Some of them liked to flaunt their riches and others chose to keep things intimate and simple. As these vintage wedding pictures of celebrities from past decades suggest, some things never change.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley
This may be one of the oldest dresses on our list, as it was over half a century ago since Priscilla married Elvis Presley. It's only befitting that the King of Rock 'n Roll took his partner all the way to Las Vegas and got married on May 1, 1967.
They held their ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel, which is where they recited their vows. As it turns out, Priscilla designed her own dress! Now isn't that impressive?!
Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge
Weddings in the early 1920s were lightyears away from their modern counterparts and this picture from 1921 is a great example of the huge differences.
Silent film actors Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton tied the knot with a beautiful wedding. Talmadge carried a bouquet of roses with long ribbon streams, a popular style of bouquet at the time.
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
Top model Cindy Crawford married fellow-model Rande Gerber in a trendy (at the time) beach wedding on May 29th, 1998. At their ceremony in the Bahamas, the laid-back wedding vibe was set with Rande in a white shirt and black pants and with Cindy in a lacey slip dress.
Apparently, after the ceremony, the two slipped into their swimming suits and went for a swim.
Harry and Bess Truman
On June 28, 1919, Elizabeth Virginia “Bess” Wallace married Harry Truman who eventually would become president of the United States. As Bess grew into a young woman, she found interest in fashion and particularly enjoyed trendy hats.
Harry and Bess met prior to him leaving for World War I and proposed in 1911. Unfortunately, she said no. He decided that he wanted to be able to provide a comfortable living for her before proposing again. At their wedding, Bess wore a beautiful brimmed hat.
Betty and Gerald R. Ford
Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Bloomer married Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1948 at the Grace Episcopal Church. Although most brides choose to wear white on their wedding day, Elizabeth did not. She looked absolutely beautiful in a shiny dress with a pair of pumps to match. Prior to her marriage to Gerald, she was married to a man named Willian G. Warren, but due to his personal struggles, they divorced in 1947.
The two of them delayed their marriage initially because he was running for the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the New York Times, “Jerry was running for Congress and wasn’t sure how voters might feel about his marrying a divorced ex-dancer.”
When it comes to classic, it's difficult to beat the wedding dress Grace Kelly donned when she married Monaco's Prince back in 1956. Helen Rose designed the high-necked, long-sleeve gown. The bodice is made of delicate Brussels lace, adorned with thousands of hand-sewn pearls, while the silk taffeta skirt boasted a lengthy, elegant train.
A round veil completed what is regarded as one of the best celebrity wedding gowns ever, inspiring countless brides, including Kate Middleton.
A Major Sacrifice
In 1937 King Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American who had been divorced twice. This decision resulted in the shortest reign in British history.
We sincerely hope that it was the right decision because that's a pretty big sacrifice.
Burton and Taylor
The first of their two marriages, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor wed in 1964. Taylor wore a bright yellow dress with a beautiful floral headdress.
They were divorced in 1974 but fortunately rekindled things in 1975 and eventually remarried each other.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
1957 was the year that marked the beginning of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood's controversial relationship. The two got married in Arizona on December 28.
They were divorced by 1962. Fast forward 10 years later, they were remarried and continued with their often fiery relationship until Wood's mysterious passing.
Marylin Monroe and James Dougherty
Norma Jean Baker AKA Marylin Monroe got married for the first time at just 16 years old to her 21-year-old neighbor James Dougherty on June 19, 1942.
Their marriage lasted 4 years. Norma Jean was discovered by modeling and acting agencies and could only sign the contract as an unmarried woman. And so it ended.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
One of the lasting Hollywood marriages out there took place in the year 1988 when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tied the knot.
Fun fact: Hanks converted to Wilson's Greek Orthodox faith in order to marry her! The two are still just as strong over three decades later.
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton
In 1950 the Hollywood royal had her first of her 8 marriages. The 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor married the 23-year-old Conrad "Nicky" Hilton on May 6. The wedding took place at the Bel-Air Country Club.
