Undoubtedly a major event in most people’s lives, getting married to someone is the kind of decision that should never be treated lightly. After all, ideally once a couple walks down the aisle together they will spend the rest of their lives together.
Although most people see getting married as a pretty big deal, that doesn’t mean that every couple opts to have a big wedding ceremony and reception. In fact, there are some folks who want to make a huge deal out of their nuptials and others who decide to keep things as low-key as possible. Of course, due to the vast riches that most celebrities have, when they decide to go big with their weddings it is bound to be pretty OTT. With all that in mind, it is time to look at this list of 15 celebrity couples who married in secret and five who went all out.
In order for a celebrity couple to be considered for this list, they first and foremost need to have gotten married. At least one of them has to be famous for one reason or another, and they either need to have walked down the aisle in the lap of luxury or in relative secrecy.
20 Married In Secret: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Even though the majority of people may have no idea who Olivier Sarkozy is, they are bound to know the name of his current wife, Mary-Kate Olsen. Made world famous when she starred in the beloved sitcom Full House alongside her sister Ashley, the Olsen twins went on to build a business and entertainment empire. As a result, she and her banker husband easily could have afforded an incredibly expensive wedding but evidently, Olsen and Sarkozy had no interest in that.
Instead, in November 2015 the pair opted to tie the knot in a private and secret Manhattan ceremony.
19 Went All Out: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Definitely one of the most legendary musicians of the modern world, Paul McCartney rose to fame as a member of The Beatles and he continued to enjoy big success as a solo star once they broke up. Previously married to model Heather Mills, McCartney and her seemed to spare no expense when it came to their wedding.
In fact, the pair reportedly spent $3.2 million on their ceremony that was held in a 17th-century castle and included more than 300 guests. Sadly, McCartney and Mills would go on to get divorced and he went on to marry another woman in a much smaller and less expensive wedding.
18 Married In Secret: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Two actors who have managed to strike a balance between starring in blockbuster movies and smaller films, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have both had incredible careers. Even able to co-star in a film together, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which did great business at the box office, the pair seemed to ooze chemistry both on and off the screen at the time.
Together for many years before they opted to get married, the world at large was pretty fascinated when Jolie and Pitt had a notable but still small ceremony in France. As it turns out, however, Jolie later revealed that before that happened, the pair had a then-secret wedding in America for legal reasons.
17 Married In Secret: Alison Brie and Dave Franco
Someone who has been quietly putting together an amazing resume over the last several years, Alison Brie has starred in several acclaimed shows including GLOW, Mad Men, and Community. No slouch in his own right, Dave Franco has been a part of hit movies like the Now You See Me series, Warm Bodies, 21 Jump Street, Neighbors, and The Disaster Artist.
A couple who never seemed to be overly shy about their relationship but mostly kept the details of their personal life to themselves, Brie and Franco’s wedding struck a similar tone. Engaged for three years before they got married, the couple hinted they might elope but instead had a small and secret ceremony that they took a while to even address in public.
16 Married In Secret: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Consistently named one of the highest paid models in the world since she took the industry by storm in the mid-2000s, Gisele Bündchen has landed pretty much all of the top jobs in her business. An incredibly accomplished football player, Tom Brady has won at the Super Bowl six times which is more than anyone else in history and he is widely considered to be one of the best quarterbacks ever.
As two people who’ve spent a huge portion of their lives in the spotlight, perhaps that is why they chose to keep their two wedding ceremonies a secret. First married in a small Catholic church in Santa Monica, Bündchen and Brady then had a second secret ceremony at their vacation home in Costa Rica and to this day little is known about both events.
15 Went All Out: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
If there is one thing that seems pretty clear about Tom Cruise as a person it is that he goes all out on everything. A big movie star who has headlined one blockbuster film after another, he also puts his body at risk by performing stunts that are only becoming more dangerous over time. On the other hand, Katie Holmes has always seemed like a much more understated person even though she has achieved great success as a famous actor.
