1. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
29th July 1981, Princess Di stepped out in her £9000 Emmanuel dress starting the trend for ‘meringues’ . Her dress also sported a 25ft long train. In front of a congregation of 3500 and a further 750 million television viewers world wide and 600,000 on the streets of London, they pledged their vows, controversially omitting the vow to obey. It was dubbed a ‘fairytale’ wedding, but unfortunately it didn’t end ‘happily ever after.’
2. Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly
Another fairytale, royal wedding dubbed ‘wedding of the century’. On the 19th April 1956 30 millions TV views watched film star Grace Kelly marry the prince of Monaco in front of 600 guests in the Cathedral of Monaco. As tradition in France there was a civil service first for 80 guests where the bride wore a pink taffeta dress and for the religious ceremony she bride wore beige lace dress and close fitting hat- a gift from the MGM studio. After the ceremony, the newlyweds drove round the streets of Monaco in an open top car, waving to the well wishes lining the streets. At the reception, the 6 tier wedding cake was sliced with the princes sword.
3. John Lennon and Yoko Ono
One of shortest wedding ceremonies, taking just 3 minutes- the couple were married in Gibraltar on the 21st March 1969. Their plan to get married in France at short notice had been thwarted by John Lennon not having a passport, but as Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory he was allowed entry. Not a traditional wedding he wore tennis shoes and Yoko wore a mini skirt and sunglasses and immediately after the ceremony they jumped on a private jet for Amsterdam, where they staged their famous ‘Bed-In’ inviting journalists into their hotel suite to promote world peace.
4. John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier
More than 800 guests were part of their wedding in Newport, Rhode Island on the 12th September 1953. Jackie wore an ivory silk dress with bouffant skirt, featuring 50 yards of silk taffeta. Ann Lowe, the designer, had taken 2 months to make the dress but a flood at the shop ruined the dress forcing Ann to re-create it in 10 days.
5. Mick Jaggar and Biance Morena
A rock star start to married life, the ceremony in the chic Mediterranean town of St Tropez was delayed for an hour and a half following a row over the number of photographers and journalists that had arrived (4 had been invited- over 100 turned up!) Mick Jaggar had refused to be married in a ‘goldfish bowl’ but after police decided they had no reason to remove the extra paparazzi, the wedding finally got under way. Following the Civil Service a religious ceremony took place at St Anne Chapel before a private reception for 200 at the Cafe des Arts. The couple left the reception for their honeymoon in the early hours on a private yacht for a 10 day cruise.
6. Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
In a reception that lasted 10 minutes, Elvis married the girl he’d met and fallen in love with when she was only 14 years old in Las Vegas. They arrived by private jet at midnight, pick up the wedding licence at 3.30am, got married in the Aladdin Hotel room and met the press for breakfast in a press conference set up by Priscilla’s father, before a reception for 100. They had waited 8 years, many of them apart while she was still at school in Germany, before they got married and Elvis had even openly dated other women while still in love with her before he persuaded her father to let her month to America to finish her education.
7. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
In 2005, the wedding of the Welsh girl and Hollywood superstar was reported to cost $1.5 million. With a $100,00 Christian Lacroix ivory beaded dress and chantilly lace train and catering that cost $500 per head with 350 guests as well as a 10 tier wedding cake, that had to have 2 tiers removed to fit through the ballroom doors, it sounds like a reasonable estimation! The wedding took place at the Plaza Hotel in New York with the guest list studded with A-list celebrities and the ceremony started with a 40 strong Welsh choir.
8. David Beckham and Victoria Adams
A quiet ceremony of only 29 guests preceded a lavish reception of 230 on the 4th July 1999 at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin. Victoria wore a Vera Wang champagne dress with a 20 foot train, accessorized with an 18 carat gold crown. Most famously, the couple sat on gold thrones during the reception, while their baby son Brooklyn had a crib next t them.
9. Elton John and David Furnish
Iconically married on the first day same sex unions were legally recognised in the UK, the extravagant Elton John surprised his fans that were waiting outside Guildhall by having a small ceremony for just 7 and his partners dog. Both wore demure dark suits and a quite meal followed. In the evening a more ‘Elton John’ style part was thrown at their Old Windsor Mansion, causing a traffic jam on the country lanes as A-listers queued to get to the gates.
10. Peter Andre and Katie Price
The huge pink Isabell Kristensen gown, the silver tiara and pink horse drawn ‘Cinderella’ carriage made their marriage possibly the most parodied wedding in history. The wedding took place in 2005 at the Highclere Castle and after the vows the couple sang ‘A Whole New World’ to one another and their guests.