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[[caption-width-right:320:[-A gown as lovely as one [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration made]] by a FairyGodmother.-] ]]

A fancy wedding dress with an old-fashioned style of skirt, usually full length and bell-shaped, and plenty of trimmings such as pearls, flowers, lace, GiantPoofySleeves, a GiantWaistRibbon, a long train, a large veil, etc. After all, what's a WeddingDay without some CostumePorn? And since Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible, even a SimpleYetOpulent dress can work.

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 [[RoyalBlood already royalty]]), and wearing such a dress is at least one way to carry out that wish. She's probably had this desire ever since she was a small child in her PrincessPhase. Back then she probably had everything planned out, except for who the groom was, [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend maybe]].

And this kind of dress is TruthInTelevision, as any [[FashionMagazine 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 FashionShow, 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 [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids not being so naive]] about how wedding should go (even if they aren't [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids above romance]]).

Now as the name indicates, this dress is likely to show up at [[HappilyEverAfter the end of]] some {{Fairy Tale}}s, or at least modern works of them. (Genuine folk fairy tales tend to skip over the satorial details to lavish attention on the villain's horrific death. Illustrated versions may show it, though.)

It isn't immune to being ImpossiblyTackyClothes if either the bride has little taste or she is forced to wear such a dress. It also isn't immune from being DoomedNewClothes or a BloodSplatteredWeddingDress, 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, and is quite popular in WeddingsInJapan.

It can overlap with WomanInWhite if the white dress she wears all the time is her wedding dress (often when widowed).

A SubTrope of PimpedOutDress.

Compare VirginInAWhiteDress, HappyHolidaysDress, ElegantGothicLolita, LittleBlackDress, PinkMeansFeminine.

