18 TV Shows With Wedding Dresses I Really Want To Discuss

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1.Yes: Hilary's dress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Hilary wearing an off the shoulder ballgown

It's kind of perfect.

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Any clothing that masterfully straddles the line between over-the-top and elegant is a win in my book.

Hilary wearing an off the shoulder ballgown

Is the collar ideal? Not totally. Is the waistband a little low for my liking? Yeah. Do small flaws matter when we're dealing with this freaking dress? Not whatsoever.

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2.No: Amy's dress on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Amy wearing a semi-big skirt

It's bad. It's so bad.

Fremulon

I don't even understand the appeal of this dress.

Amy wearing a semi-big skirt

The only thing I really like about it is that Gina was originally going to wear it, at Amy and Jake's wedding. LOL.

Fremulon

3.Yes: The dress Monica ends up wearing for her wedding on Friends.

Monica wearing a somewhat form-fitting dress

Sure, I'd try it on. Why not?

Warner Bros.

It's not all that similar to most wedding dresses I like, but it's nice.

Monica wearing a somewhat form-fitting dress

The sleeves are good, the neckline is solid, and the whole vibe is classy. I'd surprise myself if I adored the dress after trying it on, but I'd try it on.

Warner Bros.

4.No: Bailey's wedding dress on Grey's Anatomy.

Bailey wearing a strapless mermaid dress with ruffles

I stroooooooongly dislike this.

ABC

I have seen this picture so many times, and I am still cringing at it as I type.

Bailey wearing a strapless mermaid dress with ruffles

Look, I don't enjoy mermaid dresses. Or ruffles like this. Or little stuck-on jewel things. I'm sure there are exceptions to all of those rules, but this dress is not one of them.

ABC

5.Yes: Wanda's dress on WandaVision.

Wanda wearing a short wedding dress

It's secretly quite beautiful.

Marvel Studios

Shorter dresses are underrated.

Wanda wearing a short wedding dress

I love a skirt that's big and fun, and I'm into the length here. The waistband is very big and it starts pretty high, but, hey, alright. I'll let it go.

Marvel Studios

6.No: Lorelai's dress on Gilmore Girls.

Lorelai wearing a strapless dress with an embroidered top and a somewhat big skirt

I know this wedding didn't happen (for many, many years) and Lorelai didn't wear this dress during a ceremony, but she wore it on the show, so it counts.

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I'm sorry, Lorelai. I want to like it. I almost like it.

Lorelai wearing a strapless dress with an embroidered top and a somewhat big skirt

This is so up my alley, but the top part is bad! I'm not exactly sure why. I think it might be the fit? Maybe it's the mix of white and opaque? We may never know.

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7.Yes: Cece's dress at her and Schmidt's wedding on New Girl.

Cece wearing a strapless wedding dress and a veil

I want to wear this exemplary dress, please.

Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

Everything about it is a dream.

Cece wearing a strapless wedding dress and a veil

The silhouette, the neckline, the white with gold overlay, the simplicity. There's nothing I don't adore.

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8.No: Pam's dress on The Office.

Pam wearing a dress with spaghetti straps

Her dress is the least memorable element of that wedding.

NBC

It's definitely not awful, but I wouldn't wear it.

Pam wearing a dress with spaghetti straps

I like the kind-of-flow-y mood a lot, but the whole thing is basically an eh. Plus, I don't favor a mini strap or a sparkly belt on a wedding dress.

NBC

9.Yes: Rachel's wedding dress on Friends.

Rachel wearing an off the shoulder dress and an elaborate headpiece

There's no question that I would seriously debate buying this.

Warner Bros.

If early Rachel Green is wearing it, you know it's good.

Rachel wearing an off the shoulder dress and an elaborate headpiece

I would not choose to sport the veil headpiece thing, but the dress is close to wonderful. What a pretty bodice. I'm glad Rachel didn't marry Barry, but I'm thrilled she almost married Barry, in small part because it gave us this dress.

Warner Bros.

10.No: Cristina's dress that was meant for her and Burke's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

Cristina wearing a strapless mermaid dress

Don't get me wrong, I don't think this dress is ugly by any means.

ABC

This is perfect for someone who isn't me.

