Matching bridesmaid dresses are a tradition that has recently been shaken to the core.
Rows of unique, distinct, but flattering and complementary dresses forming a limited rainbow palate that simply doesn’t occur by accident are wow-ing wedding goers and wedding planners everywhere. When done right, it’s quite a spectacular sight. And certainly the lovely ladies who have to wear the dresses don’t mind a little more discretion over their flattering fit they crave for the big, heavily photographed day.
But that being said, make no mistake: if executed poorly, it can be disastrous. It must be done right – and here’s how.
1. The bride has to provide some direction to help with the mismatched dress coordination.
A color isn’t enough. Make sure you specify: * Fabric * A color palette * Length * Sleeves
2. Get them to send pics – and don’t be afraid to say no.
It’s your day after all!
3. Find inspiration.
Figure out what you want it to look like first, then let them manifest it!
Now, here’s why!
* It’s beautiful! Mismatched dresses look far less planned, while still being just as aesthetically pleasing (if not more so!) * It’ll help all the bridesmaids wear something flattering since one size (or style) NEVER fits all * It’ll help you and the bridesmaids afford the expenses * There are way more mismatched opportunities, which makes picking one option much easier and more flexible
Hollywood celebrities are notorious for their turbulent relationships. When you live your life in the public eye, it’s not easy to find lasting love. Plus, whether you’re famous or not, it sometimes takes a few attempts to find ‘The One.’ As the saying goes, you have to kiss some frogs to find your prince! These 40+ celebrities can attest to that, as they have all been married upwards of four times!
American actress Melanie Griffith has been married four times, and has recently said, “I really don’t think marriage is relevant for anyone anymore.” She was has been unable to find lasting love, but she is on good terms with her exes and has raised a brood of happy children (including Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson).
She married her first husband Don Johnson when she was 18. They split later that year, only to get remarried again in 1989.
The “Piano Man” Billy Joel has had his fair share of complicated relationships. We’ll explore his marriage with supermodel Christie Brinkley soon, but who else has he been wed to?
His first marriage was with Elizabeth Weber Small, his former manager. He later married chef Katie Lee, who was 32 years his junior. Finally, he found love with Alexis Roderick, horse-rider and former Morgan Stanley executive. They have two daughters and live together at his estate on Long Island.
American supermodel Cheryl Tiegs’ love life has been full of ups and downs, and her rollercoaster relationships have resulted in four marriages. She’s a free spirit who has served on the board of the Earth Conservation Corps, investigated climate change in the Arctic and worked with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.
So, it makes sense that her exes include yoga instructor Rod Stryker and photographer Peter Beard. She famously traveled to Kenya with him on an expedition to protect African wildlife.
Producer and composer David Foster knows how to create sweet music. Maybe this is the reason why he has had countless relationships with beautiful women over the years! Foster has been married five times. His current wife is American Idol alum turned Broadway star, Katharine McPhee.
Before they wed, he had a few other high-profile relationships, including his 14-year marriage to Linda Thompson. He was even the stepfather of Brody and Brandon, her sons with ex Caitlyn Jenner.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
We’re kicking off the list with Hollywood socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. The former Miss Hungary had her fair share of husbands, having been married nine times!
Her spouses include Turkish politician Burhan Asaf Belge, actor George Sanders, financier Herbert Hutner, oil tycoon Joshua Cosden, inventor Jack Ryan, attorney Michael O’Hara, hotel tycoon Conrad Hilton, and actor Felipe de Alba. Her last marriage was to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt in 1986; they were married until she passed in 2016.
Actor Tony Curtis was a darling of the silver screen throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He was known for taking on comedic and dramatic roles throughout his career, but he was also beloved by fans for his devilishly good looks.
Curtis was married a whopping six times, with one of his most high-profile relationships with Psycho actress Janet Leigh, with whom he had Kelly and Jamie Lee. His other famous wives include German actress Christine Kaufmann and model Leslie “Penny” Allen, with whom he had two sons.
Best known for being one half of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel had a busy career, starring in over 107 short films with his counterpart, Oliver Hardy. But his love life was equally as prodigious, as he married four women a total of eight times.
His quick wit and infectious laugh made him a hit with the ladies, and his marriages brought him a series of legal battles in the 1930s. Laurel certainly lived life to the fullest!
If you’re a fan of fantasy, you will definitely recognize Sean Bean. He has starred in the Lord of the Rings film saga and the iconic television series Game of Thrones, making him one of the most sought-after celebrities in Hollywood.
His on-screen popularity definitely translates to the dating game, and he has been married five times and divorced four times. He originally married his high-school sweetheart, but things didn’t work out. He has been with Ashley Moore since 2017.
