Wedding Dresses That Made Guests Truly Uncomfortable
Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding day, but sometimes our dreams don’t always match up with reality. Something to one person may seem beautiful, but to another – just plain awful – and this is particularly true when it comes to wedding dresses because everyone has their own sense of style.
Whether they are going for traditional, unique, or just plain goofy, you can’t expect everyone to understand your artistic vision. However, a wedding isn’t really the occasion to be experimental. Sometimes traditional ceremonies require traditional celebrations.
When it comes to weddings, there’s a lot of money at stake to just throw away on a silly dress that will be the talk of your wedding day, even if you have hundreds or thousands of bouquets, and the best catering money can buy. The dress is what people will remember, and if you mess that up, you’ve messed up your wedding day. And whatever you do to make a statement on your big day is going to come off cringy to everyone else, and probably you too, when you look back at your wedding photos.
Here you’ll find the worst of the worst wedding dresses. These wedding dresses are so atrocious, that they made guests truly uncomfortable. Let’s take a look!
Ye Olde Wedding
King Arthur would be proud, but this isn't Camelot. Also, did no one tell them what happened in King Arthur? Gwen ended up cheating on Arthur with Lancelot.
That's not really what you want to start your marriage off of. Maybe we're wrong. Maybe he's supposed to be another knight...Gwaine? Actually...didn't he unjustly kill someone? Whoops.
Oh, my sweet summer child. This is for when you're 90% princess and 10% redneck.
When your wedding is at 2, but the boogaloo is life. She's getting married today, but already looking for a trailer to buy. She wanted to have an all-camo wedding, but her husband is a bad shot.
Judy Garland's Dress
Is Judy Garland a bride or a Vegas showgirl in this photo? It’s kinda hard to tell. Thankfully, she’s fully stocked on fringe — there’s enough there for five wedding dresses. We all know Judy did her own thing, but you would think on one of Hollywood’s biggest stars would have donned a real gown.
Judy was such a tiny person, maybe she wanted to wear something that showed a little leg and made her look taller. However, the outfit is reading more like a baggy coat. Mix that in with that scraggly bouquet of flowers that look like she got from the side of the road, and you’ve got yourself a roadside wedding.
Emma Thompson's Dress
Emma Thompson, a British actress and screenwriter, who married Kenneth Branagh in 1989. All we have to say is that the dress looks like it came from 1989, except the fabric was stolen from the seats of a bus. You could also find this tragic textile from the booth of a taco bell. Whoever designed this gown must have secretly objected to the wedding.
Also, what’s on her head? Does the feather make her Yankee Doodle? This dress makes us dream of Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. The headpiece looks like it’s thinking about flying off her poor head at any moment. Unluckily, the shoes match the headpiece. We can’t tell if the groom is smiling because he’s happy or trying not to laugh because she looks ridiculous.
Mama June's Dress
Mama June isn’t known for being an elegant, fashionable, woman. With her back-woods history, it’s a surprise that the cut of the dress was pretty nice. The worst part is the "color" choices. Why was it camo and orange? Hunting has a place in this world, but it isn’t at a wedding.
But let’s be honest here, what else would you expect from Honey Boo Boo’s country bumpkin mom? If you live anywhere in the south, you probably know at least 10 women who also chose to wear camo at their wedding. What a statement. What a look. What a terrible decision. Making your wedding dress a joke just says you don’t think you can pull one off.
Brigitte Bardot's Dress
Brigitte Bardot is gonna get married just as soon as she milks the cows and shears the sheep. It’s not that the gingham, Elly May Clampett look isn’t cute— it’s that it’s not cute on your wedding day when you’re a French beauty and superstar. Save the French countryside for the honeymoon!
Brigitte was a fashion icon! And she definitely wasn’t afraid of making a statement. You would think she would go all out on her big day with a flashy fashion piece, but apparently, she was feeling homely that day. She’s brought us so much fashion over the years, maybe she was just burned out. We’ll forgive her this time.
Rita Wilson's Dress
Rita Wilson’s dress is awful from top to bottom — thankfully, it’s cut like a miniskirt, so that’s not much distance to travel. This one doesn’t look so much like a wedding dress as it does a craft store explosion. The mid-thigh cut-off and confusing neckline really make the dress a head-scratcher. But hey, at least they look happy together!
Don’t even get us started with whatever is going on around the hips. You would think she would be concerned about these ruffles making her hips look insanely wide. But that tule wrapping distracts from the creature clutching her thighs. If you ditched the tule and the crazy ruffles, this would actually be a cute dress!
The Giant Vegas Showgirl Dress
This bride was clearly going for a more refined, minimal look than the previous women. Her dress screams "classic bride" like none of the others. Just kidding! This gown shouldn't even qualify as a wedding dress. Where's the rest of it?
We hope years of back pain are worth the fifteen minutes of fame those wings would get you. We don't even know what she'll do with those during the reception... Sure, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but do all of the worst things have to be there?
The Barely Covering Anything Dress
Oh, wow! What a gorgeous veil. I can't wait to see the rest — oh. There's nothing left! This dress was on the right track right up until the designer decided to do away with the entire top half of the dress. That part is pretty important!
