Everybody loves celebrity weddings. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sentimental fool or a snarky cynic, there’s always a little something to gossip about. We had it all in 2011, from Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s royal wedding in April to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries‘ whirlwind marriage that started in August and ended 72 days later.
Here’s a month-by-month timeline of 2011 celebrity weddings. (Don’t miss the slideshow, with photos of all of the couples.)
JANUARY: Two country couples rang in the New Year at the altar. Superstar Shania Twain and Swiss businessman Frederic Thiebaud exchanged vows at a romantic oceanside wedding in Puerto Rico, proving that living well — and marrying the ex-husband of the woman who broke up your marriage — is the best revenge. Singer Kellie Pickler and singer-songwriter Kyle Jacobs eloped to Antigua, where their wedding became a music video for “Say I Do,” a song Jacobs wrote for his bride.
FEBRUARY: Two weeks after “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer‘s divorce (from Camille Grammer) was final, he married British flight attendant Kayte Walsh inside New York’s Longacre Theater, where he had starred in the Tony-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles. TMZ reported that the couple did a karaoke set to celebrate at the reception.
MARCH: Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth in a private ceremony at her Ojai ranch estate. It was a tasteful, traditional wedding. No music videos or flash mobs. She walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride.” The following week, Grammy Award-winning singer and actor Michael Buble and Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato were married in a small civil cermony in Buenos Aires. They flew back to Canada a few days later and got married in Vancouver at a wedding attended by more than 300 friends and family.
APRIL: A week before the royal wedding across the pond, country diva Leann Rhimes married actor Eddie Cibrian. The two met in 2008 on a TV-movie set when both of them were married to other people. Their extramarital love affair became tabloid fodder until they both divorced their spouses. But that shoddy business was all forgotten when, on April 29, Prince William and Kate Middleton became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, royal wedded heirs to the British throne. An estimated three billion people watched on TV as the beautiful royal couple carried out what the New York Times called “an impeccably choreographed occasion of high pomp and heartfelt emotion.” They also tweeted, re-tweeted, posted and shared photos of the bizarre hats worn by guests, especially the giant oversized bow that sat on top of Princess Beatrice of York‘s head.
MAY: Entertainer and weight-loss queen Marie Osmond launched the merry month’s nuptials by remarrying her first husband, Stephen Craig, whom she divorced in 1985. The couple were married in a very small ceremony at the Mormon temple in Las Vegas. Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge exchanged vows at sunset beneath a lighted tree at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got married in a barn on the 125-acre Don Strange Ranch outside of San Antonio, Texas. According to Us Weekly, they both wore cowboy boots. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo married beauty queen Candice Crawford in front of 600 people at Arlington Hall in Dallas. They served ribs and pizza at the reception.
JUNE: British actors Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig managed to pull off a James Bond-like secret wedding in New York. Just four people attended and they all kept the details private. Actress America Ferrera borrowed “Ugly Betty” co-star Vanessa Williams‘ home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for her wedding to longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams, according to PopSugar. Another “Ugly Betty” cast member, Judith Light, officiated.
JULY: Supermodel Kate Moss and rocker Jamie Hince (the Kills) were married in a Cotswolds village church with 15 bridesmaids. After the ceremony, the wedding party moved to Moss’s nearby home for a three-day reception, where they presumably partied like rock stars. Pop diva Lily Allen and painter Sam Cooper tied the knot at St. James church in Cranham, Gloucestershire. They obliged the crowd of fans and posed for photographs outside of the church. TV personality Vanessa Minnillo and singer/TV host Nick Lachey had an intimate wedding on Richard Branson‘s private island i the British Virgin Islands. There were only 35 family members present, according to ABC News, but every move the couple made was recorded and broadcast on TLC.
AUGUST: “The View’ co-host Joy Behar married her sweetheart of 29 years, Steve Janowitz, on August 11, the 14th anniversary of the talk show’s debut in 1997. It was a very small, private wedding in New York City. The next day, “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Brooke Burke and David Charvet got married on a sailboat in St. Barts. The couple, who had been together for years and engaged since 2006, have a child together (Burke has three from her previous marriage to plastic surgeon Garth Fischer. Twenty-four hours later, Behar’s co-host, Sherri Shepherd, married TV writer Lamar Sally in a star-studden bash at the Farimont Hotel in Chicago. The following weekend (August 20), reality princess Kim Kardashian married NBA star Kris Humphries in a lavish wedding that reportedly cost $10 million. Every moment was recorded for a four-hour special on her E! reality show. (Seventy-two days later, Kardashian filed for divorce.) The last weekend in August, filmmker Sofia Coppola and Phoenix frotnman Thomas Mars traveled to Coppola’s family home in Southern Italy for a traditional ceremony in a historical building owned by her father, director Francis Ford Coppola, who walked her down the aisle, People reported.
SEPTEMBER: Supermodel/actress Molly Sims and producer Scott Stuber were married in a simple but elegant wedding with family and friends at the Frank Cafaretta Vineyard in the Napa Valley.
OCTOBER: Seven celeb couples tied the knot in October. KISS rocker Gene Simmons and actress Shannon Tweed got married at the Beverly Hills Hotel in what the bride called “a giant jam session.” Actor Seth Rogen and writer Lauren Miller were married on a hilltop over looking the Kunde Estate vineyards in Sonoma. Sir Paul McCartney sang to his bride, American heiress Nancy Shevell, at Old Marylbone Town Hall in London. They had about 30 guests. Actress Shannen Doherty and celebrity photographer Kurt Iswarienko were married in Malibu and then flew off to South Africa for their honeymoon. You can see all of it on their WEtv reality show in January. Actress Nikki Reed and “American Idol” finalist exchanged vows in front of about 100 people in Malibu. Actor Danny Masterson and actress Bijou Phillips, who have starred in a number of movies together, tied the knot in a castle in the Irish countryside. Actor/comedian Robin Williams and graphic designer Susan Schneider were married at the Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley.
DECEMBER: Celebs gave November a rest, but came back in December with three more weddings. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and actress Lisa Ann Russell exchanged vows at a private cermony in Los Angeles. Singer/songwriter Sinead O’Connor and a therapist she met online, Barry Herridge, drove a pink Cadillac up to the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas and — bada bing, bada boom — they were officially married on her 45th birthday. Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean got out of rehab (the third time) and married his longtime girflried, model Rochelle Deanna Karidis, in a garden wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel.