Nuptial Name Dropping Aid Destination Weddings

Cindy Crawford & Rande GerberFor supermodel Cindy Crawford's first wedding to actor Richard Gere, the couple chose to get hitched in Las Vegas, with impromptu wedding bands made out of tin foil. Crawford upgraded significantly for her June 1998 wedding to nightclub owner Rande Gerber, which was held at the Ocean Club Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. To ensure privacy, the couple bought out the entire 70-room resort. Crawford even paid for 20 people who were already staying at the resort to move to another hotel for two nights. Rates start at $720 a night, and the couple is estimated to have spent $160,000 for the weekend wedding. They can afford it. Crawford earned $6.3 million last year from her deals with Omega and Dannon.

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas When Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was planning her wedding to Michael Douglas, she told reporters she wanted "a simple, down-home affair." The result? A $1.5 million wedding at The Plaza in New York on Nov. 18, 2000. In a move that Gordon Gekko would have approved of, the couple sold the exclusive photo rights to the British magazine OK! for $1.4 million. Zeta-Jones brought in a 40-member Welsh choir, 20,000 cream-colored roses and imported her family and friends from her hometown of Mumbles, Wales. Guests included Martha Stewart, Kofi Anan, Anthony Hopkins and, of course, Spartacus himself, Kirk Douglas. Melissa Rivers, Eddie Murphy and Donald Trump (for marriage number two, to Marla Maples) were all married at the Plaza as well. Of that group, only Murphy's marriage is still intact.

Carolyn Bessette & John F. Kennedy Jr. Very few people had heard of Cumberland Island, or designer Narciso Rodriguez, before the 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Kennedy chose the small island off the coast of Georgia because he had been vacationing there for years — and it was difficult to reach. To ensure privacy, Kennedy hired a 50-member security team for about $250,000 that coordinated with state troopers, the police and the National Park Service five days prior to the wedding. Beaches and marinas within a 15-mile radius of Cumberland Island were also patrolled, and all boats headed for the island were turned away. The couple was married at the First African Baptist Church, an eight-pew structure with peeling paint, a sagging ceiling and no electricity. The church can only be reached via a 14-mile trek from the Sea Camp Campground at the south end of the island. Plum Orchard, a 101-year-old mansion built by the Carnegie family, is nearby as well as the Greyfield Inn, where the Kennedys held their reception.

Andrea Mitchell & Alan GreenspanOne merger that didn't require stockholder's approval was the April 1997 marriage of Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan to NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell. The D.C. power couple had dated for 12 years before Greenspan popped the question on Christmas Day. They met in 1983 when Mitchell interviewed him about the future of Social Security, and Greenspan asked her out two days later. Who knew Social Security could be so sexy? The couple was married at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., a Relais & Chateaux property in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Rooms start around $350.) Guests included Barbara Walters, Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va. and Henry Kissinger. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at the ceremony.

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