A bride on her wedding day should feel beautiful, comfortable and confident. To be truly stunning, her dress must be a reflection of her personality and style. For those with the cash, a couture design or bespoke dress from a high-end designer is the perfect way to create a jaw dropping piece made from exquisite fabrics and embellishments by master craftsmen.
Amal Alamuddin, a human rights lawyer, married her Oscar winning fiancé George Clooney in Venice in 2014. The lavish three-day affair saw the high powered couple flying their friends and family to the city of romance.
Amal’s outfits throughout the celebrations were beautifully elegant and included bespoke designer dresses by, among others, Stella McCartney and Dolce and Gabbana. The wedding dress itself was glorious. Ultra chic Oscar de la Renta was chosen to craft a gown of French lace, pearls and diamanté detailing. Amal looked gorgeous in the £380,000 off-the-shoulder style with flowing train.
When Kate Middleton married Prince William we all wondered and speculated about the bride’s dress for weeks before the big day. It did not disappoint and was considered a beautiful triumph of British design.
Made by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen who also creates elegant designer dresses, this bespoke gown is reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress. The appliqué Chantilly and Cluny lace that covered the bodice and skirt was artfully crafted by The Royal School of Needlework.
Though not confirmed by Clarence House, it is thought that the dress is worth nearly £400,000.
Modern brides are frequently choosing wedding dresses in colors other than white. A bold splash of red or gold is often a decadent winter choice.
At her wedding to pop star and actor Justin Timberlake in 2012, actress Jessica Biel wore a blush pink couture Giambattista Valli gown. The dress cost £100,000 and was a true style statement. Jessica has since said that she wanted something feminine and romantic, the color and layered frill shape she eventually chose saw her dreams come true.
This 20-year-old Russian bride and her husband to be, Said Gutserievad, had one of the most expensive weddings in history with some estimates putting the bill at more than $1 million. The day was a work of pure theater with a fairy tale theme and wall to wall fresh flowers.
Khadija’s dress was a bespoke Elie Saab creation imported from Paris. Heavily embellished and with a wide skirt of sumptuous fabric, the gown weighed about two stone and cost £18,000.
Kim Kardashian’s business is based on being talked about and her wedding to musician Kanye West certainly got the Press and her fans buzzing.
The bride actually had two wedding dresses. Her evening choice was a low cut, sparkling mini dress with sparking detailing by Balmain.
Kim’s custom Givenchy ceremony dress was worth £400,000. It had elegant lace sleeves, a mermaid shape and cathedral length train. The lace roses on the overlay added more luxury while the illusion fabric waist computer-outs gave the dress a touch of sexiness.