30+ Worst Celebrity Wedding Dresses, Ranked
How much is the average wedding? $5,000? $10,000? Both are wrong. A recent survey discovered that the average wedding costs as much as $35,329. That’s a lot of money. Because weddings cost so much, many people compromise to reduce the cost. They don’t need the super expensive venue because another one is almost as nice. The wedding dress is often one of the most expensive pieces, and it’s difficult to pay thousands on a garment you’ll wear once. But what if you had no price limit? That’s the joy that celebrities get to experience on their big day.
When famous people get married, they don’t have to concern themselves with how much everything costs. Many of them could spend a million on their wedding and not bat an eye! Could you imagine? Well, with unlimited funds comes something interesting – they can do whatever they want for better or worse. Sometimes, their choices are a little…less than classy.
One of the biggest factors is the wedding dress. Celebs want to have the perfect one, but sometimes they can totally go off base. We’ve found some celebs that got exactly what they wanted, but unfortunately, they turned out looking much worse than they ever could have imagined.
31. Judy Garland
Is Judy Garland a bride or a Vegas showgirl in this photo? It’s kinda hard to tell. Thankfully, she’s fully stocked on fringe — there’s enough there for five wedding dresses. We all know Judy did her own thing, but you would think on of Hollywood’s biggest stars would have donned a real gown.
Judy was such a tiny person, maybe she wanted to wear something that showed a little leg and made her look taller. However, the outfit is reading more like a baggy coat. Mix that in with that scraggly bouquet of flowers that look like she got from the side of the road, and you’ve got yourself a road-side wedding.
30. Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson, a British actress and screenwriter, who married Kenneth Branagh in 1989. All we have to say is that the dress looks like it came from 1989, except the fabric was stolen from the seats of a bus. You could also find this tragic textile from the booth of a taco bell. Whoever designed this gown must have secretly objected to the wedding.
Also, what’s on her head? Does the feather make her Yankee Doodle? This dress makes us dream of Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. The headpiece looks like it’s thinking about flying off her poor head at any moment. Unluckily, the shoes match the headpiece. We can’t tell if the groom is smiling because he’s happy or trying not to laugh because she looks ridiculous.
29. Dita Von Teese
The wedding of Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson was sure to be…something. Not sure what, but it was going to be something. Considering what could have happened, the dress wasn’t the worst, but the color? The color is almost painful to look at. It’s loud and far too much. The color wouldn't be bad if it was an accent color, but nope. It was the whole thing.Iridescent purple just looks… cheap.
Iridescent purple just looks… cheap. This fabric looks like she got it from the bargain section of the fabric store. And the headpiece is totally not necessary. We’re all for doing something edgy and alternative for your wedding but taking just a plain wedding dress design and making it purple isn’t going to cut it.
28. Princess Diana
Princess Diana is possibly one of the most beautiful women that ever existed, but you can’t say the same about her wedding dress. It was huge and even criticized at the time for being too much. It had puffy, ruffled sleeves, lace, sequins, 10,000 pearls, and there was enough poof that you could hide another wedding dress under it.
This outrageous dress just showed that Princess Diana was a more is more type of gal. If a little is good, a lot must be better! However, in fashion a little editing can go a long way. Luckily later in life she figured that out and became a fashion icon cemented in time. We love you Diana, but this dress was not cute.
27. Yoko Ono
We all love to hate Yoko Ono, but it isn't our fault. She gives us so many reasons from her so-called musical "talent" to her fashion sense. Her wedding day wasn't any different. We get that her and Lennon were hippies, but this is a bit much. This dress looks absolutely terrible.
It's the epitome of the '60s. We get they got married in '69, but that doesn't mean her wedding had to look so incredibly dated. It's also extremely casual. They didn't need to spend thousands like others, but they could at least spend $50 on a nice dress and suit. Yoko's dress looks like it came from the bargain bin.
26. Bette Davis
There’s no need to always wear white at your wedding, but Bette Davis did just a little bit more than avoid white with this unconventional “wedding dress.” Her casual look seems to say “a day at the races” more than “holy matrimony.” The derby hat and structured coat just isn't wedding material.
The fabric on her outfit also looks uncomfortable and crinkly. And what is that on her waistline? It looks like she dropped a piece of cake on her stomach. But it may be ribbon? We’re not sure what’s going on with it, but this entire ensemble makes you think she really didn’t care about being there in the first place.
25. Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle is elegant, and anyone that disagrees is wrong. With that being said, this dress was painfully not working for her. The queen obviously had input since it covered so much, and her second wedding dress was so much more flattering. This dress looks like it’s made out of heavy curtains, and not elegant fabric.
Although some will argue that it was tastefully simple and elegant, this one hung on her body without accentuating anything thanks to the weighty fabric. It was boxy, thick and all in all not cute. You would think having a royal bank account would mean the most fabulous dress possible, but apparently not.
24. Marilyn Monroe
Let’s be honest, Marilyn Monroe looked amazing in everything, including this outfit. But it’s such a strange pick for a wedding dress. She looks like she’s about to set sail for the new world on the Mayflower. We could understand her wanting to be a little more modest on her wedding day, but you would think one of the most famous beauties of all time would want something a little more elegant.
Marilyn was known for her risqué fashion and pose, but this was something from left field. It’s super cute, but for a wedding? Probably not. Celebrities always do something a little odd for their weddings. Probably because they’re so used to the glitz and glam, but this dress does not say wedding at all.
23. Ulrika Johnson
Ulrika Johnson is a TV presenter in the United Kingdom, and her wedding was beautiful, but her dress was not. A lot of people criticized her dress, and even she regretted her choice. She said, “I’m going to regret those leg of mutton sleeves forever.” Why did anyone let those sleeves out the door?!
We’re surprised those sleeves even fit out the door! They made her shoulders look like a linebacker. But hey, cut her some slack. At the time puffy sleeves were in! What we’re more concerned with is that terrible T-shirt neckline and that papery fabric. You would think someone would hit the dress with a steamer!
22. Celine Dion
Celine Dion looked stunning on her wedding day…except for the headdress. What was that thing on her head? It drew attention away from her face, which isn't what you want to do at your wedding. The dress looked nice, except for the gold accents in the center. There wasn’t a lot of gold elsewhere, so it stood out, but that was the least of her issues.
That headpiece looks like a giant alien head. The stonework on it is admirable, but not for a wedding! For an art installation? Maybe. But anything other than that, you probably don’t need an alien princess headdress. That cheap looking vail isn’t doing her any favors either. She looks like the leader of the cone heads.
21. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda had just got finished with her shift as a go-go dancer when she decided to get married. Or at least that’s what this dress tells me. This is yet another case of a perfectly cute outfit at a wildly inappropriate time. Those mid-shin go-go boots have no place at a wedding.
The surprised look on her face looks like they she didn’t even know she was getting married that day. Her hair looks great, but that dress. It’s just a plain A-line dress. Not a wedding dress. It’s cute, but not for a wedding. Maybe they were going out for cocktails afterward and she just didn’t want to change.
20. Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot is gonna get married just as soon as she milks the cows and shears the sheep. It’s not that the gingham, Elly May Clampett look isn’t cute--it’s that it’s not cute on your wedding day when you’re a French beauty and superstar. Save the french countryside for the honeymoon!
Brigitte was a fashion icon! And she definitely wasn’t afraid of making a statement. You would think she would go all out on her big day with a flashy fashion piece, but apparently, she was feeling homely that day. She’s brought us so much fashion over the years, maybe she was just burned out. We’ll forgive her this time.
19. Julianne Moore
In this photo, Julianne Moore is either leaving her wedding or a Sadie Hawkins dance--with that dress, it’s hard to tell. Clearly they were having fun, though, because everyone is extremely disheveled. But that dress is not bridal, it's high school prom at best. Even then the mean girls would be talking about you.
Lavender is a beautiful color… for your bridesmaids. A bride’s dress should always make a statement. The dress also looks a little too big for her. The neckline looks loose and disheveled. That lavender color isn’t great for people with pink tones in their skin. Maybe they were drinking a bit too much that night?
18. Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, got married in 1986 when shoulder pads were at the height of their popularity, but that didn’t mean that she needed some that were so big she could take flight. The rest of the dress was stunning, but Fergie, honey, those sleeves are a crime.
These shoulder pads look like she stole them right from a linebacker’s jersey. Why in the world would you want to make your shoulders look broader? The heavy fabric chosen for the sleeves only accentuates the thickness of the shoulder. The sleeves continue the thickness of the shoulders down the arm, really giving her upper body a triangle shape.
17. Jada Pinkett
Jada Pinkett-Smith is a style icon, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t make mistakes. When she originally married Will Smith, her dress wasn’t what you’d expect from this fashionista. It was a mock turtleneck gown designed with silk and crushed velvet. Well, at least you can say that the wedding was unique.
