The Best Celebrity Wedding Moments of 2018
While each year brings a new bunch of celebrity engagements and weddings, 2018 was a particular stand-out. We saw not one, but two major royal celebrations in the last 12 months, which certainly set the tone for an epic year of high-profile nuptials. Just as noteworthy? The high number of whirlwind proposals and unions from some of our favorite stars (looking at you, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin!)—some, of course, were more unexpected than others.
To help break down all of these A-list celebrations, we put together a comprehensive list of top celebrity wedding moments that took places in 2018. Spanning from didn't-see-that-coming engagements from couples like Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra and Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, to the prettiest, most star-studded ceremonies (who didn't love Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith's surprise California wedding?), these highlights demonstrate the very best of 2018's celebrity wedding scene.
As for the type of moments we've included in our recap? Ahead, get ready for a refresher on the year's top engagement rings, proposal stories, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and, of course, weddings. We were also sure to mention the moments that made each celebrity couple's big-day entirely unique, from live performances and touching vows to unique wedding dresses and personalized décor. And we couldn't forget those impressive guest lists!
Ready to discover if your favorite celebrities' unions made our highlights list? Click through for all of our picks—if they're any indication, celebrities getting married in 2019 will have large shoes to fill.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It's been quite a year for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who, just six months after announcing their engagement in December 2017, tied the knot in Windsor Castle on May 19. The highlight reel is about extensive as it gets. The ceremony, which drew millions of viewers from all over the world, included two stunning wedding dress (a boat neck gown by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller for the ceremony and a halter number from Stella McCartney for the reception), green-and-white florals, a gospel choir, a moving sermon, the exchanging of Welsh gold wedding bands, and traditional vows. As for the reception? There were two: A luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth and an evening reception at Prince Charles' Frogmore House. The royal couple's guest list, however, might have been the best part—celebrities from all walks of fame attended the event, including Oprah, George and Amal Clooney, Elton John, and Priyanka Chopra. 2018 only got better for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently expecting their first child.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
The second royal wedding—between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank—came later in 2018, and was held at the very same location as the first. The duo's nuptials took place nine months after announcing their intention to wed in January, which is when Eugenie debuted her orange-pink sapphire engagement ring. She added a gold band to her left ring-finger on October 12. The Queen's granddaughter wore an A-line Peter Pilotto wedding dress for the occasion, which she accessorized with an emerald-studded tiara. Her best accessory, however, was her gown's neckline—it was cut relatively low in the back to proudly display the royal's scoliosis scar. The collective event, an autumn-themed affair with a burgundy, rust orange, and deep-green color palette, comprised of three parties: a luncheon, an evening reception, and one more celebration (a festival-style party!), which took place the following day. Eugenie changed into a champagne-hued Zac Posen garment for that specific occasion. Eugenie and Brooksbank's nuptials were just as well-attended as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's—Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler, Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, and more stepped out to witness the couple's union.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
In the grand scheme of 2018 celebrity weddings, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's was by far the most confusing. TMZ broke news of the couple's engagement back in July, after the singer proposed with a pear-shaped diamond in the Bahamas (the model then bought Bieber an engagement ring a few days later). Though the couple, who had rekindled their on-and-off-again relationship just months prior, was relatively quick to confirm the life step, they were less clear on the events that followed. In September, multiple media outlets reported that the couple tied the knot in a New York City courthouse, but both Baldwin and Bieber denied the rumors—until they didn't (they've since owned their married status). As for the source of the mix-up? The married couple are currently planning a religious ceremony and ensuing party for 2019, which is when their marriage will feel truly official, they've said.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Nick Jonas' proposal to Priyanka Chopra is a highlight all on its own—the pop star shut down New York City's Tiffany & Co. store to present his bride-to-be with a cushion-cut diamond. And then came a whirlwind of pre-wedding celebrations: The couple quickly jetted off to India for a traditional engagement party, which is where the couple's families met for the first time. Then came the former Quantico actress' Breakfast at Tiffany's-themed bridal shower, which took place in the same spot as Jonas' proposal. This was shortly followed by a destination bachelorette party in Amsterdam; future sister-in-law Sophie Turner (the Game of Thrones star is engaged to Joe Jonas) was in attendance. The reason for these quick events? The couple's wedding was right around the corner. Jonas and Chopra tied the knot in a Western ceremony at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Both the bride and groom wore Ralph Lauren for the occassion (a nod to their first public date at the 2017 Met Gala). They finished off their first night of their three-day event with an epic dance battle between both families.
