What Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton's Wedding Was Really Like

When two A-list musicians get married, you can always expect a lavish wedding. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married in July 2021 after an eight-month-long engagement, per People. The stars first crossed paths in 2014 while coaching contestants hoping to make it big in the music industry on the NBC competition show, "The Voice". A year after meeting, the two divorced their respective partners and began dating. After nearly 5 years of dating, the two proved that they were in it for the long haul. 

When they announced their engagement amidst the pandemic, fans were delighted, but many wondered if a wedding ceremony would be possible. Stefani, who took over the planning duties, proved everyone wrong and still made her dream wedding a reality. The wedding was filled with sentimental details and close family and friends; it wasn't quite the giant spectacle that many would expect from two musicians. 

Stefani and Shelton's wedding proves that when a cowboy meets a pop star, magic happens. Here's everything you need to know about this magical wedding.

Gwen wore two custom gowns designed by Vera Wang

For every wedding, the true star of the show is the bride and the dress that helps her shine. Considering this wasn't Gwen Stefani's first trip down the aisle, many were wondering what style she would rock this time. Her first wedding dress matched her bold pop-star personality: She went against the traditional bridal styles and rocked a Christian Dior dress with a hot pink train (via Mirror). 

This time around, Stefani called upon star designer Vera Wang for not one, but two dresses for the occasion. Wang designed two custom gowns for her — one for the reception and one for the ceremony (per Harper's Bazaar). Her ceremony dress was an all-white gown with a V-shaped neckline. For the reception, Stefani stepped out in a rockstar-style strapless mini dress. 

Following the wedding, Wang took to Instagram to congratulate the couple and reveal details about the dresses. "A gown for ROMANCE. BIG LOVE. FOREVER MORE," Wang captioned the post. "So happy for you both! Sending more love!" On their one-year wedding anniversary, Stefani shared a throwback video on Instagram of her trying on wedding dresses. In the video, she revealed the dress she picked was the second wedding dress she tried on, and that she immediately knew it was the one. Her gorgeous veil showed the new blended family Stefani and Shelton were creating, as it had the couple's names hand-embroidered alongside the three names of Stefani's children.

The touching tribute to Gwen's parents

When you're creating a new chapter with the love of your life, sometimes it doesn't hurt to pay tribute to the past. The cake at Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's wedding was a jaw-dropping masterpiece crafted with love. 

The five-tier wedding cake was designed to be a replica of the cake Stefani's parents had at their wedding. The loving tribute was designed by Fancy Cakes By Lauren, who revealed the special tribute on their Instagram. "This wasn't just a wedding cake we made for two superstars," they wrote in the caption. "Our bride wanted to make a sentimental statement by recreating her parent's wedding cake. Both of Gwen's parents were there to see her honor them with this cake." 

The cake designer shared photos of the original cake and the countless sketches they crafted until they landed on the perfect design. Choosing this classic design was the right choice for the couple and they might have made it trendy again. "This style of cake has become a lost art of free-hand piping called Lambeth Method," the designer explained. "It's slowly making a comeback in weddings and I'm sure Gwen and Blake have just pushed Lambeth right back into demand with their five-tier beauty."

Carson Daly officiated the wedding

When planning their wedding, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton had an important decision to make: Who would help officiate their wedding? The couple landed on a name we all recognize — Carson Daly. Stefani is close friends with Daly, whom she first met during his TRL days. The singer felt it was only right to give him that special honor. "I just had the idea of Carson because he's the one person that we both know so well and we've known through the years," she explained to Jimmy Kimmel. "He was going to be a priest at one point, you know what I'm saying? He's Catholic, so we had that together." 

On the "Today Show," Daly spoke about receiving the honor and revealed how perfect the ceremony was. "I've known Gwen for 25 years. I was friends with them both when they met separately," he explained. "I love Blake to death, he's like the brother I've never had. To have the opportunity, when they called me I knew where I was, they had me both on speakerphone and said 'We both think it works. We think you're perfect for it.'" 

