1. The wedding to end all weddings – Kate and Wills
The ultimate fairytale wedding of 2011 saw Prince William marry Kate Middleton in a magical ceremony full of pared-down pomp and lots of personal touches.
Hands-on Kate helped fine-tune every detail for the day, from the trees that lined the aisle at Westminster Abbey to the 900 symbolic sugarpaste flowers that decorated the eight-tier wedding cake. Kate also took delight in helping with the intricate design of her breathtaking Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown.
The dress was shrouded in secrecy until a smiling Kate stepped into the waiting car to whisk her to the Abbey. It certainly didn’t disappoint though. Made from luxurious ivory and white satin-gazar with hand-stitched floral motifs cut from six different kinds of lace, it was the perfect dress for a modern princess.
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2. Upstaged by the bridesmaid – Pippa Middleton
While officially all eyes were on Kate as she arrived at the Abbey, it seems a certain maid of honour was unwittingly causing quite a stir.
And it was this expertly cut ivory satin Alexander McQueen dress that was to blame for catapulting Kate’s little sister Pippa into the limelight. With a subtly sexy cowl neck and a trail of buttons running all the way down the back, the gown earned Pippa the dubious honour of being nicknamed Her Royal Hotness.
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3. The other royal wedding – Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
The Royals packed their cases and headed to Scotland for the second House of Windsor wedding of the year when the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips married rugby player Mike Tindall.
Sportswoman Zara chose royal favourite Stewart Parvin to design her wedding dress, an elegant ivory gown with a classic form-fitting bodice and full bell-shaped skirt. Zara borrowed a twinkling Art Deco-inspired tiara from her mother, Princess Anne, and treated herself to a pair of Jimmy Choo’s to walk down the aisle in.
After a private ceremony at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, the wedding party headed to Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen to celebrate. The partying reportedly went on into the night and the groom was spied early the next morning still in his wedding attire!
Check out all the details from Mike and Zara’s big day here
4. Bride and bump – Lily Allen
Songstress Lily Allen had a lot to Smile about on 11 June 2011 – she married long-term boyfriend Sam Cooper and announced to delighted friends and family she was expecting a baby.
Lily chose a stunning lace dress by Paris-based designer Delphine Manivet that gently skimmed her barely-there baby bump. She teamed it with a full length Twenties-style veil and Rupert Sanderson peep-toe heels.
After a traditional church service in the quintessentially English village of Cranham in the Cotswolds, the cricket-tea style reception took place in the nearby grounds of Lily’s countryside home.
Lily and Sam are now proud parents of a baby girl who was born at the end of November. Congrats!
Read all about Lily’s big day here
5. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it marriage – Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Reality TV darling Kim and basketball player Kris married in spectacular glitzy showbiz style in August.
No expense was spared for the sunset ceremony which took place in the grounds of a sprawling Californian mansion. The bride wore not one but three bespoke Vera Wang dresses throughout the day, accessorised with millions of dollars worth of diamond jewellery (including her 20.5 carat engagement ring). The countless celebrity guests were treated to a lavish wedding breakfast cooked up by star chef Wolfgang Puck and the Grammy award-winning singer Robin Thicke sung his hit Angels for the newlyweds’ first dance.
Unfortunately the marriage only lasted 72 days.
Read Kim and Kris’ wedding report here
6. The other Kate gets wed – Kate Moss
Supermodel Kate Moss created one of the most talked about fashion moments of 2011 when she walked out of the pretty Cotswolds church wearing that Galliano dress.
Rumours had been rife for months speculating on which designer would be chosen to dress the world’s most photographed woman on her wedding day, but it was former Dior designer John Galliano who was given the high profile task in the end. He created an enchanting Twenties-inspired gown strewn with sparkling crystals and dainty beaded detailing.
On Kate’s feet were custom-made Manolo Blahnik shoes that were reportedly remade five times before the bride-to-be was happy.
Kate’s beau, rocker Jamie Hince, went for laid-back cool in a bespoke double-breasted Yves Saint Laurent light blue suit.
Check out all the pictures from Kate Moss’ big day and steal Kate’s bridal beauty look
7. Love bites – the Twilight wedding
We haven’t seen such excitement about a big screen wedding since Carrie married Mr Big! But it wasn’t the will-they-won’t they plot that kept us on the edge of our seats during Twilight: Breaking Dawn, it was the anticipation of seeing Bella’s wedding gown in all its glory.
Film makers chose a mesmerising Edwardian-inspired dress designed especially by Carolina Herrera for Bella to wear to became Mrs Cullen. Made from crepe satin and French Chantilly lace, the dress took six months to complete and is worth an estimated $35,000. Wow!
But don’t worry if this budget busting price tag is out of your reach. Alfred Angelo were drafted in to create a more affordable official replica which is already available in the UK.
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8. The runaway bride – Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert of Monaco
Proving royal romances don’t always run smoothly, the world waited with baited breath to see if Charlene Wittstock would make it down the aisle to wed His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
Just days before the lavish nuptials, reports suggested ex-Olympic swimmer Charlene had tried to flee the principality so courtiers must have breathed a huge sigh of relief to see her outside the Place du Palais in her Giorgio Armani Privé gown.
The stunning dress took 2500 hours to complete, was hand-stitched with gold, crystal and pearl embroidery and had an incredible five-metre-long train. Charlene accessorised her look with a simple white posy and an 18ct Cartier ring.
Read all about the big day drama here
9. Nice day for a WAG wedding – Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch
Despite a rather rocky relationship played out in the press, footballer Peter Crouch and model Abbey Clancy tied the knot this summer.
In typical flamboyant style, Abbey wore a bespoke Giles Deacon dress with an oversized frilled fishtail skirt and the couple’s wedding rings were reportedly delivered to them by a trained falcon who swooped over guests’ heads during the church ceremony. The evening entertainment was said to include a live band, a magician and a little karaoke.
Read all about Abbey and Peter’s wedding here
10. Love, love me do do – Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
He may well be a multi-millionaire and a Sir to boot, but Paul McCartney showed everyone you don’t have to splash the cash to marry in style.
The ex-Beatles star wed Nancy Shevell in a £1540 ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall and celebrated with an at-home reception in a marquee at his St John’s Wood townhouse.
Sir Paul looked dapper in a navy suit and pale blue tie but 51-year-old Nancy stole the show in an effortlessly elegant Thirties-inspired wedding dress. Designed by Sir Paul’s daughter Stella McCartney, the simple gown was cut just above the knee with a row of vintage-style buttons down the bodice.
At the end of the night, romantic Sir Paul serenaded his new wife with a previously unreleased song.
Get all the gossip about Sir Paul and Nancy’s wedding here
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