We have no idea how this dress would work out for any bride tying the knot, especially during the winter. Definitely a summertime style for brides getting hitched in a club! Perhaps the designers accidentally ripped up the top half right before the show and sent her down the catwalk in this sorry excuse for a "dress."
The "No Dress" Dress
If you're trying to save on a wedding dress, less material usually means less expensive. In this case, spend a little more money and at least have a full dress. A bra with a miniskirt hardly constitutes a wedding dress!
The random sleeves are a weird touch—were they meant to be gloves or sleeves? We can't tell. The thigh-high stockings aren't even the same color as the "dress". This outfit is a mess and is definitely not a good look for a wedding ceremony.
(Image via ???, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Anime Dress
This dress was certainly inspired by an anime character. We're hoping they were married sometime during the winter—otherwise, the snowflakes make no sense. Wait, a blue snowflake veil doesn't make much sense anyway. Besides snowflakes, there are also roses adorning her dress.
But not just blue roses, purple and white roses too. What is the color scheme here? Colored accents are great on a bouquet or jewelry, but what we're seeing here doesn't seem very wedding-esque. The shape of the dress definitely helps and the gloves are a nice touch. The dress just went a little overboard on the details.
The "I Can't Wear White" Dress
After this woman gets married, she definitely has a shift to pick up from the grand marshal for a Mardi Gras parade. And then if there's time, she's set to go pick up a shift at the Vegas strip club, too, along with a few other brides on this unfortunate list.
Many women detest wearing white for practical reasons, but that's typically reserved for after Labor Day activities or pants... not your wedding dress! And what makes this one worse is that there are so many colorful dresses available on the market from gorgeous designers... This one looks like arts and crafts!
Kourtney Kardashian's Dress
When celebrities get married, fans can't wait to see their elaborate weddings. With so much money at their disposal, the most gorgeous gowns can be designed! That's why Kourtney Kardashian's wedding dress came as such a shock—it was more like a funeral dress or costume.
First of all, wearing black at your wedding can't be a good sign. Another odd feature we see is an image of Mother Mary praying on the bodice of her dress. What made her choose that, we'll never understand. Complete with a black tiara, black veil, and black gloves, this whole look screams funeral.
The Shabby Chic Dress
Shabby chic is great—in reference to living room decor. When it comes to your wedding dress, those words should not be in the vicinity. Unfortunately, this bride did not get the memo. We could almost see where the bride was trying to go with this look. However, it was poorly executed.
The bride looks like she took pretty pieces or maybe sentimental pieces and tried sewing them together. The seamstress did this dress no favors. It is not a cohesive look and is just tacky. Different textures can be a good thing, but this is giving—I just got my first sewing machine and I wanted to try it out.
The Nightmare Dress
Some brides hate sticking to trends, especially when it comes to their dresses because they don't want to look back on their wedding day filled with regret. However, there are some wedding trends that are so popular they just take over the industry, much to our disappointment.
It seems like every bride these days is walking down the aisle looking like some nightmarish alien mummy, yet we've never seen anything quite like this. The only thing that should "die" in this scenario is this idea, not the bride! At least let her face be the focus.
The Pamela Anderson "Dress"
Ah, yes... The notorious Pamela "Wedding Gown." Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee got married after only dating for four days (we can tell). And clearly, they put just as much thought into their beautiful "outfits" as they did their actual connection. It's all just one big YIKES!
We think the star-crossed couple forgot that their wedding day wasn't the same thing as the honeymoon if you catch our meaning. Who wants all of their wedding guests — and in this case, the world — to see the bride and groom stripped down to basically their underwear. Not us!
The Edible Dress
Edible clothing isn't a new invention, but what we're thinking of is typically reserved for more... private affairs. The popular edible clothing is, at least. This might be an insane wedding dress for many people, but there’s no denying that it’s also useful. This was clearly a bride who wanted to kill two birds with one stone.
Half of the art of fashion is about timing. This dress would be perfect for a Candyland costume at a convention, a Halloween party, or a kid's birthday party. Something about it doesn't really scream "wedding" — and it's definitely the candy wrappers paired with the giant lollipop.
The Ursula Dress
Nothing says true love like literally wrapping your tentacles around a man. Personally, I want as few octopuses around as possible on my wedding day. Like, does this even qualify as a wedding dress? What about it screams "wedding" to you people?
Under the Sea was just a theme... not a rule of thumb! How about for all of the weddings coming up this season we steer clear of attaching live (or dead) animals to our wedding gowns? Can we not agree on that at the very least? We're begging you!
Ahh yes, just what every young girl dreams about for her wedding day—pepperoni accents on her dress. We have many questions about why someone would choose this as their wedding dress. Does she really like pizza that much? Did someone lose a bet?
Although, she looks pretty pleased with her dress. Are the bridesmaids breadsticks? Do we have pizza to look forward to at the reception? There could be some upsides to her bizarre taste. Nonetheless, the dress is just plain cheesy—pun painfully intended.
