23 Gorgeous Dresses From TV Shows And Movies That I'd 100% Wear As My Wedding Dress

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1.This purple gown Tahani wears on The Good Place.

Tahani wearing a strapless gown
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It's perfect. I love this dress so much, I vividly remember it even though the episode aired, what, a year and a half ago? When I started compiling for this post, this one hit me pretty quickly.

Tahani wearing a strapless gown

Why I'd get married in it: It oozes the regal-ness, the special-ness, the traditionally feminine glamour that the part of me who gives a crap about a wedding dress would love to have.

Best part of the dress: The shininess, but the silhouette is a veeeeery close second.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Two of my childhood memory boxes.

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2.Vivian's opera dress from Pretty Woman.

Vivian wearing an off the shoulder gown
Touchstone Pictures

Now, does Pretty Woman have a plethora of think-piece-worthy gender and social class dynamics? Yes. But is this dress think-piece-worthy because it's so flawless? Yes.

Vivian wearing an off the shoulder gown

Why I'd get married in it: This dress would mark the importance of the occasion without overdoing it in a way. Like, yes, a wedding is a noteworthy event, but the marriage is what we're here for, which I think Vivian's gown gets.

Best part of the dress: The neckline.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Roundtrip tickets to New Zealand.

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3.This dress Princess Margaret wears on The Crown.

Princess Margaret wearing an off-the-shoulder knee length fit-and-flare dress
Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

Embarrassing confession time: I had the image above saved as a tab on my computer for months because I wanted to find this dress. I never did (but in all fairness I don't think I really looked that hard, LOL).

Princess Margaret wearing an off-the-shoulder knee length fit-and-flare dress

Why I'd get married in it: It's a perfect mix of fun and fancy. I mean, imagine dancing in this dress! Oh, the way it would turn! But at the same time, the off-the-shoulder top makes it secret-agent cool. A dream combo.

Best part of the dress: The skirt.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Multiple cars.

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4.Cher's Calvin Klein dress in Clueless.

Cher wearing a mini dress and a necklace
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Iconic is such an overused word, but my oh my does it apply right now. Will you, dear reader, who I assume and hope has watched Clueless, ever forget this outfit? Will anyone? These are the questions that plague me.

Cher wearing a mini dress and a necklace

Why I'd get married in it: Without going too much into my thoughts on having a full-blown wedding, because that's none of your beeswax, and also my thoughts are boring, the ceremony itself doesn't hold much weight to me, so a short, simple, white dress would work wonders, as it would acknowledge the wedding casually. And this is the best short, simple, white dress in the world.

Best part of the dress: The color.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Every CD still present on the planet.

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5.Cinderella's gown for the ball in Cinderella (2015).

Cinderella wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown
ph: Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

I saw this movie three times in theaters. Three times – and in, like, one week or something. Perhaps this huge, amazing dress played a subliminal part in that. Who's to say?

Cinderella wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown

Why I'd get married in it: On paper, this dress is too much for me. It has pseudo-ruffles on top, and I do not usually like ruffles, plus the skirt is too big to comfortably sit in. But the gown is so earnestly fairy tale-esque that I adore it. I would feel like such a magical bride in this.

Best part of the dress: The big-ness.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: The Declaration of Independence.

ph: Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

6.Paige's dress at the Love Island Series 6 prom.

Paige wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with a middle slit
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I'm 99% sure I gasped when Paige walked out in this dress. She looks ridiculous. She looks like a villain in an action movie, and that's a gigantic compliment.

Paige wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with a middle slit

Why I'd get married in it: I love the suave vibe caused by the neckline and the slit. As someone who doesn't have a suave bone in her body, I would be happy to embrace this attitude for a wedding.

Best part of the dress: The neckline.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A kayak made of sterling silver.

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7.This simple dress worn by Allison from The Umbrella Academy.

Allison wearing a midi dress
Netflix

Sunny dresses like this are sooooo goooood. Why don't I wear this kind of thing more? Why have I regulated myself to atheltic shorts and old t-shirts with TV references on them?

Allison wearing a midi dress

Why I'd get married in it: This is perfect for a no fuss no muss celebration, which I would absolutely do. Like, if you're thinking about or want a court-house wedding, or you're planning on doing a one-on-one small thing, maybe consider this dress, or something like it, or whatever interpretation of the idea is your style.

Best part of the dress: The stripes.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Five days of my time.

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8.The dress Judy from White Christmas wears in "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," a perfect scene.

Judy wearing a long sleeve fit and flare dress that stops mid calf
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Somewhere in some alternate universe, there's a version of me who's a thief. She has done her research to find out where this dress is being kept, she has broken into the warehouse or studio or wherever, and she has stolen it in the dead of night.