To be honest, velvet doesn’t really look good on anyone. It’s thick, sweaty and unforgiving. The sheen on the material highlights all the wrong sections of the body. Just look at this picture, the brightest points on this dress are her neck, arms, and thighs. Velvet shouldn’t be used for fashion at all, let alone a wedding dress.
16. Hailey Bieber
This wedding dress looks very classy and beautiful at first. The lace florals are stunning, but wait a minute...what is that on the mile-long veil? It says "TILL DEATH DO US PART" — yikes. Something about it is just really wrong. The mile-long veil alone is kinda weird.
It's like something a royal would do. Then she threw in till death. We get that it's in the vows, but that's maybe not something you want to be embroidered on your veil. Kids these days just want to have something unique at their wedding, and then they do this. At least she can crop it later.
15. Helen Worth
British actress Helen Worth might be a soap opera icon for her long-running role on Coronation Street, but even her most ardent fans couldn’t be okay with this wedding dress abomination. She somehow manages to look futuristic and dated in all the worst ways--like she’s a schoolmarm from the year 3000.
If you don’t want to wear white at your wedding, fine. But, this satin silver dress looks more like a terrible bridesmaid dress. The random draping fabric in the front is senseless. The material is crunchy. The color is dusty. And why are there lace sleeves? This dress looks like she picked all her favorite elements of bridesmaid dresses and combined them into one monster dress.
14. Katharine Hepburn
Nothing says marital bliss like an embroidered potato sack--or at least that seems to be what Katharine Hepburn thought when she walked down the aisle in this questionable wedding dress. We’re not sure what she was thinking when she made this choice, maybe she was enthralled in medieval times, but this is not a cute look.
This looks like something a medieval chambermaid would wear. Or a milkmaiden. Maybe the wedding was medieval themed? We’re not sure, what she was going for. But the tattered stained material isn’t doing anything good. Also, this dress has little to no shape. The neckline isn’t flattering and the dress itself is a box.
13. Shirley Temple
No, no, no, Shirley Temple. You’ve got it all mixed up, honey bun! You’re supposed to make the bridesmaids wear an ugly dress, not you! This looks more appropriate for a 1950s sci-fi themed prom than your wedding day. Blue? Not for a wedding. And what is that awful bouquet.
Shirley Temple was America’s little sweetheart, but whoever told her this dress was perfect for her wedding day did her dirty. That satin material should never be used on any dress, let alone a wedding dress. It’s Thick, it looks cheap and as you can see on the bottom of the dress, it wrinkles!
12. Nicole Kidman
You’ve got to have a really terrible dress to upstage your middle-aged husband’s emo haircut, but somehow, Nicole Kidman manages to do it! She should really think about donating some of her lace and sleeve length to the less fortunate. Maybe she needed to take the fall to distract from her husbands hair?
Whatever the case may be, there are several elements to this dress that are just not good. The puffy sleeve with an elastic band, the overwhelming amount of tule and those ruffles! You would imagine that an A-list celebrity like Nicole Kidman would have a member of her staff that would care enough to tell her the truth about her dress.
11. Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson’s dress is awful from top to bottom--thankfully, it’s cut like a miniskirt, so that’s not much distance to travel. This one doesn’t look so much like a wedding dress as it does a craft store explosion. The mid-thigh cut off and confusing neckline really make the dress a head-scratcher. But hey, at least they look happy together!
Don’t even get us started with whatever is going on around the hips. You would think she would be concerned about these ruffles making her hips look insanely wide. But that tule wrapping distracts from the creature clutching her thighs. If you ditched the tule and the crazy ruffles, this would actually be a cute dress!
10. Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli had clearly been waiting since the Victorian era to get married, if her dress is any indicator. I say if you’re gonna go lace crazy, you have to go crazy all the way--you can’t just chicken out at the waist like she did. This doesn’t look like a wedding dress at all. It looks more like a librarian left her life as a book worm and became a pirate.
We love Liza, and she’s always been off the beaten path. And maybe she’s just sticking to that. At least the sinched waist gives her a figure, unlike others we’ve seen. But the column dress / skirt thing looks like it’s made out of heavy fabric. Not to mention the top, bottom and midline are 3 different shades of white in 3 different materials.
9. Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood had a Gone with the Wind-themed wedding--in the sense that her wedding dress looks like it’s made out of dusty curtains from a little house on a prairy. This home decor trend is only strengthened by the fact that there are party streamers coming out of her head.