The event was hailed as the social event of the year. Taylor wore a gown designed by Helen Rose. Rose was famous for creating the actress's wardrobe in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride" as well as for designing Grace Kelly's wedding gown.
Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi
Annette Funicello, a famous singer and actress at the time, wed her agent, Jack Gilardi, on January 9, 1965.
Their marriage lasted from 1965 until 1981. They had three kids: Gina, Jack Jr., and Jason. She later married Glen D. Holt, an equestrian trainer/breeder from California.
Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay
Finalizing her divorce from Paul Mansfield just days before, actress Jayne Mansfield wed Mr. Universe at the time, Mickey Hargitay on January 13, 1958.
The muscle man proposed to her with a 10-carat diamond ring just a few months before the big day.
Barbara Pierce and George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce met as teenagers in 1941. In a documentary titled 41, he recalls how they first met at a Christmas dance: “Here she was in this red and green dress. I said, ‘Who is this good-looking girl, that beautiful girl over there?’ [...] So then a guy named Wozencraft introduced us. And the rest is history.”
A few years later, the two married in 1945 at First Presbyterian Church in Rye, N.Y. George’s mother gifted her own veil to Barbara for her ceremony.
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
Celine Dion and her late husband, Rene Angelil, had been together for most of Celine's life. The two held a massive wedding outside Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica back in 1994.
Celine wore a beautiful headpiece embellished with 2,000 Austrian crystals, along with a striking 20-foot train, designed by Mirella and Steve Gentile.
Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama
In 1989 Barack Obama met his future wife, Michelle Robinson while working in Chicago at Sidley Austin law firm. At first, Michelle was against dating a colleague because she knew that could make for a messy work environment if things didn’t work out. However, he eventually convinced her to go on a date.
The two were married three years later at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. It was as sweet as can be when Michelle’s brother walked her down the aisle, and the couple danced to “You and I” by Stevie Wonder followed.
Mick Jagger and Bianca Macías
Rolling Stones frontman and rock legend Mick Jagger married Bianca Pérez-Mora Macías (what a mouthful!) in 1971 in what might have been the coolest wedding in history.
The beautiful bride rocked up in a Yves St. Laurent jacket. You seriously couldn't get cooler than that.
Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan
This list features some iconic marriages that have not really stood the test of time. When Ronald Reagan married Nancy Davis, it was a little different. These two tied the knot at the Little Brown Church of the Valley in LA on March 4, 1952.
Their marriage ended up lasting 52 years until Reagan's death in the year 2004. We wonder what their secret was.
Dean Paul Martin and Dorothy Hamill
Here we see figure skater Dorothy Hamill and singer Dean Paul Martin at their 1982 wedding. Hamill is donning a quintessential early 80s dress with a long veil and opulent lace.
It was Martin's second marriage and Hamill's first, but it only lasted two years, after which she married twice more.
Laura Welch and George Bush
George Bush and Laura Lane Welch met at a backyard barbecue in July and got engaged just three months later. The two married on November 5, 1977, at her childhood church in Midland, Texas. The new couple took pictures with the future president’s parents, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
Though she could have opted for a lavish gown, Laura chose to walk down the aisle in a very simple tan dress she bought off the rack.
Prince Charles and Lady D
The wedding of the decade no doubt. Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles tied the knot. This wedding created a media buzz that was never seen in history. The historic day took place on July 29, 1981.
It has been reported that about 750 million people watched the televised event. Soon brides all over the world wanted a wedding that looked just as magical as that.
Olivia Havilland and Pierre Galante
In 1955 this Christian Dior wedding dress made its way down the aisle in the very stylish wedding of actress Olivia Havilland with her second husband, Pierre Galante. The man was the executive editor of a leading French fashion magazine, so you could expect nothing less than impeccable style at their wedding.
The actress also donned an iconic gown while filming the romantic comedy "The Ambassador's Daughter" roughly around the same time. The long-sleeved and high-necked dress looked simply breathtaking. The film was out the following year.
Lauren Bush and David Lauren
In a marriage made in fashion design heaven, designer Lauren Bush married David Lauren, the son of designer Ralph Lauren. The dress design expectations were, of course, very high and the results were not disappointing.
