• Melissa Imari Alvarez

Here’s What Ariana Grande’s Wedding Dress Could Look Like

*watches “excuse me, i love you” once, fancies herself an Ari expert*

There’s a pretty unanimous agreement that 2020 was an absolutely awful year. As the dumpster fire raged on, we grasped on to any bit of happiness we could. If you follow or care for entertainment and celebrity news at all, then one bit of goodness to come out of 2020 was that of Ariana Grande’s engagement to Dalton Gomez. Nearly as soon as the announcement hit Instagram, the memes came rolling in- most notably this one!

Simple and cheeky, this meme makes a great statement about Grande’s undeniably iconic style. And it did get me thinking...what *will* Ari’s wedding dress look like? Well, here’s a few theories I’ve come up with.

Audrey Style

Holly Golightly vibes to tease the announcement of Ariana’s addition to the Givenchy family.

In past interviews, Grande has shared that Audrey Hepburn is her favorite style icon. She’s even got a tattoo that honors her! Hepburn’s style is basically the epitome of classic elegance, which is always a successful style in the bridal department. In her lifetime, Audrey Hepburn donned 4 different wedding gowns- 3 personal (though 1 never made it down the aisle) and 1 on film. If I had to guess, it would be Hepburn’s tea length wedding dress from Funny Face that Ari might find inspiration in.

Coincidentally, that dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy, a lifelong friend and collaborator of Hepburn’s and, of course, founder of French design house Givenchy. The coincidence is that in 2019, Ariana Grande was named as the new face of Givenchy. In the announcement for her F/W ‘19 campaign, Grande channeled her inner Holly Golightly- Hepburn’s iconic character portrayed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Side-by-side comparisons of Clare Waight Keller (left) and Matthew Williams’s (right) design styles.

It would make sense for Grande to choose a designer that she currently has a partnership with to design her wedding dress. However, at the time she became the new face of Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller had been the Creative Director- a title she held for 3 years, during which time she designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress! Since Waight Keller announced her resignation from Givenchy in April 2020, Matthew Williams has since taken on the role. Waight Keller’s design style was described to have brought Givenchy back to its classic, elegant roots whereas Williams is more known for his modern design aesthetic, inspired by street culture. Either could work for Grande, but based on her history of red carpet looks I have a feeling she will opt for something more opulent and dramatic for her big day. Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?

Very Vera

Ariana’s 2018 Met Gala look for Heavenly Bodies. Custom Vera Wang, styled by Law Roach.

In 2018, Ariana and longtime stylist, Law Roach, made what was probably her biggest red carpet statement to date (then) at the Met‘s Heavenly Bodies Gala. Taking the theme to heart, Grande graced the steps in a custom Vera Wang gown with an allover print of the Sistine Chapel. The look was nothing short of divine and solidified Ari as a couture princess. And what princess wouldn’t want her fairy tale wedding dress designed by a true bridal queen? Reuniting with Vera Wang would be a match made in heaven.

Looks from Vera Wang’s Bridal/Fall 2021 collection. I think the one to the right would be right up Ari’s style alley!

Valli Vibes

Ariana’s custom Giambattista Valli look at the 2020 Grammys.

Ariana Grande stunned on the red carpet again early in 2020 at the Grammys- twice! Yup. The pop superstar changed outfits halfway through the pre-awards coverage but the look that really took fans’ breath away was her custom gray tulle Giambattista Valli gown. It’s even said that, in fittings, it brought her stylist Law Roach to tears. It’s also said that Giambattista Valli doesn’t do custom pieces regularly, but if they did it once for Ari, maybe they would do it again for her big day?

From the Giambattista Valli F/W 20-21 Couture collection. Something with a little Grand grandeur!

So what style do you think Ari will lean towards for her wedding dress? Classic like Audrey, princess vibes with Vera, or big-time glamour like Giambattista Valli? Or maybe something else completely? Sound off in the comments!

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