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The 25 biggest weddings of the decade: from Kim and Kanye to Kate and William

These A-list nuptials dominated headlines and sparked wedding trends over the last 10 years

It's been a decade that has witnessed the election of US President Donald Trump, the spread of the #MeToo movement, and some of the most most star-studded celebrity nuptials of all time.

The years between 2010 and 2019 have seen some of Hollywood and Bollywood's most famous names tie the knot in lavish ceremonies, private affairs and far-flung destinations, with several royal weddings also taking place during the last 10 years.

As we prepare to see in 2020 later this week, we take a look back at some of the weddings that defined the decade we're leaving behind.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the stars who have walked down the aisle, and read on to discover more about their big days.

1. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

Arguably the honour of the biggest wedding of 2018, if not the past decade, goes to the Indian actress and American musician, who tied the knot in a lavish four-day celebration in Jodhpur last December. The Sky is Pink star and the Jealous crooner, who became engaged in July 2018, wed in a traditional Christian service, followed by a Hindu blessing, and also celebrated their union with a series of wedding receptions in India and the US. The pair, who honeymooned in Oman, revealed the big day was poignant for both families, with Chopra telling people the ceremony "melted my heart". "Being able to have two big weddings, in India, with our closest family and friends was unbelievably special," said Chopra.

2. Lana El Sahely and Ali Awada

The Lebanese style maven and influencer wed her businessman beau in an opulent ceremony in Beirut in September 2014. The couple, who welcomed their first child, son Zayd, last year, tied the knot at the city's Biel Hall, with the bride wearing a couture, crystal-speckled gown by Lebanon's Elie Saab.

3. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

epa06749781 Britain's Prince Harry (L), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (R), Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their royal wedding ceremony, in Windsor, Britain, 19 May 2018. The couple have been bestowed the royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on them by the British monarch. EPA/NEIL HALL / POOL
Britain's Prince Harry, left, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their royal wedding ceremony. EPA

Following their engagement in November 2017, the British royal and the American actress exchanged vows in May 2018 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Wearing a custom-made Givenchy gown, Markle became became the Duchess of Sussex upon her marriage, which was held with Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney in attendance. The couple have since welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, who will mark his first birthday on May 6, 2020.

4. Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber

The Canadian singer and American model wed not once, but twice, this decade. First becoming man and wife in 2018 in a private ceremony, following their July 2018 engagement, the couple held a decadent wedding in South Carolina in September 2019. The bride, the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, wore a custom dress designed by Off-White founder Virgil Abloh for the occasion, with her elaborate veil embroidered with the words "Till death do us part".

5. Sabine Ghanem and Joseph Getty

The Lebanese jewellery designer wed the oil heir in Rome in June 2015, in a ceremony attended by the likes of Princess Beatrice. Vows were exchanged at the Italian capital's Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, with the bride wearing a caped gown by Schiaparelli, emblazoned with gold sequinned suns. The couple has since welcomed daughter Gene and son Jupiter.

6. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

The American tennis ace married the Reddit co-founder in a celebrity-studded ceremony in New Orleans in November 2017. Watched by family and friends including Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, as well as the couple's two-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, Williams served up a Grand Slam of a bridal look in Alexander McQueen, while the whole event was themed around the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast.

7. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

While their divorce may have been finalised this year, back in August 2014, love was in the air for the Hollywood stars, as they wed in France. Surrounded by their families in Chateau Miraval, the couple, who announced their engagement two years earlier, wed in a private ceremony, with Jolie sporting their children's sketches on her Versace bridal gown. The couple, who share six children, confirmed their separation two years later.

8. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed and Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid with his sons, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed on their wedding day in Dubai. AFP / UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs
Sheikh Hamdan and his brothers got married on the same day. Photo by UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs / AFP

The Crown Prince of Dubai became a married man earlier this year, following a private ceremony held on May 15, 2019. Sheikh Hamdan's brothers, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed, also wed on the same day, with a celebration to fete the royal nuptials held in June at Dubai World Trade Centre. The ceremony was attended by the father of the grooms, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

9. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The reality star and mogul sparked a series of wedding trends when she married the rapper and designer in May 2014. Saying "I do" in front of a grandiose flower wall at Florence's Forte di Belvedere, the bride wore a custom gown by Givenchy as Andrea Bocelli serenaded her down the aisle. The decadent celebrations also included bachelorette party in Paris and a rehearsal dinner at the French capital's Palace of Versailles.

10. Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja

The Bollywood superstar and the entrepreneur were joined by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan as they became husband and wife in May 2018. Wearing a traditional red and gold lehenga by Anuradha Vakil, the Veere Di Wedding star wed her long-term partner in Mumbai, followed by a star-studded reception for which she changed into a Anamika Khanna lehenga.

11. Elie Saab Jr and Christina Mourad

The bride, naturally, wore a statement gown by her new father-in-law Elie Saab when she married the eldest son of the renowned Lebanese designer. The couple wed in an extravagant three-day ceremony in Beirut in July 2019, with more than 1,000 guests in attendance. The newlyweds were joined by filmmaker Nadine Labaki, model Karolina Kurkova and former prime minister Saad Hariri on the big day, with performances from Nancy Ajram and Elissa.

12. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

The People magazine's cover showing George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Courtesy People
The People magazine's cover showing George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Courtesy People

The American actor and the Beirut-born human rights lawyer headed to Italy's Venice to exchange vows back in September 2014. The A-list couple, who welcomed twins Ella and Alexander in 2017, wed at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort, with guests such as Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Anna Wintour looking on. Alamuddin wore a custom lace wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta for the ceremony, the final bridal gown created by the designer, who died just a month later.