Cristina wearing a strapless mermaid dress

Mermaid dresses are not meant for my eyes! I can see the world where I think this is a great dress though, if that makes sense. If you love it, I happily agree to disagree. No qualms.

ABC

11.Yes: Nell's wedding dress on The Haunting of Hill House.

Nell wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with lace

It's an excellent boho dress.

Netflix

I'd sell a lot of my clothes for this.

Nell wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with lace

In general, when it comes to wedding dresses, I either want a skirt that twirls when you dance, or I want elegant boho. This is the epitome of the latter. What a stunning back!

Netflix

12.No: Tamra's dress on The Mindy Project.

I wish this weren't a no.

I wish this weren't a no.

Kaling International

Some of it is faultless and some of it is so, so bad.

Tamra wearing a long sleeve dress with a skirt that changed mid leg

I think the top is fantastic, but the abrupt, mid-leg skirt transition is one of the worst things on this entire list, in my opinion. I'm angry that a top this lovely is forced to live with this bottom.

Kaling International

13.Yes: Rachel's wedding dress on Suits.

Rachel wearing a dress with smallish straps and a big skirt

I am not a Suits watcher. I know about this dress because (obviously) Meghan Markle played Rachel, the character who wears it, and I think every picture of Meghan Markle ever has been in the news at least once.

USA

This skirt is magnificent.

Rachel wearing a dress with smallish straps and a big skirt

Something about the fit seems a tad off, but not enough to detract from the overall gorgeousness of this gown. It's wonderful. (I'm ignoring the tiny mesh thing I just noticed on the neckline.)

USA

14.No: Izzie's dress at her and Alex's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

Izzie wearing a dress with a flare skirt that does out at the hips

It don't impress me much.

ABC

That's not to say Izzie doesn't look good, because she does, but it's extremely not my taste.

Isn't it hard to walk in dresses with big skirts that start that low? Wouldn't you be like a penguin moving down the aisle?

Isn't it hard to walk in dresses with big skirts that start that low? Wouldn't you be like a penguin moving down the aisle?

ABC

15.Yes: Phoebe's dress on Friends.

The dress isn't wholly impeccable, but with a few changes, I'd wear it.

The dress isn't wholly impeccable, but with a few changes, I'd wear it.

Warner Bros.

It balances classic and unique very well.

Phoebe wearing what seems like a silk gown with a structured bodice

If the skirt didn't have those bows/flowers and if the corset situation were shorter, this would be remarkably lovely. I don't know if the latter is a possible alteration at all, but let's assume it is! It's more fun that way.

Warner Bros.

16.No: Veronica's dress in that Riverdale dream sequence.

Veronica wearing a ballgown with mesh stuff at the top

The dress feels weird, according to me, the God of Fashion.

The CW

There's too much going on.

Veronica wearing a ballgown with mesh stuff at the top

It has kind of a good version of that mesh stuff I don't normally like, but it all feels a bit gauche-trying-to-be-classy. In addition, there are so many neck things. The necklace needs to leave.

The CW

17.Yes: Tahani's dress at her and Jason's wedding on The Good Place.

It's simple and great.

It's simple and great.

Fremulon / NBC

A delightful wedding dress that falls into the background isn't a bad choice.

In general, I prefer a dress without a lot of fixings, and this is perfect in that regard. Sure, it's a tad boring — for sure too boring for Tahani — but I kind of like that. The day isn't about the dress.

In general, I prefer a dress without a lot of fixings, and this is perfect in that regard. Sure, it's a tad boring — for sure too boring for Tahani — but I kind of like that. The day isn't about the dress.

Fremulon / NBC

18.No: Janet's dress at her and Jason's wedding on The Good Place.

Janet wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown

Shout out to Jason Mendonza for appearing as a groom twice on this list.

Fremulon / NBC

I am so close to being a fan of this.

Janet wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown

I would like it so much more if it didn't have the belt! Like, if there were no belt, and if the mesh at the top were the same color as the rest of the dress, this would be a big win for me.

Fremulon / NBC

19.Yes: Claire's dress on Outlander.

Claire wearing a ballgown dress with a corset and long sleeves

This is a good kind of elaborate.

Tall Ship Productions

Assuming I would be able to breathe, which is a big assumption, I want to try this on at least once in my life.

