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    18 TV Shows With Wedding Dresses I Really Want To Discuss

    Tahani's dress on The Good Place is a winner.

    1. Yes: Hilary's dress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Hilary wearing an off the shoulder ballgown
    © Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection

    It's kind of perfect.

    Any clothing that masterfully straddles the line between over-the-top and elegant is a win in my book.

    Hilary wearing an off the shoulder ballgown
    © Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection

    Is the collar ideal? Not totally. Is the waistband a little low for my liking? Yeah. Do small flaws matter when we're dealing with this freaking dress? Not whatsoever.

    2. No: Amy's dress on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    Amy wearing a semi-big skirt
    Fremulon

    It's bad. It's so bad.

    I don't even understand the appeal of this dress.

    Amy wearing a semi-big skirt
    Fremulon

    The only thing I really like about it is that Gina was originally going to wear it, at Amy and Jake's wedding. LOL.

    3. Yes: The dress Monica ends up wearing for her wedding on Friends.

    Monica wearing a somewhat form-fitting dress
    Warner Bros.

    Sure, I'd try it on. Why not?

    It's not all that similar to most wedding dresses I like, but it's nice.

    Monica wearing a somewhat form-fitting dress
    Warner Bros.

    The sleeves are good, the neckline is solid, and the whole vibe is classy. I'd surprise myself if I adored the dress after trying it on, but I'd try it on.

    4. No: Bailey's wedding dress on Grey's Anatomy.

    Bailey wearing a strapless mermaid dress with ruffles
    ABC

    I stroooooooongly dislike this.

    I have seen this picture so many times, and I am still cringing at it as I type.

    Bailey wearing a strapless mermaid dress with ruffles
    ABC

    Look, I don't enjoy mermaid dresses. Or ruffles like this. Or little stuck-on jewel things. I'm sure there are exceptions to all of those rules, but this dress is not one of them.

    5. Yes: Wanda's dress on WandaVision.

    Wanda wearing a short wedding dress
    Marvel Studios

    It's secretly quite beautiful.

    Shorter dresses are underrated.

    Wanda wearing a short wedding dress
    Marvel Studios

    I love a skirt that's big and fun, and I'm into the length here. The waistband is very big and it starts pretty high, but, hey, alright. I'll let it go.

    6. No: Lorelai's dress on Gilmore Girls.

    Lorelai wearing a strapless dress with an embroidered top and a somewhat big skirt
    © Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

    I know this wedding didn't happen (for many, many years) and Lorelai didn't wear this dress during a ceremony, but she wore it on the show, so it counts.

    I'm sorry, Lorelai. I want to like it. I almost like it.

    Lorelai wearing a strapless dress with an embroidered top and a somewhat big skirt
    © Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

    This is so up my alley, but the top part is bad! I'm not exactly sure why. I think it might be the fit? Maybe it's the mix of white and opaque? We may never know.

    7. Yes: Cece's dress at her and Schmidt's wedding on New Girl.

    Cece wearing a strapless wedding dress and a veil
    Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

    I want to wear this exemplary dress, please.

    Everything about it is a dream.

    Cece wearing a strapless wedding dress and a veil
    Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

    The silhouette, the neckline, the white with gold overlay, the simplicity. There's nothing I don't adore.

    8. No: Pam's dress on The Office.

    Pam wearing a dress with spaghetti straps
    NBC

    Her dress is the least memorable element of that wedding.

    It's definitely not awful, but I wouldn't wear it.

    Pam wearing a dress with spaghetti straps
    NBC

    I like the kind-of-flow-y mood a lot, but the whole thing is basically an eh. Plus, I don't favor a mini strap or a sparkly belt on a wedding dress.

    9. Yes: Rachel's wedding dress on Friends.

    Rachel wearing an off the shoulder dress and an elaborate headpiece
    Warner Bros.

    There's no question that I would seriously debate buying this.

    If early Rachel Green is wearing it, you know it's good.

    Rachel wearing an off the shoulder dress and an elaborate headpiece
    Warner Bros.

    I would not choose to sport the veil headpiece thing, but the dress is close to wonderful. What a pretty bodice. I'm glad Rachel didn't marry Barry, but I'm thrilled she almost married Barry, in small part because it gave us this dress.

