By definition, a wedding is the ceremony during which two people unite and become one. Today, it’s so much more than that— especially when it comes to the after party. From DJ sets to drinking games and dirty dancing with grandma, almost anything goes, and celebrity weddings are no exception— in fact, they’re setting quite the example when it comes to memorable matrimony. It’s almost inarguable- tying the knot is the perfect excuse for over-the-top, extravagant festivities, and who better to take the cake on extravagance than the celebrity wedding?
In light of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, and the consequent ceremonies and celebrations happening all over the country, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 best celebrity weddings in history. In the words of Lena Dunham, weddings just got a lot less boring. Here’s to extravagance, flamboyant festivities, and going over-the-top in the best way possible. Read on for our favorites…
1. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
Ellen and Portia tied the knot in 2008 with an intimate ceremony at their home in Los Angeles.
2. Kate Moss and Jamie Hince
Kate Moss married her musician beau in 2011 to the tune of 16 bridesmaids, 138 guests, a custom-made gown by John Galliano and a photoshoot with Mario Testino. How’s that for extravagance?
3. Mick and Bianca Jagger
Though their union lasted only seven years, these nuptials will be forever memorable: with a city hall ceremony in St. Tropez, France, and a guest list loaded with 1971’s most iconic musicians- including the likes of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr- this is one wedding we would have loved to have witnessed firsthand.
4. Solange Knowles and Stéphane Rolland
Solange arrived at her New Orleans wedding in a white jumpsuit (a jumpsuit!), and donned a total of six killer outfits during her weekend nuptials to long-time boyfriend Stéphane Rolland.
5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
These two are no strangers to stardom, so it’s no surprise that their 2014 nuptials were every bit as extravagant as they are. Complete with a custom-made half million dollar Givenchy wedding dress, and an Italian venue that cost the couple another $410,000, the total for this duo to say "I do" came out to about 12 million dollars. Phew!
6. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Wedding royalty at its finest: at a much-anticipated 2011 ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London, William and Kate tied the knot in front of about 1,900 guests, and another 72 million live viewers on YouTube. Total cost for the royal wedding of the century? About 20 million UK pounds, or 31 million US dollars.
7. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
At her 2014 marriage to partner Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie- celebrated for her work in international human rights, as well as for her talent as an actress- got married in a Versace dress covered in illustrations from her six children, all who played a part in their intimate ceremony at the couple’s French estate.
8. John F. Kennedy and Jackie O.
For one of the most iconic couples of the 20th century, the photos that document the pair’s 1953 Rhode Island wedding are surprisingly candid and intimate. Seven years later, the pair would go on to become the youngest President and First Lady in American history. These photos- and this couple- will forever be in the memory of their country’s social archives.
9. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Grace Kelly’s 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco marked her departure from Hollywood and the beginning of her role as Princess. It has since been crowned the "wedding of the century" in Monaco and was made into a feature film starring Nicole Kidman in 2014.
10. Poppy Delevingne and James Cook
Poppy Delevingne celebrated her marriage to boyfriend James Cook not once but twice, with an official wedding in London and a second star-studded party in Marrakech, Morocco.
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Whether you’re full of flamboyant plans for your future nuptials, or prefer a more intimate setting in which to tie the knot, there’s nothing like a good dose of celebrity inspiration to get the ball rolling. Take note- and of course, take each with a grain of salt (or a few!). In the end, it’s all about the love that’s nurtured after the party is over and the guests have all gone home. We love love, whatever shape or form it takes. Cheers to that!
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