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Anime and Manga
- Princess Martina's dress at the end of Slayers Next. Sylphiel and Amelia positively swoon over how lovely she looks in it.
- 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. It's a plot point, since the whole episode relays in Weddings in Japan imaginery and a wedding dress contest that get crashed by Nephrite's Brainwashed and Crazy victim who's then stopped and released by the Senshi.
- In the final chapter of the manga, Usagi finally wears one for her wedding to Mamoru.
- 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. Former princess Sayako of Japan (who gave up her title to marry a commoner) liked it so much that she had a real-world one made for her wedding dress.
- In the Toei anime of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Honda fantasizes about marrying Miho, with her wearing one of these.
- In Princess Jellyfish, while watching jellyfish at the aquarium, Tsukimi's mother promised to make her a wedding dress just like that, fit for a princess. Though she then said, "Or is it weird that jellyfish remind me of princesses?"
- In Episode 3 of Cutey Honey Flash there are four such wedding dresses that the episode plot revolves around.
- In Rosario + Vampire Kahlua Shuzen's dress is similar to something bride would wear on her wedding (except maybe the boots and the slit}.
- In Future Diary, Yuki and Yuno go to a marriage simulation place, and in their "wedding photo" Yuno is wearing one of these.
- In the Card Captor Sakura anime, Meiling stops by a boutique and is entranced at the sight of one of these.
- In Hell Teacher Nube, Yukime's wedding dress is so gorgeous that a two-pages illustration is used to show it off.
- In Detective Conan, Yumi Miyamoto briefly wears one when she and Takagi are chosen as body doubles for an about-to-marry couple threatened by a Serial Killer. When Sato realises who the culpit is, she switches places with Yumi and gets to wear the dress as well.
- Sena Nakajima (née Wakabayashi) from You're Under Arrest! wore a really lovely gown when she married Ken's father. Miyuki gets to wear it briefly when she gets to give Ken a kiss on the cheek, making herself pass as Sena.
- In X-Men's first cartoon, Jean Grey's wedding dresses (they had to get married twice, it's a long story) fit this.
- One appears in Superman: The Wedding Album. However while Ellen Lane thinks it looks wonderful, Lois herself absolutely loathes it. It isn't the dress she wears for the actual wedding.
- Brittany's wedding dress malfunction in Gold Digger. As a were-cheetah, she planned to marry in her lovely, spotted, eight-foot-tall furry form. The dressmaker, apparently never having seen Brittany, sized the dress for human proportions instead, somehow overlooking fitting sessions or phone verifications. Her barbarian grandmother literally forged her a proper Barbarian-tribe substitute dress: traditional Valkyrie-ish armor. Just when it looked as though Brittany would actually have to wear that, her arch-mage dad conjured a magical wedding dress out of a dream: perfect in every way. She was, of course, overjoyed.
- Being a book about modelling, Katy Keene has a number of them.
Films — Animated
- 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.
- Rapunzel's wedding dress in the sequel short Tangled Ever After, which is actually a white Palette Swap of her celebration dress (with a train as long as her hair had been).
- Jasmine's wedding dress in Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
- Mulan's wedding dress at the end of Mulan II combines this with Lady in Red, since in ancient China, the bride's dress was colored red.
- The Disney Princess franchise gave Snow White, Aurora, and Belle their own wedding dresses, since we do not actually see them marry at the end of their films.
- Elizabeth and a mouse wear matching ones at the end of The Legend of the Titanic.
Films — Live-Action
- Amidala's dress at the end of Attack of the Clones was just one of her many fancy outfits. This one was influenced by The Edwardian Era style wedding dress.
- Queen Louise's beaded wedding dress in The Love Parade (1929). Not only does it appear in a royal wedding scene with all the pomp that implies, but it was a trend-setter at the time (stores offered copies of the dress for real-life brides who wanted the same look.
- The classic dress Ellen wears at the end of It Happened One Night (1934).
- The above is given a Whole Costume Reference in the American version of Oscar.
- Elizabeth Swann has one in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Things don't go to plan.
