When a celebrity announces their engagement you will probably presume that the wedding is going to be set at a huge expensive location, playing host to a crowd of high-end a-listers. Or, in the case of George and Amal Clooney, they will take over the city of Venice and flood its rivers with the biggest names in film, tv, music, and more. However, there are many celebrity emoluments that you might not know about.

Now, before we move on to the celebrity elopements, let’s make sure that we are all on the same page when it comes to understanding what it means to elope. 

Many people get elopements confused with micro weddings but the two are actually quite different. Though they are both associated with a shorter guest list, an elopement will only involve the couple, two witnesses, and an officiant whereas a micro wedding can host up to 20 guests, traditionally being the couple’s closest friends and family.

Now we are all back on the same page, let’s talk about a few celebrity elopements that you might not know about.

6 Celebrity Elopements That You Might Not Know About

Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz

Have you seen the movie where James Bond meets Egyptologist Evelyn and they get happily married after knowing each other for years? Okay, well it might not be a movie but that is kind of the love story between The Mummy star Rachel Weisz and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

The couple is known to be extremely private and in June 2011 it was confirmed that they had organised a private ceremony involving only themself and their children in New York. The couple have apparently known each other for many years, both starting their film careers in the early 1990s, but it is said their relationship started to blossom during the filming of Dream House where they played a married couple.

Marilyn Monroe & Joe Dimaggio

On January 14th, 1954, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe and Yankee Player Joe Dimaggio decided to tie the knot in windy San Francisco. The couple was mobbed by paparazzi and fans when they were leaving the private ceremony at the city hall due to Marilyn apparently telling someone at the studio about their plans, who then leaked it to the press.

Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t mirror the storyline of one of the happy fairytale love stories that we see regularly on the big screen. It is said that Dimaggio wasn’t happy with his wife’s “sexy image” and apparently, the now-famous subway grate scene was the last straw. The relationship only lasted 9 months and they were divorced in October 1954. 

Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard first started to date in 2007 but according to Kristen, the pair broke up after just 3 months. However, no one can live without Princess (now Queen) Anna so Dax returned after 3 days and the couple was back together.

The couple starred in the movie “When In Rome” together in 2009 and shortly after filming, Dax proposed to Kirsten. Nevertheless, the couple agreed that they would not get married until same-sex marriage was legalised in California.

Jump forward to June 2013 when Prop 8 was overturned and Kristen re-proposed on Twitter by tweeting "@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove."

Dax later revealed that the couple had a private ceremony that included just himself and Kristen.

Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem first met during the filming of the Spanish film Jamón Jamón but apparently, it wasn’t until they were filming Vicky Christina Barcelona that the two took things to the next level.

The couple kept things very private for a long time and their first public appearance was at the Goya Awards in 2010. It then later emerged in July 2010 that they had a secret wedding at a friend’s house in the Bahamas. 

Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart first met in 2002 at the Golden Globes when Calista apparently spilled a drink on Harrison on purpose so she could meet him. This little plan seemed to work as the couple started dating shortly after.

Due to Harrison’s divorce proceedings at the time, the couple tried to keep their relationship as secret as possible but as soon as the chance came around, the couple was happy to share their relationship with the world.

In 2010 the couple decided to get their closest nearest and dearest together for a surprise wedding which the guests didn’t even know they were attending at the New Mexico governor’s mansion.

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner

Joe and Sophie started dating back in 2016 after Joe messaged Sophie on Instagram. After a few messages, the two decided to meet up in London. The couple instantly clicked and started dating shortly after this.

When it comes to small elopement weddings, the Little White Chapel in Vegas is probably one of the most famous venues and best venues to choose from. Just ask Joe and Sophie. After the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, the couple flew out to the Little White Chapel in Vegas and got married by an Elvis officiant.

Always Set A Wedding Budget, Even For An Elopement

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Written By Ryan Hirst