Yes, we know… It’s the same decade that introduced you to pelvic-grazing low-rise jeans, Juicy Couture velour tracksuits and platform flip-flops. But while the Y2K bug brought a street-style tantrum of sorts, bridal fashion in film was having a stellar moment you might want to reminisce. Read on for the three reasons you should forgive the 2000’s for all its fashion faux pas.

Movie: Star Wars: Episode II (2002)

Worn by Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman); Designed by Trisha Biggar

Antique lace, French knit braid and tulle bring together this Edwardian-inspired gown-and-veil combo worn by Queen Amidala in the romantic prequel. The white dress features princess seams and off-white embroidery along with elbow-length, scalloped sleeves that flow freely over longer, embroidered sheer sleeves. The capped lace veil (inspired by the traditional Juliet Cap) is comprised of seed pearls and Edwardian wax flowers which are hand-beaded onto the piece; the result is a princess-worthy veil that is fitted around the head and then cascades off the base of the neck.

Movie: Love Actually (2003)

Worn by Juliet (Kiera Knightley); Designed by Joanna Johnston

In this holiday classic (that we’re all still in love with here at Anomalie), sweet Juliet wears a wedding dress that is composed of many different pieces; brought together, they create one glam, layered look. The purpose behind this ensemble? To provide the bride with a two-in-one solution for the ceremony and the reception. The gauzy, long-sleeved overlay is comprised of feathers and bead detailing around the neckline—it’s dressy enough for the church, and can be easily shed off for the dance floor. Underneath it lies a strapless column dress in a glowy blush tint, layered with a lace skirt—which is fastened with a shimmery brooch—and a multi-textured cross-over top. A dainty feathery fascinator adds the perfect finishing touch.

Movie: Sex and The City (2008)

Worn by Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker); Designed by Vivienne Westwood

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It’s hard to remember the “Cloud” dress as the piece Carrie Bradshaw got left at the altar in. With its corseted top and wide-angled, peaked neckline, this gown nips at the waist and then boldly puffs out in a structured fashion. The dramatic number features a voluminous, layered skirt made of a smooth silk Duchess satin on top and a textured silk Radzimir taffeta underneath. The ivory in both layers varies as well, with the strapless bodice and outer skirt shimmering in golden undertones, while the bottom layer remains an understated porcelain tint. To top it off, a voluminous tulle veil is gathered at the side of the head with statement teal green feathers.

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And while we agree that this dress closely resembles a cloud, every time we look at it we mainly see a delicious, oversized meringue—either way, it’s hard to resist.

Pro-Stylist Tip: Whether you’re feeling inspired by Padme’s lace veil, Juliet’s long-sleeved overlay or Carrie’s sculptured gown, we can help you incorporate these elements into your customized dress design. Talk to a Stylist and let her know of your movie-inspired ideas!

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