    10. No: Cristina's dress that was meant for her and Burke's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

    Cristina wearing a strapless mermaid dress
    ABC

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think this dress is ugly by any means.

    This is perfect for someone who isn't me.

    Cristina wearing a strapless mermaid dress
    ABC

    Mermaid dresses are not meant for my eyes! I can see the world where I think this is a great dress though, if that makes sense. If you love it, I happily agree to disagree. No qualms.

    11. Yes: Nell's wedding dress on The Haunting of Hill House.

    Nell wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with lace
    Netflix

    It's an excellent boho dress.

    I'd sell a lot of my clothes for this.

    Nell wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with lace
    Netflix

    In general, when it comes to wedding dresses, I either want a skirt that twirls when you dance, or I want elegant boho. This is the epitome of the latter. What a stunning back!

    12. No: Tamra's dress on The Mindy Project.

    Kaling International

    I wish this weren't a no.

    Some of it is faultless and some of it is so, so bad.

    Tamra wearing a long sleeve dress with a skirt that changed mid leg
    Kaling International

    I think the top is fantastic, but the abrupt, mid-leg skirt transition is one of the worst things on this entire list, in my opinion. I'm angry that a top this lovely is forced to live with this bottom.

    13. Yes: Rachel's wedding dress on Suits.

    Rachel wearing a dress with smallish straps and a big skirt
    USA

    I am not a Suits watcher. I know about this dress because (obviously) Meghan Markle played Rachel, the character who wears it, and I think every picture of Meghan Markle ever has been in the news at least once.

    This skirt is magnificent.

    Rachel wearing a dress with smallish straps and a big skirt
    USA

    Something about the fit seems a tad off, but not enough to detract from the overall gorgeousness of this gown. It's wonderful. (I'm ignoring the tiny mesh thing I just noticed on the neckline.)

    14. No: Izzie's dress at her and Alex's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

    Izzie wearing a dress with a flare skirt that does out at the hips
    ABC

    It don't impress me much.

    That's not to say Izzie doesn't look good, because she does, but it's extremely not my taste.

    ABC

    Isn't it hard to walk in dresses with big skirts that start that low? Wouldn't you be like a penguin moving down the aisle?

    15. Yes: Phoebe's dress on Friends.

    Warner Bros.

    The dress isn't wholly impeccable, but with a few changes, I'd wear it.

    It balances classic and unique very well.

    Phoebe wearing what seems like a silk gown with a structured bodice
    Warner Bros.

    If the skirt didn't have those bows/flowers and if the corset situation were shorter, this would be remarkably lovely. I don't know if the latter is a possible alteration at all, but let's assume it is! It's more fun that way.

    16. No: Veronica's dress in that Riverdale dream sequence.

    Veronica wearing a ballgown with mesh stuff at the top
    The CW

    The dress feels weird, according to me, the God of Fashion.

    There's too much going on.

    Veronica wearing a ballgown with mesh stuff at the top
    The CW

    It has kind of a good version of that mesh stuff I don't normally like, but it all feels a bit gauche-trying-to-be-classy. In addition, there are so many neck things. The necklace needs to leave.

    17. Yes: Tahani's dress at her and Jason's wedding on The Good Place.

    Fremulon / NBC

    It's simple and great.

    A delightful wedding dress that falls into the background isn't a bad choice.

    Fremulon / NBC

    In general, I prefer a dress without a lot of fixings, and this is perfect in that regard. Sure, it's a tad boring — for sure too boring for Tahani — but I kind of like that. The day isn't about the dress.

    18. No: Janet's dress at her and Jason's wedding on The Good Place.

    Janet wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown
    Fremulon / NBC

    Shout out to Jason Mendonza for appearing as a groom twice on this list.

    I am so close to being a fan of this.

    Janet wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown
    Fremulon / NBC

    I would like it so much more if it didn't have the belt! Like, if there were no belt, and if the mesh at the top were the same color as the rest of the dress, this would be a big win for me.

    19. Yes: Claire's dress on Outlander.

    Claire wearing a ballgown dress with a corset and long sleeves
    Tall Ship Productions

    This is a good kind of elaborate.

    Assuming I would be able to breathe, which is a big assumption, I want to try this on at least once in my life.

