The wedding day is all about the bride (even if she hates it). And while every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day, it seems like everyone else in the world wants to tear her down out of jealousy and primal territorial rage. Here are five wedding dresses, worn by celebrities and ordinary women alike, that wound up getting serious hate from killjoy trolls.
1. Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress.
The wedding dress Kate Middleton wore on the day she became a princess in 2011 acquired worldwide recognition, and controversy, overnight. Designed by fashion house Alexander McQueen, the gorgeous gown was the subject of a lawsuit by independent designer Christine Kendall, who claimed that the design was copied from sketches she presented to the royal family, but were ultimately rejected. And considering that the dress was rumored to cost roughly 40,000 pounds, this was no small claims dispute.
A full year after the wedding, Kate's gown became the subject of a much dumber controversy among the prickliest of all nerds: Wikipedia editors. At the 2012 Wikimania conference (which must have been a barrel of laughs), Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales cited the fact that the dress had its own Wikipedia article as an example of the website being inclusive to women. Guess how long that lasted.
As soon as he said so, Wikipedia purists started campaigning for the article to be deleted, claiming it was not significant enough to warrant coverage in an online encyclopedia that has entries for every single Battlestar Galactica character. On the article's talk page, a bitter battle ensued. One editor wrote, "This is frankly trivial, and surely isn't notable enough to be on wikipedia. Request deletion," while another called it, "one of the lowest points ever reached by Wikipedia."
Ultimately, the article remained. But to this day, Wikipedia has a serious case of cooties.
2. Jodie Marsh's strap thingy.
English bodybuilder/model Jodie Marsh wore this revealing wedding number on the red carpet in 2007, as a promotion for her MTV reality show Jodie Marsh: Who'll Take Her up the Aisle? The "dress" was clearly intended to stir up controversy, and that's exactly what it did. To this day, the show's IMDB page features a one-star review entitled "Reinforces my already low opinion of this Vile Woman."
You know you look hot in your wedding dress when someone capitalizes the phrase "Vile Woman."
3. The "dream dress" that was crowdfunded (by the bridesmaids).
In June 2016, a woman named Hayley went viral with an essay for Mamamia, in which she described her experience being a bridesmaid for the most monstrous of all bridezillas. In addition to requiring constant input from her bridesmaids on various wedding ephemera (including the groom's buttonholes), this bridenstein tasked Hayley with making a spreadsheet of different cake vendors, then threw shade at her when she didn't get it the same day.
But the worst injustice was still to come. As Hayley writes, one day she found an unbelievable email in her inbox:
The latest bridal update was a long email outlining how she and Jase were hugely over their bridal budget now that she’d splurged on the dress. That it was "totally fine if you can’t" but she would really love if we could "pitch in" around $150 each towards her "dream dress." That it’d mean so very much to her and would mean that as she walked down the aisle, she’d be wearing something we’d all had a part in.
Yikes! $150 for someone else's dress? It's bad enough that bridesmaids have to shell out top dollar for their own hideous dress they'll never wear again. When she read that email, Hayley knew that this bridezilla had emerged from her cocoon and completed her metamorphosis to something much worse: the dreaded brideferatu.
4. This woman's dress that got her slut-shamed at a wedding.
This one is a bit of a cheat, because it's not actually a wedding dress. But it was a dress worn at a wedding, it was SUPER real, and the haters REALLY hated it.
Liz Krueger is a 31-year-old fitness instructor from Minnesota. In the summer or 2016, she decided to wear a tight minidress to a wedding because it was supposed to be 90 degrees out. But from the reactions she got from the other guests, it seems like everyone assumed her goal was to be Queen Ho of Promiscuity Mountain.
She wrote that women were giving her side-eye and snide comments all day. One even slapped her ass, explaining that "it was a dare from her friends, bc [Krueger] was a target." All because she wore a moderately revealing piece of formalwear.
5. Beyoncé's wedding dress that even she hated.
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z married in a private ceremony in April 2008, back when the Beyhive was just a small colony fiercely devoted to their Queen. Bey wore a custom dress designed by her mother Tina, and looked flawless as always.
But as Tina revealed in an interview on the Today show eight years later, the dress wasn't quite flawless enough for her daughter's exacting taste. The elder Knowles said:
She came back later one day and she said, "You know, when my daughter [Blue Ivy] gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress."
That's subtle, but the meaning is clear. That dress was not Bey-approved. In case you have any lingering doubt, Tina confirmed that she got the message:
Maybe she wasn’t so excited about [the dress] at the time, but she’s a sweetheart.
Isn't that nice? Beyoncé is nothing if not a devoted daughter. Actually, that's not true. She's nothing if not a Goddess. But after that, a devoted daughter.