The most popular celebrity marriage venues
16th March 2021
by Tara W.
When celebrities get married, it’s almost always a major event. With money to burn, these A-listers really know how to celebrate their big day. From their extravagant diamond engagement and wedding rings, to their mesmerising outfits and of course, the beautiful and exclusive venues, it’s safe to say we’re obsessed.
Despite famous marriages not always lasting forever, there’s no denying that they tend to get married in the nicest locations. So, after extensive research, we’ve found out which places celebrities get married at the most around the world and how much it would cost for the average person to say ‘I do…’ there.
Most Popular Celebrity Marriages
From Kim and Kanye, to the Clooney’s, we’ve broken down some of the most famous weddings of all time and their fabulous venues. Below are the venues celebrities seem to love getting married at:
The grand Old Marylebone Town Hall in London has seen a total of 17 celebrities get married here, which is the most celebrity weddings a venue in the UK has seen. Some celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher even returned to the Grade II listed building to get married for a second time, years after the first. This sought-after venue is perfect for a more intimate wedding and with a recent £60 million refurbishment and expansion, we expect plenty more celebrities will be walking down the aisle here.
When celebrities want to get married abroad, they often have to get legally married first in their home state. So, 8 celebrities have officially tied the knot in New York’s City Hall. While some went on to have more extravagant weddings elsewhere in the world, like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen who held their second ceremony in the dreamy Lake Como, Italy. Others, like Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery, wanted a more down-to-earth, quiet wedding with their closest friends and family which New York’s City Hall was ideal for.
New York City Hall
Babington House in the heart of the British countryside, Somerset, is also a hit with the rich and famous, having had at least 7 celebrity couples tying the knot there. The list of couples include James Corden and Julia Carey, Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe, and the DJ Fatboy Slim and radio host Zoe Ball. The beautiful Georgian House has picturesque grounds, as well as traditionally styled bedrooms for guests.
The stunning San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California has seen 6 celebrities get married including Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow who got married privately here in 2003 and Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger who also married in secret in this wonderful location. With its ultra-romantic vibes, incredible scenery and complete privacy, it’s no wonder why so many A-listers have flocked to tie the knot here.
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is a lavish World Heritage Site that’s seen at least 5 celebrity couples get married. Steeped in history with gorgeous grounds surrounding the impressive country house, Blenheim Palace was the perfect venue for Rochelle and Marvin Humes who got married here in 2012 with 250 guests in the magnificent Orangery. Sylvester Stallone also got married here in 1997 to Jennifer Flavin after a long, tumultuous relationship and have now been happily married for almost 24 years.
Located in Northern Scotland, Castle Skibo is a 7,500-acre estate overlooking the Dornoch Firth and home to one of the world’s most prestigious private clubs. With 20% of visitors typically arriving by private jet, this Highland castle is an elite wedding venue which was perfect for Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie. While the wedding was kept under wraps, it was a very traditional Scottish ceremony. Of course, it was also the place where Scottish Actor Ewan Mcgregor got married to Eve Mavrakis.
Celebrity wedding price list
It’s no secret that celebrity weddings are typically very expensive. Some of the most eye-wateringly expensive weddings we’ve seen over the decades include Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel who spent £4,936,584 on their wedding in total, as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z with a £3,190,515 wedding and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spending £2,985,801 on their big day.
But, how much would it cost the average person to get married at these amazing locations? Well, we’ve done the math for you and worked out how much it would cost per person to tie the knot in some of the most extravagant venues.
The 5 most expensive venues included:
Brush Creek Ranch - This luxurious, all-inclusive authentic ranch in Wyoming offers 30,000 acres that’s nestled amongst the stunning Sierra Madre mountains. With premium guest accommodation and creative dining menus, your wedding will definitely stand out from the rest here. American actress Allison Williams and entrepreneur Ricky Van Veen married in this venue in 2015 at £2,075.00 per person.
Brush Creek Ranch
Pelican Hill Resort - Located in Newport Beach, California, this venue offers incredible ocean views, scenic pathways and Italian-inspired architecture that will leave you breathless. Exclusively yours for the day, brides can enjoy time at the spa before walking down the aisle to say ‘I do’ under their iconic Rotunda. Chance the Rapper got married here to his childhood sweetheart in 2019 at £1,190.18 per person.
