15 Unique Celebrity Weddings That Take the Cake
by Jennifer Lafferty
Celebrities love to put on a show, so it makes sense that star weddings are often flashy, over-the-top productions, taking place in castles with days of festivities. Sometimes celebs seem to be competing for who can put on the most ostentatious wedding. Just as entertaining are stories of imaginative or even bizarre nuptials. From lavish to modest, here are the top 15 unique celebrity weddings.
Katy Perry & Russell Brand
The 2010 marriage ceremony of Russell Brand and Katy Perry was one of the most exotic celebrity weddings to date. Located in India, the star-studded event featured five days of festivities that blended Eastern and Western cultures.
Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s 2004 celebrity wedding was a surprise to guests, who thought they were attending an engagement party. Bridesmaids and groomsmen donned personalized Juicy Couture sweatshirts embroidered with “The Maids” and “Pimp Daddy.”
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
If the guests at Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s 2011 wedding liked the venison that was served, they had the bride herself to thank. Lambert not only personally prepared the meat; she hunted and killed it.
David & Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham’s 1999 Dublin wedding was outrageous, to say the least. Victoria wore a diamond and gold crown, the couple sat at gold thrones, and the cake was topped with a nude sculpture of the newlyweds.
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Few couples would attempt an Alice in Wonderland–themed wedding, but Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (both fans of the Lewis Carroll classic) did, in 2008. Highlights included 10,000 black magic roses, an English Bulldog ring bearer ,and an Alice in Wonderland cake.
Nicole Richie & Joel Madden
Nicole Richie married Good Charlotte lead vocalist Joel Madden in 2010 at her father Lionel Richie’s estate. It was a star-studded event, but an elephant brought in for good luck stole the show.
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
The 2012 Italian fairy tale wedding of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel included a performance from the groom himself, serenading his bride as she walked down the aisle with a special song written just for her.
Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar
When actress Elizabeth Hurley and businessman Arun Nayar married in 2007, there were two weddings: an Anglican ceremony in an English castle and a Hindu ceremony at a palace in India. The latter featured six days of traditional Indian festivities.
Poppy Delevingne & James Cook
Another bride to take her wedding intercontinental was model Poppy Delevingne. She married James Cook at a 2014 London ceremony, after which they flew to Marrakesh, Morocco, for a hippy/rave-inspired ceremony. Among the many A-listers in attendance was Poppy’s sister, model and actress Cara Delevingne.
Paul McCartney & Heather Mills
In 2002 Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at a secluded Irish castle. Wearing a gown she designed herself, Mills walked down the aisle of the 17th-century chapel to “Heather” written by McCartney for his album “Driving Rain.”
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Chrissy Teigen wore three different wedding dresses when she married John Legend in 2013, saying every time she went to Vera Wang for a fitting she couldn’t resist getting another one. Legend performed his song “All of Me,” written about Teigen.
Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo
Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo wed in 2014 at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas. A laid-back but star-studded beach party kicked off the festivities the night before, with margaritas and food from a taco stand.
Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson
When Solange Knowles wed video director Alan Ferguson at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans in 2014, not only was the venue unique—so was the transportation. Bride and groom arrived on adorable vintage white bicycles, and the entire wedding party (including sister Beyoncé, of course) wore all-white.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s 2014 wedding in Florence reportedly cost $2.8 million and featured a 20-minute speech from Kanye, in which he called the Kardashians “the most remarkable people of our time” who can “make the world a better place.”
Salma Hayek & François-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek followed her 2009 civil ceremony to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault with a lavish wedding in Venice. The weekend’s festivities began with a carnival-style masked ball. At one point during the ceremony guests sang “Over the Rainbow.”