Figuring out our wedding plans in a pandemic is way harder than we’d like it to be. But if there was ever a time to make like an A-lister, this is it! With weddings as we know them on pause, a lot of couples are entertaining the idea of getting married twice.
As usual, celebs are ahead of the trend! Rather than seeing it as an excuse to hold two extravagant events, they’re planning a private ceremony then a more traditional celebration with their loved ones at a later date. Clearly they’re onto something, because there are so many great reasons to elope now and party later.
Here are five high profile couples who held a low profile wedding before their big bash and some insight into why they chose this less conventional way to tie the knot.
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- Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
- Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman
- Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
- Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
- Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
1. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
One of the finest examples of the celebrity two wedding trend has to be Sophie and Joe’s impromptu Las Vegas nuptials. Pulled together in a week, it featured an Elvis Presley impersonator, bridal jumpsuit and ring pop exchange. The only reason we know about it is because one of their friends livestreamed the whole thing – which is probably why they chose to have an unplugged wedding!
The couple hosted their formal ceremony and reception two months later at a French chateau that seemed straight out of a fairy tale.
“Marriage is a private thing between two people and I think that’s how it should always be,” Sophie told PorterEdit Magazine. “It’s not about the dress, it’s not about the food. It’s about being husband and wife, and being dedicated to each other forever.”
So true Sophie. But getting to wear a custom Louis Vuitton wedding gown is the cherry on top, no?
2. Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman
While the new Mr and Mrs Jonas were declaring their love in the South of France, Zoë and Karl were counting down to their wedding in Paris. Who could forget Zoë’s arrival at the rehearsal dinner in bridal biker shorts?
It turns out this low-key couple had a secret civil ceremony before enjoying an elegant celebration with friends and family. They’ve chosen to recognise the latter as their official wedding date, despite what the paperwork might say!
Zoë and Karl exchanged vows for the second time on the sweeping staircase of Lenny Kravitz’s 18th century mansion (as you do), then dined al fresco with their guests beneath strands of festoons and clouds of baby’s breath. We call that a suitably intimate event for two lovers who got engaged in their living room wearing sweatpants…if you look past the Hollywood royalty in attendance!
After a hush-hush engagement and ceremony, it’s no surprise they’ve kept their wedding largely off the record too. In true cool couple style, they let their photos do all the talking.
3. Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
Hailey and Justin’s second celebration also grabbed headlines. After quietly tying the knot at a courthouse ceremony a year earlier before moving in together, they planned a traditional wedding at a luxury waterfront resort in South Carolina. Well, as traditional as a star-studded guest list, jewel-encrusted champagne and sneakers paired with Vera Wang can be!
In a recent documentary, Hailey shared the reason she and Justin decided to have a second wedding, despite admitting she’s “not really a big bridal person”.
“I knew that I wanted to have a wedding because I didn’t ever want to look back and say I never got to be a bride and get walked down the aisle by my dad, and I just wanted to be able to show our kids those photos and have those memories.”
We’d want to reminisce about such a beautiful celebration too.
4. Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Gisele and Tom were one of the first celebrity power couples to marry now and party later 11 years ago – talk about a two wedding trendsetter! Their intimate church wedding with only immediate family in attendance was followed by a larger celebration at the model’s home in Costa Rica one month later.
“We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night,” Tom told GQ of their small wedding.
“I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there. The thing about it is, the day’s for you. It’s nothing personal against anybody, but it’s not about them. It’s about what you need for that day.”
5. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy and John were also seeing double seven years ago – though this was more by accident. They kicked things off with a no frills ceremony at City Hall before a lavish destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy where the couple first fell in love.
“We are dumb and didn’t realise that our Italian wedding would not be recognised unless we had a ceremony in New York City,” the model admitted to E! News.
Ah Chrissy, always keeping it real.
Wherever in the world you want to get married, our Epic Elopement Planner will guide you through the process of planning an intimate and unforgettable experience. Even if eloping seems less complicated than hosting a traditional wedding, this is still no ordinary day! This interactive digital download will help you organise all the details step by step to make your elopement everything you want it to be.
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