- Several LGBTQ celebrities have tied the knot with their life partners.
- Ellen DeGeneres and Lily Tomlin had very private and small weddings with their spouses.
- Meanwhile, Lance Bass and Tom Daley each had over 100 people at their ceremonies.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s wedding was special because it was so small and intimate
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After dating for four years, in August 2008, DeGeneres and de Rossi got married at their home in Los Angeles. Leading up to the ceremony, media outlets thought it would be a star-studded event, but it turns out, the couple only had 19 of their closest friends in attendance.
They both wore Zac Posen outfits — DeGeneres in pants and a blouse, while de Rossi wore a backless gown. The house was lit with candles and they sat on pillows on the floor when they said their vows, according to Jess Cagle at People.
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Motivational speaker Wayne Dyer officiated the wedding and shared some inspiring words.
“Today we have taken a giant step forward toward the ideal that all of us, with no exceptions, are not only created equal, but we each have the unalienable right to pursue our own happiness,” Dyer said at the ceremony, according to a post on DeGeneres’ Instagram.
Neil Patrick Harris married his longtime partner David Burtka in a private wedding in Italy with some special guests
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In September 2014, the couple said their vows in Perugia, Italy, after being together for 10 years and fathering twins. Although the ceremony was private, it was revealed that the two wore Tom Ford suits and that “How I Met Your Mother” director Pam Fryman officiated the ceremony. Even Elton John performed on their special day.
Kelly Ripa also attended the wedding, revealing it was held in a castle and that there were fireworks and magic tricks.
Their twins, Harper and Gideon, also participated in the ceremony. Gideon was supposed to be the ring bearer but he refused. Instead, he said he wanted to be “orange boy,” so they let him hand out oranges as he walked down the aisle, Ripa told E! News.
Elton John married David Furnish nine years after they entered a civil partnership
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In 2005, John and Furnish entered a civil partnership and threw a lavish ceremony at Windsor’s historic Guildhall. Hundreds of stars attended the ceremony, including Ozzy Osbourne and Ringo Starr.
Nine years later, in 2014, the couple held another ceremony to turn their civil partnership into a marriage. This time the ceremony was much smaller, but still, celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham and Ed Sheeran attended.
The latter ceremony was filled with roses and contemporary art, while the couple’s twin sons acted as ring bearers. Wild mushroom soup, beef short rib, onion pie, chocolate pudding, and ice cream were served along with Laurent-Perrier champagne, according to the BBC.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli’s wedding was all about ‘celebration and Funfetti’
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In March 2017, “Orange Is the New Black” actress Wiley married Morelli, who writes for the show. They tied the knot in Palm Springs where they both wore custom Christian Siriano, who also attended the wedding.
Their ceremony featured songs like Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
“I wanted it to be about celebration and Funfetti cake,” Wiley told Brides in 2017.
They spent their honeymoon in Italy.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s New York wedding was another star-studded event
After two years of dating, “Modern Family’s” Ferguson and Mikita married in a ceremony in New York City in July 2013. Screenwriter Tony Kushner officiated the event, but he wasn’t the only star to attend. Eric Stonestreet, Cat Deeley, Julie Bowen, Padma Lakshmi, Rebecca Romijn, and Jerry O’Connell were also there.
“We really want a great mixologist for a craft cocktail bar,” Mikita told People earlier that year. “There are some great New York speakeasies, like Milk and Honey. So we’re trying to bring a cool vibe like that to our wedding.”
The couple also asked that instead of wedding gifts for people to donate to Tie The Knot, which worked to legalize same-sex marriage in the US.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black held their wedding at a castle in England
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In May 2017, Daley, an Olympic diver, married his partner Black, a Hollywood screenwriter. The two wed just 30 miles from Daley’s hometown in Plymouth, England, at Bovey Castle Hotel.
There were 120 people who attended, coming from as far as Texarkana.
“Obviously, the location was incredible but everything else was really relaxed, it was just so normal,” Daley wrote in a social media post, according to the BBC.
The London Gay Men’s Choir sang “Marry You” by Bruno Mars during the wedding and Daley even reportedly baked the cake himself.
Lance Bass has described his wedding to Michael Turchin as ‘unique’
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In December 2014, Bass said “I do” with his partner Turchin at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in front of 300 people, including Darren Criss, Christina Applegate, Gabourey Sidibe, and Lisa Vanderpump.
“There were a lot of things we wanted to add into this wedding that are very unique,” Bass told People in 2014.
For starters, they didn’t have a wedding party and didn’t have a flower girl. Instead, they had supermodels walk down the aisle as their flower girls. They also wanted the color scheme to be more masculine, so they incorporated dark reds and purples into the wedding.
Although Bass decided not to perform at his wedding, his former NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick were all in attendance. Chasez even performed during the wedding.
Melissa Etheridge sang an original song for her wife, Linda Wallem, at their wedding
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After four years together, Etheridge and Wallem, a TV producer, tied the knot in 2014 in an outdoor ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch in California.
During the intimate ceremony, Etheridge wore a suit and sang a new song that she wrote specifically for Wallem.
“True love…so blessed,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
George Takei and Brad Altman got married at a special museum and even had past ‘Star Trek’ actors in their wedding party
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In September 2008, “Star Trek’s” Takei and Altman wed at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. At the multicultural ceremony, there was a Buddhist priest who officiated, a Japanese Koto harp, and a bagpipe player.
Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig — actors from the original cast of “Star Trek” — acted as best man and maid of honor at the wedding.
“I thought that I would never have marriage in my life,” Takei told CBS News at the time, and Altman followed up with: “We want the responsibilities of marriage, we want the enjoyment of marriage.”
After 42 years together, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner wed on New Year’s Eve
Tomlin and Wagner met in 1971, but they didn’t officially get married until many decades later. In December 2013, on the night of New Year’s Eve, the two said their vows in a very private ceremony at a friend’s house.
They tried their best to keep the wedding a secret because they didn’t want any media coverage.
“It was sweet,” Tomlin told People in 2019. “We didn’t have any rings, so I went into our jewelry and was digging out rings. I said, ‘We have to have some kind of rings!'”
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