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Lady Mary's Wedding Dress on Downton Abbey Season 3 Premiere Ranks as Show's Most Expensive Costume

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey COURTESY: CARNIVAL FILMS AND TELEVISION LIMITED FOR MASTERPIECE

After months of waiting, Downton Abbey fans finally celebrated the U.S. return of the beloved period piece Sunday night with yet another long awaited event: the marriage of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew (Dan Stevens)!

When a romance has gone through as many ups and downs as theirs has, the wedding is certainly an occasion worth rejoicing over—and the show certainly did just that, outfitting the bride in the series' most expensive costume to date!

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Costume designer, Caroline McCall, created a lacy long-sleeved gown festooned with dainty Swarovski crystals for Lady Mary's big day. She crowned the bride with a vintage veil and diamond tiara from U.K. jeweler Bentley & Skinner, which rang-in at a whopping $200,000. 

"I wanted her wedding dress to have a bit of softness," McCall said. "I wanted her to look really romantic, really elegant."

So, do you think McCall achieved her goal? Were you impressed or underwhelmed with Lady Mary's dress?

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