Judy wearing a long sleeve fit and flare dress that stops mid calf

Why I'd get married in it: LOOK AT THE WAY IT TWIRLS. LOOK AT THE WAY IT TWIRLS. LOOK AT THE WAY IT TWIRLS. Also, as I imagine has become clear, I am very fond of this silhouette. Pink, especially light pink, is a big winner for me as well.

Best part of the dress: LOOK AT THE WAY IT TWIRLS.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: All of my current clothes except this one jacket.

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9.This gown Ariel wears in The Little Mermaid.

Ariel wearing a gown
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The classy train has arrived at the station! This is the I-speak-nine-languages kind of classy. It's the I'm-very-good-at-blackjack kind of classy. It's the I-call-everyone-scamp kind of classy.

Ariel wearing a gown

Why I'd get married in it: Not only is it cool and fun and classy (as you've heard), all of which are adjectives I would be thrilled to use to describe a wedding dress, but I think Miranda Priestly would like this. That's enough for me.

Best part of the dress: The sparkles.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: All of the cerulean sweaters in a 200 miles radius.

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10.Mia's dress at the end of The Princess Diaries.

Mia wearing a strapless ballgown
Walt Disney Pictures

I'm reaching a line of, "Come on, that might as well be a traditional wedding dress" here, but as that's not the gown's role in the movie, I'm fully within my rights to include it on this list.

Mia wearing a strapless ballgown

Why I'd get married in it: The types of comfortability, dance-ability, simplicity, and prettiness that I normally prefer in a wedding dress are all present here, and the flowers add a lovely touch. There is nothing negative to say about this.

Best part of the dress: The silhouette.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A sketch of Manet drawn by Renoir.

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11.The dress Cece wears to Prince's party on New Girl.

Cece wearing an off-the-shoulder dress
Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

Here we have another one that has lived in my brain for a very long time, like Tahani's purple gown and the dress Princess Margaret wears on The Crown. Only in this case, the dress has lived in my brain for nearly eight years.

Cece wearing an off-the-shoulder dress

Why I'd get married in it: Look, I'm a huge fan of elegant sparkly dresses, okay? And I'm a huge fan of anything that can look high-end even if converse were to be paired with it. This gold, one-shoulder, bodycon dress is the epitome of all that. So why not get married in it, something that has so much of what I like?

Best part of the dress: Surprise, it's the sparkles.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A park.

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12.Sabrina's high-low dress in Sabrina (1954).

Sabrina wearing a strapless gown
Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy Everett Collection

Yes, this is also kind of almost a wedding dress, but it's not. Well, I've never seen the movie, but I checked Wikipedia and there doesn't seem to be any reference to a wedding in the film, so, I'm off the hook.

Sabrina wearing a strapless gown

Why I'd get married in it: Wedding dresses can all be quite similar – you know, white and beautiful and yada, yada, yada – but this beautiful mostly white dress avoids that trap though the high-low, the floral pattern, and the black underskirt thing (I've forgotten what that's called – a slip?). Getting married in something both so original and so classic would be fantastic.

Best part of the dress: The floral pattern.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A pair of jeans that somehow fits me and all of my friends, despite our different body types.

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13.This dress Monica wears in Season 6 of Friends.

Monica wearing a tight, midi dress
Warner Brothers

Congratulations to all of us, because we have found the Venn diagram between sophistication and tiny straps. I mean, this is just meant for a fancy-yet-fun garden party in Monaco, you know what I mean?

Monica wearing a tight, midi dress

Why I'd get married in it: Assuming I would be able to pull this off – and I'm choosing to ignore the possibility that I'm too short for this dress – I would feel galleons and galleons of extra confidence wash over me the instant I put it on. Understandably, I would want to have that extra confidence when I got married.

Best part of the dress: The color.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A motel.

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14.This dress Emily wears in Emily in Paris.

Emily wearing a formal dresss
Netflix

I have not watched this television program, and I have no plans to, but earlier in the year I encounter this dress while doing work – for BuzzFeed.com, you should check it out – and, oh my godness, what a dress.

Emily wearing a formal dresss

Why I'd get married in it: Unless the wedding is super duper fancy, this dress would go with every kind of vibe, no matter what twists and turns arise. Traditional wedding? It works. Vegas wedding? It works. The perfect venue shuts down day-off because of a rat problem and you have to get married at Sears? It works.

Best part of the dress: The zig-zag pattern-y part.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: The ability to say the word "broth" for the rest of my life.

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15.Mille's dress during this Love Island episode with a recoupling.

Millie wearing a sleeveless mini dress
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If you didn't watch the most recent series of Love Island UK, and this dress doesn't inform you enough, you should know: Millie is the god of fashion.

Millie wearing a sleeveless mini dress

Why I'd get married in it: Like Cher's Calvin Klein dress, this is a simple, short, white dress that would acknowledge the wedding in a casual way, only this one has a kicky skirt and that very cool middle keyhole section. It's stellar. I love how I could get married in it and then go to the movies.

