12 Most Unique Celebrity Weddings
Weddings are always full of surprises and each one is meant to celebrate the unique love between two people, and when it comes to celebrity weddings especially no expense is spared. Many weddings are no longer about wearing a big gown to the chapel and saying “I Do” and over the years the stars have shared some details from their big day that were unique, nontraditional, unconventional and sometimes just strange. Here are 12 of the most unique celebrity weddings over the years:
12. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Britney Spears’ marriage to Kevin Federline was probably the most talked about celebrity wedding in the mid-2000s and it was far from what was expected. The pop star and her backup dancer wed on September 22, 2004 at a private home in Los Angeles, and the steps they took to keep it a secret were very interesting. Instead of telling their friends and family they were attending a wedding, their guests actually thought they were attending Spears and Federline’s engagement party and when they arrived were handed cards reading, “Surprise! It is with much love that we welcome you to our wedding ceremony tonight.” For those who were worried what to wear, Spears provided her bridesmaids with personalized Juicy Couture sweatsuits that read “The Maids” on them while Federline also gave his groomsmen personalized Juicy Couture sweatsuits that read “Pimps” on them. While secret weddings are actually quite common in Hollywood, having your wedding party decked out in personalized track suits certainly is not. Despite adding their unique flair to their wedding, the marriage didn’t last and the pair divorced in 2007.
11. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Before she became one of TV’s most memorable style icons as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker married actor Matthew Broderick in a wedding that was far from the expected. The pair tied the knot on May 19, 1997 in a historic synagogue in Manhattan and like many other celebrities kept the whole thing as secretive as they could. Although many aspects were traditional when it came to their wedding, what surprised everyone was Parker’s far from conventional wedding dress. The actress donned an entirely black Morgane Le Fay, explaining, “I just was too embarrassed to spend any time looking for a wedding dress. There was a store that I liked that I knew, and I just went and got whatever they had hanging.” Later, the actress admitted she regrets her choice of dress, but certainly not of her husband because they have been going strong for over 20 years!
10. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
The nuptials between socialite/former reality star Nicole Richie and Good Charlotte member Joel Madden were shockingly tame for the duo, except for one big detail. The pair were married on December 11, 2010 at her father, Lionel Richie’s estate, and Richie had not one but three dresses and the whole thing was officiated by celebrity reverend and rapper Rev Run from Run DMC, but what made the whole thing extremely different was the inclusion of a real-life elephant in an elaborate headdress. Before her 2010 wedding, Richie had said in an interview that she always wanted “to have a very, very big wedding. I want it to be very extravagant. I want like hundreds of people and elephants…and a horse and carriage.” While an elephant and 155 guests were only as big as her wedding got, she explained they brought in the elephant “[b]ecause elephants are really good luck.” It seems the good luck elephant worked as the couple are still together!
9. Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams
Country star Brad Paisley was in love with actress Kimberly Williams from the moment he saw her in Father of the Bride, but luckily for him he got to marry his celebrity crush. The adorable couple were wed on March 15, 2003 at the Stauffer Chapel on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu and while they stuck to tradition with a chapel wedding, they were able to surprise guests in many other ways. Guests were told that it was actually just a rehearsal and were instructed to wear their denim jackets and jeans but Williams surprised everyone when she took off her denim coat to reveal a wedding dress. Instead of a fancy reception, the low-key pair just hosted a backyard barbecue and in true country style were quick to change into their own jeans and jackets as soon as the ceremony was over. The beloved duo has remained as low-key and in love as ever and have now been married for over 15 years.
8. Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
As one of the biggest rock stars of the time, Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley could have any wedding they wanted, but what they chose to do was a big surprise. After nearly nine years together, Bon Jovi decided it was time to make things more official with Hurley right in the middle of Bon Jovi’s tour for New Jersey which was the number one album in the country. “We were staying at the St. James’s Club, which is that beautiful art deco hotel on the Sunset Strip across from the old Hyatt House. I pulled the curtain back in my room, and there’s a billboard of me staring right back. I turned to Dorothea and said, ‘I got an idea. Why don’t we go right now? ‘She said, ‘You’re out of your mind.’ I said, ‘Come on. What’s better than this, right now, this moment?'” Only hours after he “proposed” the two jetted off to Las Vegas and got married as quickly as possible at the Graceland Wedding Chapel, and didn’t tell a single person. “We didn’t tell a soul. We took a little shuttle plane, jumped in a cab, and didn’t even stay the night. The cab driver was the witness,” the singer explained. Almost three decades later the two are still going strong, proving you don’t need a big elaborate wedding to show your commitment.
7. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
When Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress Amber Tamblyn married David Cross, the wedding was far from conventional. The two had a “wedding in the woods” where they exchanged vows in front of 100 guests who arrived by canoe and Tamblyn went barefoot and wore a bright yellow dress. “There’s nothing really traditional about me,” the actress said when asked why she went for a yellow dress and such a unique location.
6. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Just about everything to do with Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy’s relationship has been strange. First of all, he is 17 years her senior and there is a drastic height difference but, no matter how much criticism they faced, there has never been any doubt that they are in love. After three years of dating the two tied the knot on November 27, 2015 and it was far from an extravagant affair with big cakes and lots of celebration that usually comes with weddings, especially celebrity ones. The duo said “I do” in front of only 50 people and held the ceremony inside a Manhattan apartment where cocktails were served out in the garden. What really made their wedding stand out was the fact that instead of elaborate centerpieces, the main choice of decor for the tables were “bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes.” Naturally, a guest added, “everyone smoked all night.” It certainly wasn’t the glamorous affair that many associate with weddings, but it is what the couple wanted!
5. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz
On May 17, 2008, Ashlee Simpson married Fall Out Boy member Pete Wentz in a unique wedding. The duo wed at Simpson’s parents’ residence in California in a ceremony officiated by her father, and for those expecting a big white wedding, they were in for a shock. For their wedding, the couple decided to use the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland as the theme and things were much more gothic than other weddings. They used black and red as their main colors complete with 10,000 black roses and while Simpson wore an ivory dress, her bridesmaids wore black. After the ceremony, the reception featured a wedding cake by Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings with a top hat, tea pot, stop watch and a pot of flowers on top. Three years later Simpson filed for divorce from Wentz citing irreconcilable differences.
4. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
In 2014, singer Solange Knowles married video director Alan Ferguson at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, and everything about their wedding was unique. Aside from the magical venue, the two opted for an unconventional way to get to their wedding — bikes! The bride and groom ride bicycles to the venue with Ferguson in a white suit and Knowles in an ivory caped jumpsuit with the bicycles spray painted white. Knowles also broke from tradition when she had all of the wedding party also wear white.
3. Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock
Fans who knew the personality types of both Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock would never expect the two to be the type to go to the church for a conservative wedding, and that is certainly what they didn’t do. The Baywatch star married the singer on July 29, 2006 and absolutely nothing about it was traditional. They exchanged vows on a yacht near Saint-Tropez, France and instead of a dress, Anderson donned a white string bikini while Kid Rock opted for jeans, no shirt and a sailor hat. Of course, the whole ceremony was just to get to the partying and they did not disappoint their guests in that department. Only four months later Anderson filed for divorce.
2. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Despite being two of country music’s biggest stars, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton didn’t want a typical celebrity wedding. To match their lifestyle and country roots, the two decided on a rustic country wedding and did everything their way using the theme Glam Deer Camp for their big day on May 14, 2011. They said “I do” while standing on a cowhide rug beneath an arch made of antlers in a lantern-lit barn while Lambert donned her mother’s wedding dress and custom-made cowboy boots while Shelton and his groomsmen wore suit jackets with jeans. Their wedding cake was brown to look like worn leather but topped by hot pink icing as per Lambert’s request and, instead of flowers, she carried a bouquet made of big brooches and costume jewelry. While all of it was far from sophisticated and traditional, what stood out the most was the menu! Lambert served deer cutlets from a deer that she hunted, killed and prepared herself! After four years of marriage, the couple shocked everyone when they announced on July 20, 2015 that they had split and had already received a divorce.
1. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Katy Perry and Russell Brand are two very interesting and bold people so there was no way they were going to follow tradition in any way. After a whirlwind engagement, the two took a year to plan their 2010 wedding before finally getting hitched on October 23, 2010 in a Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India in front of only 80 guests. The wedding became a mix of Western and Eastern wedding cultures with the rehearsal consisting of a Bollywood themed party and the entire wedding from start to finish turned into a five-day event. While the festivities lasted five days, the wedding only last 14 months before Brand blindsided Perry with a divorce filing.