Kim Kardashian's Three Wedding Gowns: All the Details!

08/23/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress
Courtesy Vera Wang

When Kim Kardashian chose family friend Vera Wang to create her custom couture wedding gowns, she knew things would be picture perfect. What she didn’t know, however, was which of the three intricate gowns she would choose to wear for her walk down the aisle.

“I truly, up until two days before [the wedding] could not decide which to wear,” the bride admits to PEOPLE. After seeking advice from friends, family — and of course Wang herself — the choice was clear: Kardashian made her grand entrance in what she calls the “princess look” gown, a ball gown with full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on bodice and train. Along with her Lorraine Schwartz headpiece, she wore a cathedral-length veil with hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué at the hem and a lightly shirred blusher layer.

“It was Cinderella,” Wang tells PEOPLE of the overall look. “But Cinderella with a very sexy body. She has a very Liz Taylor or Sophia Loren kind of body and we didn’t want to lose that.”

Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress
Courtesy Vera Wang

For the first dance, Kardashian went with something completely different — the gown that ended up being “my favorite,” she says — a sexier, Georgette mermaid dress with hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on bodice. The skirt had hand-cut organza petals intermixed with Chantilly lace motifs and organza sprig embroidery.

And lastly, when it was time to party, Kardashian made her third and final change of the evening into a bias-cut crepe-back satin gown with v-neck and circle skirt. She accessorized all three looks with custom Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Wang summed up the experience perfectly: “It was a wonderful process. The fact that she came to me for having a certain classicism mixed with modernity, I feel very honored.”

Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress
Courtesy Vera Wang

–Jennifer Garcia

E! News will air a two-part special, Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, on Oct. 9 and 10, only on E!

For exclusive personal photos from Kim’s fairytale wedding and all the details, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands this week. Click here for a special $1 off coupon.

SEE KIM’S TOP 10 WHITE DRESSES!

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Borderline on

Why would anyone need three different dresses?? Such a waste of money, fabric and Vera Wang’s time. Kim, time to do something useful and give all your money (which you’re wasting anyway) to charity. Imagine what she could achieve if she didn’t spend all her time looking pretty for the cameras.

Amy on

wretched excess

gary on

Oh America. What have U become. you consider this royalty ?

Rebecca on

OMG please shut up about anything Kardashian. I’m so sick of these people.

camaguey on

Yep. Now the trend is at least 3 dresses, all at at least $5,000. Unbelievable. I mean: Are you kidding me? These idiots could have restored New Orleans to its magnificent splendor with the money they wasted on this party. Unbelievable.

lala on

duh duh duh duh 3 wedding dresses for one wedding……its ridiculous! but i must admit she was looking prettttttyyyyyyyyy!

Tara on

i LOVE LOVE LOVE designer sketches! They always look SO MUCH better than the real thing though.

bella on

did someone say kim kardashian is american loyalty?? LMFAO!!!!! thank you for giving me a good laugh!!

Elle on

Self indulgent rich people, wasting money for a wedding that probably won’t be her last. Too many Americans getting married now because they want to throw an expensive party. Just to get divorced a few years later

JohnB on

Kim K. is not even remotely American Royalty. She simply has a good publicist that has convinced people she’s more important than she really is. Minor celebrity at most, not worth all the attention that’s paid to her. There are plenty of people out there much more beautiful, more talented, charitable with their time and money, and wanting to make a difference that deserve to be publicized. The whole Kardashian family has had their 15 minutes of fame…lets move on!

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