Las Vegas is the ultimate spot to get married no matter who you are- but Las Vegas celebrity weddings are the most dramatic.
One of the high-profile weddings Vegas witnessed in 2022 was the wedding of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Celebrities must deal with extravagant fanfare and many weeks and months immaculately planning a star-studded wedding. Las Vegas saves them from this great hustle by giving them a spontaneous, fun, and romantic wedding experience. They can even enjoy a private function away from the public and press.
Many celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Plas Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi are still enjoying their happily ever after Las Vegas celebrity weddings. Unfortunately, not every celebrity wedding officiated in Las Vegas has managed to withstand the test of time. Some Las Vegas celebrity weddings turned out to be among the shortest weddings in the city’s history. Let’s look at the celebrities who didn’t get a Cinderella ending after getting hitched in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Celebrity Weddings That Didn’t Last
Britney Spears & Jason Alexander
The wedding of Britney Spears and Jason Alexander takes the record of being one of the shortest wedding in the history of Las Vegas and falls on the list of the shortest weddings in the world. The shortest wedding in history is of a Kuwait couple who divorced three minutes after getting married. Even though Britney’s wedding to Jason lasted more than a day, the wedding was annulled after 55 hours. According to Alexander, the annulment of their marriage was facilitated by Britney’s team, which included her parents and lawyers. Alexander and Britney were childhood friends, and their impromptu prenuptial happened on January 3, 2004. The bride didn’t even have a wedding gown. Britney was wearing a pair of jeans and a baseball cap.
Unfortunately, Alexander became a jilted lover and tried to crash Britney’s wedding to Sam Asghari on June 9, 2022. He was later booked for three misdemeanors, with a $22,500 bail. After the wedding incident, Britney and her husband were granted a three-year restraining order against Alexander. He also faced a felony stalking charge with a $100,000 bail.
Nicolas Cage & Erika Koike
Don’t we all love Nicholas Cage from Ghost Rider movies? The actor didn’t opt for a ride-or-die subscription when he married Erika Koike in Las Vegas. Erika Koike was a makeup artist when she wedded Nicholas Cage in March 2019. The wedding lasted four days before Cage requested an annulment. According to the newlywed Cage, Koike had lied to him about her legal troubles. Even though Cage requested an annulment of his drunken nuptials to his girlfriend Erika after four days, he wasn’t granted a divorce until after three months.
Cage said that he was drunk during the wedding and couldn’t understand his actions or be responsible for them. He also stated he was unaware that Koike was in a relationship with another person. The Sin City wedding was the actor’s fourth marriage at 55. During the divorce, Koike requested spousal support.
Pamela Anderson & Rick Salomon
Pamela Anderson, the Baywatch star, married for the third time on October 6, 2007, to Rick Salmon, her long-time friend. The wedding took place at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. In attendance were close family and friends, including Anderson’s children. The stars opted for a more conventional wedding. Notable guests who graced the ceremony were magician Hans Klok, Tobey Maguire, and Lukas Haas.
After getting married, Anderson quickly went back to work. Well, maybe if she had taken some time off and even gone for a honeymoon, the wedding would have lasted more than two months. The couple separated on December 13, 2007. Unlike Britney and Alexander’s love story, Anderson and Salomon had an exciting story. Close to seven years later, the couple remarried on January 2014. Unfortunately, the dark cloud in their marriage was still present, and in another episode of bad luck, the couple divorced in less than one year. The second divorce was confirmed on March 2015, denying the couple a well-longed happily ever after.
Christina Milian & The-Dream
The Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash, released a statement through his rep in 2009, “Terius ‘The-Dream’ Nash is saddened to announce that his marriage to Christina Milian was unsuccessful. The couple reached this decision in late 2009 but decided to keep the news private in effort to protect their baby daughter Violet. They ask for consideration and respect for their family moving forward.”
Milian and The Dream got married in 2009 in Sin City. Disappointingly The Dream filed for divorce five months later when Milian was pregnant with their daughter Violet Madison Nash. In different interviews, Milian and The Dream have failed to disclose the cause of their split up. They co-parent in raising their daughter. Christina Milian has since moved on and gotten married to Matt Pokora, a French musician. The couple is blessed with two children, Kenna and Isaiah.
Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman
On November 14, 1998, Dennis Rodman, a former NBA player, tied the knot with Carmen Electra, an actress. The wedding occurred in Las Vegas after the couple had dated for only a few months. It was love at first sight when Rodman met Electra at a club in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, like the Jason Alexander and Nicholas Cage Vegas weddings, Rodman ended the marriage sooner than many expected. Nine days after tying the knot, Rodman requested an annulment of their marriage. According to the former NBA player, he was not of sound mind when he got married to Elektra.
