Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau's wedding is all people have been talking about for a month, which is amazing considering most mainstream publications had no idea who they were six months ago. This isn't the first time a crazy celebrity marriage has broken the internet, and some of these weddings make Jana's Las Vegas nuptials look refined... almost. From the world-stopping Royal Weddings to the truly tacky yacht wedding of Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson, these are the most talked-about celeb weddings in modern history.
The first 21st-century royal wedding didn't just break the internet, it broke the world. The Guardian estimates the wedding generated two billion euros for UK tourism, BBC Live's royal wedding website reached nine million hits with over half the British population tuning in for the ceremony, and the wedding was broadcast on TV, the internet, and radio in over 180 countries. It's impossible to know just how many people watched Kate Middleton and Prince William wed, but high estimates place the total around 45% of the world's population.
As for the American Royal Wedding, reality star Kim Kardashian's marriage to rap superstar Kanye West shockingly wasn't televised for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but the week-long celebration has become a thing of legend. Kimye appeared in Vogue to talk about Kim's search for the perfect dress (a custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci), the rehearsal dinner was held at the Versailles with a $200,000 fireworks display to follow, and the reception featured multi-million dollar performances by Lana Del Rey and Andrea Bocelli.
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Kim Kardashian's ~other~ wedding wasn't quite as grand, but Kim and NBA star Kris Humphries' nuptials almost made as many headlines as its 72-day turnaround time. It's not the shortest-ever celebrity wedding, but it probably cracks the top ten. Over five million people tuned into the four-hour E! special, and The Hollywood Reporter learned that the network charged $100,000 for ads during the two-day event. Kim wore three Vera Wang gowns, People paid $1.5 million for exclusive access and photos, and the bride borrowed $10 million of jewels in addition to her 65 carat, Audrey Hepburn-inspired headpiece.
Forget that head-shaving incident, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's wedding was the pop icon's true rock-bottom moment. While their marriage only lasted two years, the wedding itself dominated news cycles three separate times in recent history — the actual day-of, the day the couple called it quits, and the weird amount of coverage it received on the 2004 event's tenth anniversary. The Knot remembers Brit had to move up the date to avoid paparazzi, but weird shiz like their post-wedding "Pimps" and "Maids" Juicy tracksuits (very 2004) and a stripper-pole dance battle reported by The Mirror are what cemented this ill-fated ceremony in the annals of history.
David Beckham's marriage to Victoria Adams has been so successful, that most Americans probably don't remember Posh Spice's maiden name. The 1999 ceremony was probably a little too early to dominate like today's digital age weddings, but this British power couple was peak '90s news. BBC's coverage at the time learned that Sir Elton John flew down between Italian concerts just to sing for the couple, the camera-free event (minus the one million euro exclusive photo contract) was held in a Dublin castle, and the bride walked down the aisle in a $100,000 Vera Wang gown.
Avowed singleton George Clooney met his match in human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin, whose final dress fitting with the late Oscar de la Renta was featured in Vogue. The shock of the A-List daddy actor settling down after two decades of seemingly-casual relationships fueled much of the coverage, as did their #CoupleGoals altruistic works and high-powered international positions. George is a UN Messenger of Peace and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, while Amal's clients have included Julian Assange, former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, and Nobel laureate Nadia Murad.
Kardashian weddings are guaranteed to make national news, even Rob Kardashian's deeply confusing relationship with Blac Chyna. These two were on-again, off-again for so much of their reality show engagement and we're honestly not sure if they ever *actually* tied the knot. We know Rob has referred to Chyna as his "wife" and Elite Daily reported the Chyna returned a wedding ring to Rob following that horrible Instagram revenge porn incident, but the constant news coverage and pervasive lies make it impossible to know if this was the most dramatic ~marraige~ in recent history or a truly horrible engagement.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's fairytale romance is the stuff dreams are made of. Mila and Ashton were just friends while playing a couple on The '70s Show, where Ashton was Mila's first kiss, but they didn't start hooking up until January 2012. Their relationship roughly followed the plots of their twin movies Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached, yet Mila told WTF with Marc Maron they were still surprised to catch feelings. By December of that year, Ashton officially filed for divorce from his separated wife Demi Moore, and in 2014 Ashton and Mila got engaged.
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have been married for over a decade, and the world has changed a lot since they tied the knot. Their 2008 marriage was a big moment for lesbian visibility and marriage equality for all, but same-sex marriage rights were revoked in California a few months after their ceremony. The stars' marriage remained legal, but it would be five years before marriage equality returned to California state and seven before same-sex marriage was legal nationwide. People's coverage of their special day is still enough to make you cry.
It was the couch jump heard 'round the world. A year after Tom Cruise proclaimed his love for Katie Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the couple wed in a gorgeous Italian ceremony, Armani-clad and set to an Andrea Bocelli serenade. Unfortunately, it's Tom's weird history with Scientology that made the biggest headlines, like the "Marriage Contract" urban legend explained years later by The Huffington Post. Rumor has it that following his split with Nicole Kidman, Tom's representatives offered a five-year marriage contract to a variety of B-Listers with the promise of career help, cash, and a bonus if they had a child.
