These famous ladies said yes to a colorful dress!
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There is no rule you have to wear white when you wed. In fact, until Queen Victoria married her beloved Prince Albert in a white satin gown in 1840, brides didn’t wear any color in particular! Take a cue from these memorable ladies who picked colorful wedding dresses in a rainbow of hues from pale yellow to deep purple.
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Wedding Date: June 3, 1937
Groom: Edward, Duke of Windsor
Venue: Chateau de Candé, Monts, France
While the black-and-white photos don’t show it, the Mainbocher dress that this American socialite wore to wed the former King of England was the bride’s signature shade of pale “Wallis Blue” to match her eyes.
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Wedding Date: January 14, 1954
Groom: Joe DiMaggio
Venue: San Francisco City Hall, California
While the Hollywood star’s marriage to the baseball legend only lasted nine months, the chocolate brown suit with mink collar and rhinestone buttons she wore when they eloped was timeless.
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Wedding Date: May 12, 1959
Groom: Eddie Fisher
Venue: Temple Beth Shalom, Las Vegas, Nevada
The actress had already walked down the aisle three times before she wed singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher, so she opted for an untraditional olive green hooded dress for her fourth wedding.
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Wedding Date: October 10, 1975
Groom: Richard Burton
Venue: Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana
A year after divorcing, Taylor and Burton reunited to wed a second time in Africa. This time Taylor wore a Gina Fratini dress in ombré shades of green, yellow, and pink that was auctioned off by Christie’s in 2011 for a whopping $62,500.
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Wedding Date: July 4, 1999
Groom: David Beckham
Venue: Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin, Ireland
After wearing white to their wedding ceremony, the Beckhams both changed into matching purple Antonio Berardi outfits festooned with flowers for their reception.
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Wedding Date: September 14, 2002
Groom: Gavin Rossdale
Venue: St. Paul’s Church, London, England
The No Doubt singer got her wish for an “over the top, but not traditional” wedding dress with a John Galliano white silk gown spray-painted pink at the end.
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Wedding Date: August 23, 2003
Groom: Bart Freundlich
Venue: At home in New York, New York
For her backyard wedding, the Oscar-winning actress wore a simple mauve-colored sheath, designed by Prada, to go with the vibe of the low-key wedding.
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Wedding Date: April 9, 2005
Groom: Charles, Prince of Wales
Venue: Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
While Camilla Parker-Bowles wore a stylish cream-colored dress and coat to her civil wedding ceremony, she changed into this elegant blue and gold damask dress coat by designer Anna Valentine with a matching chiffon dress she wore to the service of blessing.
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Wedding Date: November 28, 2005
Groom: Marilyn Manson
Venue: Castle Gurteen, County Tipperary, Ireland
The burlesque star wore a corseted purple gown designed by Vivienne Westwood to wed goth-rocker Marilyn Manson.
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Wedding Date: August 27, 2011
Groom: Thomas Mars
Venue: Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda, Italy
Sofia Coppola wed the singer of the band Phoenix wearing a short lavender Alaia dress at a historical palace in Italy owned by her father, director Francis Ford Coppola.
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Wedding Date: September 29, 2012
Groom: Adam Shulman
Venue: Private estate in Big Sur, California
The Academy Award-winning actress wore a custom-designed Valentino gown with an ombré pink tulle skirt to her California nuptials. “The memory of creating it with [Valentino] is something that I will treasure forever. He somehow read my mind and designed the dress that I’d always wanted,” she told Vogue.
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Wedding Date: October 6, 2012
Groom: David Cross
Venue: Undisclosed wooded location
“It was marigold, and it had a train in the back that was cream,” Tamblyn told US Weekly of her wedding dress that fit her unconventional personality to a T. “There’s nothing really traditional about me.”
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Wedding Date: May 4, 2013
Groom: James Righton
Venue: Town Hall, Mazan, France
Knightley’s pale pink Chanel dress was her “something old” for her intimate civil wedding to the Klaxons singer and keyboard player. “Karl [Lagerfeld] very kindly designed me a jacket to go with it. I’d worn the dress lots. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again,” she told The Telegraph. She wore the dress yet again to the SeriousFun London Gala 2013 in London.
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Wedding Date: May 10, 2013
Groom: Josh Beech
Venue: Boys Hall, Ashford, Kent, England
The 90210 actress’s wedding had several untraditional elements—not only did she wear a black tulle Vera Wang gown, but she also walked down the aisle to a soundtrack of house music.
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Wedding Date: July 13, 2013
Groom: Fritz Von Westenholz
Venue: St. Michael’s Church, Vienna, Austria
The London-based fashion stylist and Chanel ambassador wed her financier boyfriend in her hometown of Vienna in a dove gray custom Chanel Couture gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld. A light blue ribbon was tied around her waist as a finishing touch on the Radzimir silk gown with a long train and balloon sleeves.
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Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Groom: John Legend
Venue: Villa Pizzo, Lake Como, Italy
While Teigen was at her final fitting for one of the other dresses she wore at her Italian destination wedding, she spotted this red gown from Vera Wang’s spring 2013 collection and had to have it, purchasing it off-the-rack. “When you get a wedding dress . . .you have like three fittings,” she explains. “Every time I went in for a fitting I saw another awesome dress that wasn’t there the last time.” She changed into this one after dinner for the remainder of the reception.
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Wedding Date: May 24, 2014
Groom: James Cook
Venue: La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
After marrying James Cook in London where she wore a classic white gown, this British socialite added a splash of color to her second wedding in Morocco where she wore a romantic floral-bedecked gown designed by Peter Dundas for Pucci.
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Wedding Date: February 14, 2015
Groom: Benedict Cumberbatch
Venue: Isle of Wight, England
Inspired by both The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters and the watercolors of William Blake, Sophie Hunter worked with Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli to create a custom high-necked wedding gown made from silvery lace with delicate vine and pomegranate motifs worked into it.
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Wedding Date: May 24, 2015
Groom: Joshua Leonard
Venue: Undisclosed location
After a short four-month engagement, The Newsroom actress wed actor Joshua Leonard wearing a short-sleeved yellow dress that fit the low-key mood of their DIY celebration.
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Wedding Date: May 30, 2015
Groom: Joseph Getty
Venue: Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, Rome, Italy
For her lavish Roman wedding, the jewelry designer and founder of Sabine G. wore a Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown with a hooded cape embroidered with a golden sun motif by the French house Lesage—who also embellished the bride’s Charlotte Olympia heels. “I wanted something dramatic!” she told Vogue.