In honor of Paul McCartney's birthday today, we're looking back at all of the Beatles weddings in pictures. We're major Beatles fans at Brides, and we've pored over every Beatles album on Spotify—played the songs on repeat, shed some tears (of joy), got nostalgic, and yearned for peace, just like you. And while we could go on and on about the many romantic first dance song opportunities ("All You Need is Love," "In My Life," "Something," "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You," just to get you started), it's time to talk about the many loves of all the Beatles. More specifically, the Beatles weddings that still make us swoon. They may have had nine brides between them, but these Beatles weddings were so subtle and under the radar (lots of register offices to keep the screaming fans away), while still hitting all the fashionable '60s (miniskirts galore), '70s, and '80s staples.
From John and Yoko, to George and Pattie, Paul and Linda, and Ringo and Barbara, keep scrolling to see our favorite Beatles weddings.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, March 20, 1969
They were a force to be reckoned with. John Lennon met and fell in love with Yoko Ono in 1966. At the time, Lennon was married to Cynthia Lennon, with whom he shared a son, Julian. After John's divorce from Cynthia was final, John and Yoko were free to tie the knot. And they wanted to do it in true romantic fashion, on the train to Paris.
"We wanted to get married on a cross-channel ferry. That was the romantic part," Lennon said in The Beatles' Anthology documentary. "We went to Southampton and then we couldn't get on because she wasn't English, and she couldn't get the day visa to go across. They said, 'Anyway, you can't get married. The captain's not allowed to do it any more.' "
The couple then went on to get married at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar in a quick 10-minute ceremony. The absolute picture of 1960s hippie fashion, John and Yoko both wore white for the big day with unkempt hair and oversized sunglasses and hat for Yoko. In the Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko," John recounts the wedding day.
John and Yoko famously honeymooned in bed. The couple, staged a one week "bed-in" in Amsterdam as a demonstration and call for peace. These two never did anything by the books.
Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman, March 12, 1969
Linda Eastman nabbed the "cute Beatle" and became Paul McCartney's first wife on March 12th, 1969. The couple also chose a quiet civil ceremony at the register office in London.
Eastman's daughter from a previous marriage, Heather, attended the wedding, and McCartney's brother served as best man, even though he arrived late due to a delayed train. The nuptials were supposed to be secret, but hundreds of people gathered outside to see the last single Beatle become a married man. Eastman wore a yellow coat over her dress and McCartney chose a matching yellow tie. None of the other Beatles attended the wedding, which McCartney attributed to the band's looming breakup.
The Wings couple were married for almost 30 years until Linda's death in 1998. McCartney would later marry and divorce Heather Mills, and is now married to Nancy Shevell.
George Harrison and Pattie Boyd, January 21, 1966
The woman who inspired two of history's most romantic songs, "Something" and "Wonderful Tonight," broke the hearts of millions of girls by marrying George Harrison on January 21, 1966. The couple, who were constantly surrounded by media attention, decided on an early morning register office in Surrey, to keep things quiet at the peak of Beatlemania.
"The ceremony took place early in the morning at Epsom register office, in Surrey, not the most glamorous place, and the room was very hot and stuffy," Boyd wrote in her autobiography, Wonderful Tonight. "Brian Epstein was there and Paul McCartney, who was George's best man."
For her undeniably '60s mod wedding look, the former model chose the queen of London style in the '60s, Mary Quant (a.k.a. the creator of the miniskirt). "I bought a Mary Quant pinky-red shot-silk dress, which came to just above the knee, and I wore it with creamy stockings and pointy red shoes," Boyd wrote. "On top, because it was January and cold, I wore a red fox-fur coat, also by Mary Quant, that George gave me." George wore a black Mongolian lamb coat also designed by Quant.
Boyd would later go on to marry Harrison's friend and frequent collaborator, Eric Clapton, and inspire two of his biggest hits, "Wonderful Tonight" and "Layla," while Harrison would then marry Olivia Harrison.
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, April 27, 1981
While Richard Starkey, a.k.a. Ringo Starr, married his first wife Maureen Cox in 1965, his second wedding to Barbara Bach would call for the first Beatles reunion since the death of John Lennon.
Starr and Bach were married in London on April 27, 1981, much like the other Beatles, at the register office in London (by the same officiant that married Paul and Linda McCartney). The Beatles' drummer and former Bond girl's big day didn't escape attention as hundreds crowded outside to try for a glimpse of the newlyweds and their famous guests, namely the McCartneys and the Harrisons. Bach wore a long sleeved cream dress embroidered with roses, designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, who also designed Princess Diana's wedding dress. Rumor has it the three Beatles got together at the reception for an impromptu musical reunion, nearly six months after the death of John Lennon.
The couple has stood by each other through serious troubles (including Ringo's 1988 stint in rehab), and is still married, and seemingly head over heels for each other.