'''NOTE: Since this involves weddings, some of these entries will be spoilers. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.'''
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!!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Princess Martina's dress at the end of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Next''. Sylphiel and Amelia positively swoon over how lovely she looks in it.
* The Love Angel dresses in ''Manga/WeddingPeach'', as well a most of the actual wedding dresses.
* An wedding themed episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' featured lots of these. It's a plot point, since the whole episode relays in WeddingInJapan imaginery ''and'' a wedding dress contest [[spoiler: that get crashed by Nephrite's BrainwashedAndCrazy victim who's then stopped and released by the Senshi.]]
** [[spoiler: In the final chapter of the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Usagi finally wears one for her wedding to Mamoru.]]
* A couple of dresses in ''Manga/LoveHina'', including Naru's when she marries Keitaro.
* A potential dress for the princess in ''{{Voltron}}''/''Anime/GoLion'' is made, and then modeled, although the series ends before she even gets engaged.
* Clarice's wedding dress in ''Lupin III: Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. Former princess Sayako of Japan (who gave up her title to marry a commoner) liked it so much that [[TheRedStapler she had a real-world one made for her wedding dress]].
* In the Toei anime of ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'': Honda fantasizes about marrying Miho, with her wearing one of these.
* In ''{{Kuragehime}}'', 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 ''CuteyHoneyFlash'' there are four such wedding dresses that the episode plot revolves around.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' Kahlua Shuzen's dress is similar to something bride would wear on her wedding (except maybe the boots and the slit}.
* In ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', Yuki and Yuno go to a marriage simulation place, and in their "wedding photo" Yuno is wearing one of these.
* In the ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' anime, Meiling stops by a boutique and is entranced at the sight of one of these.
* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', [[spoiler: Yukime]]'s wedding dress is so gorgeous that [[CostumePorn a two-pages illustration is used to show it off]].
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Yumi Miyamoto briefly wears one when she and Takagi are chosen as {{body double}}s for an about-to-marry couple threatened by a SerialKiller. [[spoiler: 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 ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' wore a really lovely gown when she [[MayDecemberRomance married]] [[CoolOldGuy Ken's father]]. [[spoiler: Miyuki gets to wear it briefly when she gets to give Ken a kiss on the cheek, making herself pass as Sena.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/JeanGrey's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ScottJeanWedding_6809.jpg wedding dress]] in ''ComicBook/XMen'' has a gorgeous but unconventional mermaid style and a white hooded cape instead of a veil.
** In [[WesternAnimation/XMen the first cartoon]], her wedding dresses (they had to get married twice, it's a long story) fit this even more.
** Lorna's dress in the [[RelationshipSue unfortunately]] [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed]] would-be wedding.
* One appears in ''ComicBook/{{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 ''ComicBook/GoldDigger''. 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, ''ComicBook/KatyKeene'' has a number of them.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The dress at the end of ''Disney/{{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 ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
* The [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration magically created]] dress at the end of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* Rapunzel's wedding dress in the sequel short ''[[{{Disney/Tangled}} Tangled Ever After]]'', Which is actually a white PaletteSwap of her celebration dress.
* Jasmine's wedding dress in ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves''.
* Mulan's wedding dress at the end of ''Disney/MulanII'' combines this with LadyInRed, since in ancient China, the bride's dress is colored red.
* The Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise gave [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], and [[Disney/BeautyandtheBeast Belle]] their own wedding dresses, since we actually do not see them marry at the end of their films.
* Elizabeth and a mouse wear a matching on at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Amidala's dress at the end of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' was just [[UnlimitedWardrobe one of her many fancy outfits]]. This one was influenced by TheEdwardianEra style wedding dress.
* Queen Louise's [[http://maceddy.com/jeanette-macdonald-the-love-parade-wedding-gown-up-for-auction/ beaded wedding dress]] in ''Film/TheLoveParade.''
* The classic dress Ellen wears at the end of ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''.
* The above is given a WholeCostumeReference in the American version of ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}''.
* Elizabeth Swann has one in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''. Things don't go to plan.
* Buttercup's dress in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* The would-be wedding dress at the beginning of ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', and another one that showed up at the end.
* Several of the dresses in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''.
* In ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'', 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 ''Film/ComingToAmerica''.
* Worn in a fantasy sequence in ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice''.
* [[http://hollywoodmoviecostumesandprops.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/wedding-dress-from-father-of-bride.html Annie's wedding dress]] in ''Film/FatherOfTheBride''.
* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' 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 ''Film/{{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/
* ''Film/{{Gia}}'' includes a FashionShow where Gia models [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gia_dress_muff_618.jpg a violet wedding dress]] where the bouquet is [[PrettyInMink a white fox muff]] with pink flowers (she even does a BouquetToss with it when she reaches the end of the runway).
* Kate Hudson wears one in the movie Film/BrideWars. [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/thefw.com/files/2012/05/bride-wars-vera-wang-wedding-dress-kate-hudson.jpg And a big deal is made about hot it was designed by Vera Wang.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* At the end of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin Whistler is married wearing a walking robe - basically a dress that men of his world wear when not in kilts or trousers - of white silk and seed pearls, with a cloak so long it almost brushes the ground.
* Shows up in the Literature/{{Honorverse}} ([[TropeOverdosed 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 [[SimpleYetOpulent 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Mimi's dress in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', although it still had touches of her [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes fashion eccentricities]]. Also, Kate had a couple.
* Alice Tinker's wedding dress in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' episode "Love & Marriage", although being [[CloudCuckoolander 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".[[labelnote:*]]Her original design was even weirder: "And for the train, I thought ''ThomasTheTankEngine''..."[[/labelnote]]
* One of the minor characters on ''Series/TheJohnLarroquetteShow'' got married, and his wife wanted a literal fairytale wedding, with her and the bridesmaids in Literature/{{Cinderella}}-esque gowns.