    Tall Ship Productions

    Can you imagine the way it would feel? So powerful and fancy. Okay, yes, I'd feel less relaxed than I'd want to be if I were getting married, but I could just wear the dress all the time in advance, until it becomes comfortable. That's feasible, right?

    20. No: Callie's wedding dress on Grey's Anatomy.

    Callie wearing a dress with sparkly sleeves
    ABC

    I would run from this.

    The bottom and the sleeves — dear god, the sleeves — are big issues.

    Callie wearing a dress with sparkly sleeves
    ABC

    If I were in a wedding dress shop and my friend were like, "Hey, what about this one?" I would be like, "Do you know me at all, Taylor Swift?" (I'm assuming she's my friend in this alternate universe.)

    21. Yes: Jess's wedding dress on New Girl.

    Jess wearing a short dress with a bow and sleeves
    Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

    The final product isn't an A+, but I LOVE the idea.

    Let's make more short dresses!

    Jess wearing a short dress with a bow and sleeves
    Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures / 20th Century Fox Television

    If I knew anything about making clothes and/or magic, I would buy this dress and make the sleeves longer. Don't tell me if that's not possible. I don't want to know.

    22. No: Lisa's wedding dress on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Lisa wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown
    Warner Bros.

    Nope. Nah. No, thank you.

    It errs too much on the side of bad.

    Lisa wearing an off-the-shoulder ballgown
    Warner Bros.

    I can't get past the fabric – which looks plastic-y – and the back – which suffers from an infection of "giant, icky bow." If those elements were better, this might be a different story.

    23. Yes: Shiv's wedding dress on Succession.

    Shiv wearing a long sleeve dress with no big skirt
    Home Box Office (HBO)

    In the world of the show, this was probably millions and millions of dollars.

    Shiv is far too cold and filthy New York rich for this dress, but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful.

    Shiv wearing a long sleeve dress with no big skirt
    Home Box Office (HBO)

    The only thing I don't like is the basic neckline, which I wish were more original or noteworthy. But that's it. Everything else is great. 

    24. No: Daphne's first wedding dress on Frasier.

    Daphne wearing a dress with a big skirt and tiny straps
    Paramount Television

    This is a bad gown masquerading as a good gown.

    I thought this dress was terrific, but then I looked at it a little bit longer, and I was like...ah, no.

    Daphne wearing a dress with a big skirt and tiny straps
    Paramount Television

    The long bodice is not the move with this fabric. I do not support it. Plus, like I said with Pam's dress on The Office, I'm not positive about tiny straps on wedding dresses.

    25. Yes: The wedding dress Olivia wears in an alternate universe on Scandal.

    Scandal wearing an off the shoulder ballgown
    ABC Signature

    Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) would look fantastic in anything.

    This dress isn't 100% perfect, but it's certainly very nice.

    Scandal wearing an off the shoulder ballgown
    ABC Signature

    The fabric on the top and the sparkly belt are what make this not a complete and total yay for me, but the silhouette is stellar. She looks fantastic.

    26. No: Cristina's dress at her and Owen's wedding on Grey's Anatomy.

    Cristina wearing a nice non-white dress
    ABC

    Like Cristina's other dress, this may be right for some people, but it's not right for me.

    I'm all for a more casual type of wedding dress, but I need it to have some pizazz.

    Cristina wearing a nice non-white dress
    ABC

    The sleeves, the neckline, and this length without any big skirt are deal breakers. I could be down for a non-white dress, though, and this is a good color.

    27. Yes: Monica's original wedding dress on Friends.

    Monica wearing a ballgown with straps and a sweetheart neckline
    Warner Bros.

    If I owned this, I'd wear this any chance I could get.

    Child me adored this dress so hard — like, so hard.

    Monica wearing a ballgown with straps and a sweetheart neckline
    Warner Bros.

    Even though I love love love it less now as an adult (definite no to the flower on the back), the dress is still aces. It's one of the few sparkly wedding dresses I enjoy.

    28. And finally, no: Diane's outfit at her and Frasier's imaginary wedding on Cheers.

    Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions

    Technically it's not a wedding "dress", but how could I not include it?

    Please never ever make me put this on my body.

    Diane wearing a midi skirt and matching jacket outfit
    Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions

    I understand it was 1985 (and it's Diane Chambers), but oh my goodness. Nothing about this is my kind of thing. I'm vehemently opposed.