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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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