Celebrity weddings have always been a big deal. High-profile nuptials have carried this grandeur since the dawn of Hollywood and the rise of the celebrity. This is still true today. There's forever something special about watching a major star (or two!) tie the knot (just take Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal nuptials, for instance!). While this fascination probably has something to do with curiosity—who doesn't want access to some of the most opulent weddings imaginable?—it really comes down to recognition. Celebrity weddings may be bigger than our own, but they're still a ritual that we also partake in. The gist? Celebrities really are like us—especially when it comes to marrying the person we love.
Since we spend a good amount of time honoring the celebrity marriages of modernity, we figured it was only appropriate to do the same for newlyweds of the past. That's why we've rounded up the biggest, most noteworthy weddings that took place the year you were born. Not only is it a way to look back on the iconic nuptials of the past few decades, it's also a fun way to root yourself in a few of your favorite stars' love stories. Any '80 babies? You entered the world while a few major celebrity weddings were in the works. Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot at the beginning of the decade, while Denzel Washington and Paulette Pearson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson followed.
As for the '90s kids? This period saw the unions of major political players, like Barack and Michelle Obama, and A-list actors, like John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Click through to discover which celebrity wedding aligns with your particular birth year.