Lauren’s dress was designed by none other than Ralph Lauren and featured both old-world extravagance and modern elegance. The material was hand-embroidered with Swarovski crystals, beads, and pearls. And, not surprisingly, David wore a Ralph Lauren suit, certainly making this one of the most fashion-forward weddings!
Carole Landis and Thomas Wallace
Actress Carole Landis married her Air Force captain Thomas Wallace on January 23, 1943. The couple joyfully danced the Jitterbug to big band music, as was the style back then.
She celebrated quite a few times since as she got married another 3 times. (Wallace was her second husband.)
Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton
For his 1979 wedding to Alana Hamilton, Stewart donned a sweet white suit.
His bride showed up wearing a very stylish off-the-shoulder dress and a baby's-breath crown.
Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Taylor
Lyndon Baines Johnson, LBJ for short, met Claudia Alta, “Lady Bird” Taylor through a mutual friend. Lady Bird later confessed that she felt drawn to LBJ “like a moth drawn to a flame.” Wildly enough, he proposed to her on the first date and she accepted about two weeks later.
The two married in San Antonio, Texas on November 17, 1934. A honeymoon to Mexico came after the wedding.
Marla Maples and Donald Trump
In 1993 wedding gowns were getting sleeker and the frills and poofs started to fade away as we see on the blushing bride in this picture.
Marla Maples's dress is an example of the new trend that began to dominate the 90s. Due to a pre-signed agreement, the model/actress was forbidden from disclosing details about the marriage after the couple decided to call it quits.
Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR
Eleanor Roosevelt, who is the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt’s brother, married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the president’s fifth cousin in 1905.
Their initial meeting was back when Eleanor was 14 and he was 18. After losing touch for a few years, they reconnected when they ran into one another at a horse show in Madison Square Garden. F.D.R. finally proposed to Eleanor when she was 19 and he, 22.
Eileen Bennet and Marcys Mash
The famous tennis player Eileen Bennet wed her horse racing hubby Marcys Mash on September 28, in the year of 1936.
She switched out her tennis headband for a beautiful headpiece and long veil when she walked down the aisle.
Edith Bolling Galt and Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson met Edith Bolling Galt a year after his wife passed away. She was also a widow. The two married on December 18, 1915, in Washington, D.C. It was thought by many that Wilson would not be elected for a second term due to his quick courtship to Edith.
However, he was inaugurated for the second time in March of 1917. Edith proved to be an invaluable advisor to her husband during his second term, which included the beginning of WWI.
Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover
In her free time, Lou Henry enjoyed camping and collecting rocks and minerals. She met future President Herbert Hoover at Stanford University where she graduated with a B.A. in Geology. Lou was also the only First Lady who was fluent in Chinese!
In February of 1899, Lou and Herbert tied the knot at her parents’ home in Monterey, California. Despite being Quakers, they were married by a Roman Catholic priest. Interestingly, Lou chose to wear a dark-colored gown.
Fergie and Prince Andrew
Not quite as buzzed about as Diana's and Charles' special day, but the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson still had quite a big day and included high profile guests such as other royals and even Elton John!
The wedding that took place on July 23 1986 was still pretty memorable. Interestingly, it was Princess Diana, Andrew's sister-in-law, who helped facilitate this royal match.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre
It was the year 1920, the year that the iconic jazz age couple, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre got married. The ceremony consisted of 8 guests and took place at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on April 3rd.
As you can imagine, even though it was small, there probably hasn't been a more magical ceremony like that since.
Richard Nixon and Pat Ryan
Thelma Catherine “Pat” Ryan and Richard Nixon fell in love after meeting at an audition for a community play.
The two married on June 21, 1940, in Riverside, California, and following that, they honeymooned in Mexico. The photo above is a picture from Nixon’s wedding shower.
Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Smith
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were fairly young when they married on July 7, 1946. At the time she was only 18 and he was 21. The wedding was located in their hometown, Plains, Georgia.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Jimmy wore his Navy uniform. Rosalynn chose a knee-length dress and paired it with a set of gloves, a hat, and a corsage.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
While certainly not as media-worthy or influential as Queen Elizabeth's or Princess Diana's big day, the 1973 wedding between Princess Anne and Mark Phillips still drew a fair amount of attention.