Best part of the dress: The middle keyhole section.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Every Sephora gift card I'm ever given.

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16.The dress Lorraine wears to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in Back to the Future.

Lorainne wearing a strapless fit and flare dress
Universal Pictures

If I knew my mother wore this to a high school dance, and I had a time machine made out of a DeLorean, making me able to take the dress from my mom after she was done with it, I would speed up to 88mph ASAP – not that it matters how soon I'd do it, because it's time travel and all. Anyway.

Lorainne wearing a strapless fit and flare dress

Why I'd get married in it: You've read enough of me talking about how I like a dress that acknowledges a wedding without making it a big huge deal, so instead of repeating myself, I'll simply say I love the neckline and the orange-pink color pairing.

Best part of the dress: The silhouette.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: All the skateboards, rendering me unable to get out of a jam with some '50s bullies.

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17.The "Help me, I'm poor" dress Cinderella wears in Cinderella (2015).

Cinderella wearing a long sleeve dress
ph: Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

In regards to the gown Cinderella wears to the ball, I said, "Perhaps this huge, amazing dress played a subliminal part in [why I saw the movie thrice in theaters]." Yeah, this peasant look pokes a hole in that theory.

Cinderella wearing a long sleeve dress

Why I'd get married in it: All of the ease and simplistic beauty I would want when getting married is here. In addition, the old-timey energy is so my sort of thing. And it's that shade of blue! Yes.

Best part of the dress: The shade of blue.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: The slippers or whatever plot device is used as an equivalent in every Cinderella movie.

ph: Jonathan Olley/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

18.Then there's this dress Tahani from The Good Place wears.

Tahani wearing a fit and flare dress with small straps
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Don't get me wrong, I know Tahani (Jameela Jamil) could look good in a tub of baked beans for god's sake, but she looks excellent in this dress.

Tahani wearing a fit and flare dress with small straps

Why I'd get married in it: Without going into all of the stuff that, by this point, at #18, you could definitely guess I like about the idea of wearing this for a wedding, I am fully on board for the flowers. Also, what a great fabric.

Best part of the dress: The fabric.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: 10,000 positive points in the world of The Good Place.

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19.Tinkerbell's classic look in Peter Pan.

Tinker Bell's mini dress
Walt Disney Productions

Please, give me this dress. I don't know who I'm saying "please" to, but whoever it is, please, give me this dress. And not for a wedding, just to have and wear to the grocery store.

Tinker Bell's mini dress

Why I'd get married in it: This dress is so not a wedding dress, so the opposite of traditional, so I-don't-care-about-the-rules, that it's kind of awesome for a wedding. Seriously, how badass would it be to have this on when you say, "I do?"

Best part of the dress: The hem on the bottom.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A secret family recipe.

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20.This dress Marianne wears in Allied.

Marianne wearing a long sleeve dress
ph: Daniel Smith/©Paramount Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

Speaking as someone who has never seen the movie and essentially discovered this dress for the first time yesterday when I was looking around for stuff to add to this article, the dress is the best part of Allied.

Marianne wearing a long sleeve dress

Why I'd get married in it: '40s dresses have a grace and a dignified quality that I would be hard-pressed to find in any other decade to the same degree. So when you add seafoam green to that, it's kind of immoral to dislike it. I would be honored to feel this debonair when getting married.

Best part of the dress: The color.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Membership to Fight Club.

ph: Daniel Smith, © Paramount /Courtesy Everett Collection

21.This dress Kaz wears on Love Island.

Kaz wearing a an off the shoulder, long sleeve, mini bodycon dress
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Millie from Love Island is, indeed, the god of fashion, but Kaz is the queen of bright color. (This is the last thing about Love Island, I swear.)

Kaz wearing a an off the shoulder, long sleeve, mini bodycon dress

Why I'd get married in it: When it comes to slick looks for a casual wedding ceremony, which I'm positive about, an off-the-shoulder, long-sleeve, tight, sparkly, light purple mini dress with a structured bodice is the ideal.

Best part of the dress: The sparkles.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: A branch of In-N-Out burger.

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22.And our final two: This dress Lorelei Lee wears in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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I can't speak for you, but orange is a color I totally do not utilize enough, and this dress would be the perfect place to start my love affair with orange.

Lorelei Lee wearing a dress with small straps

Why I'd get married in it: Do I really need to explain myself? Look at it with your eyes, people.

Best part of the dress: Everything.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: Massachusetts.

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23.And this dress Dorothy Shaw wears in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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If utopia exists, and I get there someday, this gown will be waiting for me at the entrance. (Just the gown, not the fur thing. That's a no.)

Dorothy Shaw wearing a halter dress

Why I'd get married in it: I don't know if I'd even be able to put it into words. You get it.

Best part of the dress: Everything.

What I'd be willing to trade for it, in theory: All the chairs on Earth.

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