Rue McClanahan was famous for playing the man-obsessed Southern belle, Blanche Devereaux, on the beloved NBC sitcom Golden Girls. Just like her character, Rue McClanahan had a varied and exciting love life.
She was married six times, and even wrote an autobiography entitled My First Five Husbands … and the Ones Who Got Away, which was released in 2007. The beloved actress had said in an interview, “I always expected to be married once and forever,” but life had other plans.
Starlet Rita Hayworth was one of the most famous actresses of the 1940s. She married her manager, Edward Judson, when she was only 18 years old. The power imbalance made for a toxic marriage, as she said, “I married him for love, he married me for an investment.”
Perhaps her most famous relationship was with Orson Welles, who she called “the love of my life.” Unfortunately, their romance wasn’t meant to be. She went on to marry three more times.
Richard Pryor is regarded as one of the best American stand-up comedians of all time. His sense of humor made him popular with women, as former girlfriend Margot Kidder said, “I fell in love with Pryor in two seconds flat.” Pryor was married seven times to five women.
His wives include Patricia Price, Shelley Bonus, model and actress Deborah McGuire, interior designer Jennifer Lee, and aspiring actress Flynn Belaine. He stayed with Jennifer Lee until his untimely death in 2005.
Baywatch star Pamela Anderson was one of the most famous pin-ups of the 1990s. She has had a string of high-profile dalliances, including her first marriage to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. Their messy relationship did not last, and she has since gone on to get married four more times over the span of 26 years.
Most recently, she married her personal security guard, Dan Hayhurst, on Christmas Eve 2020, after they fell in love during the coronavirus lockdown.
Love him or hate him, self-professed ‘mega actor’ Nicolas Cage is one of the most famous stars in Hollywood. He has acted in countless successful films throughout his life, adopting a unique style of method acting that has helped shape his unique career.
His love life has been stormy, and he has been married five times. Many of his wives have been celebrities in their own right, including actress Patricia Arquette and singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley.
Widely regarded as America’s first teen star, Mickey Rooney had a career spanning almost 90 years! He first acted at the age of 15, and he quickly became one of MGM’s most successful actors.
Behind the scenes, Mickey’s romantic life was intense, to say the least. He married eight times, first to actress Ava Gardner. In 1978, he married Jan Chamberlin, and their union lasted until his death, a total of 34 years (longer than his seven previous marriages combined).
The famed Hollywood director is responsible for films including The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, and Shutter Island. As a rule of thumb — if Leonardo DiCaprio starred in it, then Scorsese probably directed it!
Not only is he a prolific director, but Martin Scorsese is also a serial dater. He has been married five times, with his first betrothal taking place in 1965. Since then, he has married Julia Cameron, Isabella Rossellini, Barbara De Fina, and finally, Helen Morris.
The late Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is known for being one of the greatest American jazz musicians of all time. You may be surprised to find out that the famed trumpeter was married four times in his life.
It took him a while to find true romance, but once he met the love of his life (Lucille Wilson), they were together for almost 30 years. Before they were married, he had been with Alpha Smith, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Daisy Parker.
American actor Lorenzo Lamas has been married five times and has a grand total of six children! So, it’s safe to say his life has been busy. And each union has come with its fair share of drama! His first marriage was with model Victoria Albert.
Their relationship ended and he moved on with his publicist, Michele Cathy Smith. Later, he married actress Kathleen Kinmont, followed by his controversial marriage to Shauna Sand. His fifth wedding was with Shawna Craig.
The Cabaret star has been married four times. Her first marriage was to entertainer Peter Allen, which ended abruptly as Minnelli found out that he had been struggling with his orientation. Minnelli later married Jack Haley Jr., a producer and director, whose father had previously worked with her mother, Judy Garland, in The Wizard of Oz.
After this relationship broke down, she married Mark Gero, a sculptor and stage manager. Her final marriage was with eccentric concert promoter David Gest.
Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley is the daughter of legendary musician Elvis Presley. She has been married four times, with ex-husband Nicolas Cage also earning himself a place on this list for his multiple weddings! Her first marriage was to Chicago-born musician Danny Keough.
Twenty days after her divorce, she famously wed another musical icon — none other than Michael Jackson! Her most recent marriage was with guitarist, music producer, and director Michael Lockwood. The two had twin daughters and split in 2016.
Larry King walked down the aisle a whopping eight times before his death in January 2021. The late television and radio host had an illustrious career, winning countless awards for his broadcasting and conducting over 50,000 interviews throughout his lifetime. His love life was fairly complicated.
