When your wedding budget stretches into the millions, the possibilities are near endless. So it’s no surprise that celebrities often choose to say their ‘I dos’ in exotic locales, from romantic Italian villas to grand Irish castles. If you’re looking for some inspiration from the stars, take a walk down the aisle with us at eight of the most iconic celebrity destination weddings.

George and Amal Clooney arriving at their civil ceremony in Venice on a boat; she is wearing a cream trouser suit and wide-brimmed cream hat and he is wearing a dark grey suit.
George and Amal Clooney arriving at their civil ceremony in Venice © Robino Salvatore / Getty Images

George and Amal Clooney: Venice

The 2014 nuptials of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor and the renowned human rights lawyer was always going to be a memorable one, but George and Amal’s choice of venue made this wedding an all-timer. The Clooneys tied the knot in Venice with a four-day celebration, first stopping off at the palazzo Ca’ Farsetti for a 10-minute civil ceremony (at which Amal wore that famous cream trouser suit) before taking a water taxi to the luxurious Aman Canal Grande for their reception. The city’s only seven-star hotel had opened just a year before, but the property was originally built in the 16th century. Guests can enjoy ceiling frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, two private gardens and spectacular views of the Grand Canal. 

David and Victoria Beckham: Dublin

In 2019 the Beckhams celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, reminding us of their epic ceremony in a 15th-century Irish castle, reported to have cost $800,000 at the time. There were the ‘Robin Hood’ colour scheme, with shades of burgundy, forest green and rich purple (who could forget those his-and-hers violet outfits?); the gold and diamond tiara; the matching oversized thrones; and the finale fireworks to close out the celebrations. It was the ultimate in opulent celebrity destination weddings, and it all went down at Luttrellstown Castle, in Castleknock on the outskirts of Dublin. Now a popular golf resort, the castle is still available for weddings, and offers the ornate furnishings, rolling countryside and views over the Wicklow Mountains that Posh and Becks so loved.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at their wedding reception; she is wearing an elaborately beaded sari and necklace and he is wearing a dark velvet tuxedo.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at their wedding reception © Hindustan Times / Getty Images

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: Jodhpur

With a flurry of pre-rituals, ceremonies and receptions from Jodhpur to North Carolina, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas guaranteed their wedding was the most lavish of 2018. The main event was held in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the primary residence of the former Jodhpur royal family, which also includes a hotel. Spread out over three days, the couple had both Christian and Hindu marriage ceremonies, blending Indian and American cultures. The palace boasts 347 Art Deco-style rooms – including a throne chamber – along with a museum, library, indoor pool and spa. It's set on the highest point of the city, so guests can look out over the historic Blue City, explore the sand dunes or take a walk through 26 acres of gardens. 

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen: Lake Como

Celebrities love Italy for their destination weddings, and one of their favourite spots is Lake Como, where the likes of George Clooney, Madonna and Gianni Versace have owned holiday homes. It’s no wonder, then, that John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were so smitten with the area on vacation that they opted for the lakefront Villa Pizzo for their big day in 2013. As well as the gorgeous terrace, the sun-bleached pink facade is fabulously photogenic, as are the tree-lined avenues, lakeside gardens and baroque fountains. Inside, much of the 16th-century decor has been beautifully maintained, complete with magnificent frescoes and gilded interiors.

A gravel driveway leading up to an imposing stone French chateau, which has bright turquoise shutters on its windows; the building is surrounded by verdant greenery.
Chateau de Tourreau was the stunning location for Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas' nuptials © Chateau de Tourreau

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas: Provence

In a rather less extravagant ceremony than his brother, Joe Jonas wed Sophie Turner in Las Vegas in May, only to have it spoilt by an errant live-stream. But with the legal part taken care of, the couple opted for a second, bigger wedding a month later in Provence, at the majestic Chateau de Tourreau. The castle stands at the end of a long line of century-old plane trees, surrounded by 20 acres of lush parkland, and includes a consecrated chapel that dates back to the 17th century. There’s also an infinity pool, tennis courts, bubbling fountains and a sculpture garden, while inside, guests can relax in the carefully restored library or games room, before sitting down to meals prepared by a chef with ingredients from the on-site vegetable farm.

Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato: Buenos Aires

Following their civil ceremony, Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato held a second wedding in 2011 in the actress’s native Argentina. For the venue, the couple chose Villa Maria, a secluded palace on the outskirts of Buenos Aires; attendees sipped cocktails by a lake lit up with 1,000 candles before dancing the night away. Built in 1927 and designed in a Norman-Tudor style, the three-storey estate offers 11 elegant rooms decorated with antique furniture and four-poster beds. There’s also a wood-panelled billiards and cigar room, while outside, guests can meander through 180 acres of nature trails and serene greenery for an utterly charming rural retreat. 

Looking up at Chiara Ferragni and Fedez standing on the wrought-iron balcony of an opulent stone palazzo; they are waving down at the camera and smiling.
Chiara Ferragni and Fedez at their pre-wedding party in Noto © Claudio Lavenia / Getty Images

Chiara Ferragni and Fedez: Sicily

In what was dubbed “the Italian royal wedding”, fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni and rapper Fedez wed in a 19th-century estate in Noto last September. The couple flew friends to Sicily for the three-day festivities, which began with a rehearsal dinner at the Palazzo Nicolaci, a beautiful baroque building built in 1765 and now open to the public. The following night, the two tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony at Dimora delle Balze, a lovingly refurbished palazzo brimming with rustic Italian charm. The venue blends old and new with contemporary design pieces, natural stone terraces, a saltwater pool and classical columns, while each of the 11 rooms is decorated in tribute to a Sicilian artist.

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman: Big Sur

The Hollywood couple exchanged their vows with an outdoor wedding at the picturesque Ventana in Big Sur. The sunset ceremony took place in front of a stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and mountains surrounded by Californian redwoods. Guests can gather around cosy fire pits, dine on coastal cuisine, take in the ocean views, visit the gallery, go for a dip in the Japanese hot baths or swim in the infinity pool. The rooms reflect the beauty of the area with modern rustic furnishings, and the eco-friendly hotel is committed to its sustainable initiatives. 

A quirkily shaped swimming pool with stylish pool furniture arranged around it, with trees and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman tied the knot amid Ventana Big Sur's fabulous ocean views © Ventana Big Sur

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This article was first published September 2019 and updated February 2020

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