Celebrity weddings and parties are some of the PartySlate team’s favorites to obsess over. With unique themes, unforgettable floral arrangements, and an A-list guest list, what’s not to love? In 2021, our favorite celebrities partied like never before.
Many chose to celebrate in secret or with only their closest friends and families, while others decided to go all-out after not gathering during the pandemic. From Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s rustic ranch wedding to Paris Hilton’s three-day fairytale wedding celebration, we truly saw it all this year.
We narrowed our list down to share our 12 favorite celebrity parties and weddings from 2021 — plus, every jaw-dropping detail. Read on to see if your favorite made our list.
(In chronological order)
1. Ariana Grande & Dalton Gomez’s At-Home Wedding
May 15, 2021
There were no tears left to cry after pop singer Ariana Grande and real estate agent Dalton Gomez secretly tied the knot at her home in Montecito, CA in mid-May. After a little over a year of dating the two opted in for a micro wedding with fewer than 20 guests at Grande’s home. The ceremony was informal and said to be more of an exchanging of vows surrounded by hundreds of white florals as décor. Grande wore a custom lily white Vera Wang gown with an open back that was stunning. This at-home wedding had to make the list this year as one of our favorites.
2. Psalm West’s Construction-Themed Birthday Party
May 20, 2021
No one throws an over-the-top party like Kim Kardashian West, so it was no surprise when she turned an ordinary construction theme into a trending kids party theme. The party took place in the backyard of the reality star’s Hidden Hills home. There was a real digger, a bounce house, giant sand pits, and of course the perfect construction uniforms for all the little guests. Oh how we love the creativity of a Kardashian celebration.
3. Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton’s Country Wedding
July 3, 2021
The long-time Voice couple, Gwen and Blake, set off more than just fireworks on the Fourth of July weekend. The couple exchanged vows at Blake’s ranch in Oklahoma in a chapel custom-built for the ceremony. The wedding was small in size with 40 of their closest friends and family, but was large in personal details. Photographer Jeremy Bustos of Studio This Is captured every moment of the celebration from Gwen’s walk down the aisle to the couple cutting their wedding cake (that was a replica of Gwen’s parents’ wedding cake). Todd Events planned the whole celebration and TPD Design House brought the celebrity couple’s vision to life with an abundance of greenery, timeless white florals, and glowing lanterns.
4. Steph & Ayesha Curry’s Backyard Vow Renewal
July 30, 2021
Steph Curry continues to set the bar high for men everywhere. On July 30th, he surprised his wife Ayesha with a backyard vow renewal ceremony to reaffirm the promises they made to each other 10 years ago. Thinking it was going to be a normal anniversary celebration, Ayesha came home to find a wedding dress picked out by Steph and a backyard ceremony waiting. It was an intimate ceremony planned by Alicia K Designs, for just the couple and their children. Their younger children, Ryan and Cannon, walked their mom through the grass of their backyard to the altar of flowers. Meanwhile, their oldest child, Riley, officiated the sweet backyard ceremony.
5. Lily Collins & Charlie McDowell’s Enchanted Forest Wedding
September 4, 2021
Fairytales do come true — just ask Lily Collins and her husband Charlie McDowell. The two tied the knot in Dunton Springs, CO on September 4th, 2021. She made all of us want to get married in the middle of the forest. The couple rented out a wooded resort with a picture-perfect backdrop of the San Juan Mountains and mineral hot springs. The wedding was a more intimate affair with less than 40 guests. Heirlooms Designs made their vision of rustic elegance come to life with hand picked flowers and vintage décor.
6. The 2nd Annual Poolside With Poosh
September 26, 2021
The second annual Poolside with Poosh did not disappoint. This year, the team decided to opt in for a more intimate event with a spa day. A smaller guest list ensured that every guest was able to feel completely pampered and get the individual treatment they deserved. Sharon Sacks, founder of Sacks Productions and event designer, Leigh Carter helped bring Kourtney’s vision to life. Upon arrival, guests were able to pick out custom spa treatments for the day and place their intentions for the day on the “intention tree”. Throughout the event, guests wore robes from Slip Silk and personalized eye masks, scrunchies and glam bands. This corporate event was one we wish we were on the list for (maybe next year).
