1840: Queen Victoria

Ever wonder why so many brides wear white? Thank Queen Victoria. In 1840, she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Albert wearing a white wedding dress that sparked a trend, making white the go-to shade for brides.

1945: Lauren Bacall

Even though Lauren Bacall is an old-Hollywood actress known for her sultry looks, she skipped the big white dress and wore a beige skirt-suit and black leather belt for her wedding to Humphrey Bogart (who also happened to be 25 years her senior).

1954: Marilyn Monroe

When Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco on January 14, 1954, she didn’t wear white. In fact, she wore something nobody would’ve expected: a chocolate brown dress that hit just below her knees, plus a matching jacket.

1959: Brigitte Bardot

For her second wedding, the French actress threw tradition out the window and (although you can’t tell here) wore a pink gingham shirtwaist dress by Jacques Estere to her wedding to actor Jacques Charrier.

1964: Elizabeth Taylor

For her wedding to fifth husband Richard Burton, Taylor opted for a canary yellow chiffon dress topped off with dozens of white flowers in her hair. While her penchant for getting married certainly made the news more than her gowns, this was her brightest dress to date.

1969: Yoko Ono

Being the unconventional couple that they were, Yoko Ono and John Lennon chose to wear untraditional garb to their nuptials. Ono rocked several of the decade’s most iconic trends: the mini skirt, a felt hat, and knee-highs.

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