Following the ceremony, Daly posted photos of the three of them and wished the newlyweds well on their new chapter.

They used a ranch as their wedding venue

There's no place like home, especially when it's time to walk down the aisle. Getting married during the pandemic meant that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton had to improvise when it came to choosing their wedding venue. However, the couple didn't need to panic or spend months narrowing down their venue choices. Thanks to Shelton, they had the perfect spot for their ceremony.

The couple held their wedding at Shelton's lavish ranch in Oklahoma. The country music singer had a special chapel built on the ranch for the couple to say "I Do" in. According to a source close to them, the chapel holds special meaning to the couple. The private chapel is the location Shelton picked to pop the question in 2020. "Blake built a chapel on the grounds of his Oklahoma ranch. He did it himself with help," a source told Us Weekly at the time of their engagement. "It's really a tribute to their love. They are going to get married in the chapel, most likely early next year." 

Their lively reception also took place at another part of the ranch. The ranch now has a sentimental feature to honor the occasion. Their wedding guests signed a special bench that the couple placed in their chapel, which now serves as a reminder of their at-home wedding (per People).

The western meets glamour wedding theme

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are two artists with two distinct styles. One is a country boy at heart, while the other is a glamorous punk-pop princess. Any wedding planner would've been stumped trying to figure out a theme that was the perfect blend of the two. 

For their summer wedding, Shelton and Stefani found a theme that represented them both: country glam. The No Doubt singer walked down the aisle in something only she could pull off –– a couture gown paired with stiletto cowboy boots. As for the groom, Shelton paid homage to his southern roots by rocking a tuxedo jacket and some good old-fashioned blue jeans. 

Weddings are meant to celebrate a union and these two showed that they are simply a match made in heaven. No one loved the country glam theme more than their officiant, Carson Daly. "The best way to describe it is it was perfectly them — the whole weekend and the marriage itself. It was as elegant and refined and cool as Gwen is, and it was as country and down-home and fun as Blake is," he told The Today Show. Yeehaw to that!

The complicated wedding plans

During a worldwide pandemic, everyone's plans were derailed. In Hollywood, award shows were postponed, filming was halted, and concerts were canceled. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were in the middle of planning their long-awaited wedding, and likewise had to adapt to the new normal. 

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2020, Stefani spoke about how COVID-19 meant plans for her wedding had to change. "I would say I just want my parents there at this point," Stefani said. "My parents wouldn't come to Thanksgiving because they're so scared so really would rather it not be a COVID situation. Like, I would rather not have masks and that kind of thing. Even when you cut [the guest list] down to just family, it's too many people for COVID so we're sort of going to see what happens in the next few months." 

With the wedding plans postponed, the singer was given extra time to plan her wedding. Shelton was more than happy to hand over control. He joked to USA Today that the wedding was better off without his input. "If I was picking our meal, it would just literally be everything fried," he said. "French fries, chicken tenders, you know, all of that stuff. I think she knows that it would be a pretty classless wedding if I was in control." We don't know what was served at the wedding, but we do know Stefani got her wish. Her parents were there to see her walk down the aisle.

Blake Shelton's emotional vows

Exchanging wedding vows is the part of a wedding that always brings everyone to tears. At Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's wedding, it was no different. 

After some encouragement from their officiant, Carson Daly, the couple decided to write their own personal vows. During Stefani's vows, she paid tribute to Shelton's late father and brother. Her personal words left her groom feeling emotional at the altar. "Man, it hit me. Like, I couldn't believe how hard it hit me," Shelton told People. "I felt like at this point, I've kind of gotten calloused. I guess I'm not because that absolutely slayed me. It's hard to even remember what else she even said. I'll never forget that feeling." 

Shelton had a tough act to follow, but he had a special trick up his sleeve. Instead of a normal speech, he stuck to his country music roots and performed a special song dedicated to his bride. With the help of Craig Wiseman, they created a tribute song titled "We Can Reach The Stars." According to Daly, not only did the song make their guests cry, but Shelton was in tears while performing. "Not a dry eye in the house," he recalled on the "Today Show." 