He married high-school sweetheart Freda Miller in 1952 at age 19, but the relationship didn’t last. His other romantic partners included a Playboy bunny, a mathematics teacher, a singer, multiple actresses, and a businesswoman.
Born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner, Lana Turner was an acclaimed film actress and model, who achieved fame throughout the 1940s. One of the earliest examples of a classic Hollywood celebrity, her personal life was almost as talked about as her film career.
The pop culture icon married seven different men in her lifetime. In an interview, she famously said, “My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around.”
The country music icon Kenny Rogers sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His hits such as “I Can’t Unlove You” and “Islands in the Stream” may have been inspired by his turbulent love life.
Rogers was married five times and had five children. His first marriage was to Janice Gordon in 1958, while his fifth and final marriage lasted for 22 years until his death.
The Cheers and Frasier star has been married four times and has seven children and one grandchild. His personal and professional lives have been equally as busy, as he has won a number of Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globes throughout his 40-year career.
While it took him a few attempts to find “The One,” Kelsey Grammer has been married to English flight attendant Kayte Walsh since 2010. They have two children — one daughter and two sons.
The one and only Josephine Baker was an American-French entertainer and activist. Known as the “Black Venus,” she was an iconic performer of the Jazz Age, turned French Resistance agent during World War II. She later played a key role in the US Civil Rights movement.
Baker led an eventful life, marrying four times. She first married in her teenage years. Her final husband was French orchestra leader Jo Bouillon in 1947 (who helped to raise her 12 adopted children).
The ever-glamorous Joan Collins is famous for playing Alexis Colby on soap opera Dynasty. Her character on the show is known for her various plots to destroy her ex-husband, oil tycoon Blake Carrington. Hopefully, she has a better relationship with her real-life exes!
She has been married five times, first to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed. Other romantic partners include Anthony Newley, Ron Kass, and Peter Holm. She married her fifth and current husband, Percy Gibson, in 2002.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer and pianist often known by his nickname, “The Killer.” He pioneered rock and roll and rockabilly music, wowing audiences with his piano skills and sense of charisma. His popularity faltered after he controversially married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.
He had also had not yet divorced his previous wife, Jane Mitcham, adding to the furor. In total, he has been married seven times, with plenty of scandals along the way.
Jennifer O’Neill is the original CoverGirl, known for her work with the cosmetics company starting in 1963. The Brazilian-born actress and model is known for her girl-next-door looks, and these certainly helped her attract her many romantic partners.
O’Neill has been married nine times to eight husbands. She does not regret her experiences, as they allowed her to welcome her three children into the world. She has been happily married to talented music producer Mervin Sidney Louque Jr. since 1996.
Here’s another Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie star who had their fair share of marriages! There must have been something in the water in 1940s Hollywood! Psycho star Janet Leigh was famously married to Tony Curtis. They were known as one of the golden couples of the era, but things didn’t quite work out between the pair.
They had two daughters and divorced in 1962. She had been married twice before eloping with Tony, and after their divorce, she married stockbroker Robert Brandt.
The superstar director is responsible for films such as Titanic and Avatar. While his movie career has been full of success, his love life has had its ups and downs. Cameron has been married five times. He was with his first wife Sharon Williams from 1978 to 1984.
He later married Gale Anne Hurd, a close collaborator for his 1980s films. After their split, he wed fellow director Kathryn Bigelow. He later wed actress Linda Hamilton, followed by Suzy Amis.
Henry Fonda was an Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor, who had a career that spanned five decades in Hollywood. He is perhaps best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Wrong Man, and being the father of actress Jane Fonda and actor Henry Fonda — as well as the grandfather of former actress Bridget Fonda.
The star’s romantic life was a bit of a rollercoaster, and he was married five times throughout his life. His final wedding was to Shirlee Mae Adams in 1965.
Hedy Lamarr had a fascinating life. Not only was she a successful actress — appearing in 30 films over a 28-year career in Europe and the USA — but she was also an inventor!
At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil created a radio system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology for Allied torpedoes, intended to defeat the threat of jamming by the enemy powers. She married six times, but lived a secluded life in her later years.
Ginger Rogers was a darling of the silver screen, known for being one of the leading ladies during the Golden Age of Hollywood. You may have seen her treading the boards with Fred Astaire — they filmed nine movies together — but the couple never confirmed a romantic relationship.
She married five times, with her first wedding taking place in 1929 when she was 17 years old. She later married a series of actors including Lew Ayres, Jack Briggs, and Jacques Bergerac.