When Cruise and Holmes got married, his love of being OTT seemed to have won out since it was a huge event. Said to have cost at least $3 million, their ceremony took place at Italy's 15th-century Odescalchi Castle and they even had Andrea Bocelli perform during their big day.
14 Married In Secret: Ellen Page and Emma Portner
First turned into a true star when her 2007 film Juno became a surprise sensation, since then Ellen Page has been creating a unique path for herself in Hollywood. Best known for big movies like the X-Men film franchise and Inception, a lot of her best work has been as a part of smaller films like Hard Candy, Super, Whip It, An American Crime, and The Tracey Fragments.
Emma Portner is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with several stars. Only known to be married because they both posted an image of their wedding bands on social media, the design of their rings and the fact that both seem to be happy is all that is known about their wedding.
13 Married In Secret: Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley
Arguably one of the most talked about actors in the business today, ever since the world caught a glimpse of Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street most of us have wanted more. Far from a one trick pony, she has gone on to cement her reputation as an actor with her work in movies like Suicide Squad, Mary Queen of Scots, and her Oscar-nominated performance in I,Tonya.
Also able to get her current marriage out of her acting career, Robbie met assistant director Tom Ackerley on the set of her 2015 film Suite Française. Married by the time 2016 came to an end, their ceremony took place in Australia under a veil of secrecy at the time.
12 Married In Secret: Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
An actor who will always be synonymous with a single role, Lisa Bonet played Denise Huxtable on TV for several years and she had a big hand in turning the character into a fascinating one. Also able to make his mark on television, Jason Momoa first rose to prominence when he played an important Game of Thrones character but he is now known for playing Aquaman on the big screen.
The kind of couple who truly seems to be madly in love, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are very open about their feelings for one another. However, for more than a decade they let the world believe they got married in 2007 when in reality, they only have been officially married since they held a secret ceremony at their home in 2017.
11 Went All Out: Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Born into the world of Hollywood, Liza Minnelli is the daughter of screen legend Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. Able to follow in her mother’s footsteps, during Minnelli’s acting career she won many major awards, including an Oscar, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and four Tonys among others. Unfortunately, for all of Minnelli’s success in her professional life, she has struggled to find lasting love as evidenced by her failed five-year marriage to producer David Gest.
At least the pair seemed to greatly enjoy the glitz and glamour of their 2002 wedding ceremony. It included many legendary celebrities as guests and is said to have cost $3.5 million.
10 Married In Secret: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
One of the best actors of her generation, Rachel Weisz has consistently been wonderful in movies like About a Boy, The Constant Gardener, and Definitely, Maybe among others. Like Weisz, Daniel Craig has been in several major movies, but these days he is almost entirely known for one thing: playing James Bond on the big screen since the year 2006.
A couple since 2010, Weisz and Craig have attempted to elude the prying eye of the public as best they can throughout much of their relationship. Perhaps the best example of that is how they secretly got married in 2011 with only four guests present: Craig’s daughter, Weisz’s son, and two family friends.
9 Married In Secret: Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
Two people who became famous after they landed big TV roles in the 2000s, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody seem to have a lot in common. Imperative to the success of Gossip Girl and The O.C. respectively, many people feel like Meester and Brody were the best parts of the shows they helped make massive hits.
Introduced to one another when they met on the set of a little-seen 2010 movie named The Oranges, by 2013 the pair was engaged and they wound up tying the knot the following year. Secret enough about their plans that even their biggest fans were surprised when they got married, to this day hardly anything is known about the details of Meester and Brody’s wedding.
8 Married In Secret: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Even though being a child star in Hollywood often seems amazing from the outside looking in, history tells us that it can be a minefield for the performers in question. After all, many famous child actors end up struggling in public with serious issues once they grow up and the majority of the rest end up failing to transition to mature roles when they become adults.