Despite being apprehensive about writing their own vows, Shelton said it couldn't have gone any better. "Everything happened exactly how it was meant to happen," Shelton shared (via People). "It just like, 'Wow, we did it. I have a song about my wife.' It was so exciting to me."

Her three sons participated in the wedding

The two major details in Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's wedding were faith and family. Stefani's custom veil and gown featured her sons' names, and the three boys even participated in the ceremony. 

On the "Today Show," Carson Daly revealed that Stefani's sons joined together to read out a bible verse during the ceremony. The three young boys looked extra dapper at the wedding with their custom suits. Their famous mom shared photos on Instagram of them rocking the matching suits alongside Shelton at the wedding. According to TMZ, her two eldest sons Kingston and Zuma, which she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, even signed the couple's wedding certificate as witnesses.

The dazzling bride was also a proud mom at the wedding and had touching tributes to her three boys. The Vera Wang custom dress she wore for the reception featured intricate details. The embroidery on the dress displayed two love birds to represent Shelton and her, alongside three baby love birds to represent her three special boys.

Their first dance

A couple's first dance is a romantic moment at a wedding that they share in front of their guests. Leading up to Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's 2021 wedding, the couple joked about their wedding details. In an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," Shelton joked about the song he and Stefani planned on using for their first dance as husband and wife. "It's 'If You Leave' from the "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack. We talked about this. We both love the song. We're both fans of the '80s, why not? Don't you think that would be a great one, though? We've literally talked about that," the singer jested (Via Entertainment Tonight). 

Fallon wasn't too sold on the idea — and apparently, neither was the couple. After their wedding, TMZ published an exclusive video of their first dance. The couple actually chose Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," as their first dance song. In the video the outlet posted, the couple could be seen in their backyard slow dancing to their special song. Alongside the loving couple was their dog; their furry friend could be seen in the video casually sitting on the bride's veil. However, Stefani didn't seem to mind, because she had the man of her dreams in her arms. 

The Dallas String Quartet performed at their wedding

When the couple getting married is two musicians, the music played at their wedding should be nothing but the best. For their special day, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton called upon The Dallas String Quartet to entertain their guests. According to the group's website, the couple originally didn't want live music at their wedding, but Stefani had a change of mind. She personally selected the group to perform. The group shared an Instagram photo of the bride and groom with a special message to them. ​​"Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your big day! As musicians, it was an absolute honor to play at the wedding of two music industry legends. We're raising a glass to you both...," the caption read. 

After landing the special gig, the group spoke with WFAA 8 about their performance. They revealed that they performed at the ceremony and entertained the special guests during the cocktail hour. "The venue was very private and beautiful and everybody seemed very down to earth," one group member revealed. "We loved being there and they made us feel very special to be a part of it." 

Even though Stefani didn't take up Miley Cyrus on her offer to perform at the wedding, things seemed to go well with this special group.

Some famous friends were left off the guest list

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's lavish wedding had a guest list that was very exclusive. With only 40 guests, the couple chose only their closest friends and family to attend. The tight guest list meant many didn't find their invitations in the mail — and according to Shelton, some weren't happy about it. The country music singer shared with SiriusXM's Storme Warren the awkward conversations he had with friends who were left off the guest list. "I've had awkward conversations with so many of my friends. 'Oh, oh, yeah. I read about that. How was that?' Listen, we kept [the wedding] small, get over it," said Shelton. "That's not about you. So, there's a lot of them." 

Also not on the guest list was talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who called Shelton out on air. During an interview, Fallon teased him about the wedding. "I just thought it was beautiful," he said. "I mean, I didn't hear from you or anything, you know personally, and say, 'Hey, Jimmy, what are you doing? Are you busy this week?' You know what not much planning went into it. I understand. Who puts planning into a wedding, you know? Anyway, I just remember not being invited." Shelton jokingly explained that the guest list only had room for one NBC host, and that the spot went to Carson Daly. 

Also left off the guest list was "The Voice" co-host Adam Levine, who joked that he would've objected to the wedding had he been invited.