Geraldo Rivera is an American journalist, attorney, author, political commentator, and former television host. You may recognize him from television appearances on shows like The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults, Geraldo at Large, and The Five on Fox News.
Rivera has made headlines over the past few years due to his controversial political opinions, and criticism of the “woke” left. He’s been married five times, but he has been wed to his current wife Erica Michelle Levy since August 2003.
Boxer turned culinary entrepreneur George Foreman has many strings to his bow. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He created the George Foreman grill. He is an ordained minister and author of over 20 books.
He has been married to Mary Joan Martelly since 1985, but had four previous marriages before they wed. Altogether, he has five sons and seven daughters! Fun fact — all of his sons have been given the first name George!
Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis has played many different roles across film and television. She’s played the first female president of the United States in political drama Commander in Chief, and she’s played the adopted mom of a rodent in the Stuart Little movies.
In real life, she is an accomplished actress, gender equality activist, executive producer, and former model. She’s been married four times, having wed actor Jeff Goldblum. Today, she is single and dedicated to her work.
Gary Oldman is regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation. With his charm, talent, and success, it’s no wonder he has had a colorful dating life. He has been married five times, with his first wedding to English actress Lesley Manville in 1987. Together they have one son and two grandchildren.
He later met Kill Bill star Uma Thurman on the set of State of Grace; they were married in 1990, but unfortunately split two years later.
New Jersey Crooner Frank Sinatra has sung some of the most iconic love songs of all time. Not only was he a successful singer, but he also starred in films including The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Not only did his legions of fans fall prey to Sinatramania, but so did many women in his personal life. He was married four times, striking up high-profile relationships with actresses Mia Farrow and Ava Gardner.
In 1963, Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Taylor played real-life royalty Cleopatra opposite Richard Burton, who played Anthony. The pair were married and divorced twice, and they starred in 11 films together. Burton was only one of seven husbands that Taylor had throughout her lifetime.
The serial bride enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle and loved nothing more than to travel the world with her partners, indulging in the finer things in life. Her final wedding was to construction worker Larry Fortensky.
One of Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands was actor and singer Eddie Fisher. He earns a spot of his own on this list, as he was married five times in total. Their romance was shrouded in scandal, as Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Taylor — who was Reynolds’ best friend.
This all happened shortly after Taylor’s husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash. Fisher also fathered Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher with Debbie Reynolds.
Blonde beauty Doris Day was all over the big screen in the 1950s and ’60s. Sadly, her marriages weren’t as idyllic as her films. Her first relationship with Al Jorden was tarnished by abuse and violence. She eventually divorced her cruel husband and moved on to marry George Weidler. They split when Weidler turned out to be a cheater.
Her final two relationships weren’t exactly full of love, either. She was said to have preferred the company of her dogs!
American actor Clark Gabel was known as “The King of Hollywood.” He had roles in more than 60 motion pictures during a career that lasted an astounding 37 years. Throughout his life, the Gone With the Wind star was married five times.
His marriage in 1939 to his third wife, actress Carole Lombard, was full of mutual love and respect. Their romance ended in tragedy, as she was sadly killed in a plane crash. His life was never the same.
Superstar model Christie Brinkley is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in America. She has been married four times, most notably between 1985 and 1994 to “Uptown Girl” singer Billy Joel. It’s no surprise that she played his love interest in many of his music videos!
Her most recent marriage was in 1996, to architect Peter Halsey Cook. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in a much-publicized 2008 divorce. Today, she focuses on her career in the entertainment industry.
Billy Bob Thornton
Despite showing distaste for celebrity culture, American actor, filmmaker, and musician Billy Bob Thornton often finds himself in the tabloid headlines — thanks to his high-profile relationships. His marriage to Hollywood starlet Angelina Jolie is a notable example; the couple famously wore lockets containing drops of each other’s blood!
He has been married six times with the first five marriages ending in divorce. He is now married to makeup artist Connie Angland, with whom he has a daughter named Bella.
Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has had a successful career as the frontman of alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. His personal life has served as inspiration for many of his songs, including “Song for the Dumped,” “Battle of Who Could Care Less,” and the band’s most successful song, “Brick.”
He has been married five times, with one of his exes being his elementary school sweetheart. He appears to have finally found ‘The One’ in Emma Sandall, a former Royal Ballet dancer.
Barbara Walters has charmed audiences across America throughout her career. The retired broadcast journalist, author, and television personality is known for her charismatic and engaging interviewing style, and she has led an exciting and fulfilling life.
An inductee into the Television Hall of Fame, Walters’ busy career has made it difficult for her to find lasting love, and she has been married four times to three different men. She has recently retired to allow her to recover from health problems.