How to Have a Sane Black Celeb Wedding: These Stars Did It

Kim and Kanye may have marked their marriage with the celebration of the century, but there are other options. These stars kept their nuptials private.

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Beyoncé is seen on a balcony of the Saratoga Hotel in Havana next to her husband, Jay Z, on April 5, 2013.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian threw the wedding of the century this past weekend. Not that there’s anything wrong with going international with a ceremony at a sixth-century-era fortress, and having Jaden Smith dress in a Batman suit (photos of which were released practically before the cake was cut). But there are options. These stars managed to keep their weddings out of the limelight and pretty normal, which is not for everyone.

Beyoncé Knowles and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter

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Jay Z and Beyoncé check out a tennis match at the U.S. Open in New York City on Sept. 12, 2011.

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Unlike their friends Kanye and Kim, the Knowles-Carters kept their nuptials under wraps, even after the ceremony. Married on April 4, 2008, the couple had a closely guarded ceremony in the groom’s Tribeca penthouse in New York City, with only 40 of their closest friends and family. Few details and photos have yet to emerge from their private wedding.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon appear on NBC’s Today show at Rockefeller Center on Oct. 2, 2009, in New York City.

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The couple married in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008. Each year, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have renewed their vows on their wedding date at locales from Paris to Disneyland.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend an Oct. 25, 2012, event in New York City where Beatz was honored for his charitable work by Haute Living magazine.

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There was lot a controversy surrounding the nuptials between Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Rumors floated that Beatz began dating Keys while still married to his former wife, singer Mashonda. Despite the drama, the couple married in a private ceremony next to the Mediterranean Sea in 2010.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

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Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, share a moment on the sideline during the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on March 16, 2012, in Philadelphia.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have faced a lot of public criticism of their marriage (it’s rumored to be open) and their parenting skills, but their romance wasn’t always so polarizing. The couple wed in a secret ceremony in the bride’s hometown of Baltimore in 1997.

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

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Director Taylor Hackford, Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington attend the 66th annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 25, 2014, in Century City, Calif.

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Scandal star Kerry Washington kept her marriage to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha so under wraps, you’d think she had the help of Olivia Pope. Details of their nuptials emerged a week after their June 24, 2013, wedding.

Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin

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Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell arrive at the 2005 BET Comedy Icon Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sept. 25, 2005, in Pasadena, Calif.

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Tisha Campbell married fellow actor Duane Martin in a small ceremony in 1996. Their quintessential ’90s wedding video will bring tears to your eyes.  

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