When it comes to weddings, celebrities either go one of two ways. Thanks to their super-sized salaries, some decide to throw a huge, lavish party and invite all their famous friends and just enjoy the most indulgent experience possible. Then, there are those who know that their celebrity status means a ton of attention, wanted or unwanted, who decide to go for a more low key affair. After all, at the end of the day, a wedding is a personal decision — it's about what's right for you and your spouse to be.
There are celebrities whose weddings cost a few hundred dollars at city hall, and then there are celebrities whose weddings cost a few million dollars. There are some in both camps who are happily married over a decade later, and then there are some in both camps who have since split, so the cost of a wedding really has no impact on whether or not a marriage will last.
Whenever a celebrity announces his or her engagement, the public immediately wants to know all about what the wedding will be like — intimate or over the top, private and low key or lavish with helicopters trying to snap photos.
Here are 8 celebrities who decided to stay low key and get married at city hall, and 8 who went all out with a lavish wedding.
8 Celebs Who Got Married At City Hall:
16 Emily Ratajkowski And Sebastian Bear-McClard, Who Surprised Everyone With Their Out Of The Blue Marriage
When the news hit the press that model Emily Ratajkowski had tied the knot, everyone was totally surprised — and immediately wondered who on earth her new hubby Sebastian Bear-McClard was. That's because of two reasons. One, the duo had been dating for only a few weeks, so it seemed like a pretty surprising progression. And two, instead of a lavish wedding, they opted to tie the knot at a New York City courthouse with just a few of their friends there, including a social media star who served as the witness. It may not be the right decision for everyone, but hey — there's no denying that she looked totally happy in all the pictures that she shared post-wedding (although we can't help but think of how amazing she would have looked in a wedding dress!)
15 Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell, Whose Courthouse Wedding Proves They're Super Down To Earth
It probably won't surprise anyone that Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell decided to skip the whole huge wedding and just tie the knot at the courthouse because, well, both of them are known for being super down to earth and relatable. They do the kinds of things that regular, non-celebrity couples do all the time, so why would they blow millions on a wedding? While they had no photos shared in the tabloids, Bell did decide to share a few photos from the big day on her Instagram account, and they're as amazing as you might imagine — including Dax making her cry, in a totally hilarious and heartwarming moment. These two are so adorable — and you can just tell that their little $142 courthouse wedding was exactly the right choice for them.
14 Chrissy Teigen And John Legend, Who Kept It Real With A Courthouse Wedding (Before An Italian Fairytale Ceremony)
Okay, this one is a bit of a courthouse wedding with an asterisk. You see, model and chef Chrissy Teigen and her hubby musician John Legend wanted to get married in Italy — the gorgeous Lake Como area, to be exact. However, there was just one hitch that they hadn't considered — they couldn't actually get legally married abroad. As Chrissy told E! News, "we are dumb and didn't realize that are Italian wedding would not be recognized unless we had a real ceremony in New York City." So, after hitting up a few fashion shows, the two headed down to the courthouse and signed all the necessary papers to make their Italian dream wedding a reality. So, they have all the gorgeous wedding photos from their Italian extravaganza, but can still tell their children the story of their spontaneous courthouse nuptials.
13 Jessica Alba And Cash Warren, Who Tied The Knot Solo
It's hard to imagine a time when Jessica Alba and Cash Warren weren't together — after all, they've been together for over a decade, which is practically a century in Hollywood years. The two met on the set of an action movie back in 2004, but they didn't want a big budget production when it came to their special day — they just headed down to the courthouse in Beverly Hills. Alba was pregnant at the time with their first child, Honor, and she apparently rocked a ponytail and casual blue dress. The two had their courthouse ceremony in 2008, and they're still going strong. We wonder if they've ever told Honor about the time when she was the only other guest at their wedding — they opted to keep it solely about the two of them, not even having any friends or family present.