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Those freaky Melissa rumors gained in popularity around the time Avril Lavigne married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Avril's black wedding dress was very on-brand for the emo-lite singer, but she'd been acting a little weird since 2007 when she released "Girlfriend" and started wearing pink. The aesthetically inconsistent singer's decision to marry the lead singer of a band who lives in infamy as one of the least beloved musical artists (and a great graph meme) was entertaining and weirdly made enough sense that we were bummed when the couple split after two years of marriage.
Speaking of unconventional couples, goth rocker Marilyn Manson and burlesque star Dita Von Teese's gothic wedding was given the Vogue treatment, and Dita's purple Vivienne Westwood gown was like a Tim Burton wet dream. Dita is BFFs with Christian Louboutin, who designed matching purple wedding shoes for the bride. The couple dated for six years before their engagement, but their wedding only lasted on year. Interestingly, Dita and Marilyn were spotted together in 2019 by The Mirror, thirteen years after their divorce, giving fans hope that the unconventional couple might find their way back to each other.
We stan a mess. Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson got married on a yacht in Saint-Tropez. The bride did wear white — a white string bikini. What else did you expect? Vogue remembers how the couple's marriage wasn't actually legal, and they had to have a second ceremony in a courthouse chapel the following week. The marriage didn't even last a year, but weirdly enough, Sacha Baron Cohen told The Daily Beast their divorce was caused by Borat and unlike most of his comments, we think Sacha might actually be telling the truth.
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt aren't exactly known for their restraint. The Couple Who Knows What They Did had a 200-person Pasadena wedding in 2009 and ended up being the healthiest relationship on reality television, which might be their most shocking move yet! Their nuptials were filmed for The Hills' season finale and frenemy Lauren Conrad showed up despite saying she wouldn't be in attendance. The entire event was heavily photographed because Speidi loves publicity, and you can still find dozens of pictures from the wedding weekend on PopSugar.
Vox said that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's wedding weekend made Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's ceremony look like it "took place in the service bathroom of a Wegman’s." Priyanka's custom Ralph Lauren had a 75-foot train, the brand partnerships alone garnered national interest, and the story of Nick renting out a Tiffany store to go engagement ring shopping after only a few months of dating will go down in pop culture history. And that's not even mentioning the couple's three days of traditional Indian ceremonies.
All we have of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's romantic, intimate wedding ceremony is what the young couple have shared on their social media accounts, but the couple's on-again, off-again love story started out hella publicly when the pair first met on the set of Nicholas Sparks's The Last Song. Miley and Liam got engaged before her wild child phase went into full effect and split following that foam finger incident at the VMAs. Eventually, these crazy kids worked it out, but they only decided to finally tie the knot after losing their Malibu home in the Woolsey Fire. Miley told Vanity Fair that after losing Malibu, she realized that her relationship with Liam is her home. The only thing that people flipped out over more than those wedding pics were the reports that they were separating after just seven months of marriage despite ten years on and off as a couple.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's eleven-year age difference enhanced public interest in their six-year marriage, which is messed up. If a man was marrying a woman eleven years his junior, no one would really care, but Mariah marrying a younger man was some type of huge deal in a classic Hollywood double standard. They married only six weeks after they started dating in a surprise Bahamian ceremony, but the point still stands. Brides learned the couple renewed their vows yearly on their anniversary with ceremonies at Disneyland, Magic Mountain, in Paris, and in the hospital after the birth of their twins.
Was anything more 2010 than Katy Perry's marriage to Russell Brand? Katy peaked during her Teenage Dream and Wide Awake eras, but her documentary film Katy Perry: Part of Me revealed that those career highs are what derailed her marriage to the British comedian. The pair married in a traditional Hindu ceremony at an India tiger sanctuary, but the relationship only lasted another fourteen months before Katy and Russell divorced. Best Life cites 21 camels, elephants, and horses were in attendance at the luxury nuptials.
Celeb weddings can be *a lot*, but despite what Vox thinks, nothing can match a British royal wedding. Hottie Prince Harry marrying an American commoner (and a mixed-race American commoner, at that!) made their wedding a truly worldwide affair and justified years and years of American romantic comedy premises. Coverage of the event honestly hasn't ceased since the 2018 wedding, with tidbits like Harper's Bazaar's report that Prince Charles framed a photo of himself walking Meghan down the aisle being the gift that keeps on giving. Market Watch estimates the wedding gave the U.K. a $1.43 billion boost to their economy, although unlike Wills and Kate's wedding, this royal event wasn't a British public holiday.
The biggest YouTube wedding of all time was characteristically drama-filled. Despite what you think about Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau's relationship, tabloids had a field day with the couple's controversial wedding. First, their surprise engagement at Tana's 21st birthday in Vegas raised a few eyebrows, then the fast-approaching wedding date announcement at TanaCon VidCon made everything even messier. Despite Tana's own old comments that the wedding was for "fun and content," the MTV reality star has affirmed that her feelings have since changed and their wedding was very real. Fans who paid fifty dollars for their "sh*tty," four-hours-late Livestream have been refunded, Tana doesn't seem to mind someone threw a drink at her after she said "I Do," and she has a totally reasonable explanation for missing her own honeymoon.