* Amy and Donna's dresses when they get married in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Darlene's wedding dress in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Originally her grandmother Bev's, its old-fashioned look fit in nicely with Darlene's goth style.
* Phoebe's wedding dresses in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' fits this, since her romance ideas came from "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", it fits.
* Worn as part of a FashionShow in ''Film/{{Gia}}'', with a huge [[PrettyInMink white fox muff]] that had a bouquet attached. She even tossed the muff when she got to the end of the runway.
* In ''Series/DaddysDaughters'', Dasha wears [[http://www.kino-teatr.ru/kino/movie/ros/11878/foto/i2/154099/ one to her wedding]], making it [[{{Goth}} the first time she has worn white]].
* Many dresses featured on ''Series/{{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 RealityTelevision 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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/FourWeddings'' episode "And a Shark Tank", [[http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/four-weddings/season-3-episode-7-pictures1.htm Celeste wears]] a dress with a bunched and puffed overskirt that can be removed to show a short [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather skirt]] an elaborate handmade bodice with leaf-like decorations, and [[PrettyInMink a white rabbit wrap (with two puffballs)]] over the dress.
* Several in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Grace tries one on in ''Series/WillAndGrace'', but settles for something more understated and fashionable for her own wedding.
* Despite the unflattering focus on the brides in ''Series/{{Bridezillas}}'' those women still often get very pretty gowns.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Although Music/{{Beyonce}} kept her actual wedding dress a secret, she's worn a couple for performances. One for a video, and [[http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2019131/beyonce-wedding-dress-07/ this one]] with a [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather-trimmed skirt]] for the 2009 Creator/{{BET}} awards.
* One shows up in Music/LindseyStirling's remix of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', when she stands on the stage of an empty theater.
* [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Margarita Blankenheim]] wears one throughout Gift From The Princess Who Brought Sleep. [[spoiler: This is rather ironic, as the [[KillEmAll events of the song]] [[YourCheatingHeart were brought on by her husband's cheating.]]
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* 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 ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. Unfortunately for her, though, she's only wearing it because her StalkerWithACrush the Phantom ''made'' her do so as part of his ScarpiaUltimatum, so she has rather more pressing matters on her mind than looking like a princess.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Some of {{Franchise/Barbie}}'s wedding outfits, but not all of them.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Peach's dress when [[HypnotizeThePrincess 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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' counts, despite the [[ShowgirlSkirt atypical cut]] of the skirt. It is huge, fancy, and looks extremely expensive.
* Ashe's dress at the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
* Medea's dress at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
* 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 ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '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 ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '02'', Mai wears it again in a finishing move ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEaUIjVjKXE see here]]).
* In ''{{Pokemon}}'', Mega Gardevoir's skirt is upgraded to look like this, complete with [[OperaGloves fancy elbow length gloves]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In this [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/08/29/tying-the-not/ strip of]] ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', which spoofed the RunawayBride trope.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In proving the "fairy tale" part right, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick revealed her [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Arwen]] costume in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' was an adapted wedding dress (and that many times the cast would step on the train).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Erin's dress in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "I Don't," pictured above.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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. [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/blog/mlpfim_ep0319.png Pic here.]]
** Done again in the season 2 finale, "A Canterlot Wedding," this time, it's worn by Princess Cadenza, who's marrying Twilight Sparkle's older brother, Shining Armor. [[spoiler:And by [[{{Doppelganger}} Changeling]] [[BigBad Queen Chrysalis]], disguised as her.]]
* Lois's dress in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', which can be seen on a picture on the house stairway.
* Hayley wore one in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', although she was {{Brainwashed}}.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* As noted, this is common in royal weddings.
** The TropeCodifier was [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria Queen Victoria]], who popularized the bride wearing white, when wedding dresses before were normally just variations of typical pimped out dresses.
** The future Queen Elizabeth II's dress.
** Princess Diana's dress, although she [[WTHCostumingDepartment hoped the moths had gotten to it]].
** Kate Middleton's dress [[http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/editor-s-picks/wedding-dress-fit-for-a-queen-1.1098745 here]] and [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8483330/Royal-wedding-Kate-Middleton-wears-Queens-tiara.html here]] is in the "fitted princess" style. With just a fair amount of lace, it's quite a SimpleYetOpulent 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 [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/8637723@N05/3607520259/ here]] and [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/8637723@N05/3609540441/in/photostream/ here]]), with a dress loaded with trimmings of gauze and [[FluffyFashionFeathers soft feathers]].
** Creator/GraceKelly's wedding dress was designed by [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 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 [[http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/56621.html displayed]] at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
* CelineDion's wedding dress. Even had a matching [[PrettyInMink white mink jacket]] to wear outside in the cold.
* There are Franchise/HelloKitty themed weddings that includes several dresses like these. Think this is a joke? See [[http://forladiesbyladies.com/index.php/2009/03/20/hello-kitty-weddings-goodbye-to-good-taste/ here]] and [[http://www.kittyhell.com/2009/11/23/hello-kitty-wedding-dress/ here]].
* And, of course, there are wedding dresses based on Franchise/DisneyPrincess dresses, which can be viewed [[http://www.disneybridal.com/ 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 [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid 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 [[http://chateaudelu.blogspot.com/2009/05/irish-traveller-update_21.html here]], [[http://irishfireside.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/travellerphoto.jpg here]], and [[http://tackyweddings.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/youngestbrides_450x250.jpg here.]]
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