Thrift is not something regularly associated with celebrities, and even less so when it comes to their weddings. From couture wedding gowns to hundreds of bottles of high-end champagne, lavish celebrations that rack up bills to rival the GDP of a small nation (we’re looking at you, Kim and Kanye) are all par for the course when you’re one of Hollywood’s richest and most famous.
But some celebs have opted to keep their celebrations a bit smaller and more in line with the costs of a typical wedding, which can range up to $30,000 in costs. They show that getting married can be a special and glamorous affair even if it’s kept low-key and low cost. Here’s a list of eight celebrity couples, from Keira Knightley to Chris Pratt, who spent less than $30,000 on their weddings.
Keira Knightley’s Wedding to James Righton
Keira Knightley has a net worth of $50 million, reports CelebrityNetWorth, but the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s wedding to musician James Righton on May 4, 2013 was a decidedly thrifty affair.
The couple was married at an intimate ceremony in a town hall in the south of France, reports Daily Mail. Knightley wore a strapless Chanel tulle cocktail dress that she already owned. “I’d worn the dress lots,” Knightley told The Telegraph. “It was my something old. And I liked not making a big deal about it. I just wanted to be in something I had had a great time in, something I would have a great time in again.”
The newlyweds skipped a limousine in favor of a Renault Clio driven by Kinghtley’s mother and did away with other expensive costs like flowers, a photographer and a bridal party for the civil wedding. The ceremony, which lasted only 30 minutes, was attended by around a dozen guests. Even with the other additions to Knightley’s outfit (like a designer jacket and flats), Righton’s suit and other various costs, the pair’s civil ceremony was likely well under $10,000.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s Wedding
When a couple’s wedding day starts with both of them fighting a stomach bug, you don’t really expect it to end well. But it was a bout of food poisoning that led to actress Anna Faris’ marriage to “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt during a July 2009 vacation.
“We were in Bali suffering from food poisoning — the really rough kind, you know, sharing the toilet,” Faris told Stylist magazine. “I was looking for chicken broth on the room service menu and saw the hotel also did weddings. While still feverish, Chris said, ‘Let’s do it.’ So the staff found us some traditional Balinese clothes and a local priest. We had no idea what was going on but we came back married.”
Wedding ceremonies in Bali can range in price, depending on how many guests you have and what elements you want to be included, but we found that a basic legal ceremony like Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s ceremony would start around $800.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Wedding to Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher’s “Wedding Crashers” character gets hitched in a large wedding at the end of the movie, but the actress’s real-life wedding to comedian and “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen was much more intimate.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen married in March 2010 in Paris in a traditional Jewish ceremony, reports Woman’s Day. The ceremony was attended by just a six guests and the couple stayed at the Hotel Ritz for a week with then-2-year-old daughter Olive, reports People magazine.
How much did their wedding cost? It’s hard to say exactly. It is customary for a jewish bride and groom to make a generous donation to the rabbi or synagogue as thanks for the ceremony, so that could have been one cost for the couple. To celebrate after, the couple also might have treated their guests to a celebratory dinner, which in Paris could run between $100 to $300 per person, according to restaurant prices quoted in The Telegraph. But even with those costs and the weeklong stay at the Hotel Ritz, where rates start at $1,000 a night according to Fodor’s Travel, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher’s wedding probably cost well under $30,000.>
Jessica Alba’s Wedding to Cash Warren
Jessica Alba wed Cash Warren in May 2008 at a Beverly Hills courthouse. The couple, who met on the set of “Fantastic Four” in 2004, were pregnant with their oldest daughter at the time
They opted to keep their nuptials very low-key and had no guests present for the ceremony. Alba wore a simple long blue dress and tied her hair back into a ponytail, reports People. In all it appears the only cost of their wedding would’ve been gas to get to the courthouse and fees for the marriage license, civil ceremony and witness, which together would cost $134.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s Wedding
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren aren’t the only celeb couple in our list to get hitched at a Beverly Hills courthouse. Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard were married in a civil ceremony in October 2013.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel live just two weeks after the nuptials, Shepard confessed that the couple had only popped down to the courthouse to apply for a marriage license and decided on a whim to just get married that day. Their wedding would’ve carried the same low costs as Alba’s.
Mandy Moore’s Wedding to Ryan Adams
Their marriage may have broken down earlier this year, but Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams certainly won’t have excessive wedding costs to blame for their split. The couple married on March 10, 2009 at the Whitefield Chapel on the outskirts of Savannah, Ga., reports People magazine>.
The lovebirds reportedly dressed down for the eight-minute ceremony, with Moore wearing a tea-length cream dress and Adams donning jeans and sneakers.
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz’ Wedding
“Skyfall” actor Daniel Craig and “The Mummy” actress Rachel Weisz began dating in 2010, and married in June 2011 in a small ceremony in New York state, according to Daily Mail. There were reportedly only four guests: Daniel’s daughter Ella, then 18, and Rachel’s son Henry, then 4, plus two family friends who acted as witnesses. This small size of the ceremony would have made it easy for this pair to keep the costs of getting hitched low.
Julia Roberts’s Wedding to Danny Moder
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder wed in a surprise ceremony in July 2002 at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, N.M. Guests thought they were being invited to a Fourth of July celebration, until Roberts and Moder surprised everyone with a wedding ceremony, reports People.
The 20-minute ceremony was officiated by Robert’s lawyer and friend Barry Hirsch and did not have many of the usual wedding trappings. Even the bride opted out of a white wedding gown in favour of a pink cotton dress embroidered with beads. Roberts herself did much of the preparation for the wedding, including shopping and cooking for the accompanying barbecue.