Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in 'Marie Antoinette'.
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Iconic Movie Wedding Dresses That Will Go Down In History

Over the centuries, wedding traditions have come and gone. But the one thing that remains as constant as ever is the dress. It's the one persisting element that can't be discarded.

Throughout the course of cinema history, movie-going audiences have borne witness to some truly inspiring and downright beautiful gowns. So in order to celebrate the cream of the crop, here is a collection of iconic movie dresses that are sure to go down in history.

Bella Swan in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

Bella and Edward at the altar on their wedding day in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'.
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Bella and Edward's forest location truly was something out of a fairytale, as was Bella's timeless and beautiful silk-sleeved dress. The entire ensemble was understated yet effortlessly elegant all at the same time.

Melanie Smooter in 'Sweet Home Alabama'

Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Smooter in 'Sweet Home Alabama' at her wedding.
Buena Vista | Buena Vista

I don't support Melanie's decision to leave her fiancé standing at the altar like a chump, but you can't hate her choice of dress. That fishnet veil and those tulle sleeves are gorgeous.

Princess Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid'

Ariel and Erci waving from their ship on their wedding day in 'The Little Mermaid.'
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Normally I'm not a fan of puffy sleeves, nor am I partial to white over ivory. However, Princess Ariel makes everything work to her advantage — especially the diamond accent around the bodice/waistline.

Annie Banks in 'Father Of The Bride'

George Banks walking Annie down the aisle in 'Father Of The Bride'.
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No matter how many times I watch it, I can't help but get teary-eyed during the wedding scene in Father of the Bride. Sure, Annie's dress is indicative of the times, but she looks absolutely breathtaking in it.

Emily in 'The Corpse Bride'

Victor and Emily standing at the altar in 'The Corpse Bride'.
Warner Bros. | Warner Bros.

Considering that Emily is as dead as a doornail, she looks positively stunning in her form-fitting gown. The way that the fringe has turned blue to match the color of her hair and decaying skin is also a nice touch.

Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone With The Wind'

Although the wedding itself was the furthest thing from a happy affair for Scarlet, the fact that her dress looked absolutely iconic has to at least provide some small consolation for her.

Maria Von Trapp in 'The Sound Of Music'

Maria Von Trapp receiving her bouqet on her wedding day in 'The Sound Of Music'.
Disney | Disney

There's something about that folded silk v-neck that makes Maria Von Trapp's otherwise subdued dress stand out above the rest. Normally, I wouldn't advocate for a veil but this is the exception that proves the rule.

Julia Sullivan in 'The Wedding Singer'

Julia Sullivan absolutely epitomizes the "girl next door" trope, so she needed a dress that could match that archetype. very few brides are able to pull off wearing white gloves, but Julia is definitely one of them.

Cinderella in 'Cinderella'

Cinderella and Prince Charming running from the church and into their carriage in 'Cinderella'.
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The dress that Cindy wears in Cinderella is so iconic that it's gone on to become its own classification/style. Plus, how many brides can say that they've had birds carry their veil train for them while they make their exit from the church?

Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in 'The Godfather'

Michael and Apollonia on their wedding day in 'The Godfather'.
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There are many undeserving victims who meet a tragic fate in The Godfather, arguably none more than Michael's first wife, Apollonia. All I can say is thank goodness we got to see that eye-popping dress before she bit the big one.

Princess Buttercup in 'The Princess Bride'

Princess Buttercup standing with Prince Humperdinck on their wedding day.
Disney | Disney

If there's one gripe I have about wedding dresses it's that they can be exceptionally boring. It's either ivory or white 99.9% of the time, which is why it was so nice to see Princess Buttercup defy tradition in The Princess Bride.

Imani in 'Coming To America'

Princess Imani may not have been the one, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Her gold dress shone like the sun and that train was so long that it could've given Meghan Markle a run for her money.

Juliet Capulet in 'Romeo + Juliet'

Claire Danes as Juliet walking down the aisle at her wedding in 'Romeo + Juliet'.
20th Century Fox | 20th Century Fox

Normally, you wouldn't think of taking a vest and turning it into a wedding dress, even the thought makes me want to scratch my head in surprise. Yet somehow, this beautiful one-of-a-kind piece makes the wearer look like an angel.

Kimberly Wallace in 'My Best Friend's Wedding'

The whole premise of My Best Friend's Wedding is a bit perplexing. I mean, how many people would opt to make their future husband's ex their Maid of Honor? But despite its confusing premise, the dress worn by Cameron Diaz is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Maggie Carpenter in 'Runaway Bride'

Julia Roberts on her final wedding day in 'Runaway Bride'.
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There are quite a few different dresses worn in this film, so allow me to clarify. The one I'm referring to is the fifth and final dress that Julia Roberts wears in the film.

Tiana in 'The Princess And The Frog'

Tiana standing at the altat on her wedding day in 'The Princess And The Frog'.
Disney | Disney

Tiana's wedding dress may not be the most opulent gown that she dons in the film, but it's still worthy of merit — if for no other reason than it shatters the preconception that only Disney villains wear green.

Padmé Amidala in 'Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones'

Padmé Amidala on her wedding day in 'Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones'.
Disney | Disney

I was a huge fan of Princess Amidala's white facepaint and giant hair. However, her gorgeous headscarf makes her look like a true Princess of the republic.

Satine in 'Moulin Rouge'

Satine's dress was incredibly ornate and fit her in all the right places. It looked as if breathing wasn't an easy feat, but when a dress looks this damn good — who needs to breathe?

Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo in 'Kill Bill Vol. 2'

The Bride standing outside the church in 'Kill Bill'.
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Most brides do their best in order to conceal their baby bump under their dress, but not Beatrix Kiddo. She chose to show it off and make it the focal point.

Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations'

Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations'.
Lionsgate | Lionsgate

All wedding dresses are beautiful but very few if any in the course of history have been haunting. Miss Havisham's dress isn't just a piece of fabric, it's a symbol of her pain and lost love.

Marie Antoinette in 'Marie Antoinette'

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette on her wedding day in 'Marie Antoinette'.
Sony Pictures | Sony Pictures

When you're portraying arguably the most famous fashionista who has ever lived, you better believe that you're wedding dress better live up to that reputation. Luckily, the golden gown worn by Kirsten Dunst in the film only exceeded expectations. Let them eat cake, indeed.