Château de Tourreau - This grand French Château located in Sarrians, France was built in 1612 and is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the world. With an impressive 20-acres of land and a rental period of at least 4 days and 3 nights, your wedding will be a home away from home for you and your guests. This venue saw the wedding of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas and charges £1,033.33 per person.
Colony 29 - Known as the ultimate Palm Springs wedding venue, Colony 29 is a boutique hotel surrounded by six acres of botanical gardens and a backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Indian Canyons. With multiple spaces available for weddings, from 50 guests to 300, each area is beautifully designed. TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port got married here in 2015 at £581.48 per person.
Babington House - The beautiful Georgian, Grade II listed manor in the heart of Somerset is set in 18 acres of English countryside just 30 minutes from Bath. While typically a private members club, this venue is available for weddings of up to 120 guests. In 2014, the venue hosted the wedding of Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe in a stunning, winter wonderland themed ceremony at £500 per person.
The 5 most affordable celebrity wedding venues included:
Highclere Castle - Built in 1679, this Grade 1 listed country house in Hampshire has hosted kings, queens and prime ministers and was once converted into a hospital for soldiers in the first world war. Nowadays, it’s the location for the historical drama series Downton Abbey and a glamorous wedding venue. Katie Price and Peter Andre tied the knot here in 2005 and they charge around £179.00 per person.
Parrish Ranch - Beautiful and secluded, this pristine venue in California is a hidden gem that boasts 5 acres of grounds, spring fed ponds and scenic views. Couples can get married in a romantic, secret garden under a weeping willow tree. This venue saw the long awaited wedding between Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis in 2015 and charges around £146.71 per person.
Luttrellstown Castle - This exclusive and luxurious castle estate is located near Dublin, ireland and offers an elegant and picturesque backdrop for your wedding. From intimate gatherings of 20 guests to larger weddings of up to 180 people, this venue specialises in making your fairytale wedding dreams come true. Charging £145 per person, this venue saw the iconic wedding between Posh and Becks in 1999.
Borgo Egnazia - With its tranquil backdrop in Puglia, Italy, this 5-star resort features traditional Italian architecture and stunning panoramic views of Puglia and the Adriatic Sea. With several settings for weddings, whether you’re looking for something sophisticated or more relaxed, this resort can accommodate. Despite the Timberlakes having one of the most expensive weddings here in 2012, this resort charges £138.34 per person.
Hengrave Hall - This enchanting Tudor manor house located in Suffolk offers many options for weddings. From outdoor summer weddings overlooking the lake or indoor winter weddings with its grand, historic decor, there’s something for everyone all year round. This picture-perfect venue typically charges £123.57 per person and in 2015 hosted one of the most talked-about celebrity weddings between Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan.
There were a few glamorous venues we were unable to find any prices for, including the highly talked about Clooney wedding in 2014. George and Amal Clooney celebrated their big day in Aman Venice, while no cost per person is publicly available for this breathtaking venue, it’s rumoured that the total cost of the wedding was an estimated $4.6 million. English football star Wayne Rooney, and his wife Colleen, who also got married in Italy in the beautiful Villa Durazzo, a 17th-century palace, spent around £5 million in total on their extravagant wedding, so we can safely assume the cost per person to get married here was high. And, of course, the esteemed Skibo Castle where Madonna got married are very tight-lipped on their wedding costs. But, with a membership cost of £8,000 per year plus a one-off joining fee of £25,000, we’re sure the cost to get married in this gem of a venue is astronomical.
We also worked out how expensive it would be to follow in the footsteps of some of your favourite celebrities and get married in the two most popular places, Old Marylebone Town Hall and New York City Hall. As both of these places are predominantly used as registry offices, fees are generally modest. Charges at Old Marylebone Town Hall in London start from £481 and with their max seated capacity being 30 in The Knightsbridge Room, you’d be looking at a super cheap ceremony! New York City Hall which has seen at least 8 celebrities get married charges around £41.91 per guest. The historic building can usually accommodate 20 extra guests in the marriage chambers - perfect for an affordable wedding in a popular celebrity venue!
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