The Most Glamorous Gowns of the 1980s

The wedding dress is by far the most iconic fashion item of all time and rightly so because each one has a unique story that inspires us all to dream about fairytales. We decided to take a look back at the previous decades to see how styles, fabrics, and details have changed and what celebrities were wearing for their “I Dos”. By far one of our favorite fashion decades has to be the 80s. Maybe it’s the puffy sleeves or the short or hi-low hemlines but there is no doubt everyone remembers 80s fashion. We rounded up the most glamorous gowns of the 1980s for you to enjoy.

Not sure if you are ever going to see the puffy sleeve trend return, but they sure are fun to look at.

The Most Iconic Celebrity Wedding Dresses Of The 80s

1988 – Rita Wilson’s Wedding Dress

Rita Wilson may not be the most familiar name to you but her husband certainly is. In 1988 Rita married Tom Hanks in a fun and flirty cocktail, bodycon dress that was adorned with ruffles and lace. Perfect for tearing up the dance floor.

Luckily the 80’s fashion trends didn’t stand the test of time but the marriage definitely has, surpassing 30 years of wedded bliss. Maybe we should all opt for a fun, short dress.

If a short wedding dress is your style, you can start shopping for the perfect wedding dress now.

Rita Wilson with Tom Hanks at their wedding
Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

1987 – Demi Moore’s Wedding Dress

The world has long had a love for Demi Moore but many do not know that she and Bruce Willis met and were married (and pregnant) within four months. That sure is a whirlwind romance! We had to include her in our most glamorous gowns of the 1980s list because not only is she gorgeous she has a great sense of style.

Demi Moore on her wedding day

Demi wore a stunning lace wedding dress with a long sleeve and high neck and looked absolutely gorgeous. If you love her wedding day look, you can find many variations of her traditional lace wedding dress in local boutiques and online.

Demi Moore inspired wedding dress
Credit: Mila Nova – Milla via Oncewed

1986 – Sarah Ferguson Marries Prince Andrew

In a true fairytale style, Sarah wore a wedding dress that would inspire every little girl and woman to be a princess. Long sleeves, luxurious duchess satin, slightly puffy sleeves and an amazingly long train – 17 feet to be exact.

Designed by an unknown designer Lindka Cierach, Sarah asked for some very unique and personal design elements to be incorporated into her magical wedding dress. One of these unique elements was the couple’s initials were embroidered into the fabric on the train and hidden underneath the 20-foot long veil.

This is what fairytales are made of.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew wedding picture
Credit: Getty Images

1985 – Madonna’s Wedding Dress

A Hollywood power couple in the 1980s, Madonna and Sean Penn tied the knot in 1985. Madonna had been known as a fashion-forward icon with her ability to reinvent her fashion image year after year. And on her wedding day, it was no different.

The queen of pop wore a strapless ball gown with a fitted corset bodice, adorned perfectly with large pink flowers, flouncy peplum, and a dramatic black hat that had tulle added to resemble a veil. Only the ultra-fabulous will do for Madonna.

Sean Penn and Madonna on their wedding dat
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1985 – Brigitte Nielsen’s Wedding To Sly Stallone

Madonna wasn’t the only larger-than-life celebrity to get married in 1985. Sylvester Stallone married Brigitte Nielsen and she rocked a full-on glamorous look. Everyone knows the 80s were notorious for puffy sleeves.

On her wedding day, Brigitte wore a gown designed by herself that had a sleek and simple body-hugging fabric and a high neckline with sheer lace appliques and the most enormous puffy sleeves! Dramatic and ultra-glam to the max.

Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone on their wedding day

1981 – Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress

Princess Diana's Wedding Dress

By far the most iconic wedding dress in history. Princess Diana embodied the true princess spirit from the beginning and when all eyes were on her wedding day (750 million watched the ceremony) she did not disappoint.

Easily, her wedding dress is our absolute favorite. Maybe because most women could never wear a wedding dress with a 25-foot train (or get married in a venue that could handle it). It was and is so magical.

Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel who described it as a dress that “had to be something that was going to go down in history, but also something that Diana loved”, and which would be “suitably dramatic in order to make an impression”. (source: Wikipedia)

It had everything!

Dramatic ✔

Fit For A Princess ✔

Large Puffy Sleeves ✔

Dramatic Long Train ✔

Lace ✔

Ruffles ✔

A little sparkle ✔

Large Tiara ✔

Everyone in the world fell in love with her and her iconic wedding dress.

The 80s may not be your style, but we can still see design elements in modern-day wedding dress designs. Lace appliques and fabric remain supreme, sleeves are still popular, and romance always exudes from every dress. Ready to find your wedding dress? Start shopping now.