While the summer wedding frenzy may still be a little way off, we’re right in the middle of another fashionable gown-centric season: award shows. Already we’ve seen some beautiful frocks that would be perfect for brides, so we thought we’d look at what Hollywood has to offer when it comes to bridal gown inspiration.
Hollywood Loves A Wedding
Come to think of it, Hollywood has always had a bit of an obsession with weddings. In fact, one of the most popular movies made in the last decade was a wedding movie: Bridesmaids(2011). With a star-studded comedy cast, this chick flick went far further than simply being a box office hit. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards, as well as for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Plus, although Kristen Wiig and company may be against a sequel, the film did inspire a spin-off Microgaming online slot available at Betway Casino as well as quite literally every sort of Bridesmaids-themed merchandise you can think of. Over at Etsy, there are well over a thousand different Bridesmaids-themed goodies created by fans of the franchise, from champagne flutes to tank tops. The same can be seen on Redbubble, where the Bridesmaids merch portfolio rivals that of The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Lord of the Rings. As for the film itself, as recently as 2018, outdoor cinemas were screening the comedy chick flick on all over the place from Malibu to Essex. Really, Bridesmaidsmarked a new era for Hollywood, an era where a female-led comedy could be a worldwide sensation, and it didn't hurt that the movie revolved around a wedding.
Of course, Bridesmaidsis just one link in a long line of Hollywood wedding movies. Let’s take, for example, the classic Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face(1957). The movie inspired Whitney Houston, Madonna, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Beyoncé, who have all created music videos and album artwork devoted to the 1950’s flick. Other top wedding movies include Father of the Bride(1950), Sex and the City(2008), Bride Wars(2009), and The Wedding Planner(2001); the list goes on! Even Fiona in Shrek(2001) had a pretty fashionable gown on, and so did Bella in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1(2011), if we’re being honest. Each and every one of these movies has gone on to inspire wedding dress trends in some way or another. Whether it be the living-for-the-frills-of-it, laid-back vibes of Bridesmaidsor the beautifully structured ivory of Funny Faceand The Wedding Planner, there’s a Hollywood movie wedding gown that everyone will love. Unfortunately, there have been fewer wedding-themed movies released over the last few years, so we've had to look for inspiration from elsewhere in Hollywood. Thankfully, we think this year's award shows have filled that inspiration gap.
From The Red Carpet To The Aisle
On January 6, we watched the 76th Annual Golden Globes and were completely floored by all of the beautiful dresses that appeared on the red carpet.
Kristen Bell was stunning in her pale pink plunging-neckline gown from Zuhair Murad, and while we’re not convinced such a revealing dress would be for every bride, the pleats are certainly sleek and flattering. As for the color, it seems pale pinks and nudes are really in fashion this season, with Emma Stone donning a mesmerizing pink Louis Vuitton number, which really should have made an appearance in the Fall show. With silver embellishments, long sleeves and a cinched waist, Stone’s gown is a little reminiscent of the frocks Adele usually wears, though in a much more wedding-friendly color.
It was Sandra Oh’s astonishing asymmetrical, white gown that really got us thinking about red carpet dresses as wedding inspiration though. Although Oh wore several outfits that night, the floor-length Versace number was the one that took our breath away. Stylish ruching, subtle accessories, perfect hair: This outfit had everything a bride-to-be could dream of.
White, nudes and pale pinks continued to be a trend once celebrities hit the blue carpet at BFCA's Critic’s Choice Awards2019 on January 13. Brides with a taste for the sparkly will love Emily Blunt’s white column Prada dress and Laura Harrier’s slightly less out-there Louis Vuitton, long-sleeved frock. Those with a subtler style though will probably prefer Lady Gaga’s bandeau Calvin Klein number, complete with a glorious train.
February Has Plenty More Bridal Gown Inspiration On The Way
With so many more award shows on the schedule in February, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the dresses that would make excellent bridal gowns. The 61st Grammy awards are sure to give the more eccentric bride a few ideas, while the Brits will be perfect for anyone looking for a unique yet formal vibe. As for the Academy Awards, we’re sure to see even more absolutely astonishing, couture numbers that will inspire every bride who wants to stand out on their wedding day.