7. Jennifer Gates & Nayel Nassar’s Elegant Outdoor Wedding
October 16, 2021
On October 16, 2021 Jennifer Gates, daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, tied the knot with equestrian and Olympic athlete Nayel Nassar. The couple bonded over their love of riding, so it only made sense that their wedding, planned by Marcy Blum Associates, was held at an equestrian farm in Westchester County, NY. Allan Zepeda Photography captured every detail of the celebration including the extravagant floral arrangements done by HMR Designs. For the reception, the couples chose a tented wedding and had their first dance to Yellow Lights by Harry Styles while literally dancing under yellow lights. This extravagant affair was one of our favorite celebrity celebrations of the year.
8. Sarah Levy & Graham Outerbridge’s Intimate Wedding
October 16, 2021
The Schitt’s Creek Star Sarah Levy secretly tied the knot with actor and producer Graham Outerbridge on October 16th, 2021. After dating for a little over three years, but never officially announcing their engagement, the two got married at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood with close friends and family. The gorgeous bride wore a stunning strapless, white silk midi dress with a bow on the back. Levy continues to keep details of the ceremony and reception a secret, besides a few taser photos, but this surprise wedding was still a must-add.
9. Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker’s Romantic Engagement
October 17, 2021
The engagement that took over our Instagrams. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker proposed to reality star Kourtney Kardashian with the most dreamy red rose set up in Montecito, CA. The couple, also known as “Kravis,” started dating in December of 2020 and has flooded our social media with their undeniable love ever since. Barker proposed at sunset with a show-stopping display of red roses. After the proposal, the two enjoyed a private dinner with close friends and family. Kravis both commented “forever” on each other’s Instagram and this is a wedding we will be impatiently awaiting.
10. Heather Rae Young & Tarek El Moussa’s Fairytale Montecito Wedding
October 23, 2021
Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young and Flip or Flop host Tarek El Moussa solidified their love after a 14 month long engagement in Montecito, CA with 150 of their friends and family. Duke Images was there to capture every stunning detail of the day. The ceremony took place outside at the Seaside Hotel with a 100 foot-long, glossy black aisle that was lined with a mix of all-white roses, orchids, tulips, lisianthus and hydrangeas. They had a large floral arch at the beginning of the aisle and three arches intertwined at the altar. Tarek had an extra surprise after the couple said “I Do”, he had an airplane spell out “To my wife, always and forever” with environmentally safe smoke. We look forward to seeing more behind-the-scenes details in the upcoming season of Selling Sunset.
11. Malala Yousafzai & Asser Malik’s Multicultural Wedding
November 10, 2021
Pakistan activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai, married asser Mailk, a manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The two wed on a Tuesday, a little over nine years after she was shot in the head as a teenager by the Taliban. The two had a traditional Nikkah ceremony at her home in Birmingham, England with only their families. Yousafzai is one of the world’s most famous advocates for girl’s education and continues to inspire women everywhere. She is choosing to keep the details of her day more private, but we know she chose fall colors for her floral and opted in for a pink wedding dress.
12. Paris Hilton & Carter Reum’s Three Day Fairytale Wedding
November 11, 2021
Paris Hilton had the wedding of the year and we expected nothing less. Hotel Heiress and Socialite Paris Hilton married author, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist Carter Reum during a three day long celebration at Hilton’s late grandfather Barron’s estate in Bel Air. Hilton was set on solidifying their love on November 11th, to have the date be 11.11, she walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
The affair boasted celebrity guests, a large dinner menu, and, of course, multiple dress changes. Demi Lovato performed a rendition of “I Will Always Love You” at the reception and received a standing ovation. The couple continued with a three-day-long celebration and it was definitely the socialite celebration of the year.
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