Sarah Jessica Parker regrets her black wedding dress

A photo taken during SATC filming on 10/12/07. Credit: Fame

Sarah Jessica Parker has some regrets about her marriage to Matthew Broderick. And no, it’s not what you think. Her regret is specific to her wedding dress. Sarah Jessica famously wore black to her wedding twelve years ago, and it’s a fashion decision that has haunted her for years.

I saw SJP talk about this several years ago, and from what I remember of the story, Broderick told her she shouldn’t wear white because it would be inappropriate. Something about how they were already living together and sleeping together, I guess. But instead of going with some kind of off-white dress, SJP went with black. The Times of India has more:

The ‘Sex and the City’actress Sarah Jessica Parker regrets wearing a black wedding gown for her marriage to actor husband Matthew Broderick and is still embarrassed by the fashion faux pas she made 12-years ago.

Parker, who is famous for her impeccable fashion choices, broke the tradition of wearing white for her wedding in 1997. But looking back, she’s upset with her daring decision.

“(I would) white it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn on that day,” the star said in an interview.

The 43-year-old actress is also making sure that the couple’s six-year-old son, James Wilkie understands that a black wedding dress is not appropriate attire.

Parker adds, “James Wilkie’s teacher is getting married, and he said, ‘Do you think she will be wearing black?’ I said, ‘No! I can almost assure you.’ Then he said, ‘Do you still regret it?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I still regret it.'”

The star recently said that the sequel to last year’s film adaptation of the popular television series looks very promising however she admitted that she was clueless about the plot the film.

From The Times of India

Perhaps if she feels so strongly about it though, she and Matthew should renew their vows just so SJP can wear white.

There has been a steady drum of negative gossip about the state of the Broderick-Parker marriage, including several people noting that at their recent Oscar outing, Broderick looked like he wished he was anywhere else than beside his wife. Still, SJP has consistently denied there is anything wrong. Perhaps a white-clad vow-renewal will help!

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  1. photo jojo says:

    I was recently married for the second time and wore a full length ivory and champagne strapless number. It was phenomenal, and I don’t care WHO thinks it was inappropriate! Bottom line: the bride should wear what SHE wants, and not something to make others happy. I’m sorry SJP regrets her choice.

  2. Annie says:

    Ivory and champagne isn’t as crazy as all out black, the color of deep mourning.

    It’s like she’s mourning the loss of single-life lol.

  3. kiki says:

    SJP is pretty/ugly or ugly/pretty however you want to look at her.
    I have a vibe she heading for a divorce announcement soon. Ferris Bueller does not look happy when he is with her.

  4. Michele says:

    “Bottom line: the bride should wear what SHE wants, and not something to make others happy.”

    Amen photo jojo! It’s not like wearing a white gown is written into law- why not have fun and change things up a bit? Wearing a dress with a little bit of color is way cooler than wearing a boring white one, imo.

  5. Persistent Cat says:

    To me, white is the same as ivory or champagne. Most women don’t look good in white. That’s why I wore ivory.

    I think veils over the face are inappropriate if the couple have been living together.

    I’m surprised she listened to him. She strikes me as the type of woman that’ll wear what she wants, when she wants.

  6. mamafogle says:

    When my friend got married in Germany a few years ago, she had a dress made for her that was orange. It was a day ceremony in the garden and she looked great. And she had no regrets.

  7. KattyBitch says:

    I was quite happy to wear black to my wedding. One- thankfully- I’m not SJP. Two, my lifestyle tends to the darker side of things so it was perfectly natural to wear black.

    The fact that even her 6 year old knows how unhappy her life is about it means she’s never gone past that day. She needs to grow up and get over it, let it be the past. The rest of her marriage and life shouldn’t be ruined by it. And That’s my Dr. Phil moment. =)

  8. Jenni says:

    I think black was traditional in victorian times and in Europe. A friend of mine wore this gorgeous black lace dress last year for her wedding, and while it was unusual, it was beautiful.

  9. CB Rawks says:

    Lame! How old fashioned of him! I wore white proudly even though I’d been living with my fella for a year! It was my weddin day, jeez o’ pete!
    Plus it’s the only white dress I’ve ever worn. 😀

  10. CB Rawks says:

    Orange sounds awesome, mamafogle!

  11. luckystar says:

    I think any color is fine, as long as it’s not black, which is a color with sadness/loss attached to it. It’s a day of great happiness and optimism after all! 🙂

  12. Annie says:

    Orange DOES sound pretty amazing.

    Though I have to say, I know for sure, that I’m wearing white, I’m talking whitewhitewhite. With the veil, the train, the whole 9. But I’m narcissistic and happen to think I look amazing in white.

    And let me tell ya, I wouldn’t call myself “Pure”. HAH. 😀

  13. Kate~ says:

    One of my cousins wore a beautiful turquoise dress to her wedding, and it suited her fun personality better than plain white 🙂

  14. Annie says:

    Aww. I don’t think white is plain 🙁

  15. Gris Gris says:

    I wore a fuschia sari with gold embroidery!!! It was awesome!!!

  16. Ash says:

    Orange is my favorite color but I could have never got away with wearing it. Family nagging! I wore an ivory dress. It waw still gorgeous!

  17. Christina says:

    i’m glad she’s discussing those important life issues with her kids like everyone should be :/

  18. Darlene says:

    For my first wedding, I wore “candlelight”, a kind of creamy white. Then for my second (current) wedding, it was a Christmas wedding, and I wore a dress in deep emerald green with a gold and black and green bodice. I loved it. I’m still thrilled I wore it.