Her turtleneck gown and draping sleeves had a distinct '70s look. She definitely looked beautiful!
Jackie Bouvier and JFK
In September 1953 John F. Kennedy married Jackie Bouvier in a dream wedding that took place in Rhode Island.
The media swarmed that event. Jackie's lace dress was supposedly made from 50 yards of material, and her look was complete with a veil that originally belonged to her grandmother.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s marriage was one for the ages. The two met when Newman was still married to his first wife. However, once he laid eyes on Woodward, he couldn't think of anyone else.
Reports are that Woodward initially had zero interest in him, but he was persistent. The two got married in Vegas in January 1958.
Alice Lee and Nicholas Longworth
Alice Lee Roosevelt was the oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. She was known to be quite the wild child. It was in 1906 when she married a Republican Congressman named Nicholas Longworth in the White House.
Nicholas was 14 years older, and Alice wasn’t quite ready to settle down. Because of this, she ended up having an affair with a Senator. Nicholas was also known to be something like a playboy which resulted in the two having a very up and down marriage.
Gloria Vanderbilt and Pat DiCicco
In 1941 one of the most lavish weddings took place in the world of social elites on December 28 when heiress and future fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt wed movie producer Pat DiCicco.
The wedding took place in Beverly Hills and featured a beautiful cake and gorgeous decorations. That was the first of her 4 marriages.
Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville
Alfred Hitchcock was "hitched" by December 1926 to the lovely Alma Reville. Given the fact that the man is considered to be one of the greatest directors in history, you'd think that his wedding must have been a major production.
In reality, it was a rather simple affair followed by a quaint honeymoon in Paris.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
While Mariah Carey has had a few relationships since tying the knot with Tommy Mottola back in 1993, we still wanted to take a look back at the notable dress she wore.
Her Vera Wang dress was inspired by Princess Diana's classic wedding gown, giving Mariah a billowing skirt, off-the-shoulder puff sleeves, and a 27-foot-long train. If that wasn't enough, the singer also wore a 10-foot veil and bedazzled tiara to complete her over-the-top look.
Helen Louise Herron and William Howard Taft
Helen Louise Herron “Nellie” Taft and would be president William Howard Taft married on June 19, 1886. The wedding ceremony took place at Nellie’s parents’ home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dress was a short-sleeved gown with her hair styled into a beautiful up-do with a decorative accent.
While on their honeymoon, the two visited New York City and Sea Bright, New Jersey. Following that, they traveled to Europe for a total of three months.
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis
The 1950s It Couple, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh walked down the aisle in 1951. This was a wedding where Jerry Lewis was the best man, so you can imagine the star power in the room.
While it was iconic, it was a relatively intimate wedding with a small layered cake and a few floral centerpieces.
Mamie Doud and Dwight Eisenhower
Geneva "Mamie" Doud, who was only 19 at the time, married Dwight Eisenhower on July 1st in 1916. At the time of their marriage, Dwight was 25 and a lieutenant in the Army.
The two wed at Mamie’s parents’ home in Denver, Colorado. Following the wedding, the two enjoyed their honeymoon at a resort nearby.
Luci Baines Johnson and Pat Nugent
American businesswoman, philanthropist, and daughter of the former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson had her wedding in 1966. Her marriage to the Air National Guardsman, Pat Nugent, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. was attended by many important people and state officials.
There were 700 guests and the bridesmaids wore bright pink matching outfits with full-length veils. (Pink too, of course.)
Julie Andrews and Tony Walton
Julie Andrews met Tony Walton when she was 12 years old, not knowing the part he will play in her future. At the time, she was involved in a Humpty Dumpty Christmas pantomime, playing the role of an egg. Among her front-row viewers was Walton, who couldn't take his eyes off her.
They met again on the train on their way back home and became friends. Two days later, Walton showed up at her door and the two developed a close connection. They tied the knot in 1959.