12 Matt Damon And Luciana Barroso, Who Kept It Simple in NYC
Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso have one of those love stories that practically belongs on the big screen. They met at a bar in Miami back in 2002, when Damon was a movie star and Barroso was a waitress, and they fell head over heels in love. They ended up deciding to take the plunge and tie the knot in 2005, but rather than planning a huge ceremony and inviting all of Damon's famous friends, they kept it an intimate affair in a New York City courthouse. Now, the guest list still had some notable names — Mayor Bloomberg stopped by — but Barroso's own daughter was the witness, which is pretty adorable. After nearly a decade of marriage, in 2013, they decided to renew their vows at a luxe resort with plenty of celebs in attendance.
11 Keira Knightley And James Righton, Who Had A Courthouse Wedding (Albeit In The South Of France)
Unlike the majority of celebs who opted for a courthouse wedding, Keira Knightley and James Righton didn't tie the knot in New York City or Beverly Hills. Heck, they didn't even tie the knot in the UK. Instead, they ended up rushing to the courthouse when they were in the south of France, which is so chic we can't even handle it. There were allegedly about ten people there to witness the ten-minute ceremony, and the mayor of the small French town where it took place said that "they were really happy, you could see it. They were laughing and sharing this moment with family. It was very emotional, but really simple. They were happy about the rings and they took pictures of them." So cute! It seems to fit their personalities perfectly.
10 Ellen Pompeo And Chris Ivery, Who Just Didn't Care About A Big Wedding
Television superstar Ellen Pompeo and her talented hubby Chris Ivery have been married ever since 2007 — but they opted out of a huge lavish ceremony. They were focused more on the marriage than the big day, and they just kept things simple with a ceremony at City Hall in New York City. It seems to have worked for them — they're still together and seem even more in love than ever. While they both lead fairly private lives, any pictures the paparazzi snaps of them has them looking absolutely adorable. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that they're often joined by their absolutely adorable kids. And we totally love that Ivery hasn't become jealous of her success as her star power grew in Hollywood — he totally supports his amazing wife.
9 Salma Hayek And Francois Pinault, Who Had A Quick Valentine's Day City Hall Wedding
Salma Hayek is a successful actress with several credits under her belt, so she's definitely not someone who needs to watch the budget for her wedding. And, her hubby Francois Pinault is a legit billionaire, so he especially didn't need to worry about the cost of a lavish wedding. However, the two of them decided to tie the knot at city hall on Valentine's Day (so cute!) and followed it up with a small ceremony where all their friends and family were invited. However, even the second ceremony was pretty low key — Hayek has commented before that "I think spending millions of dollars on a wedding is ridiculous and it has never been my dream. I would never do that." Who knew that she would be so practical?
8 Celebs Who Had Lavish, Over The Top Weddings:
8 Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel, Whose Italian Fantasy Cost Over $6 Million
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are both huge superstars who have been in the industry since they were just teens — so obviously, most people expected that they would go all out for their wedding. And they definitely didn't disappoint — when they tied the knot in 2012, they decided that Los Angeles just wasn't luxe enough for their taste, and ended up having the ceremony at an Italian resort. In order to make sure their star-studded guest list didn't feel hassled by other guests, and to ensure no paparazzi unexpectedly crashed the party, they apparently closed down the entire resort so their wedding would go off without a hitch. Hey, when you've got over 6 million to spend, you can make those kinds of demands! They're still going strong over 5 years later.
7 Kim Kardashian And Kanye West's Super Extra Wedding, Clocking In At $12 Million
Kim Kardashian has been living her life in front of millions of viewers for over a decade now, ever since Keeping Up With The Kardashians debuted back in 2007. And thanks to momager Kris Jenner's business savvy, the girls are always capitalizing on their fame and transforming major life events into money-making opportunities. Absolutely no one expected Kim's wedding to rapper Kanye West to be a low key affair — he's just as extra as she is! They tied the knot in Florence — something about Italy really seems to speak to celebs — with a wedding that apparently cost around $12 million. And they were both big spenders — Kim allegedly dropped about half a million on her wedding dress, while Kanye dropped around the same on a 230-foot marble table for the reception. Talk about luxury!
