Theresa Nist's Golden Bachelor Wedding Gown: Our 3 Fantasy Dress Picks for the 70-Year-Old Bride

From a sexy Pnina Tornai to a princess-like Tony Ward, here's a selection of gowns we’d love to see on the bride-to-be


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We’re only days into 2024 and already getting one of the most anticipated weddings of the year. On Jan. 4, The Golden Bachelor's Gerry Turner, 72, will say “I do” to Theresa Nist, 70, in front of a live audience after proposing on the final episode of the show which aired on November 30. 

Nist told PEOPLE that in terms of wedding planning, by mid-December there were “very few decisions left to be made” thanks to her daughter Jen Woolston, who helped her mom choose everything from the flowers to the dress.  

“My daughter, she's seen a million weddings and she is incredible," Nist said of Jen. "She's put together the vision board. She's asking me, ‘Do you like this? Do you like this?’ And I go, ‘Wow, okay, I don't even have to do this. This is awesome.’ She's handling it pretty much.”

And while we’ll have to wait until Thursday to see the New Jersey native’s actual gown, we couldn’t help but select three dream dresses from some of the biggest designers at Kleinfeld (of Say Yes to the Dress fame) that we think would look fantastic on the grandmother of six. 

Gown 1: Tony Ward

Theresa Nist's Golden Bachelor Wedding Gown

If Nist’s Neil Lane engagement ring — which features a princess cut diamond, two baguette cut diamonds and further set with 128 small, round brilliant cut diamonds — is any indication of her bridal aesthetic, she will go for something sparkly and romantic like this champagne Tony Ward creation with shimmering beaded embroidery and a dramatic overskirt. 

Gown 2: Pnina Tornai

Theresa Nist's Golden Bachelor Wedding Gown

courtesy of Pnina Tornai

The lilac beaded Randi Rahm gown, with its plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, that Nist chose for The Golden Bachelor finale had viewers Googling the 70-year-old’s beauty secrets (for the record, she says she eats “super clean” and denies having any plastic surgery). To keep her "70 and hotter than ever" style streak going on her wedding day, we suggest this sexy Pnina Tornai stunner.  

Gown 3: Maison Signore

Theresa Nist's Golden Bachelor Wedding Gown

courtesy of Maison Signore

It’s been over 50 years since Nist’s first wedding (to her late husband, William “Bill” Nist) but her long sleeve, high neck gown feels of-the-moment again thanks to celebrities like Paris Hilton, and Lily Collins who embraced a more traditional style for their big day. Should Nist want a modern iteration of her original gown, plus some added wow factor courtesy of tons of beading and a corset bodice, then this Maison Signore is a killer option.

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