Can you imagine the way it would feel? So powerful and fancy. Okay, yes, I'd feel less relaxed than I'd want to be if I were getting married, but I could just wear the dress all the time in advance, until it becomes comfortable. That's feasible, right?

Can you imagine the way it would feel? So powerful and fancy. Okay, yes, I'd feel less relaxed than I'd want to be if I were getting married, but I could just wear the dress all the time in advance, until it becomes comfortable. That's feasible, right?

Tall Ship Productions

20.No: Callie's wedding dress on Grey's Anatomy.

Callie wearing a dress with sparkly sleeves

I would run from this.

ABC

The bottom and the sleeves — dear god, the sleeves — are big issues.

Callie wearing a dress with sparkly sleeves

If I were in a wedding dress shop and my friend were like, "Hey, what about this one?" I would be like, "Do you know me at all, Taylor Swift?" (I'm assuming she's my friend in this alternate universe.)

ABC

21.Yes: Jess's wedding dress on New Girl.

Jess wearing a short dress with a bow and sleeves

The final product isn't an A+, but I LOVE the idea.

Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

Let's make more short dresses!

Jess wearing a short dress with a bow and sleeves

If I knew anything about making clothes and/or magic, I would buy this dress and make the sleeves longer. Don't tell me if that's not possible. I don't want to know.

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22.No: Lisa's wedding dress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Lisa wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown

Nope. Nah. No, thank you.

Warner Bros.

It errs too much on the side of bad.

Lisa wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown

I can't get past the fabric – which looks plastic-y – and the back – which suffers from an infection of "giant, icky bow." If those elements were better, this might be a different story.

Warner Bros.

23.Yes: Shiv's wedding dress on Succession.

Shiv wearing a long sleeve dress with no big skirt

In the world of the show, this was probably millions and millions of dollars.

Home Box Office (HBO)

Shiv is far too cold and filthy New York rich for this dress, but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful.

Shiv wearing a long sleeve dress with no big skirt

The only thing I don't like is the basic neckline, which I wish were more original or noteworthy. But that's it. Everything else is great.

Home Box Office (HBO)

24.No: Daphne's first wedding dress on Frasier.

Daphne wearing a dress with a big skirt and tiny straps

This is a bad gown masquerading as a good gown.

Paramount Television

I thought this dress was terrific, but then I looked at it a little bit longer, and I was like...ah, no.

Daphne wearing a dress with a big skirt and tiny straps

The long bodice is not the move with this fabric. I do not support it. Plus, like I said with Pam's dress on The Office, I'm not positive about tiny straps on wedding dresses.

Paramount Television

25.Yes: The wedding dress Olivia wears in an alternate universe on Scandal.

Scandal wearing an off the shoulder ballgown

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) would look fantastic in anything.

ABC Signature

This dress isn't 100% perfect, but it's certainly very nice.

Scandal wearing an off the shoulder ballgown

The fabric on the top and the sparkly belt are what make this not a complete and total yay for me, but the silhouette is stellar. She looks fantastic.

ABC Signature

26.No: Cristina's dress at her and Owen's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

Cristina wearing a nice non-white dress

Like Cristina's other dress, this may be right for some people, but it's not right for me.

ABC

I'm all for a more casual type of wedding dress, but I need it to have some pizazz.

Cristina wearing a nice non-white dress

The sleeves, the neckline, and this length without any big skirt are deal breakers. I could be down for a non-white dress, though, and this is a good color.

ABC

27.Yes: Monica's original wedding dress on Friends.

Monica wearing a ballgown with straps and a sweetheart neckline

If I owned this, I'd wear this any chance I could get.

Warner Bros.

Child me adored this dress so hard — like, so hard.

Monica wearing a ballgown with straps and a sweetheart neckline

Even though I love love love it less now as an adult (definite no to the flower on the back), the dress is still aces. It's one of the few sparkly wedding dresses I enjoy.

Warner Bros.

28.And finally, no: Diane's outfit at her and Frasier's imaginary wedding on Cheers.

Technically it's not a wedding

Technically it's not a wedding "dress", but how could I not include it?

Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions

Please never ever make me put this on my body.

Diane wearing a midi skirt and matching jacket outfit

I understand it was 1985 (and it's Diane Chambers), but oh my goodness. Nothing about this is my kind of thing. I'm vehemently opposed.

Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions
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