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An illustrated journey through the most iconic on-screen wedding dresses of all time

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When a character ties the knot, the wedding day very rarely passes without any drama. Brides are ditched at the altar, grooms are murdered and people get arrested... but one thing that can be relied on is a beautiful gown.

The costume department of a TV show is responsible for either creating or sourcing a gown that is not only incredible, but is true to the personality of the character in question. 

 

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There's been plenty of research into the best wedding dresses of all time, and this list could have been extremely long... but we've narrowed it down to just ten of the very best.

Illustration courtesy of Ingle & Rhode

Arguably the most stylish character on Game of Thrones (although I'm sure Cersei would think otherwise), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) was always going to have a fabulous wedding gown.

For her wedding to the evil boy-king Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), Margaery wore a stunning frock made by the show's costume designer Michele Clapton. The dress was designed around stag antlers and the briar rose, the motives for both House Tyrell and House Baratheon. The wedding might not have ended well (spoiler alert: the groom was murdered) but the dress will go down in history.

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Whether or not you agree with her choice of husband (Dan Humphrey - really?!) there's no arguing that Serena Van Der Woodsen's wedding gown was the stuff of dreams. The Manhattan socialite, played by Blake Lively, was always going to have a spectacular gown.

The gold dress was designed by George Chakra and was embellished with Swarovski crystals. A perfect colour choice for the Upper East Side's golden girl. 

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In the very first episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, we see Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) turn up at Central Perk in her wedding dress after leaving her husband-to-be (bloody Barry cheating on Rachel with Mindy? What was he thinking?)

The dress isn't necessarily anything special design-wise, in fact, it was just taken from the Warner Bros costume department. The dress makes another appearance later on in the show when Rachel, Monica and Phoebe all sit on the sofa together in their dresses swigging beer. Friendship goals indeed.

 

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When Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) finally announced that they were tying the knot, everyone was desperate to see what Carrie would be wearing. She did not disappoint, choosing an incredible Vivienne Westwood gown which was typically avant-garde.

The day might have taken a turn for the worse, and we'll still never forgive Mr Big for ditching Carrie on their wedding day, but at least she dealt with it in style. 

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The whole of Gossip Girl was leading up to Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) getting their happy ending. The wedding was far from traditional, and took place as the pair were on the run from the police!

For her second wedding, the Queen of Manhattan opted for something blue. She chose an Elie Saab dress, covered in both floral embellishments and crystals - the best part of the look however was the headband, a signature Blair Waldorf piece.

 

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When 17-year-old Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was sold to the Dothraki by her brother, she had no choice but to marry Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa.) The initial union may not have been a happy one, but Dany grew to love Drogo and the time of his death she was absolutely devastated (even naming one of her dragons in his honour.) 

For their wedding, Dany wore a lavender chiffon gown complete with dragon pins as a nod to her Targaryen heritage. The dress was created by costume designer Michele Clapton. The wedding took place in the pilot episode of the show, and Daenerys style has evolved hugely since - although we're sure she'd still be partial to a lavender dress. 

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For most people Nick and Jess were the love story of New Girl, however, for us intellectuals, it's all about Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece Parekh (Hannah Simone.) 

When Cece married Schmidt the show honoured her Indian heritage through the design of her dress. The wedding dress and headpiece was designed by Debra McGuire. The dress was golden with embroidery, but as a further nod to her Indian roots the headpiece had red detailing. 

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Poor Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is yet to have a happy marriage, but that doesn't mean she hasn't had her fair share of epic wedding gowns. When Sansa was forced to marry Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), she wore a gold gown that went against her family allegiance.

Coming from the disgraced House Stark, Sansa had been held against her will after her father was killed for treason. The dress was covered in both dire wolves (House Stark) and lions (House Lannister) - in reference to the show, the lions were attacking the wolves, meaning that Sansa's gown was a foreshadow of the series (or was it...?) 

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It's the show that has had the world crying, but This is Us is equally was well-known for its fashion choices. The show goes back to the '70s, when Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) marries Jack (Milo Ventimiglia.) The bohemian-inspired gown was created by Hala Bahment, the show's costume designer.

The look was finished off with a stunning floral crown and long train, creating a truly beautiful (and memorable) look.

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Before she was The Duchess of Sussex, marrying a prince in Givenchy, Meghan Markle was wearing a wedding dress on screen. For her onscreen wedding as Rachel Zane on Suits, she wore a stunning v-neck gown created by Anne Barge.

The look was a far cry from her real-life wedding gown, but we think it's equally as amazing! 

On-screen weddings might be fictional, but they are some of the most famous ever. We think our favourite dress might just be the blue Elie Saab gown that Blair Waldorf wore to marry Chuck. Do you agree...?

Lead illustrations all courtesy of Ingle & Rhode




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