This Dress is On Fire!
This dress is on fire! Not. It's actually going down in flames as one of the tackiest dresses we've seen so far. We don't know who designed it, who made it, or who actually decided to buy it, but this dress should have never escaped into the real world.
Maybe the groom is a pyromaniac. In that case, she's the perfect bride. However, to the average guest, a dress like this speaks louder than any sweet vows or "I do"s. Oh, is the ceremony over? I didn't even notice, I was too busy staring at this Hot Wheels-inspired dress.
The last thing I want to think about at my wedding is politics, but I guess for some, their wedding is prime time to speak out about their beliefs. If you feel so strongly about something, you could always make your dress a focal point for getting your point across.
I get it, taxes make us all grumble and can be a sore subject for some. But do you really want to look back at your wedding pictures years from now and see those words in every picture? Hold some sort of other event and wear a themed dress there—not at your wedding!
The Flamingo Dress
Okay, so maybe it's not pink, but this dress is definitely flamingo-inspired. You have the ruffled feathers, the long legs, the odd shape...it's all there. It seems like there are hip inserts inside this dress when there really shouldn't be.
Let's point out some other odd characteristics. There is some sort of jeweled hem at the bottom of the dress that really accentuates the toilet paper texture of the bodice. The feather sleeves are just like the grape on top—they don't belong there. It's a no for me.
Modern Kazakh Bride
Apparently, this bride married not only the love of her life, but a traditional style and a modern style. Sadly, it doesn't look like it worked out as well as she had imagined. For starters, the color scheme is not the best.
The hat and feather make her look ready for the marching band at a parade. Hopefully, her wedding day was relaxed because that jacket seems stiff and uncomfortable. While we can appreciate good layering on a dress, the short ruffles on the skirt just aren't doing it.
The Brown Dress
I don't know anyone who loves brown enough to make it part of their wedding dress. Except maybe this girl. While the cut of the dress is appealing, that horrible brown ruins any chance of the dress being fashionable. And why is there a giant brown cutout on the front of the skirt?
If you look closely, you can see there is actually a flower print inside the brown of the skirt. Aren't those brown flowers beautiful?—said no one ever. The brown shoes just accentuate the travesty that is this dress. I don't want to look at it anymore. Next.
The Big Bird Dress
While there are many beautiful traditional dresses for a bride for her gay halud, this is not one of them. The color is just a little overwhelming. There's just so much of this dark yellow fabric! The combination of color and amount is not working.
Even the bride does not seem too enthused about her dress. She's probably having second thoughts, reminiscing on other dresses she considered buying. Why did I let them talk me into this dress? I never liked it from the start. Now look at me. Ready to lead a sing-along on Sesame Street.
The Toddler Dress
Exclusively inviting toddlers to your wedding? Then look no further than this ball pit-inspired wedding look. Why take something like a wedding so seriously? Lighten up and have a ball! No toddlers were harmed in the making of this dress.
On a more serious note, we don't really understand the inspiration behind this wedding dress. We literally cannot think of a single reason why this is the look one would choose to walk down the aisle in. Imagine the groom's first look. Typically, the reaction is a smile or maybe even tears of joy. We think this one might let loose a giggle or two.
The "Feminine Hygiene" Dress
What bride doesn’t want to look like a giant, decorative tampon on her big day? Let's all embrace the beauty of feminity on what's already the most nerve-wracking day of our lives. Yeah, no thanks! This designer was definitely a man.
We know that this dress clearly has a lot of bells and whistles, and it probably took a lot of time to make — unfortunately, they could not have picked worse bells and whistles. The shape, the face cut-out, the bow! The only bearable part of this "gown" is the gloves, and that's just the finishing touch!
The Reptilian Stripper Dress
There's a lot to unpack here. First of all, it looks like the dress print is reptilian. I could see this being the base of a chameleon Halloween costume. Secondly, there are paper bills hot glued around the top. Another fun feature is the "matching" green tiara. What is this look??
More of a costume than a wedding dress. What was the inspiration behind it? Who designed it? We have questions that need to be answered. This isn't a good look for any occasion, but this poor bride will be looking back on it for years to come.
(Image via Instagram; TLC)
The Headless Zombie Bride
For those who love all things horror, we think there are better wedding dress options for you. You don't have to resort to this sort of gimmicky dress. Again, a great look for Halloween, not so much for the happiest day of your life.
Can you imagine trying to place the ring on her finger? How does that work? And when it's time to interact with your guests, do you expect them to actually come up to you? We don't think we could bring ourselves to face this creepy bride.
The Deadpool Dress
To wrap up this list, we found a bride who must be extremely fond of Deadpool—enough to make him a big part of her wedding day. Let's break down this wedding dress. The part that stands out the most is obviously the Deadpool mask. We wonder if it was hard for the groom to hear "I do"?
Then, we see an anime-type wig and a Deadpool purse. Lastly, the red Deadpool sleeves coming out from under the dress really finish this awkward look. Actually, the dress itself is not horrible. It's everything around the dress that makes it so dreadful. Not a look we would choose for our special day.