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Although the nuptials aren't real, that doesn't stop fans from swooning, oohing and ahhing over television wedding ceremonies. It's also a fun chance to see some of the fashion and style choices are beloved characters rock on their big days. From Sex and the City to Friends, Downton Abbey to Grey's Anatomy, let's take a look at TV's most stunning wedding dresses.
Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
How could you possibly not love Leslie Knope's incredible DIY wedding dress? Crafted by her best friend Ann, the gown was made from newspaper clippings, campaign flyers and paperwork that all held special meaning to Leslie and her life, victories and career in the government. It was the absolute perfect outfit for her to say "I do" in, and the short pleated number with lace and tulle was as unique and sweet as she was. It was all the more fitting that the two were married in the Parks Department office, giving their romance and marriage the perfect beginning.
Charlotte York, Sex and the City
Charlotte York looked the epitome of sophistication and elegance when she ended up marrying her divorce attorney, Harry Goldenblatt. The blushing bride wore a chic cold-shoulder gown with criss-crossing ribbons across the bodice, accentuating her lovely figure. The wedding was even more meaningful because Charlotte converted to Judaism for Harry, making the nuptials that much more touching. She completed her look with a delicate veil tucked into the back of her curls and a simple bouquet. The dress was much different than her first one, and definitely takes the cake!
Rebecca Donaldson, Full House
Though the dress was the epitome of '80s fashion, Becky's wedding gown for her nuptials to Jesse was definitely a statement-maker. She wore an off-the-shoulder puff-sleeve gown and heavily bejeweled headpiece and veil, that was both dramatic and glamorous for its time. The duo were indeed destined to be together, proving that opposites do attract; Jesse with his motorcycle riding, leather jacket wearing self and Becky, the straight laced news show host. The wedding was a huge celebration and pivotal moment in the series, and Jesse and Becky's love was truly one for the books.
Monica Geller, Friends
Everything about Monica and Chandler's romance on Friends was both sweet and hilarious, and their proposal was definitely iconic. It's not surprising that their wedding was no exception. For their big day, Monica wore a stunning plunging V-neck gown with a trumpet skirt and long, dramatic veil. Her long, dark tresses were styled in loose curls and she carried a bouquet full of red roses, giving Monica the wedding she always dreamed of. To make the nuptials that much better, their dear friend Joey even officiated the wedding.
Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World
Corey and Topanga's romance was arguably one of the sweetest and most enduring love stories in television history. The two were destined for each other, as demonstrated in Season 1 when she drew a heart on their faces with lipstick and planted a first kiss on him. Though they had their ups and downs, they finally said "I do" in Season 7. Topanga wore a lacy, long-sleeve off-the-shoulder gown with a dramatic train. The number was both sophisticated and demure, and the two love birds definitely had a magical wedding day.
Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother
For her nuptials to the once-notorious bachelor Barney Stinson, Robin Scherbatsky was a vision in white in a sheer Monique Lhuillier gown. With three-quarter length sleeves, a statement-making crystal belt and mermaid skirt, she looked absolutely stunning. Since the entire final season of How I Met Your Mother was dedicated to Robin and Barney's big day, she had to have a dress that lived up to the hype. Robin indeed delivered, completing the ensemble with a chic up-do, paired with delicate earrings and necklace.
Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
Though she didn't walk down the aisle in the gown, Lorelai Gilmore still managed to find the perfect dress for her upcoming nuptials to Luke. Everything fell perfectly into place when she was planning her wedding, and when she went dress shopping with Sookie she came across this gorgeous number (that was on sale too)! The blush satin dress with a flowered bodice and ribbon wrapped waist, Lorelai finished the outfit with a delicately beaded veil. It's such a shame she didn't get to say "I do" in the gown, but at least we got to see how much she would have rocked it!