Surprisingly, the married couple opted to stay together for a few more months. They reached a mutual decision to have a divorce and were officially separated on April 1999, close to six months after their Sin City wedding. Many people and Electra’s fans speculate that the wedding might have been strained because the actress was dealing with the loss of her mother and sister. The tragedy had happened a few weeks before she started dating Rodman. Electra, a popular media personality and model, doesn’t hold any grudges against her ex-husband Rodman nor has any negative feelings about the marriage. Electra and Rodman have had a series of unsuccessful relationships and remain single, focusing on different vital aspects of their lives.
Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson
The Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson wedding is one of the most famous weddings in the history of Las Vegas. Griffith was 14 when she met 22-year-old Johnson during the filming of The Harrad Experiment. Griffith’s mother, Tippi Hedren, was a star in the movie. The couple fell in love instantly, and when she turned 15, Griffith moved in with Johnson. On her 18th birthday, Griffith got engaged to Johnson, and in 1976 the couple tied the knot in Sin City.
Sadly their marriage lasted only six months, and the couple divorced the same year. But it wasn’t the end of their love story. More than ten years later, the couple reconciled and remarried in 1989. The second marriage was almost a happily ever after, and the couple were even blessed with a beautiful daughter Dakota Johnson, who turned out to be a successful actress. Even though the second wedding took place in Aspen, graced by children from their past marriages, the marriage didn’t last. Five years later, the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. While marriage might not have worked for the two, they have maintained a strong friendship over the years.
Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow
Frank Sinatra is one of the legendary names in Sin City. Apart from being an entertainer, Sinatra was part of the Rat Pack and even starred in a film in Las Vegas. Due to the celebrity status of Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas and Mia Farrow’s budding career in acting, the couple’s wedding was immensely publicized.
49-year-old Fran Sinatra met 19-year-old Mia Farrow in 1964 when Farrow was starring in the movie Peyton’s Place. Sinatra was already an established legend in the American entertainment scene, but Farrow was just starting her career. According to Sinatra, when he saw Farrow, he immediately knew his heart belonged to her.
The couple tied the knot in June 1966 and had a brief reception at the Sands Hotel. Despite the thirty-year-old gap, the couple stayed together for two years. The different understanding of marriage caused their divorce according to the couple. Sinatra believed in having a housewife who stayed home and looked after the children. Farrow, on the other hand, was a career-driven woman ready to pursue her acting career to the fullest.
Sinatra demanded that Farrow stop acting. When Farrow refused, the legendary singer handed divorce pares to Farrow when she was shooting the Rosemary’s Baby scenes in November 1967. Their divorce was made official in December 1968. Despite the fallout, the couple remained friends even after their divorce.
Jodie Sweetin & Cody Herpin
Everyone hopes to get married to their best friend. Jodie Sweetin had that golden opportunity to marry her best friend, Cody Herpin. Sweetin was a Full House star and wedded Herpin in 2007, inside the Little Church of the West in Sin City. Only a few friends of the couple attended the wedding. Sweetin stated she didn’t rush her wedding despite many people making such claims.
The couple opted to spend a few days in Las Vegas instead of going on a honeymoon. When they got married, they had only dated for two months, more reason why most people assumed their wedding was a quickie Vegas wedding. The couple was blessed with a beautiful daughter Zoie Laurel May Herpin.
The Jodie Sweetin and Cody Herpin Vegas marriage lasted three years. The couple officially parted ways in 2010 and remain close and co-parent in raising their daughter.
Kim Kardashian & Damon Thomas
Kim Kardashian has seen a fair share of celebrity weddings. Her latest failed marriage to Kanye West gained much publicity in the entrainment scene.
Kim Kardashian also had the dream Vegas wedding. The then 19-year-old actress eloped with her 29-year-old lover Damon Thomas, a music producer, and got married in Las Vegas.
According to Kim, she was under the influence when she married Damon. It was a night of bad decisions for the young Kim. After getting married to Damon, she took more ecstasy that same night and made a sex tape. However, Damon has a different version of their wedding day and night and states he doesn’t recall his bride being under the influence of any substance.
When filing for divorce, Kim complained that Damon was too controlling and possessive of his wife. He would dictate how his wife would do everything and where they would go. He forced his wife to quit college studies and barred her from seeking employment. Kim also complained that Damon was violent towards her and even cited several instances when her husband was extremely violent to her.
On the other hand, Damon filed for divorce, claiming Kim was cheating on him. He also denied being violent to his wife. Instead, he stated that his wife was obsessed with being famous. Their marriage ended in 2004. Kim Kardashian has been married and divorced two more times, to Kanye West and Kris Humphries. Damon is a successful music producer with his record label and has worked with big names like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Justin Timberlake. Despite all the fame and money, he keeps a very low profile, unlike his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, which clearly indicates the two weren’t a good match.