't exactly have all the details of her wedding ensemble sorted out. So a few days after a secret four-minute civil ceremony, she dyed a blusher veil in a saucepan of coffee. This way it would match the light beige gown that she picked to wear to the more official Jewish celebration she and Miller shared before 25 guests in a Westchester backyard.
Photography: REX USA22 of 26
Wedding Date: April 19, 1956
Groom: Prince Ranier III of Monaco
Venue: Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco-Ville, Monaco
Six years after Elizabeth Taylor's wedding, this fellow MGM Studios actress went from being Hollywood royalty to being European royalty when she married Prince Ranier III of Monaco. For the historic occasion, Helen Rose upped the grandeur, outfitting the bride in a gown of silk taffeta, peau de soie, netting, tulle, and pearl-embroidered 125-year-old rose point lace. But it was the veil that truly set the scene at this traditional affair. Created out of 90 yards of tulle, the circular silhouette skimmed the actress's elbows before dropping down to majestically sweep the floor. The design was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls, but left sheer at the front to provide an unobstructed view of the leading lady as she headed to the altar.
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Wedding Date: September 12, 1953
Groom: John F. Kennedy
Venue: St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Newport, Rhode Island
Her "something new" could have been her Ann Lowe ivory silk taffeta wedding dress. And her "something old?" The veil she paired with it. The cathedral-length style fashioned from rose point lace was worn by her grandmother, Margaret Merritt Lee, and then by her mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, before the First Lady-to-be donned it on her wedding day. Decorating the family heirloom were orange blossoms tucked around the lace tiara that secured it in place.
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Wedding Date: December 20, 1952
Groom: Roger Vadim
Venue: Notre-Dame de Grâce de Passy, Paris, France
She was on her way to becoming a sex symbol. But when the 18-year-old Bardot became a wife for the first time, it was a demure ensemble she wore to her proper church wedding to please her parents. Topping her pinned-up brunette hair was a tiered chapel-length veil that cascaded over her white velvet Yvonne Trantz dress with a high collar, fitted bodice, and bustle effect around the hips.
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Wedding Date: May 6, 1950
Groom: Conrad "Nicky" Hilton
Venue: Bel-Air Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
It was the first of her eight marriages, and perhaps one of the most elaborate ones, with the MGM Studios star wearing a Helen Rose bugle bead- and seed pearl-encrusted dress made of 25 yards of satin that took 15 people working full-time nearly three months to complete. Finishing the spectacular off-the-shoulder gown was an equally spectacular veil of 10 yards of silk netting that was attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap to make it appear as if it were floating around the screen legend.
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Wedding Date: November 20, 1947
Groom: Philip Mountbatten
Venue: Westminster Abby, London, England
Following the war, the future Queen of England had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress. But the results were no less lavish. Inspired by Sandro Botticelli's Primavera, the bridal designer Norman Hartnell festooned the satin gown with an ornate pattern of symbolic spring flowers created from thousands of shimmering seed pearls and crystals. The embellishment was carried through the 15-foot silk tulle train that fell from Elizabeth's shoulders. The silk tulle veil was shorter than the train—a stylistic decision for enhancing the ethereal drama of her procession and letting the train's embroidery take center stage.