From engagement to honeymoon, you too can get married like a celebrity. From the moment he gets down on one knee right through to the honeymoon, each moment of getting married is special and worthy of a holiday – just ask the celebs! From Kenya to the Italy, they’ve covered it all in celebration of their big day.
So it’s time to pop the question, but which destination should you whisk yourselves away to for the big moment?
- Kenya – Prince William and Kate Middleton
After eight years together, Wills finally popped the question to long-term love Kate Middleton in Kenya. Prince William has a special relationship with Kenya which he sees as a ‘second home’ thanks to the privacy and seclusion he enjoys in the country. The couple enjoyed seeing wildlife on safari such as black rhinos, giraffes and elephants and Wills topped off the holiday by proposing in their rural lodge, overlooking Mount Kenya near Lake Rutundu.
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- Florida Keys – Nick Carter and Lauren Kitt
The youngest member of the Backstreet Boys chose a romantic boat ride in the Florida Keys to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Lauren Kitt. This beautiful coral archipelago is just 15 miles south of Miami, popular for its white sands, clear blue seas and great fishing and scuba diving opportunities. The couple visited a private island in the tropical Keys, which they now refer to as ‘Engagement Island’.
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Stag and hen celebrations
Now it’s time to celebrate that ‘last night of freedom’ with your fellow stag and hens, but which worldwide destinations have proved popular with celebs?
- London – Lily Allen
Singer Lily Allen enjoyed a relaxed and civilised foodie hen do with a celebrity twist in London before her nuptials. Gordon Ramsay gave her a private cooking lesson, before she headed to the upmarket Savoy Grill on The Strand in London with fellow celeb friends Miquita Oliver and Jaime Winstone.
With such a wide selection of eating and drinking spots, London is a hugely popular destination for hens or stags staying in the UK for their celebrations, thanks to its ease of transport and wealth of great activities.
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- Las Vegas – Marvin Humes
For a whopping eight days the JLS boys rocked Las Vegas for Marvin Humes’ stag do. Before getting marries to pop princess Rochelle Wiseman, Marvin experienced the best of Sin City with his mates, taking advantage of the casinos, bars and even going on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. The bright lights of Vegas are popular with stags and hens from all over the world thanks to its ritzy reputation for debauchery and fun – even the likes of Katy Perry and Khloe Kardashian have partied here for their ‘bachelorette’ parties.
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Time to get married
It’s the big day, and whether you’re after an intimate or lavish overseas affair, these celebrities can provide the perfect inspiration for a destination wedding.
- Puglia – Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Thanks to their self-proclaimed love of Italian food, as well as the stunning views and countryside in the area, Justin and his fiancée Jessica chose to marry in Brindisi in the Puglia region of Italy. They enjoyed a relaxed pre-wedding party with dinner on the beach, before getting married in an intimate ceremony later in the week. The region boasts clear blue seas with 500 miles of coastline that takes in both the Adriatic and the Ionian. Best known for its olive groves, the area has also been termed the ‘wine cellar of Europe’ thanks to its delicious local grapes, making this an ideal spot for wine connoisseurs to get hitched.
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- South of France – Keira Knightley and James Righton
In the epitome of a low-key affair, actress Keira Knightley and musician fiancée James Righton tied the knot earlier this month in the presence of just 11 guests in Mazan, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of the South of France. This region is beautifully situated between the Mediterranean and the Alps and charming 14th century Mazan is an ancient walled city with winding streets and vineyards famed for their delicious rose wines. The area is ideal for a quiet, secluded and peaceful wedding, surrounded by beautiful scenery and not too far from some wonderful beaches and mountains.
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- Tuscany – Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Brian McFadden, Australia’s Got Talent judge and former Westlife singer, chose Tuscany in Italy as his destination of choice for his wedding to model Vogue Williams in September last year, following a whirlwind 16 month romance. The couple went all out with a lavish castle in the centre of Florence for their ceremony and celebrations, with around 80 guests including fellow TV star Dannii Minogue. The area is ideal for weddings with the historic city situated so close to the famously beautiful countryside, with iconic hillsides, olive groves and vineyards providing an ideal backdrop to tie the knot.
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- Maldives – Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Following their Indian wedding in Jaipur in 2010, Katy Perry and Russell Brand flew to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean to resort hop their way through their honeymoon. This was also the destination of choice for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes following their Italian wedding in 2006. The Maldives comprises of around 1,190 coral islands of which about 200 are inhabited by Maldivians, the rest are so-called ‘uninhabited’ islands, helping make these exotic coral islands renowned around the world for their quiet seclusion. Add in all-year sunshine, stunning beaches and the fantastic options for snorkeling and scuba diving in the bath-warm waters, there’s bound to be an ideal spot for you to relax with the person you love the most in this once in a lifetime destination.
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- Seychelles – Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
The 115 islands that make up the Seychelles are a popular choice for celebrity honeymoons. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston booked out 17 villas on Fregate Island following their nuptials in 2000, to ensure they had total privacy together. Since then, the islands have hosted honeymoons for the likes of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, Salma Hayek and French billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault and even Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s little surprise that they prove so popular with newlyweds, as these Indian Ocean islands offer spectacular, secluded beaches in a tropical space with wonderful opportunities for diving, fishing and sailing.
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