- Mary's dress in What Price Hollywood. It gets torn to pieces by rabid fans.
- Buttercup's silver wedding dress in The Princess Bride.
- The would-be wedding dress at the beginning of Enchanted, and another one that shows up at the end.
- Several of the dresses in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
- In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula finds her dress overdone, at least with the veil on.
Toula: [upon seeing herself in the mirror] I'm a snow beast.
- The dress at the end of Coming to America.
- Worn in a fantasy sequence in Bride and Prejudice.
- Annie's wedding dress in Father of the Bride (1991).
- The Sound of Music has Maria's wedding gown, which fits the bill superbly, including a cathedral-length veil.
- The photo shoot and final selection for Carrie's big day in the first Sex and the City movie. The bird on her head is the kicker. http://www.celebritybrideguide.com/sex-and-the-city-wedding-dress-sells-out/
- Gia includes a Fashion Show where Gia models a violet wedding dress◊ where the bouquet is a white fox muff with pink flowers (she even does a Bouquet Toss with it when she reaches the end of the runway).
- Kate Hudson wears one in the movie Bride Wars. And a big deal is made about how it was designed by Vera Wang.◊
- Shows up in the Honorverse (what doesn't?), specifically A Rising Thunder, when Rivka Rosenfeld marries her fiancé, Crown Prince Roger of the Star Empire of Manticore. Honor Harrington, serving as maid of honor, explicitly notes that while the dress is not overly frilly, as per Rivka's wishes, anyone who knows anything about fabric and gown construction will know just how outrageously expensive the gown was, as fitting a future empress consort.
- When Queen Ehlana marries in The Sapphire Rose (the third book of the Elenium trilogy), her gown is described as being this, including having floor-length sleeves turned back partway to show the gold fabric beneath the white. The narration even notes that those in attendance are expected to view her "not as a woman so much as a work of art." Because the wedding was arranged on relatively short notice, the groom wonders if the gown was put together by magic, which is entirely possible.
Live Action TV
- Mimi's dress in The Drew Carey Show, although it still had touches of her fashion eccentricities. Also, Kate had a couple.
- Alice Tinker's wedding dress in The Vicar of Dibley episode "Love & Marriage", although being Alice it has a few unique additions of her own, such as a headpiece that looks like a glass sculpture with hearts hanging from it, fairy lights, and an illuminated bodice reading "I Love Hugo".*
- One of the minor characters on The John Larroquette Show got married, and his wife wanted a literal fairytale wedding, with her and the bridesmaids in Cinderella-esque gowns.
- Amy and Donna's dresses when they get married in Doctor Who.
- Darlene's wedding dress in Roseanne. Originally her grandmother Bev's, its old-fashioned look fit in nicely with Darlene's goth style.
- Phoebe's wedding dress in Charmed fits this, since her romance ideas came from "Cinderella."
- Worn as part of a Fashion Show in Gia, with a huge white fox muff that had a bouquet attached. She even tossed the muff when she got to the end of the runway.
- In Daddy's Daughters, Dasha wears one to her wedding, making it the first time she has worn white.
- Many dresses featured on Say Yes to the Dress.
- As mentioned below in the real life section, this is often (but not always) the case with weddings in the Traveller and Romany Gypsy Communities, to the extent there is a Reality Television show about it: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. This is, however, contested by many within the Traveller and Romany Gypsy communities who state that the prevalence of these dresses is overexaggerated greatly, mainly by Thelma Madine the (non-traveller) woman who creates them and makes a lot of money from them.
- Guinevere's coronation gown in Merlin. It's unclear whether her coronation doubles as her wedding, but it's still a pimped-out frock and it still involves a ceremony that signifies her marriage to a man.
- In the Four Weddings episode "And a Shark Tank", Celeste wears a dress with a bunched and puffed overskirt that can be removed to show a short feather skirt an elaborate handmade bodice with leaf-like decorations, and a white rabbit wrap (with two puffballs) over the dress.
- Several in Friends.
