Although the ceremonies weren’t real (no matter how much you wanted them to be), you can still appreciate the gowns your favourite fictional characters wore on their wedding days. These 34 leading ladies will give you major wedding dress inspo for your own big day.
1 ‘Suits’: Rachel Zane
Rachel Zane (played by Meghan Markle, obvi) wore a V-neck dress with a fitted waist and floral appliqués in the season 7 finale when she (finally!) marries Mike Ross. The dress, designed by Anne Barge, was vastly different from Meghan’s IRL wedding gown, which was an off-the-shoulder style with three-quarter length sleeves.
2 ’30 Rock’: Liz Lemon
n true Liz Lemon fashion, she wore a Star Wars get-up, including hair buns that would make Princess Leia proud, to wed Criss Chros in season 7. Apparently, it was the only white dress she had.
3 ‘The Mindy Project’: Tamra
SPOILER ALERT: In the series finale of The Mindy Project, Tamra and Morgan finally tie the knot. She wears a stunning off-the-shoulder lace gown with a veil attached to her gorgeous braids.
4 ‘Nashville’: Rayna James
In season 4, Rayna James exchanged vows with Deacon Claybourne wearing an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with lace and had her hair swept to one side.
5 ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: Lisa Wilkes
The Fresh Prince was set to abandon his womanizing ways by nearly marrying Lisa in season 5, although the wedding never happened. Although the couple agreed to call it quits, Lisa still looked gorgeous in an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with textured fabric and floral details.
6 ‘Full House’: Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson
Becky and Jesse were a couple just meant to be on Full House – Jesse was the motorcycle jacket-wearing ladies’ man while Becky was the put-together news show host. The pair tied the knot in season 4, when Becky wore this off-the-shoulder puff-sleeve gown.
7 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Cristina Yang
Cristina married fellow doctor Owen Hunt in season 7 of Grey’s Anatomy wearing a deep red wedding dress. It featured a plunging V neckline and perfectly matched her bouquet.
8 ‘Will & Grace’: Grace Adler
Grace walked down the aisle in season 5 to marry her boyfriend of two months, Leo, wearing a strapless gown with an elegant veil. And, in a very fitting gesture, her BFF Will walked her down the aisle.
9 ‘Friends’: Monica Geller
Monica and Chandler finally tied the knot in season 7 of Friends, and Monica wore this plunging V-neck dress with a trumpet skirt and a long veil. The episode in which they try to write down their wedding vows for the big day showed so many adorable flashback scenes of their relationship, it was hard not to ugly sob.
10 ‘Parenthood’: Jasmine Trussell
Jasmine married Crosby in the season 3 finale of Parenthood in a pretty outside ceremony complete with twinkling string lights. The bride wore a floral headband over her loose waves and chose a white wrap dress for the big day.
11 ‘The Office’: Pam Beesly
Jim and Pam were the couple you were rooting for on The Office. Their flirty co-worker relationship moved into dating territory, resulting in a romantic but unplanned gas station proposal, and culminating in the couple’s Niagara Falls wedding in season 6. Pam wore this spaghetti-strap dress with a sweetheart neckline, a rhinestone necklace, and a short veil for the occasion.
12 ‘Jane the Virgin’: Jane Villanueva
Viewers were dying to see who Jane would end up with in the beginning of the show — Rafael or Michael — but in the end she walked down the aisle to marry Michael in the season 2 finale. She wore a lace boatneck gown, pinning her hair in an elegant updo.
13 ‘Saved by the Bell’: Kelly Kapowski
High-school sweethearts Kelly and Zack married in a beautiful outdoor wedding in Las Vegas. She wore a scoop-neck wedding dress with sleeves and a veil tucked into her short hair. The nups took place during the series finale of.
14 ‘Pretty Little Liars’: Hannah, Spencer, Emily, Arya
No, the Liars didn’t get married — they were just modeling dresses for a charity fashion show in season 4. But each look perfectly reflected each character’s personality, from Spencer’s classic, no-fuss number to Emily’s romantic, show-stopping lace gown with cap sleeves.
15 ‘Boy Meets World’: Topanga Lawrence
Cory and Topanga seemed destined for each other when they met in Mr. Feeney’s classroom in season 1, when Topanga first kissed him. They tied the knot in season 7, and she wore a lacy, long-sleeve, off-the-shoulder gown with a train.
16 ‘Friends’: Phoebe Buffay
Phoebe and Mike married in season 10, right outside of Central Perk, in the snow. She wore a strapless dress with a fitted bodice and draping in the skirt.
17 ‘General Hospital’: Laura Spencer
The General Hospital episode featuring Luke and Laura’s ceremony drew more viewers than Princess Diana’s televised wedding to Prince Charles. For a fictional wedding this spectacular, Laura wore an ornate headpiece with lace and tulle veiling, a Victorian era-looking wedding dress with buttoned sleeves, and puffy shoulders – very fitting for the ’80s.