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook
Considering Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook's joint love of animals, it wasn't surprising that the couple tied the knot at a horse stable in San Diego. Their union, which took place in July, included many personal moments: After Cuoco (dressed in a lace Reem Acra wedding dress complete with a cape) walked down the aisle with her pups, the actress' sister, Briana, officiated the ceremony and oversaw the couple's emotional vows. The décor was just as noteworthy—their pampas grass ceremony backdrop was in the shape of a horse shoe! If photos and footage from the event are any indication, the reception was just as stunning. Cuoco and Cook's poignant first dance was a major highlight, as were the couple's ornate floral centerpieces and guest list, which included several members of the Big Bang Theory cast, like Johnny Galecki. Another highlight came later in the evening, when the actress later changed into a Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit for the remainder of the festivities.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Amy Schumer's surprise wedding to Chris Fischer was as shocking to her friends and family as it was to her fanbase. The comedian invited her guests via text message two days before the February wedding in Malibu. The rest of the nuptials' details were just as last-minute—Schumer bought the very first wedding dress she tried on (a simple A-line garment by Monique Lhuillier) and wrote her vows in just 20 minutes. Despite their quick turnaround, celebrity guest Jennifer Lawrence said Schumer's words were the defining moment of the ceremony. Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Judd Apatow were also invited to the event, the latter half of which was punctuated by moments of dancing, karaoke, good food, and an emotional father-daughter dance. Today, Schumer and Fischer are currently expecting their first child.
Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith
The This Is Us actress and Dawes frontsman tied the knot in November 2018, during an intimate ceremony in their own backyard. There were so many memorable details, but the biggest was Moore's pink Rodarte wedding dress, which matched her blush diamond engagement ring. The ceremony's pampas grass floral décor and bohemian rug-lined aisle were décor highlights, but the best moment took place at the couple's reception at The Fig House. Moore changed into a slinky black dress to sing a duet to Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge's "The Things I Might Have Been" with her new husband.
Karamo Brown and Ian Jordan
When Karamo Brown proposed to his partner of eight years, director Ian Brown, he went all out. He is Queer Eye's resident proposal-planner, after all! In May 2018, Brown gathered all of the people the couple loves most—including the rest of the Fab Five, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness—at a restaurant before he and his future-husband arrived (Jordan was under the impression that they were going on a solo date to celebrate his birthday). Brown's words to Jordan, however, were the most special part of the proposal. "I hope we can conquer the world together for the rest of our lives. Ian Lamont Jordan, will you marry me?" Brown asked, while getting down on one knee and presenting two rings—a silver David Yurman band for his partner, and a black band for himself.
Gina Rodriguez and Joe LoCicero
Though we don't know much about how boxer Joe LoCicero proposed to Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, the actress' engagement confirmation (which came one month after the proposal) was enough to make this list. "I have a very, very special man in my life," she began, before acknowledging the news. "I am marrying a feminist. I am marrying a man that is incredible and loving and understanding and kind and patient. I am marrying a really incredible human being." In our opinion, her art deco-inspired engagement ring was just as incredible.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
The Game of Thrones co-stars, who met on set, tied the knot in June at a small church in Scotland. The couple's journey to their wedding day was full of highlights, including Harington's romantic proposal (he popped the question under the stars in September 2017), a traditional engagement announcement (they placed an ad in a local newspaper), and their hilarious invitation postage (Leslie pranked her future husband by including a stamp with his character Jon Snow's face on each and every one). As for their big day, Leslie's $20,000 Elie Saab wedding dress, flower crown, and petite bouquet made for a memorable bridal look—and their star-studded guest list made for quite the VIP celebration. Game of Throne stars Emelia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams all attended, as did Malin Akerman, and Marcus Mumford.
Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman
Big Little Lies actress kept her engagement to boyfriend Karl Glusman a secret for nearly all of 2018. Though Glusman proposed back in February, Kravitz stayed silent for the sake of privacy. She did, however, debut her oval-cut engagement ring at the 2018 Met Gala in May—but it went unnoticed! As for the couple's proposal story? "I was in sweatpants," she recalled of the moment, which took place in the duo's living room. "I could feel his heart beating so fast—I was like, 'Baby, are you OK?' I was actually worried about him!"
Lady Gaga and Christian Carino
We know very little about Lady Gaga's year-and-a-half-long relationship with Christian Carino and even less about his proposal. But the A Star Is Born actress confirmed their intentions to wed during an acceptance speech at Elle's Women in Hollywood, when she referred to the talent agent as "my fiancé, Christian." Her epic engagement ring, though, is what made earned her a spot on this list. The bauble features a pink Padparadscha sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds and is reportedly worth $400,000, reported E! News when the singer debuted the rock in October. If that assessment is true, Gaga's gemstone is about as rare as it gets.
Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling
We're in the same boat with this duo, whose 18-month-long relationship has been marked by privacy. Interestingly, their engagement announcement was relatively public—albeit, not by modern standards. Goulding and Jopling took the traditional route and placed a blurb in the marriage section of London's The Times newspaper. In an attempt to remain anonymous, Goulding used her given name "Elena" to avoid detection—which didn't work. When the news broke, the pop star confirmed her engagement with a now-deleted Instagram post. "We've had so many beautiful messages of support and love the past few days, as have our families, that we wanted to say thank you so much! We appreciate it more than you could ever know," Goulding wrote, before directing the following sentiment towards her fiancé. "You're the most wonderful person I've ever known, and I can't wait to be your very giggly, in awe, and loved up wife."
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson
Ariana Grande shocked the world when she announced that she was engaged to Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson after just weeks of dating. Though the pop star had been photographed wearing a massive pear-cut engagement ring, no one believed the rumor until Davidson confirmed it on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show in June. Grande and Davidson then moved into a multi-million-dollar New York City penthouse and began planning a 2019 wedding, a process that Grande told Good Morning America "feeds my soul so much." Those plans were short-lived though—the couple called off their proposal in October.
Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka
Heiress Paris Hilton and actor Chris Zylka are another former couple who became engaged and broke up over the course of 2018. The Leftovers star proposed to Hilton with a 20-carat engagement ring at the beginning of the year while on a ski trip in Aspen, Colorado. The bride-to-be spent the majority of 2018 preparing for her weddings—as in plural. She originally planned to have three celebrations total, the first of which was to happen in 2018. The timeline was ultimately pushed back, though, to accommodate all of the couple's must-haves ("You can't rush something like this," Hilton told
in August), which included a wedding cake from Hansen's in Los Angeles and a princess-style ball gown. Just before calling it quits in November 2018, Hilton and Zylka announced that they were tying the knot in Hilton's family's church, where her own parents exchanged vows decades ago.
Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner
Three months after debuting her gorgeous cushion-cut engagement ring on Twitter, Karlie Kloss married Joshua Kushner in an intimate Jewish ceremony in Upstate New York (the exact place where Kushner proposed). The bride wore a custom Dior lace wedding dress with long sleeves for the occasion, which she paired with a tulle veil, diamond studs, and a petite bouquet. The couple is reportedly planning a larger celebration in 2019—which we fully expect to make next year's top celebrity moments list.
Lea Michele and Zandy Reich
Zandy Reich asked the former Glee star to marry him on a California beach with a 4-carat emerald-cut engagement ring that the singer promptly revealed on Instagram. As for her planning process? Michele quickly revealed that she, like so many other brides, had turned to Pinterest to begin preparing for the big day. Since then, she's had two engagement parties (the first was attended by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Ashley Tisdale, Emma Roberts, and Hilary Duff), snapped a few engagement portraits, and even chosen her wedding dress (it was the first she tried on!). We'll likely see the couple tie the knot in 2019.
Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden
The Empire actress hasn't revealed much about her upcoming wedding to longtime boyfriend Kelvin Hayden (according to
, she doesn't have a date set yet!), but if the couple's big day is anything like the former NFL athlete's proposal, it's bound to be luxe. Hayden got down on one knee on Mother's Day in May, just after giving Henson a Cartier love bracelet. He presented his bride-to-be with a major solitaire diamond set on a platinum band, which Henson photographed for Instagram. "I said yes y'all!" she wrote, of the incredible moment.
Danielle Fishel and Jensen Karp
After actress Danielle Fishel and music producer Jensen Karp announced their engagement in March, the couple spent just eight months planning their wedding. The Boy Meets World alum walked down the aisle in a white lace wedding dress with short sleeves, noshed on donuts during her party, and entertained a slew of A-listers, including former castmates Ben Savage and Will Friedle. The best moment, however, came during the couple's first dance to Beyoncé's "XO," which was performed live by singer and friend John Mayer.
Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn
In a rare public display, Ed Sheeran revealed on Instagram that he'd asked his longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn to marry him just before the New Year. Since then, many rumors about the couple's nuptials have circulated. The jury is still out on whether the couple is already married—Sheeran seemingly confirmed the news in August when he accepted congratulations from a reporter who acknowledged the ring on his left ring finger. We can't be certain, though, that this ring was a wedding band, since the "Perfect" singer has been wearing an engagement ring, a hand-made gift from Seaborn, since February. His reason for refusing to acknowledge his married status outright? "It's not my life anymore, it's hers," he told Heart Radio in November. "So I kind of don't really like speaking too much on it because when, like, it's me, I'm like 'Of course I can talk about it' but now there's another human being in my life."
Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard
Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard got hitched in February at a New York City courthouse after a few weeks of dating. A select number of the couple's friends (including the Instagram personality The Fat Jew) bore witness to the low-key ceremony. The bride wore a mustard pantsuit from Zara for her unplanned nuptials; the groom, a music producer, donned a light blue suit jacket with a black t-shirt. The couple exchanged hand-forged gold wedding bands on the day-of to mark the occasion, but Bear-McClard upgraded his wife's bling a few months later. Today, the model also sports an engagement ring comprised of two differently-cut diamonds—a square and a pear.
Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard
Just when you thought nothing could top NFL star Sterling Shepard's candle-lit rooftop proposal to supermodel Chanel Iman, the couple went ahead and got married. The couple, who became engaged in December 2017 after one year of dating, tied the knot just four months later. If you got a glimpse of their wedding photos, though, you wouldn't know it. Highlights of the celebration, which took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, included the affair's classic blush-and-white color palette, incredible floral arch, and photo booth. The real stunner, though, was the bride, herself. Iman donned two jaw-dropping Zuhair Murad wedding dresses, both of which were adorned with floral appliqués. The guest list was just as impressive. Chrissy Teigen, Gabrielle Union, Odell Beckham Jr., Shanina Shaik, and Joan Smalls all stepped out to share in the couple's union, while fellow model Jourdan Dunn acted as a bridesmaid.
Beth Behrs and Michael Gladis
Speaking of rooftop proposals, 2 Broke Girls' Beth Behrs and former Mad Men star Michael Gladis became engaged on their friends' New York City rooftop. It was a magical moment for Behrs, especially, who was treated to a jazz band performance after accepting. Their Rocky Mountain wedding, which took place two years later in July 2018, was just as dreamy. With rustic elements and bee accents, their celebration was an homage to their venue's natural surroundings. The bride's wedding dress—a Monique Lhuillier number, which was the second gown she tried on—fit the outdoor occasion perfectly (as did her groom's light blue suit!). The couple's wedding party featured a famous face: Christina Hendricks, a dear friend from Gladis' Mad Men days, stood in as groomswoman.
Aidy Bryant and Conner O'Malley
Following a secretive engagement, Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant married Conner O'Malley, an SNL writer, at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. The bride's ensemble was the definition of cool, thanks to her short lace wedding dress and statement purple Prada pumps. Her bouquet, a wild pink-and-purple arrangement by Saipua, tied her entire look together. The couple's biggest wedding highlight, however, actually came days after their celebration—the newlyweds visited a cheese factory during their undisclosed European honeymoon.
Michelle Williams and Phil Elverum
The only thing we know about Michelle Williams' wedding ;to indie musician Phil Everum is that it was top-secret and& occurred somewhere in the Adirondacks. The notoriously private Manchester By the Sea actress opened up to Vanity Fair about her and Elverum's "very sacred and very special" relationship after the ceremony. "Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment," she said, of their union.
John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh
The former Full House star married model Caitlin McHugh in February 2018, two months after the couple announced that they were expecting their first child (they've since welcomed a baby boy). Following a church service, the festivities continued at Stamos' home in Beverly Hills. McHugh wore a princess ball gown—a reference to Stamos' Disneyland proposal, perhaps?—and opted for natural beach waves, which she styled with a clip. That wasn't the only Disney touch, however. A mainstay of the reception's décor was the "D" from the original Disney sign, which was put on display for the couple's nuptials.
Darren Criss and Mia Swier
Though no one knows exactly where or when Darren Criss proposed to his girlfriend of eight years, Mia Swier, the Glee alum shared the news with the sweetest Instagram post that almost made up for the missing details: "Mia and I have had seven and a half years of fun, wacky, wonderful, CRAZY adventures together," he captioned a post in January 2018. "And I'm happy to announce that we're kicking those adventures up a notch. We're goin for it. To boldly go where neither of us have gone before. Engage." Though we'll have to wait about more information about the couple's proposal story, Swier's engagement ring, and upcoming wedding plans, the The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor is tiding us over with praise for his future wife. "To my darling Mia, you roll the windows down and pump the music up in my life. And I'm so thankful for you. I'm so lucky to have you," he said, while accepting an Emmy award in September.