Able to beat those odds, Neil Patrick Harris was a sitcom star as a teen, he had a massive comeback as an adult and now he seems to be a well-adjusted fellow. That is great news for Harris and his husband David Burtka. They invited their closest friends and family to a secret wedding in Italy after they were together for 10 years as a couple.
7 Went All Out: George and Amal Clooney
An incredibly accomplished lawyer who has represented several high profile clients and practiced law on an international stage, Amal Clooney would own the spotlight if she married almost anyone. However, she is the wife of a massive movie star named George Clooney who millions of people have paid money to see on the big screen over and over again throughout his career.
Previously believed to be a perpetual bachelor who might never marry, when George opted to tie the knot with Amal it captivated many observers. Said to have cost $13 million, people were amazed by the details of the couple’s four-day wedding celebration that was attended by huge stars and featured a meal that was cooked by an acclaimed chef.
6 Married In Secret: Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz
One of the biggest bands of the early 2000s, at the height of its popularity Good Charlotte made its two singers, the Madden brothers, into a pretty big deal. However, even when Benji Madden seemed to be the talk of the town, virtually nobody would have predicted he’d marry one of the biggest movie stars in the world at that time.
Yet, he and Cameron Diaz, who had a long run as one of the best actors in Hollywood, seem to be very happily married today. In another surprising turn of events, when the pair tied the knot they did so in their own living room in front of a small group of friends and then they took to their backyard tennis court to celebrate!
5 Married In Secret: Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Previously best known for her lengthy and successful stand-up comedy career, since then Amy Schumer has branched out in several ways. For instance, she has starred in several major movies, she had her own show, Inside Amy Schumer, from 2013 until 2016, and she was tapped to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.
After Schumer was involved with chef and farmer Chris Fischer for some time, the two got married in 2018. While their wedding was kept a secret up until it happened, Schumer has since revealed a lot about their big day, including the fact that her fellow comedian John Early officiated their ceremony while in drag.
4 Married In Secret: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Two actors who became famous at the same time and for identical reasons, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher began their time in the public eye by starring in That '70s Show together for several years. Evidently not at all romantically interested in one another at the time, years later, after both stars had been involved with several other people, they became a surprise couple.
Now the parents of two children, in 2015 the pair got married in California. However, they did such a great job of keeping that fact under wraps that it took months for it to be confirmed that the ceremony had taken place at all.
3 Went All Out: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
An actor who has managed to stay consistently employed for years, Jessica Biel is best known for her roles in shows like 7th Heaven and The Sinner on top of the movies Blade: Trinity and Stealth. Also an occasional actor in his own right, Justin Timberlake is much more famous for his music career, both as a part of the group NSYNC and as a solo artist.
Married since 2012, their wedding was pretty incredible. It was held in Italy, had a long guest list, and the pair exchanged expensive wedding rings. As a result, some news outlets reported they spent $6.5 million on their big day.
2 Married In Secret: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
An immensely likable couple who appear to share a wicked sense of humor and be supremely happy together, on social media Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds share snapshots of their lives. That said, the two movie and TV stars chose to be very secretive about the details of their wedding.
In fact, according to Vogue magazine, the pair asked their guests to sign a non-disclosure agreement and their cell phones were all confiscated. Funnily enough, Lively eventually revealed a detail about their wedding to Vogue and it was pretty amazing. She said, "Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn't know what to do, so we called Martha [Stewart]” who sent a team to save the day.
1 Married In Secret: Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Even though there are lots of celebrity power couples out there today, it is pretty hard to argue that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the most talked about of the group. Two massive music stars who have released so many hit songs that they have to be considered legends, both have also managed to amass huge and highly devoted followings.
For that reason, to say there has been intense interest in the details of their wedding ceremony ever since they got married in 2008 is a big understatement. However, the couple kept things so private that it was unknown that they were even engaged before they got married and it took four years for any photos of their big day to be seen by their fans!
Sources: Harper's Bazaar, Brides, The Daily Mail, Vogue, E! News