18 ‘Gossip Girl’: Blair Waldorf
Blair was the Queen B in Gossip Girl when it came to drama and fashion, so it’s no surprise that she went with an unexpected, yet still elegant, wedding dress by Elie Saab. Chuck and Blair had a beautiful Central Park ceremony in the series finale, and this gorgeous gown was definitely her “something blue.”
19 ‘Gossip Girl’: Serena van der Woodsen
Following in B’s footsteps, Serena also got hitched to none other than Dan, who was revealed as the show’s titular character in the series finale. She opted for a strapless gold, metallic, and white tulle dress from designer Georges Chakra in the final episode.
20 ‘Sex and the City’: Miranda Hobbes
After an on-again, off-again relationship, Miranda and Steve finally married in season 6. For the occasion, Miranda bucked convention by opting for a red velvet wedding dress.
21 ‘Sex and the City’: Charlotte York
In a twist of irony, in season 6, Charlotte ended up marrying Harry Goldenblatt, the lawyer who handled her divorce from her first husband, Trey MacDougal. She wore a cold-shoulder gown (very on-trend, even now) with ribbons criss-crossing the bodice. She topped the look with a veil tucked into the back of her curls.
22 ‘How I Met Your Mother’: Robin Scherbatsky
Robin wore a sheer Monique Lhuillier dress with three-quarter length sleeves, a mermaid skirt, and a crystal belt for added sparkle. She wore the gown for her season 9 wedding to Barney.
23 ‘Friends’: Rachel Green
Although she ran away from her wedding, Rachel wearing her dress on the Central Perk sofa was an iconic moment from the sitcom’s pilot episode. Her off-the-shoulder dress with lace applique was surprisingly chic, and she accessorized with a three-strand pearl necklace, a headband, and a tulle veil. The now-infamous dress was actually Warner Bros. stock from the costume department.
24 ‘New Girl’: Cece Parekh
Cece and Schmidt had a complicated on-and-off again relationship, but they finally turned it back on when they married in the two-part season 5 finale. She wore a gold sari complete with red and white flowers, while Schmidt matched the color scheme with a tan suit and a red tie.
25 ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Meredith Grey
Meredith opted for an embellished dress with thin straps and a flared skirt by Kenneth Pool to marry Derek Shepard. The two doctors wed in season 5.
26 ‘Parks and Recreation’: Leslie Knope
Leslie and Ben didn’t get along at first, but isn’t that how all great relationships start? The two married, fittingly, at the Parks Department office during season 5, and Leslie wore a short pleated dress made from lace, tulle, newspaper clippings, and documents of all of her biggest victories from the show.
27 ‘Empire’: Laura Calleros
Although Laura and Hakeem Lyon didn’t end up marrying in season 2 (spoiler alert, sorry!), the bride still looked flawless with her veil pulled over her dress, which featured see-through lace detail.
28 ‘Gilmore Girls’: Lorelei Gilmore
In a season 6 episode titled “The Perfect Dress,” Lorelei attempts to find just that for her upcoming wedding to Luke. She goes dress shopping with Sookie and comes across the perfect blush satin dress with a flowered bodice — which also happened to be on sale!
29 ‘Scandal’: Olivia Pope
For those Fitz fans out there in the Scandal universe, this was probably a heartbreaking scene. This wedding sequence from season 6 aired as a “what if” moment in which audiences saw what his marriage to Olivia could have looked like. In it, Olivia wore a shoulder-baring gown with a dramatic silk skirt, and her hair pulled back in an elegant rhinestone-embellished bun.
30 ‘Girls’: Jessa Johansson
Jessa was definitely the wild card on Girls – she e-mailed Hannah, Shoshanna, and Marnie to meet her for a secret party in season 1, and it ended up being her surprise wedding to Thomas-John. Known for her bohemian fashion choices, she went with this short dress with billowy sleeves and a flowery headband for her big day.
31 ‘Game of Thrones’: Sansa Stark
Sansa’s wedding ended horribly, but before viewers were left permanently scarred at the end of the season 5 episode, she walked down a snowy aisle in this winter wedding dress. It featured a fur shawl on top of a thick, quilted dress and long sleeves.
32 ‘Game of Thrones’: Margaery Tyrell
Another Game of Thrones wedding, another disastrous ending, but before King Joffrey met his fate, he married Margaery in season 4, who wore a stunning white gown with a cutout in the back and fabric roses dripping down her train. Her homeland of Highgarden is known for its blooms, so it was only fitting that flowers would be incorporated into her dress.
33 ‘This Is Us’: Rebecca Pearson
Rebecca and Jack (may he rest in peace) looked like the cutest couple on their wedding day. Rebecca wore a stunning flower crown on top of her loose waves and chose a lacy, long-sleeve dress, while Jack wore a tan three-piece suit and a bow tie.
34 ‘Downton Abbey’: Rose MacClare
in a glamorous beaded and silk tulle gown in season 5. Downton Abbey‘s costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins said it was 100 years old. “It was just a ghost of a dress, and I stumbled upon it,” she told PBS. “A trader I’d made friends with has a little shop in London, and he actually kept it in a box — it had never been worn.”
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