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Image: Mark Seliger via Preston Bailey
It’s no secret that the rich and famous live vastly different lifestyles to us mere mortals, but surely the tradition of a stylish white wedding would appeal to famed and unknown alike. Not so, if these 20 celebrities are anything to go by. Whether it be a gothic nightmare or a Lord of the Rings-inspired ceremony, it seems it’s a case of the crazier the better when it comes to celebrities’ big days.
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20. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries – Black and White Ball
Kim Kardashian and NBA star Kris Humphries’ $10 million wedding back in 2011 was an exclusively black and white affair, with every single one of the 400 or so invitees having been instructed to wear only those two colors. Still, the union was short-lived, famously coming to an abrupt end 72 days later.
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19. A. J. McLean and Rochelle DeAnna Karidis – Gothic
In December 2011 the Backstreet Boys’ A. J. McLean married Rochelle DeAnna Karidis in a gothic-style wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The wedding invitations were decorated with fake blood, and Karidis ambled to her groom to the sounds of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.”
18. Katy Perry and Russell Brand – Exotic Indian
Katy Perry and Russell Brand enjoyed a classic – if extravagant – Hindu ceremony, with the entire event involving elephants, horses and, apparently, a clairvoyant parrot. The marriage took place in India in 2010 at a reported cost of $400,000. However, the couple split 14 months later.
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17. Heidi Klum and Seal – White Trash
Following their 2005 wedding and before their split in 2012, Heidi Klum and Seal reaffirmed their vows every 12 months. What’s more, in 2009 they chose to do so with a “white trash” theme – which included a cornrows-sporting, pregnant Klum and a mulleted Seal. Inevitably, perhaps, “Elvis” conducted the ceremony.
16. David and Victoria Beckham – Woodland Adventures
In 1999 Posh and Becks each said “I do” in Ireland’s Luttrellstown Castle. The soccer icon famously wore a bright white suit for the ceremony, and come cake-cutting time both he and the former Spice Girl had changed into all-purple ensembles to better reflect the woodland theme. There were 230 guests on hand to celebrate the $800,000 union.
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15. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon – Disney
When Mariah Carey renewed her vows to fellow music star Nick Cannon in 2013, she literally closed Disneyland in California for the Disney-themed bash. Indeed, Carey made like Cinderella, wearing a voluminous dress and showing up in a fairytale horse-driven carriage at the Magic Kingdom, with 250 guests in attendance.
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14. Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas – Lord of the Rings
In 2013 entrepreneur Sean Parker wed Alexandra Lenas in California at a Lord of the Rings-themed do that cost a whooping $4.5 million. Invitees sported bespoke outfits created by the movies’ costume designer, and there was a nine-foot-tall wedding cake. Afterward, Parker paid $2.5 million to the California Coastal Commission.
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13. Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian – The Great Gatsby
When Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and his partner Lauren Parsekian got married in May 2013, they decided to travel back to the 1920s for a The Great Gatsby-themed day in Malibu. Guests made sure to dress for the occasion by donning top hats and tails, fringed dresses and opera gloves.
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12. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz – Alice in Wonderland
Ashlee became Alice when she found Wonderland with first husband and fellow musician Pete Wentz during their May 2008 wedding. The occasion included a show-stealing cake fitted out with a giant stopwatch, a teapot, and flowers – all to match the mad-hatter tea party theme. Invitees also walked away with “Eat Me” party favors.
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11. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan – Fairytale
Actor couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s 2009 wedding at Malibu’s Church Estates Vineyards was a fairytale affair from start to finish. Indeed, a pair of flower girls donned fairy wings, and the cake was in the form of a princess’ castle.
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10. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden – French Fete
Nicole Richie and pop punker Joel Madden exchanged vows in 2010 at the LA home of Nicole’s father, Lionel. Nicole was treated to three custom-made Marchesa frocks for her French garden-style wedding, and there was even an elephant in attendance amid the 130 guests.
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9. Kevin and Danielle Jonas – Enchanted Forest
In December 2009 Kevin and Danielle Jonas decked out Long Island’s Oheka Castle as their very own enchanted forest. The duo’s occasion saw actual trees adorned with icicle-like crystals, while guests were treated to a Vegas-style party complete with Rat Pack entertainers.
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8. Katie Price and Kieran Hayler – Willy Wonka
In 2013 English glamour model Katie Price and hubby Kieran Hayler followed up their actual Bahamas-set wedding with a Willy Wonka-styled bash at the U.K.’s Rookery Manor. The whole event cost around $3,050, and that included giant candy decorations and centerpieces.
7. Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight – Phantom of the Opera
In 2006 TV personalities Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight held a Phantom of the Opera-style wedding. That said, Curry later complained that VH1, the station behind the couple’s My Fair Brady show, ruined the nuptials because “they couldn’t afford [getting] Andrew Lloyd Weber” to be there. The pair divorced in 2013.
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6. Katie Price and Peter Andre – Barbie
Katie Price’s earlier 2005 wedding to British pop star Peter Andre was equally bizarre, featuring as it did a Barbie theme. The event took place in the U.K.’s Highclere Castle, was shown on television and cost an estimated $600,000. That price tag, it scarcely needs adding, included a pink princess dress.
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5. Preston Bailey and Theo Bleckmann – King Kong
Famous wedding planner Preston Bailey made sure that his own Valentine’s Day 2013 marriage to singer Theo Bleckmann was truly unforgettable. How? With a King Kong theme. Fittingly, the pair were wed inside the Empire State Building, and bizarrely the late Joan Rivers married them.
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4. Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Given the fact that drummer Travis Barker and beauty queen Shanna Moakler got engaged in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, it makes sense that the pair were wed on Halloween 2004 with a The Nightmare Before Christmas theme. Barker wore a Jack Skellington-like suit, and the California setting was made to look like the movie’s backgrounds.
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3. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross – Wedding In The Woods
When actors Amber Tamblyn and David Cross got hitched, they opted for a wedding in the woods theme – which even had its own hashtag when the pictures were dropped online. Tamblyn arrived in a canoe, of all things, at the fall 2012 do, and she was wearing a bright yellow dress and no shoes.
2. Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis – Tiffany Blue
Toni Braxton married Keri Lewis in 2001 and marked the occasion with a Tiffany Blue-themed wedding. The chairs, tables and floors were decorated with the signature shade, and the four-tiered cake resembled a collection of the classic Tiffany & Co. boxes. The musical couple completed their divorce in 2013, however.
1. Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault – Masquerade Ball
Hollywood icon Salma Hayek and businessman Francois-Henri Pinault wed twice in 2009, the second time at the La Fenice theater in Italy. The lavish affair reportedly cost $3.5 million, with Bono putting on a show for the party and the roughly 150 invitees being treated to a carnival-styled masquerade ball.