We’re all guilty of holding celebrities up to unrealistic standards, but in reality, they’re just like us. They have bad hair days, wear a T-shirt and jeans to the grocery store, and have been dreaming of their wedding dress since they were kids. And like us mere mortals, celebrity dresses run the gamut of good, bad, and over the top.
Buckle your seat belt, dear reader: The 12 celebrities below wore some pretty extreme wedding dresses.
1. Pamela Anderson in … a bikini
Not much of a dress person? According to Pamela Anderson, you don’t have to wear one on your big day. When she married Kid Rock in 2006, the sex symbol famously wore an itty bitty teeny weeny wedding white bikini accessorized with a sailor’s hat. Well, that’s one way of doing it.
2. Kim Kardashian-West in Vera Wang
Kim Kardashian is a lot of things, but the one word we wouldn’t use to describe her is understated. Take her nuptials to basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011. Not only was her wedding recorded for an epic two-night showing on E!, but the marriage only lasted for 72 days. And then there were the dresses. Among the three gowns she sported on the big day, one of which reportedly required 10 women working on it for three months, the one she wore down the aisle comes to mind.
While Vera Wang wedding dresses are the gold standard, this option was … a lot. A lot of veil, a lot of train, and too much tulle for one woman. Fortunately, she married rapper Kanye West a couple years ago and her Givenchy wedding frock was a significant improvement.
3. Princess Diana in Elizabeth and David Emanuel
The late Princess Diana will forever go down in history as being one of the most stylish and beloved royals of all time, not to mention she sported one of the most luxurious wedding dresses. Designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, the dress boasted delicate hand embroideries, 10,000 pearls, and a whopping 25-foot train. Good Housekeeping reports the gown would be worth $31,000 today. Sure, puffy sleeves are a thing of the past, but there’s no denying a dress of this magnitude is the definition of #WeddingGoals.
4. Gwen Stefani in Christian Dior
Don’t want a white wedding? Take a page out of Gwen Stefani’s book. When she and fellow rocker Gavin Rossdale got married in 2002, she rocked a pink dip-dyed frock by then-Dior designer John Galliano. But as unconventional as it was, this look fits Stefani’s eclectic aesthetic perfectly. Sadly, she and Rossdale divorced and Stefani is currently dating country singer Blake Shelton. Wedding bells are reportedly on the horizon for the love birds, so here’s hoping her next wedding dress is just as impressive as the first.
5. Victoria Beckham in Vera Wang
A wedding dress doesn’t need to be adorned with pearls, sequins, and feathers to be considered extravagant. Sometimes, a hefty price tag will be all the convincing you’ll need. Paired with a tiara and cross necklace, Victoria Beckham’s Vera Wang wedding dress was a far cry from the sleek, modern silhouettes we associate her with today. What the dress lacked in fripperies, it made up for in sticker shock. According to Business Insider, this gown would go for $100,000. If that doesn’t constitute as jaw-dropping, we don’t know what will.
6. Melania Trump in Christian Dior
Long before she became the first lady of the U.S., Melania Trump was just a model-turned-millionaire’s wife. Naturally, she spared no expense on her wedding dress — and the numbers prove it. Her custom Dior gown was coated in 1,500 rhinestones and pearls, had a 13-foot train, and weighed 60 pounds. If you’re wondering how she physically walked down the aisle in such a heavy dress, you’re not alone.
7. Nicole Richie in Marchesa
Whether she’s rocking oversized sunglasses and an empire-waisted dress or working on designs for her own fashion collections, Nicole Richie is known for her forward-thinking style. Luckily, the dress she wore when she exchanged vows with rocker Joel Madden did not disappoint. The Simple Life star reportedly wore three different Marchesa dresses, but this one takes the cake. Retailing for $20,000, this dress featured a decadent neck and 100 yards of silk organza. A statement indeed.
8. Mariah Carey in Vera Wang
Mariah Carey knows how to pack a punch — and her various wedding dresses are no exception. Not only was her wedding to Tommy Mottola one of the most excessive weddings to date — there were 50 flower girls, after all — her wedding dress was something of a showstopper, too. The lavish headdress is one thing, but the 27-foot-long train? A classic Mimi move.
9. Madonna in Stella McCartney
It’s every girl’s dream to dress like a princess on her big day — and icon Madonna did just that. While the frock she wore to her 2000 nuptials to Guy Ritchie wasn’t as outrageous as, say, a cone bra, that veil had diva written all over it. The dramatic veil was paired with a regal tiara, which definitely ticks the extravagant box.
10. Elizabeth Taylor in Valentino
With seven weddings under her belt, Elizabeth Taylor was no stranger to picking out a dress by the time she swapped vows with Larry Fortensky in 1991. But instead of donning a classic white gown, the late actress opted for a sunny alternative by Valentino. Not only was the unique color choice a breath of fresh air, and memorable, but the $30,000 price tag wasn’t too shabby, either.
11. Amber Rose in Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld
Remember those frilly Barbie birthday cakes you feasted on as a kid? That was kind of like Amber Rose’s wedding gown when she married Wiz Khalifa in 2013. Though the model managed to keep the details of her wedding under wraps until the couple’s first anniversary, Rose’s dress grabbed tons of attention once it made its way onto the web. If you ask us, the countless tiers, lace corset, and beaded headpiece were overkill, but you have to admit it was extravagant.
12. Céline Dion in Mirella and Steve Gentile
Look up “extravagant” in the dictionary, and this picture of Céline Dion may very well be right next to the definition. From her exceptional soprano to lavish lifestyle, Dion is a far cry from a wallflower. Naturally, her wedding dress was no exception. When she tied the knot with late husband and manager René Angélil in 1994, the singer pulled out all the stops in a Mirella and Steve Gentile creation accessorized with fur and a tiara adorned with 2,000 Australian crystals. The dress itself weighed seven pounds, plus The Knot reports Dion had to sew her hair into the headpiece. Now that’s commitment.