The ring might have given away the engagement, but these wedding plans were on the serious down low.
Many fans can't get enough of their favorite celebrity couples, which is why when famous duos get married, their weddings are usually covered extensively by the media. Over time, the world gains access to information about nearly every detail, from the wedding dress to the décor. And in the age of social media, it's even easier to learn about celebrity celebrations, since guests and news outlets alike share snapshots from the events, as do the newlyweds themselves.
But not every big-name pair wants one of the most personal moments of their lives displayed for everyone to see (and weigh in on). In fact, some have gone an incredibly private route for their nuptials, deciding to leave the intimate occasion out of the public eye.
But how do famous duos avoid the paparazzi to throw an affair with an air of mystery? According to the following couples, it's not as hard as you might think. The key to a hush-hush wedding? Don't tell anyone it's happening until the day of, use an awards party as a cover-up, only invite close family and friends, or don't post any photos. At least, that's what we've learned from these relationships!
Ahead, check out some of the most secretive and surprising celebrity weddings, and find out how their brides and grooms kept everything as under wraps as possible before, during, and after their big days. Chances are, our intel will leave you wanting more—and in that case, these pairs achieved their goals for privacy!
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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
Diaz and Madden kept their wedding a surprise by telling neighbors that they were hosting a pre-Golden Globes party, but the arrival of party rental trucks and notable celebrity party planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove made it clear that this was more than just an awards show celebration. Only family and very close friends were invited to the January 5, 2015 celebration, with Drew Barrymore, Nicole Richie (Madden's sister-in-law), and Diaz's sister Chimene Cain serving as bridesmaids.
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Even after it was over, the That '70s Show alumni kept tight-lipped about their July 4, 2015 wedding at the Parrish Ranch in Oak Glen, California. A few months after the couple tied the knot, Kunis appeared on The Late Late Show and just couldn't quite hide her excitement. She didn't confirm the wedding, but that smile said it all. Now if only we could see the wedding photos!
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Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik
Deschanel and Pechenik had a very eventful 2015. Not only did they secretly tie the knot on June 21, but two months later, the couple also welcomed their first child together—a healthy baby girl. Not much is known about their actual wedding, but we're sure it was gorgeous!
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Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Roberts and Moder met while filming 2001's The Mexican—he was a cameraman and she was the star. After years of marriage, their July 4, 2002 wedding at their New Mexico ranch is still shrouded in mystery, but we can bet Roberts looked gorgeous in her wedding dress.
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Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
After dating for three years, Olsen and Sarkozy exchanged vows in Olsen's Manhattan home on November 27, 2015 in front of 50 close friends and family. After everyone turned in their cellphones for the night, guests were allegedly able to enjoy an unlimited amount of cigarettes ("bowls and bowls" according to one source). Although her Full House family wasn't invited, they sent her well-wishes for the special occasion.
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Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Bledel and Kartheiser's tied the knot in June 2014 and we still don't know much about the celebration, other than the fact that it was small and intimate with only close friends and family in attendance. The couple met while filming Mad Men in 2012. Bledel and Kartheiser's characters were having an affair, and the on-screen chemistry led to their off-screen romance.
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The Internet went a little crazy after hearing about Blair Waldorf and Seth Cohen's secret February 15, 2014 wedding. Everything around their nuptials was so hush-hush, we didn't even get to see the ring until months after the ceremony! A match made in teen TV heaven, Meester and Brody started dating after starring together in 2011's The Oranges and have been inseparable ever since.
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Jake Lacy and Lauren Deleo
Jake Lacy of Girls secretly married his wife back in August 2015, but waited until February 2016 to announce it! The identity of his wife was a mystery for quite some time, but she's now been identified as Lauren Deleo.
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Beyoncé and Jay Z
Bey and Jay have always been private about their 2008 nuptials, but after posting the wedding video on Instagram years later, the whole world was able to witness the power couple tie the knot. The video has since been taken down but you can watch a small clip of it here at the 2:30 mark, as part of a video montage from their 2014 tour.
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
The actor and actress kept their August 5 wedding details under tight wraps right up until the day of, and most guests didn't even know they were attending a wedding until they arrived! The celebration took place in 2015, and the couple later announced their split in 2018.