- Grace tries one on in Will & Grace, but settles for something more understated and fashionable for her own wedding.
- Despite the unflattering focus on the brides in Bridezillas, those women still often get very pretty gowns.
- Although Beyoncé kept her actual wedding dress a secret, she's worn a couple for performances. One for a video, and this one with a feather-trimmed skirt for the 2009 BET awards.
- One shows up in Lindsey Stirling's remix of The Phantom of the Opera, when she stands on the stage of an empty theater.
- Margarita Blankenheim wears one throughout Gift From The Princess Who Brought Sleep. [[spoiler: This is rather ironic, as the events of the song were brought on by her husband's cheating.
- Christine wears a gorgeously ornate wedding dress, complete with a train, floor-length veil, and lace spiralling up the skirt, in the final scene of The Phantom of the Opera. Unfortunately for her, though, she's only wearing it because her Stalker with a Crush the Phantom made her do so as part of his Scarpia Ultimatum, so she has rather more pressing matters on her mind than looking like a princess.
- In The Sound of Music, Maria wears an elaborate wedding dress with a train, and there is a scene where the nuns help her into it and allow her to admire herself in a mirror for the sake of Costume Porn.
- 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 counts, despite the atypical cut of the skirt. It has stylized feathery wings, a massive feather-lined train, and a veil long enough to cover said train.
- Ashe's dress at the beginning of Final Fantasy XII.
- Medea's dress at the end of Dragon Quest VIII.
- In Medieval II: Total War, the cinematic for the marriage of one of your royal family's daughters shows her entering the cathedral in one of these. The train of the dress is at least ten feet.
- In The King of Fighters '97, if you had Mai face off Andy, she'd show up in a fancy wedding dress just before the fight to tease him, then quickly change into her trademark clothing and throw the bouquet - which a deathly embarrassed Andy would hide in his clothing.
- In Pokémon, Mega Gardevoir's skirt is upgraded to look like this, complete with fancy elbow length gloves.
- Guenevere opens with the title character's wedding to King Arthur, while wearing an extremely elaborate gown her servants have spent years to create.
- Erin's dress in the Daria episode "I Don't," pictured above.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Ticketmaster," Rarity imagines herself marrying Princess Celestia's nephew while wearing one of these (with a rather long train), despite being a unicorn. Pic here.◊
- Lois's dress in Family Guy, which can be seen on a picture on the house stairway.
- Hayley wore one in American Dad!, although she was Brainwashed.
- As noted, this is common in royal weddings.
- The Trope Codifier was Queen Victoria, who popularized the bride wearing white; previously, wedding dresses were normally just variations of typical pimped out dresses.
- The future Queen Elizabeth II's dress.
- Princess Diana's dress, although she hoped the moths had gotten to it.
- Kate Middleton's dress here and here is in the "fitted princess" style. With just a fair amount of lace, it's quite a Simple Yet Opulent dress.
- Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, was married three times. Although his first wife, Princess Fawzia of Egypt, wore a relatively simple dress, his next two wore gowns that fit this. His second, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, wore the most extravagant (seen here and here), with a dress loaded with trimmings of gauze and soft feathers.
- Grace Kelly's wedding dress was designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Helen Rose, and 36 seamstresses worked on it for six weeks. Parts of the dress were made of nineteenth-century Brussels needle lace. Today, it's displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- Céline Dion's wedding dress even had a matching white mink jacket to wear outside in the cold.
- There are Hello Kitty themed weddings that includes several dresses like these. Think this is a joke? See here and here.
- And, of course, there are wedding dresses based on Disney Princess dresses, which can be viewed here. The dresses aren't necessarily based on what the girls wear in their movies, but capture their look and feel. Yet some forgo the traditional bell shape (the one for Ariel is obviously mermaid-style, for instance), but still fit this trope otherwise.
- Many wealthier Irish Travellers are notorious for having lavish weddings with large, poofy gowns. (See examples here, here◊, and here.◊
- Fashion designer Vera Wang became a household name due to this trope. While wedding dresses aren't the only thing she designs, it's what she's best known for.