Wedding Inspiration From the 2013 Oscar Red Carpet

The Oscars didn't provide many surprises last night (Russell Crowe still can't sing, Anne Hathaway wore Gwyneth's dress picked up a statue for Best Actress) but who knew there would be so much wedding inspiration? From Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum's opening dance number - which is sure to have couples signing up for lessons in droves today - to Ben Affleck's loving words to Jennifer Garner ("Thank you for working on our marriage - there's no one I'd rather work with") we feverishly took notes for you during the red carpet parade before the actual ceremony began.

Top Oscar night trends: bare shoulders, subdued jewelry, necklaces that drop delicately down the back, minimal makeup and undone hair, fishtail hems and nude or pale gowns.

Bridal Looks from the Red Carpet

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Charlize Theron: This Dior Couture column gown with a sparkling peplum is simple, yet fashion forward. We love the simple styling, with bangles on both wrists.

Queen Latifah: We were wowed by this flattering Badgley Mischka - and Latifah's sleek style altogether!

Jessica Chastain: This champagne Armani gown worked well with Chastain's pale good looks, mostly because she chose great accessories - including a bold berry lip.


Jennifer Lawrence: A gown for a girl who's been planning her wedding her whole life, this is also Dior Couture.



Amy Adams: This romantically ruffled silvery-grey Oscar de la Renta elicited the most gasps and sighs at our watch party! Truly, a gown fit for a princess.


Honorable mention to Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman (Harvey Weinstein's lovely lady) for making a bump work on the red carpet! This would be a great bridal look for someone who's walking down the aisle with child.

Bridal Hair and Makeup Inspiration

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Say it with me: bold eyes, strong lips, can't lose.  Remember when considering how you'll do your bridal makeup that what we saw last night won't translate well to wedding day photos. Choose a strong eye (Adele, Reese Witherspoon] or deeply colored lip [Jessica Chastain] so that your features stand out rather than fade away.

And while there was lots of "I don't care" hair (can someone please get Kristen Stewart some shampoo?) There was also lots of great retro glamour in hairstyles, from Reese and Jessica's Veronica Lake-style waves to Stacy Kiebler's art-deco bob and Adele's gorgeous half updo. Your wedding is a day you want to look like you put your back into it.

Bridesmaid Style


In a sea of neutrals, these women stood out in colorful gowns that we'd love to see on a bridesmaid - from Kerry Washington's sparkling Miu Miu gown to Jennifer Aniston's bold red Valentino and our favorite, Jennifer Garner's plum pretty Prada with a cascade of ruffles.  (We left out Jane Fonda's yellow stunner - that's strictly advanced style, ladies. Maybe for your second wedding.)

What were your favorite Oscar styles? Will the red carpet inspire your wedding look?