June is traditionally wedding season (hi, I’m married to a professional videographer, so I know these things), and that puts me in the mood to look at wedding dresses. Since Downton Abbey finished up this spring, why not revisit the surprisingly large number of wedding ensembles featured in the six seasons of the show?
Here’s my ranking from least interesting to most fabulous! Feel free to share how you’d rearrange the Downton Abbey wedding outfits in the comments.
9) Rose’s Ceremony Suit
Who dropped a fugly bomb on her? Sure, it was a civil ceremony, but that didn’t mean she had to dress like an old lady. Gag.
8) Anna’s Wedding Outfit
Y’know, she wore fancier suits earlier in the series and better trimmed dresses as a Mary’s maid. For her own wedding, Anna gets the most ho-hum daytime apparel she could scrounge up.
7) Daisy’s Wedding Outfit
This was an awfully sweet look — in fact, it’s the first time we really see Daisy dressed up. In later seasons, she gets some sharp 1920s dresses, and this simple floral blouse and skirt worn with a curled hairstyle is a hint of how nice she can look.
6) Mary’s Second Wedding Dress
Distinctly average. Yes, it’s a second wedding, but she’s not ancient. The cut does nothing for her, and the whole thing makes her look like somebody else’s mother of the bride.
5) Mrs. Hughes Borrowed Wedding Coat
After a bit of comedic relief, Elsie got something posh yet suited to her tastes to wear on her wedding day. The velvet coat from Lady Grantham was just right.
4) Edith’s (Cancelled) Wedding Gown
If you have to get jilted at the altar, at least do it in a beautiful gown with a long tulle veil (though maybe wearing the same tiara as your spiteful sister was a bad move?).
3) Mary’s First Wedding Gown
All cool, silky elegance, this classy number combines the essence of Mary’s style with a touch of romance and is ideal for her union with Matthew.
2) Edith’s (Real) Wedding Gown
She finally gets her ‘happily ever after’ with a marquess, a castle, her daughter, and a perfectly lovely dress topped by a pearl tiara. Plus, she made Daddy proud! *squee*
1) Rose’s Reception Gown
Yep, Lady Rose makes both the bottom AND the top of my list! For as frump-tastic as her official wedding suit is, her reception gown is stunningly gorgeous and befitting the pretty little lady she is. Bonus points for being an unworn vintage 1920s find that the series costume designer restyled for Lily James to wear in the show.
OK, what’s your fave (and least fave) Downton Abbey wedding gown?