14 Celebrities You Never Knew Officiated Weddings
With public speaking chops and charisma for days, it only makes sense that celebrities would be natural officiants. Whether for fellow stars or their longtime friends and family members, these famous faces-turned-wedding officiants proved they know how to work a room while putting the spotlight on the bride and groom. Here, 14 times celebrities stepped up and served as masters of ceremonies for lucky couples.
Jimmy just might have found another calling: He's got not one but two weddings under his belt! In 2013, the late-night host presided over Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso's St. Lucia vow renewal, and more recently, he officiated at Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's surprise backyard celebration. During a Good Morning America appearance, Theroux called Kimmel's contribution "the biggest blessing in the world," saying the funnyman "was extremely funny, kept things extremely light, was extremely light, was extremely touching." So touching, in fact, that he even shed a few tears. Aw!
The TODAY show host surprised one of her biggest fans on her wedding day by popping out at the last second to help the priest officiate the ceremony—and of course the whole thing was caught on video. But that wasn't Hoda's only surprise of the day: She also flew in the bride's best friend who couldn't make the long-distance flight to the wedding and arranged for the Goo Goo Dolls to perform "Iris" for the couple's first dance song (they're big '90s music fans).
During the Los Angeles leg of Carrie Brownstein's book tour for Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, two Sleater-Kinney fans unexpectedly asked the musician, Portlandia star, and licensed wedding officiant to marry them. Brownstein obliged, with the help of event co-host Amy Poehler, who supplied the couple with flowers and even played "Greensleeves" on the piano. Thankfully, the whole thing was recorded!
"All of us here are rooting for you," Brownstein beautifully improvised. "We're rooting for you in the way that we root for ourselves, in the way that we root for love to always win out over despair, for hope to win out over fear, for joy to win out over sorrow."
When Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Faye Resnick wed Everett Jack Jr. this weekend, she called upon longtime friend Kris Jenner to be her officiant. In Rick Hilton's Instagram photo captioned "Wedding time," the Kardashian matriarch and "momager" can be seen standing between the bride and groom reading from a piece of paper and speaking into a microphone.
When Girls actress Allison Williams married Ricky Van Deen in September, the officiant was none other than Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. "Well, here's what I did," Hanks told Extra
. "I studied the ministry for over $35. And if you want to call me the Right Reverend Tom Hanks, I think you should." If the star serving as officiant at your big day sounds like the stuff Nora Ephron rom-com dreams are made of, know that it may not be entirely impossible: "I'm for rent," he said. "If you can afford the honorarium, I'll be there for ya."
Add this to the perks of working with Emma Stone. Not only did the actress play Cupid for her publicist Holly Shakoor and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, but she also presided over their 2012 wedding. "She was very eloquent and composed, and didn't seem nervous at all," a witness told Us Weekly
The star is a longtime friend of Adam Levine, so it was a no-brainer that the Maroon 5 frontman would ask Hill to marry him and model Behati Prinsloo in 2014. "Jonah was hysterical," a source told E!
. "He was telling so many jokes, but then in the middle would be so sweet and sincere."
When New York legalized gay marriage in 2011, the "Born This Way" singer reportedly celebrated by becoming ordained in order to officiate at her friend and yoga instructor, Tricia Donegan's wedding.
When the minister they had booked for their wedding canceled on them, Abbe Thorner and Jason Wood just happened to be watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Then they ran into Segel at a bar and decided to take a chance and ask him. He said 'yes,' got certified by the Universal Life Church, and conducted the ceremony on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the witness.
The Sherlock star had to miss his 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel, but for good reason: He was performing the wedding ceremony for his friend Seth Cummings. Cumberbatch was ordained online for the occasion and joked to The Sun
, "Next will be children's parties and bat mitzvahs."
In 2011, the late-night talk show host served as officiant at costume designer Scott Cronick's on-air wedding to partner David Gorshein and made history: It was the first-ever televised same-sex wedding.
The Vampire Diaries star proved he was the best boss ever when he wed his assistant and friend Jessica to his other friend Paul. "Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure in human relationships," Somerhalder said. "No ceremony can create your marriage—only you can do that, through love and patience, through believing in one another, through supporting one another, to learning to forgive—a big one." Want to see more? You can watch the whole thing on Vimeo!
For the 26th wedding (yes, you read that right) of the duo behind the blog 2 People 1 Life, which appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings, Stewart herself did the honors of officiating. The couple was on a mission to celebrate their bond and support a good cause—their registry benefitted UNICEF—by getting hitched in every country they visited.
The CSI actor officiated at his stepdaughter Lilly's Massachusetts wedding, which was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.