  19. ER says:

    I’ve also wished I’d worn white or ivory to be married in, but I chose a simple and plain red, knee length church-style dress. I’m so happy to hear so many women chose unconventional colors – makes me feel better about my ‘red decision’.

    Regardless of the dress, the marriage is GREAT and for that I have no regrets 🙂

  20. Wif says:

    I wore gold, loved it.

  21. Michelle says:

    Does anyone know where I can find a link to see her dress? I did a search and only got pics of the dress she wore in the S&TC movie.


  22. Holly says:

    Whoa wait a second, her six year old son understands the concept of regret, and asks his Mom about it like he’s her little midget shrink? Huh.

  23. lrm says:

    hey,well isn’t red the color of death in china? depends on the culture,which means that color associations can be changed…it’s up to you. sounds like black in not SJP’s thing,whereas someone else might rock black on their wedding day. yea,definitely sounds like resentment on her part towards broderick for ‘making her wear non white’. which of course he did not.

  24. Jag says:


    The traditional color for wedding dresses was red, so you were being traditional without knowing it. 🙂

    I say that a woman can wear anything she darn well pleases… Traditional to outlandish, quirky to elegant. Love it all…

  25. Annie says:

    Especially in Asian cultures, red is THE color to be in. 😀

    It’s good luck! Along with gold. 🙂

  26. yasmin says:

    um yeah…. our marriage is in trouble so lets renew our vowels! … right.

    How could you wear black to your own wedding? Unless you didn’t wanna get married… jeez. the whole tradition of wearing white/not wearing white if you’ve been sleeping 2gether is gross. Who really wants all their guests to know their business like that? I am SO wearing white.

  27. Polkasox says:

    Black is very elegant, classic. I know some people think it’s inappropriate to wear black to a wedding (as a guest), I think it’s completely appropriate, especially to a formal event.

    Weddings are supposed to be all about the couple, not fashion “faux pas”. I say red, gold, fuchsia, as long as you’re happy, who cares!

  28. emma says:

    Irm – actually I think white is the color of death in China

  29. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Mourning her marriage at the starting gate; paging Dr. Sigmund Freud.

  30. Judy says:

    I do not understand where people get this white is the “virginity thing” it isnt..I had friends getting married in the last few years and here is the colors they wore..Deep wasa killer purple. One wore Bright pink..needed sunglasses lol Red, Black
    and then my best frined who is nuts anyway wore a Southern dress with the hat and a matters not if you are a virgin you can get married in white or any other damn color..White is blaze’

  31. Lina says:

    Why should she want to wear black as a wedding dress? At least wear a white gown for the ceremony and maybe change into something else for the reception if she really wanted to but black. But in the end you shouldn’t regret what you wore or didn’t wear on your wedding day…it’s the marriage itself not the wedding that’s important right?

  32. Sylvia says:

    SJP can be so annoying. 6 years have passed and now she regrets her choice of dress for her wedding. Get over it!!

    Her kid asking a question like that I can’t believe it. She must be making it up. What kid that age comes up with a question like that.

  33. Baholicious says:

    Darlene, that dress sounds just gorgeous! There’s something so much more magical about a winter wedding I think.

  34. Codzilla says:

    I agree with those who think a woman should be able to wear anything she wants. As long as she’s happy and feels beautiful, who cares?

  35. MhjmC says:

    I got married at 11:45pm on New Years Eve in Vegas, I wore black, I was not in mourning over my single life … it was just the dress that I always loved and felt beautiful in!!!
    She should not regret anything she looked great in her photos and she can say it was non traditional

  36. susan k says:

    If this is all this woman has to worry about, she is very fortunate.

  37. Jill says:

    black was the traditional wedding dress color in the late 1800s, early 1900s. traditions change.

  38. Persistent Cat says:

    Wif, did you really wear gold? Wow, that sounds awesome. I wore ivory but the main accent was gold.

    I would have loved to have word a big red dress. I so rarely get to wear ball gowns (make that, I never get to wear ball gowns) that a big red one would have been awesome.

    I think the only two people who shouldn’t wear black to a wedding are the mothers of the bride and groom. To me, that’s sending a message. As for the bride, if that’s her style, go with it.

  39. stellapurdy says:

    It’s not about the wedding folks, it’s about the marriage.

  40. TM says:

    I wore a beautiful champange gold color silk with fine golden lace…sigh …
    It was gorgeous…. Loved it!!! It’s still hanging in a special place in my closet.

  41. s says:

    i saw her wedding photo. They were married at night so it made sense. I always thought is was the coolest wedding idea I had ever heard off. She should just be happy – don’t drag a seven year old in it! lame

  42. Amy says:

    totally agree with the first poster jojo-the bride should wear what she wants to wear. everyone else can stfu.

  43. Dan says:

    ditto what Jojo and Amy said.

  44. bizzibe says:

    @stellapurdy – too right!

    sigh… queen victoria has a lot to answer for. she started this whole getting wed in white trend.

    oh, and carrie in satc is (debatably) famed for her impeccable fashion choices, not sjp.

  45. Pure white color fit for western people,Ivoy color fit for eastern people.

    In China,people also like wear Red dress in the wedding,for happiness and lucky.

  46. charly says:

    my fiance and i are starting to plan our wedding and ive wanted to wear a black dress for years! we live together but thats not why im wearing black. i saw a black wedding dress once and fell in love with it and knew white would never suit me. my ring is also our birthstone and not a diamond. to me, all that matters is for my wedding to be what i want it to be and im not trying to copy and paste from other weddings. i want it to be unique and special.