13. Rose Leslie and Kit Harington

They met on the set of Game of Thrones, but the British acting duo luckily had a happier big day than the show's infamous Red Wedding. The pair married at the bride's ancestral castle in Scotland in June 2018, with Leslie donning an ethereal gown by Elie Saab for the service. Guests included the couple's Game of Thrones co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.

14. Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Will 'The Crown' end with Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011? Reuters 
Britain's Prince William, left, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are seen walking after their wedding ceremony.

The second-in-line to the British throne wed his university sweetheart in April 2011, with a televised ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey. Middleton wore a custom gown by Alexander McQueen for the royal ceremony, which was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The highly anticipated big day was attended by members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, with the groom's brother, Prince Harry, acting as best man. The couple have since welcomed three children: Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.

15. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

The on-off couple, who met on the set of 2009's The Last Song, were first engaged in 2012, rekindling their relationship - and betrothal - in 2016 after a two-year-split. They surprised fans by wedding in a secret ceremony at their home in Nashville, Tennessee, in December 2018, revealing the news on Instagram as the American singer posed in her Vivienne Westwood wedding gown. But alas, the couple announced their separation just seven months after the big day.

16. Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

The British Luther actor and the model headed to Morocco in April 2019 to make their union official, tying the knot at Marrakesh's luxurious Ksar Char-Bagh hotel. Dhowre, a former Miss Vancouver winner, wore a custom bridal gown by Vera Wang, with the three-day celebration drawing celebrity guests including Diana Ross and Christian Louboutin. Elba and Dhowre became engaged last February, after the Thor actor proposed on-stage during a screening of his film Yardie at a cinema in London.

17. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

The model and TV star and the Grammy-winning singer became husband and wife in September 2013, jetting to Italy's Lake Como to seal the deal. Teigen donned a strapless Vera Wang gown for the destination wedding, held at Villa d’Este, with Kanye West among the celebrity guests. The couple, who became engaged in the Maldives in 2011, have since become parents to daughter Luna and son Miles.

18. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

Also making it official in Lake Como was this Bollywood duo, who wed in the Italian spot in November 2018. The pair, who have starred together on screen in a number of films, including 2018's Padmaavat. wed at the Villa del Balbianello, with the bride and groom donning traditional red ensembles for the ceremony. The newlyweds later celebrated their nuptials in India, holding a reception in Bengaluru a week later.

19. Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock

The decade wasn't defined by royal weddings from the UK alone; in July 2011, just a few months after Prince William and Kate became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Monaco's heir to the throne also held a fairytale big day. Prince Albert married South African swimmer Wittstock, who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, at the Palace of Monaco in a resplendent ceremony, attended by a number of European royals. The bride wore a Giorgio Armani-designed gown for the service, which was partly conducted in her native language, Afrikaans.

20. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

Jonas brother Nick wasn't the only family member to say "I do" this decade, with his elder brother also tying the knot with his actress other-half this year. The singer and the British actress first wed in a Las Vegas ceremony in May, famously live-streamed by DJ Diplo, before repeating their vows in a wedding ceremony in June, held at Le Chateau de Tourreau in the South of France. For the big day, Turner sported a long-sleeved design by Louis Vuitton.

21. Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta

In this Saturday, March 9, 2019 photo, Akash Ambani, second right, son of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his wife Shloka Mehta smile as they perform a ritual at their wedding ceremony in Mumbai, India. (Reliance Industries Limited Photo via AP)
Akash Ambani and his wife Shloka Mehta smile as they perform a ritual at their wedding ceremony in Mumbai, India. Reliance Industries Limited Photo via AP

Two of India's most famous families were united in March 2019 as Akash, son of India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, and Shloka, daughter of diamond mogul Russell Mehta, wed in Mumbai. The couple, whose ceremony took place at the Jio World Exhibition Centre, were joined by stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the splendorous celebrations.

22. Rym Saidi and Wissam Breidy

The Tunisian model and the Lebanese television presenter headed to Milan to wed back in July 2017, before holding a second ceremony in Lebanon's Chateau Rweiss that September. For the latter celebration, Saidi sported a custom gown by Lebanese couturier Georges Hobeika, decorated with fabric flowers and a romantic hood.

23. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Also tying the knot in Italy (quite the popular wedding destination of the decade) were the singer and actress, who held at intimate ceremony at Puglia's Borgo Egnazia resort. The two wed in October 2012, with The Sinner star Biel breaking with tradition and choosing a soft pink bridal gown by Giambattista Valli. Timberlake sang a self-penned song as his bride, with whom he shares son Silas, walked down the aisle.

24. Victoria Swarovski and Werner Muerz

When it comes to big weddings of the decade, few come larger than the crystal heiress's elaborate nuptials, held in Italy's Trieste in June 2017. The Austrian pop star wed her real estate investor beau in one of the world's priciest gowns, a show-stopping creation by Dubai designer Michael Cinco. Studded with around 500,000 Swarovski gems, the elegant dress was worth more than $1 million (Dh3.67 million), according to the Filipino-born couturier.

25. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk

The American Oscar winner and Goop founder wed the Glee co-creator in September 2018, in the backyard of her Hamptons home. Wearing a lace Valentino gown, before changing into a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, Paltrow revealed plenty of details about her big day on the Goop website, including the fact that her wedding dinner was cooked by chef Mario Carbone, and flowers from the event were later donated to local hospitals.

Updated: December 29, 2019 05:17 PM

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