The most iconic celebrity weddings of all time

By Kara Byers October 28, 2016

Kate and Wills, John and Yoko, Sean and Madonna, Vicky and Dave (Beckham) these are the most iconic celebrity married couples of all time

For every decade, there’s been a golden celebrity wedding. From Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s in the '60s, to Bianca Jagger donning a suit to wed Mick Jagger in the '70s, to the Beckhams twinning in white in the ‘90s, here are the big days that inspired a thousand (or more) brides to be back in the day.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon, March 20, 1969

They got “married in Gibraltar, near Spain” but this couple had originally hoped to hold their nuptials on the ferry that crosses from England to France. Speaking in the Beatles’ Anthology documentary Lennon said, “We went to Southampton and then we couldn’t get on because she wasn’t English, and she couldn’t get the day visa to go across. They said, ‘Anyway, you can’t get married. The Captain’s not allowed to do it any more.'”

Lennon later wrote the Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko” about their wedding, detailing the rest of their journey: “Finally made the plane into Paris, honeymooning down by the Seine. [Apple assistant] Peter Brown called to say, you can make it okay; you can get married in Gibraltar near Spain.”

The couple were married for 11 years before Lennon’s untimely death in December 1980.  

Bianca and Mick Jagger, May 12, 1971

In the same year that the Rolling Stones left England for the south of France to escape a tax debt, Mick Jagger married his girlfriend, Bianca Perez-Mora Macias at the Town Hall in St. Tropez.

Jagger had met the 25-year-old Nicaraguan-born Macias nine months earlier at a party. The frontman chartered a plane to fly 75 friends - who only learned of the wedding the day before - including Paul McCartney and his family, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton and Ronnie Wood (who wouldn’t join the Stones for another four years), from the UK. As McCartney and Starr were embroiled in a harsh legal battle, they were seated far apart. Keith Richards served as best man.

The couple had two ceremonies, a civil one at the town hall and a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at St. Anne Chapel, which were followed by a reception for about 200 people at the Cafe des Arts.

The newlyweds honeymooned on a yacht near the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia and within a few months, Bianca was pregnant with the couple’s only child together, Jade. But the marriage didn’t last the decade, with Bianca filing for divorce in 1978 as a result of Mick’s affair with model Jerry Hall. The divorce was granted a year later, with Bianca believed to have received £1 million in the settlement.

Madonna and Sean Penn, August 16, 1985

It may have been one of the shortest (and reportedly most tumultuous) celebrity marriages but the memories – and pictures – of Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding will last for generations.

The Material Girl met Penn in February 1985 and the pair married on her birthday that same year. A year later the two starred in the panned and much-derided movie Shanghai Surprise and Madonna dedicated her third album, True Blue, to her husband writing “This is dedicated to my husband, the coolest guy in the universe.”

Sadly, the couple’s relationship was marred by violent outbursts against the press, including one incident when Penn was arrested for assaulting a photographer on a film set, which saw him sentenced to 60 days in jail in mid-1987, he served 33 days. Madonna filed for divorce in December 1987 but later withdrew the papers, only to find she couldn’t actually justify their love and filed them again in January 1989. 

They have remained friendly ever since. Penn has been spotted at Madonna's concerts in recent years and they attended a gala together earlier in the year at which Madonna said as part of a speech “Sean, I love you. From the moment that I laid eyes on you. And I still love you, just the same."

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, July 18, 1992

It was all about the chemistry with these two. Good girl meets bad boy, Whitney and Bobby were one of music’s most controversial and talked about couples.

Her squeaky-clean image didn’t quite fit with his penchant for trouble, with many fans attributing her ultimate unravelling to him, but their connection was undeniable.  

Whitney and Bobby met at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards after she bumped into him in the audience. Impressed with his performance later in the show she approached him and he ended up asking her out before her own performance.

After a three year romance, the couple married at her New Jersey estate. The ceremony was attended by the Who's who of the celebrity world of the time with guests including Gloria Estefan, New Edition, Dionne Warwick and Teddy Riley. The couple exchanged platinum wedding rings: hers engraved "Love Bobby" and his, "Love Whitney." A year later, Whitney gave birth to their only daughter together, Bobbi Kristina.

Sadly, the relationship turned turbulent and the two were unofficially dubbed the new "Ike and Tina Turner". In 2005, the couple appeared on the reality TV show Being Bobby Brown. This insider peek into the couple's domestic life proved a bit of a train wreck. A year later, after 14 years of marriage, Whitney and Bobby filed for divorce.

Just months earlier, Brown told People magazine:

"It doesn't matter what people say. They want to try to break us down anyway. That's not for us. We're here, and we're gonna be together for a long time, so people can expect us to stay together. ... I'm with my wife for the duration — and that's life." 

Victoria and David Beckham, July 4, 1999

A match made in A-list heaven, Victoria and David (aka Posh and Becks) first met in early 1997. The then-Victoria Adams was at the height of her Spice Girls fame when she was introduced to soccer star David at a Manchester United charity match and they started dating.

The couple later admitted they had scoped out one another before their initial meeting. David told Britain’s The Sun that after seeing Victoria in the Say You’ll Be There video, he declared, “That’s the girl for me and I'm going to get her! She's my idea of perfection. I knew that if she wanted me, we would be together forever.”

Their 1999 wedding was like a fairytale with the lavish affair held at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. By then their first child, Brooklyn, had been born and Victoria and David sat on his and hers red velvet thrones at their reception with the baby’s crib at their side. For the $800,000 soiree, they employed 437 people and thought of every detail – down to the flag flying above the castle with the initials VBD for Victoria, Brooklyn, and David.

In the years following, Posh, Becks, and their growing family made moves to Spain and the US, the couple celebrated 17 years of marriage this year. 

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