10 Unpopular & Weird Weddings

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On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, married Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony.  Remember, this guy is going to be King and thus “Defender of the Faith” and he does not get a church wedding?  Normally, royal weddings are festive occasions celebrated by the entire commonwealth, but in this case resentment against Charles and Camilla over the loss of the beloved Princess Diana made this wedding a dud. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, weddings are just not all that popular or respected. Here are 10 unpopular or weird weddings.

Digging Deeper

10. Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles (2005).

Compared to other royal weddings, this event has to be some kind of record setter for lack of public interest.  Nevertheless, ten years afterwards, their marriage has since been hailed as a success with many positives for both them and the British monarchy.  Arguably the most wonderful long-term consequence of the marriage is how it has allowed the Duchess to use her prominent position to patron various charitable causes.   Her most notable charitable efforts include working with and helping victims of osteoporosis and sexual abuse.

9. Napoleon Bonaparte and Marie-Louise (1810).

Emperor Napoleon divorced Josephine, the love of his life, in order to marry someone that would bear him an heir. He said of his wedding to Marie-Louise, “I am marrying a womb.” This sort of womb shopping was pioneered by England’s King Henry VIII.

8. Elvis Presley and Priscilla Wagner (1967).

The couple met when Elvis was in the Army at age 24 and ‘Cilla was only 14.  Elvis talked her parents into letting her move in with him 2 years later.  They finally married in 1967 while Elvis continued to romance his co-stars from his movies and others.  (It is good to be King…)

7. Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn (1997).

Film maker Woody Allen divorces his wife, Mia Farrow in order to eventually marry her adopted daughter.  Mia was oddly upset with Woody for that.

6. Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun (1945).

After years of stringing Eva along in order to keep his public image as a single man dedicated only to the German people, Hitler marries Braun inside the Fuehrer Bunker as the Thousand Year Reich crumbles. They commit suicide the next day.

5. Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra Brown (1957).

The rock-a-billy star known as The Killer, Lewis almost ruined his career by marrying his 13 year old cousin when he was 22.

4. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley (1994).

The King of Pop married the daughter of the King of Rock and Roll.  It seemed like the premise of a storybook marriage, but in reality the public saw it as a publicity stunt, which it almost assuredly was.  They most likely did not live together, procreate, or do normal married things prior to getting divorced.

3. Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky (1969).

The singer of Tiptoe Through the Tulips got married on live national television on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.  If you are not old enough to remember Tiny Tim, look him up for a laugh.

2. King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson (1937).

This one is cracked because the King of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland abdicated his throne to marry “The woman I love.”  Simpson was a divorcee, which was taboo for a king at the time.

1. Dennis Rodman and Dennis Rodman (1996).

Wearing a beautiful wedding gown, the Weird One did make a beautiful bride for himself.  Little did we know he would later represent the United States (unofficially) in repairing relations with North Korea.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

McCutcheon, Janette McCutcheon. Royal weddings through time. Amberley Publishing, 2011.


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Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.