That butter-yellow dress just looks like it smells like mothballs and old lace. The heavy quilting on the material just looks hot and stuffy. The bouquet looks like dead dried out flowers, and whoever put that thing in their hair is not her friend. Her makeup is beautiful, but this dress is just not good. Sorry!
8. Lady Mary Charteris
When you think of a wedding dress, lace, ruffles, and bows come to mind — not sheer cut-outs. What is it with people these days, wanting to show off midriff and cleavage with barely there clothes? Well, not when it comes to your wedding day. That’s not the time or place for dress malfunctions of any kind.
Sure, if that’s your style or you look fabulous in slits and plunging necklines on a regular basis, then go ahead: but being serious here – at least consider investing in some florals or delicate fabric overlays instead of cut-outs for your big day. It’ll be alright. After all, as my grandpa would say: “act like a Lady, and you'll be treated like one!”
7. Liza Minnelli...Again
This wedding sure had some interesting pictures, and tons were taken since Michael Jackson was a special guest. Liza Minnelli wore another weird wedding dress that was more bling than it was actual fabric. However, the real atrocity was the massive fur coat that she showed up in.
What is this thing? It looks like she's on her way to a Hollywood premiere that's about to be crashed by PETA. The only thing remotely wedding about this picture is the bouquet that she's carrying, which gets lost in the miles of fur that makes up that coat. That's a no from us.
6. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani can't seem to wear a normal wedding dress. When she got married in 2021, she wore this weird ballerina number that showed a ton of leg for a grown woman in her 50s. Not to mention, this was her big day. Instead of going elegant, she went...whatever that was.
Then, there's this weird dip-dye dress. We're not even sure what she was thinking. We get she started punk rock, but there's no reason to bring it into your big day. There's No Doubt she's gonna look back on this day and regret wearing a hot-pink dip-dyed dress.
5. Jessica Biel
When Jessica Biel walked down the aisle in her bubble gum pink dress, jaws were dropped - and not necessarily in a good way! While it may have been stunningly unique, the choice of color certainly didn't scream "bridal gown" - more of an "I'm going to prom" vibe.
We're not sure if she was going for a "fairytale" wedding or one that says she had just left middle school. Honestly, no one expected her to walk out in a dress that was such a gaudy color. We all expected elegant, but Biel surprised us all.
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie went from grunge warrior to strong mama. Once she began adopting, her kids became her life, and we’re on board with that. However, this dress was unnecessary. The only people who love your children’s drawings is you. The rest of us just see scribbles. We’re sure people were left wondering if this was an accident or not.
She had her children draw whatever they wanted, and then she had it put into the veil, which flowed over the dress. That’s gonna be a no from me, dawg. Save the scribble drawings for the fridge and don’t try to pull a stunt like this on your wedding day. Whoever told her this was a good idea, should be fired. They obviously wanted to sabotage her big day and it shows.
3. Whitney Houston
Whitney seems like she read that a lot of people were showing skin on their wedding day and decided to do whatever she could do to the opposite. Some critics even went as far as to say that her wedding dress looked like she wore a lace condom. Oof, now that's rough.
All you can see is her face in the pictures! Guess that is the most important part, but still. The only thing that overshadowed the dress was her marriage to Bobby Brown in the first place. That dress would have made bigger headlines otherwise.
2. Mama June
Mama June isn’t known for being an elegant, fashionable, woman. With her back-woods history, it’s a surprise that the cut of the dress was pretty nice. The worst part is the "color" choices. Why was it camo and orange? Hunting has a place in this world, but it isn’t at a wedding.
But let’s be honest here, what else would you expect from Honey Boo Boo’s country bumpkin mom? If you live anywhere in the south, you probably know at least 10 women who also chose to wear camo at their wedding. What a statement. What a look. What a terrible decision. Making your wedding dress a joke just says you don’t think you can pull one off.
1. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson thought it would be a great idea to get married to Kid Rock in a bikini. It isn’t the classiest move on Earth, but what could someone expect from these two? Pamela and Kid Rock obviously didn’t take things seriously. The wedding didn’t last long, which isn’t too surprising.
Oh Pamela, what can we say… you’re a hot mess. But that’s why we love you! Who else besides you would get married in a white bikini? But in all seriousness if you want to make a relationship last, you should probably start things off on a good foot. Not barefoot in a chicken bucket. (A chicken bucket is an outfit in which you’re showing all your breasts and thighs.)