Where Celebrities Get Married

    Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons

    For wedding abroad inspiration, check out where the stars say ‘I do’! Some of these venues may be out of your price range, but some are affordable too, especially if it’s just the two of you and some close friends and family. There’s everything from Italian lakeside villas to 24-hour wedding chapels in Las Vegas.

    Italy

    Villa d'Este

    Actress Emily Blunt wed John Krasinski chose Lake Como for their Italian wedding. The newlyweds stayed at George Clooney’s luxurious lakeside pad in the run up to their big day, and wed at a private outdoor ceremony at the  Villa d’Este (pictured above) on the romantic banks of Lake Como, (villadeste.com). This opulent hotel dates back to 1873 and is regarded as one of the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Exquisite gardens feature 16th century mosaics and a 500-year-old plane tree.

    Venice is also a popular destination with the ‘A’ list. Actress Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault renewed their vows in the city’s Teatro La Fenice opera house, while Tamara Beckwith married millionaire construction heir Giorgio Veroni in a romantic ceremony in Venice’s Redentore Church.

    villa durazzo

    The magnificent 17th-Century Villa Durazzo (pictured above) in Santa Margherita Ligure, just outside Portofino on the Amalfi Coast has proved popular with celebrities. Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster got married there, as did footballer Wayne Rooney and Colleen McLoughlin.

    Rome is also a big draw. Tom Cruise wed Katie Holmes at Odescalchi Castle near the Eternal City, while TV presenter Cat Deeley married Patrick Kielty in a secret ceremony in Rome. It was so low key and discreet, we don’t know the location but we love that such a glam couple chose Rome. I would recommend the 12-room Villa Spalletti Trivelli formerly the private home of the Spalletti family who now run it as a city retreat.

    palazzo terranova

    Singer Sophie Ellis Bexter married musician Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova (pictured above), a country hotel in Umbria which dates back to the 18th century and features Romeo and Juliet style balconies and sweeping views. Weddings for up to 100 guests are held in the orchard, on the hillside, round the pool or inside the main house.

    David Bowie and Iman wed at Villa La Massa in the on-site chapel and rented the entire property out for their guests. This hotel is a stunning 16th-Century Medici villa, located on the River Arno in the heart of the Tuscany countryside, just 15 minutes from Florence. You can rent your own villa for two in Tuscany, for a much more modest price!

    Hollywood sweethearts Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel wed at the magnificent Borgo Egnazia in Puglia. The groom serenaded his bride with a song specially written for her as she waltzed down the aisle in a spectacular pink Giambattista Valli gown.

    Caribbean and Mexico

    The Cotton House, Mustique

    Singer and presenter Cheryl Cole, who now goes under the name of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, married Jean-Bernard in July 2014. Their secret £390,000 ceremony took place at The Cotton House resort in Mustique, one of the islands in the Grenadines.

    Parrot Cay

    Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck married at Parrot Cay (pictured above), a private island resort in the Turks & Caicos Islands, beloved of celebrities like actor Bruce Willis and designer Donna Karan who own private villas there. Weddings can be a lavish or feet in the sand as you wish and the COMO Shambhala Retreat is one of the best well-being spas in the world for pre-wedding pampering.

    Nearby, the Bahamas have seen a number of celebrity weddings including actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who wed in secret at a friend’s house in the Bahamas, and diva Mariah Carey and TV actor Nick Cannon who married on the seven-mile long Windemere Island off Eleuthera.

    Necker_Bali_Kukila

    Richard Branson’s daughter Holly married Fred Andrews at her father’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island (pictured above). It’s possible to rent the entire island or stay at one of the Celebration Weeks held each year when couples can book just one room. The Great House has recently been rebuilt and the whole island is looking better than ever. Couples can now wed within 24 hours of arriving in the BVIs!

    Cuixmala

    Model Heidi Klum married singer Seal at Cuixmala Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (pictured above). Meanwhile, Singer Pink wed Carey Hart at the Four Seasons, Costa Rica, while Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren got married at Sandy Lane on the so-called “Platinum coast” of Barbados.

    Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso renewed their marriage vows on St Lucia in 2013. He rented out the entire Viceroy Sugar Beach Resort.

    Spain

    Actress Gemma Arterton married her Italian fiancé Stefano Catelli in a romantic Spanish ceremony at a secluded spot in the Spanish hillside. After the ceremony in the beautiful village of Zuheros in Andalucía, the newlyweds were driven away in an open-top vintage car, decorated with white wedding ribbons.

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono took the plunge in Gibraltar in 1969. Sean Connery liked it so much he did it twice, once in 1962 and then in 1975.

    USA and Canada

    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas has been the venue for many short lived marriages including Peaches Geldof to singer Max Drummey at the Little White Wedding Chapel (pictured above) and Britney Spears to Jason Alexander. Check out The Official Vegas Travel Site for more famous weddings. Couples can wed the same day as they arrive in Vegas.

    Sunrise on the longest day of the year at Blackberry Farm.

    Grammy winning country singer Kelly Clarkson wed Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm (pictured above) nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains just outside Nashville, Tennessee The Stronger singer wore a floor length lace dress by Alice Temperley and carried a sunflower bouquet for her rustic chic wedding.

    Elsewhere in North America, Australian actress Holly Valance married English property tycoon Nick Candy in Beverly Hills, California. Scarlett Johansson married Ryan Reynolds in secret in a remote part of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet married boyfriend Ned Rocknroll in a secret ceremony in New York. And Actress Anne Hathaway and longtime squeeze Adam Shulman wed in Big Sur on the coast of California.

    The Gossip singer Beth Ditto married her long-term girlfriend, Kristin Ogata, in an old sugar plantation on Maui island in Hawaii. An Hawaiian priestess performed the ceremony and Beth skipped down the aisle barefoot in a custom-made Jean Paul Gaultier dress with a white garland around her neck.

    Seychelles

    Labriz

    TV presenter Denise Van Outen married Lee Mead at Labriz Resort (pictured above) on the island of Silhouette in the Seychelles. Here you can have a private beach ceremony or wed in a beautiful hillside villa.

    Australia

    Actress Nicole Kidman married singer Keith Urban in her native Australia. The bride chose a stunning dress by Balenciaga and Christian Louboutin heels. Fellow Antipodean actors Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts were in attendance.

    Singer Natalie Imbruglia married Daniel Johns at Thala Beach Lodge (pictured above) on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas. Set between the beach and the rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef is on the doorstep. A range of wedding packages are available including low key beach vows.

    France

    Keira Knightley married Klaxons musician James Righton in a gorgeous low-key wedding in Mazan in the south of France in a family home.

    Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez married in a romantic ceremony in Chateau des Conde in Vallery, about an hour outside Paris. They exchanged vows in the chateau grounds and partied in white marques with a firework display after nightfall.