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Phoebe Buffay, Friends
Phoebe and Mike's wedding in Season 10 was a magical moment for the gang on Friends. Though maid of honor Monica planned for a grand celebration, a snowstorm altered the nuptials, instead leading the happy couple to a snowy ceremony outside of Central Perk. Phoebe looked beautiful in a strapless gown with a fitted bodice and heavy draping in the skirt. Paired with a veil and tiny tiara, she wore her hair in tight ringlets and accessorized with a long necklace and bracelet. All the more impressive was the bride-to-be opted out of wearing a coat in order to showcase the stunning gown.
Olivia Pope, Scandal
While this dream wedding was actually a "what if" moment that gave audiences a look at what could have been, Olivia Pope was radiant in her dress. For her imaginary nuptials, she wore a shoulder-baring gown with a dramatic silk skirt and delicate beaded belt. With her hair pulled back in a stylish, rhinestone embellished bun and accessorized with delicate earrings and bracelet, Olivia was truly a vision in white. Fitz looked handsome in his tuxedo and bow-tie, and together the pair glowed with happiness. It's such a shame the dream wedding never actually happened.
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The slayer looked like a blushing bride-to-be when she wore this stunning off-the-shoulder long-sleeved sating wedding gown during her nuptials to Angel. Unfortunately, the ceremony was only part of a dream sequence and the two never got their much-deserved fairy tale wedding. Though it was only a dream, Buffy was gorgeous in the wedding dress, with her hair styled in an elegant up-do. Her minimal make-up truly showed off her natural beauty. Too bad that once again the stunning wedding look was only a part of a dream, not a reality.
Grace Adler, Will & Grace
In a very fitting gesture, Grace was walked down the aisle by her dear friend Will for her marriage to her boyfriend of two months, Leo. She wore an elegant ball gown that was both whimsical and chic, representing the complexity of her personality. The simple satin number and bodice was accented with a bow-like embellishment, which she paired with a loose and tousled up-do. With tear-drop diamond earrings and a colorful bouquet of orange/pink hued roses, Grace was given her much deserved fairy tale moment.
Lady Rose MacClare, Downton Abbey
Lily James stunned as her character Lady Rose in the hit drama series Downton Abbey. She looked the very definition of demure, and the gown reflected Lady Rose's feminine and delicate style. The vintage ivory dress featured dainty gold sequins and embellishments, as well as a sweeping circular train. The ensemble was complete with the blushing bride accessorizing with a pearl headpiece adorned with flowers and elegant satin gloves. With her hair pinned up in chic curls, a simple necklace for jewelry and a bouquet of white roses, she truly was a vision to behold.
Dr. Arizona Robbins & Dr. Callie Torres, Grey's Anatomy
Not only was there one stunning dress at this wedding, there was two! When Arizona and Callie wed on Grey's Anatomy, the brides-to-be both showed off their personal styles with their ensembles. Arizona's strapless, sweetheart gown was highlighted by its flocked detailing on the skirt and tulle embellishments. Callie's sparkly sleeves and heavily draped skirting hugged her figure beautifully, and together they radiated joy. Arizona wore her hair in loose waves and a floral head piece and Callie styled hers in a bang-framed up-do. The doctors were definitely deserving of their big day.
Rachel Green, Friends
Of course, Rachel Green's iconic wedding dress from Friends would be on this list. After all, the character was first introduced to the world in this stunning, off-the-shoulder wedding gown. Even though she showed up wet and frantic, Rachel rocked the glamorous dress and heavily bejeweled head piece perfectly. The gown definitely drew attention to the runaway bride, and she was welcomed with open arms by the gang. The iconic look will forever be famous to Friends fans everywhere, and certainly gave the character the big splash she deserved.
Cece Parikh, New Girl
Though the duo might have had a complicated on-and-off-again relationship, Cece and Schmidt had a beautiful wedding in the two-part Season 5 finale. She looked absolutely stunning in a gold sari that was adorned with red and white flowers, while husband-to-be Schmidt matched her color scheme in a tan suit and red tie. The Indian wedding was the perfect mix of old and new traditions; the white gown was covered in gold lace and the matching gold sari perfectly complimented one another. With her hair pulled back in a part up and down style, the bride wore bold earrings and bangles.
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