Wedding Day is no excuse to leave out the Costume Porn. The main reason for such dresses (and perhaps the key to this trope over any other wedding dress) is the notion that many women like to "feel like a Princess" on their wedding (even if she is already royalty), and wearing such a dress is at least one way to carry out that wish. And this kind of dress is Truth in Television, as any Bridal Magazine will show loads of these, at least as much as the modest and sensible dresses. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be worn at a wedding. It can show up in a bridal Fashion Show, or be one of several dresses a character tries on for her wedding (often a dress that she turns down due to either cost or it genuinely not being the kind of dress she wants). When it is a wedding, this tends to be worn by younger women. Older women are usually seen as not being so naive about how wedding should go (even if they aren't above romance). Now as the name indicates, this dress is likely to show up at the end of some Fairy Tales, or at least modern works of them. It isn't immune to being Impossibly Tacky Clothes, if either the bride has little taste or she is forced to wear such a dress. It also isn't immune from being Doomed New Clothes or a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress, unless it's a live action work and the dress is too expensive to wreck. Name comes from the term "fairytale wedding", which is meant to evoke old-fashioned grandeur and elegance (look for the newlyweds to leave in a horse drawn carriage), which includes the dress. A Sub-Trope of Pimped-Out Dress (which means some examples will be lifted from that). Compare Happy Holidays Dress, Elegant Gothic Lolita, Little Black Dress.
- Erin's dress in the Daria episode "I Don't".
- Jean Grey's wedding dress in X-Men
- Princess Martina's dress at the end of Slayers Next.
- The Love Angel dresses in Wedding Peach, as well a most of the actual wedding dresses.
- An wedding themed episode of Sailor Moon featured lots of these.
- A couple of dresses in Love Hina including Naru's when she marries Keitaro.
- A potential dress for the princess in Voltron/GoLion is made, and then modeled, although the series ends before she even gets engaged.
- Clarice's wedding dress in Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro. The current Empress of Japan liked it so much that she had a real-world one made for her wedding dress.
- Amidala's dress at the end of Attack of the Clones was just one of her many fancy outfits.
- The classic dress Ellen wears at the end of It Happened One Night.
- Buttercups dress in The Princess Bride.
- Mimi's dress in The Drew Carey Show, although it still had touches of her fashion eccentricities.
- Some of Barbie's wedding outfits, but not all of them.
- In Super Paper Mario, Peach's dress when she was forced to marry Bowser, was basically a white version of her usual dress, but still was of a form that fit this trope.
- Yuna's would-be wedding dress in Final Fantasy X might count, despite the atypical cut of the skirt.
- Ashe's dress at the beginning of Final Fantasy XII.
- The dress at the end of Cinderella, even though it's less fancy than her iconic dress (which is irrelevant to the trope, in case anyone wondered).
- Ariel's dress at the end of The Little Mermaid.
- The magically created dress at the end of The Princess and the Frog.
- The would-be wedding dress at the beginning of Enchanted, and another one that showed up at the end.
- Princess Diana's dress, although she hoped the moths had gotten to it.
- CÚline Dion's wedding dress.
- Several of the dresses in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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