6 Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston, Who Were Some Of The First Celebs To Have A Million Dollar Wedding
Celebrity culture has definitely gotten even more intense in the past decade or so, and we have no doubt that if two stars of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's caliber got married today, their wedding would cost upwards of 10 million. However, when these two tied the knot back in 2000, they spent around $1 million — a huge amount by the average person's standards, but nothing in comparison to what celebs are spending nowadays. However, back then, a cool million was an insane amount to spend on a wedding, and most celebrities weren't anywhere near that level of lavish. Unfortunately, even a memorable wedding with a star-studded guest list doesn't guarantee a successful marriage, and as everyone knows, these two didn't end up lasting. Oh well — at least we have any future weddings of theirs to look forward to!
5 Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes, Who Spent $2 Million On An Italian Castle Wedding
Like many of their A-List friends, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise decided to jet off to Italy when it came to their wedding. The duo apparently rented out a gorgeous 15th-century Italian castle for the big day and packed the Italian grounds with A-Listers from the industry. Katie obviously rocked a stunning, custom Armani gown, and guests who traveled all the way to Italy were treated to a lavish fireworks display to really end the evening with a bang. It was definitely a memorable wedding — unfortunately, they didn't end up being a match made in heaven, and the two split about five years after that. Not even the $2 million price tag on the wedding could convince them to stay — although that amount is probably pocket change to both of those A-listers.
4 Pro Athlete Wayne Rooney And Coleen Rooney, Who Had A Four-Day, $1.5 Million Extravaganza
David Beckham isn't the only superstar when it comes to Brits who make their money on the soccer field — Wayne Rooney is also a huge deal, and when he tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Coleen, you know he went all out. The two — like many other celebs — ended up deciding to tie the knot in Italy, and spent over a million dollars on the wedding, including on flying their friends and family out (since, while they likely invited a few A-Listers, they probably also invited a ton of people from back home). The nuptials included a party on a luxe $120 million yacht and a performance by Coleen's favorite band, Westlife, who charged over half a million for the one-night private performance. They're still going strong!
3 Kim Kardashian And Kris Humphries' 72-Day Marriage, Which Cost $10 Million
There are many celebrity marriages that don't end up lasting beyond a few years, but 72 days must be some kind of record — especially for a marriage that starts with a lavish wedding and not just an impromptu trip to the chapel in Vegas. When Kim Kardashian was preparing for her first wedding to athlete Kris Humphries, she was planning to spare no expense — they invited around 500 guests to the big day, spent over $2 million on flowers, and Kim had three dress changes. Oh, and they sold the entire thing as a two-part reality television special. We don't even want to calculate what the cost per day was, when you consider just how much they spent on the short-lived marriage. Hey, sometimes things just don't work out — hopefully, the amount Kim got for selling the special balanced things out a little.
2 Kate Middleton And Prince William, Who Spent Around $34 Million, Mostly On Security
Okay, this is a bit of an unusual example, because a Royal wedding is kind of a like a celebrity wedding times a thousand. These two young Royals didn't exactly skimp on their big day, spending around $60,000 on Champagne and $800,000 on flowers, but the biggest cost had nothing to do with what their guests were eating or drinking — it was about keeping themselves, and their guests, safe. Of the rumored $34 million that the Royal wedding cost, about $32 million of that — so, almost the entire wedding cost — was spent on security. Not many other celebs have been honest about what their security measures cost for their big day, but we have a feeling no one could rack up this big a security bill because even the most A-List of A-Listers isn't quite on the level of the Royals.
1 Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds, Whose Sweet Southern Wedding Was Still Around Half A Million
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds may not have had a wedding that cost millions, but considering their intimate Southern ceremony had a guest list of only 35, their half a million price tag seems quite extravagant. When you hear some of the details, it makes more sense, though — first of all, their wedding planner was literally Martha Stewart. We don't even want to know how much the icon herself would charge, but we have a feeling she doesn't come cheap. Both Blake and Ryan went full designer with their outfits, decked out in Marchesa and Burberry, and they also got Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch to serenade their guests with a short three-song list. It seems like they had exactly the kind of wedding they wanted, and based on how crazy in love they seem whenever they're together, we have a feeling these two will last forever.
Sources: popsugar.com, lifeandstylemag.com, thefrisky.com, instyle.com, buzzfeed.com, mtv.co.uk