FAMOUS WEDDINGS Where were you when these pairs tied the knot?
NEW YORK -- In honor of the June wedding season, Inside TV magazine has named its "Top Ten Greatest TV Weddings of All Time" with the No. 1 spot going to the lavish July 29, 1981, wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
More than 750 million television viewers worldwide were transfixed by the ceremony, where a 20-year-old Lady Diana arrived in a glass coach wearing an ivory-silk gown with a 25-foot train and 10,000 pearls, while her Prince wore his regal naval commander uniform.
Two other TV weddings in 1981 made Inside TV's "Most Memorable" list: Luke and Laura (No. 2) of daytime soap smash "General Hospital," with 30 million viewers tuning in, making it the highest-rated hour in daytime drama history, and Mork & amp; Mindy (No. 9), the lovable alien who wed his bride and then honeymooned on his home planet, Ork.
Here's the complete list from the June 6 issue of Inside TV, on newsstands:
10. Tiny Tim & amp; Miss Vicki (Dec. 17, 1969): Famed ukulele player and falsetto singer Tiny Tim tiptoed down the aisle with Miss Vicki (29 years his junior) surrounded by ten thousand tulips in America's first televised wedding. More than 45 million viewers stayed up past midnight to catch the wacky marriage live on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, where the couple toasted the nuptials with milk instead of champagne. They divorced in 1977 after having a daughter, Tulip. Tiny Tim died in 1996.
9. Mork & amp; Mindy (Oct. 15, 1981): Intergalactic sparks flew when Mork (Robin Williams) and Mindy (Pam Dawber) decided to get hitched despite Mindy's disapproving dad and a rule on Mork's home planet, Ork, outlawing marriage. They had a son, Mearth from Earth, who aged backwards like his dad -- and stayed together until the end, proving that true love can transcend galaxies.
8. Rhoda & amp; Joe (Oct. 28, 1974): Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) finally found the man of her dreams in divorced Joe Gerard (David Groh) after a string of dating disasters. More than 60 million viewers watched the bride take the subway to the ceremony on "Rhoda," then the second-highest rated hour of any TV show behind the birth of little Ricky on "I Love Lucy." Sadly, Rhoda and Joe divorced two years later.
7. Rob & amp; Amber (April 16, 2005): Amber Brkich's dreams came true when she said "I do" to fellow reality co-star Rob Mariano at sunset on a beach. The spectacular affair at the Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas -- organized by star wedding planner Colin Cowie -- was filmed in secret last month for the two-hour CBS special, which aired on May 24. The two swapped vows surrounded by shells to remind them of their "Survivor" days, and are still in honeymoon heaven.
6. Monica & amp; Chandler (May 17, 2001): Clutching a bouquet of red roses, Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) floated down the aisle to an awaiting Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), who was wearing a matching rose. With millions of "Friends" fans glued to their sets, the wedding wrapped Season 7 with a mystery over whether Monica or Rachel was pregnant. The Bings eventually moved to the suburbs after becoming parents of twins.
5. Trista & amp; Ryan (Dec. 6, 2003): Wearing a satin Badgley Mischka gown, "Bachelorette" Trista Rehn descended down a lighted stone staircase before marrying Ryan Sutter in a lavish $1 million ceremony festooned in her favorite color -- pink. The opulent outdoor nuptials aired live on ABC from the Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Calif., where their vows were nearly drowned out by paparazzi helicopters. They're still living happily ever after.
4. Dr. Mike & amp; Sully (May 20, 1995): Studly Byron Sully (Joe Lando) slipped a ring on the finger of Dr. Mike (Jane Seymour) during their Colorado Springs frontier wedding, making her Dr. Quinn, Married Woman.
Mike's self-righteous mother and two sisters arrived from Boston before the wedding with dresses in tow, hoping they would replace what the doc had in mind. The couple are still married -- it must be Dr. Quinn's healing touch.
3. Carol & amp; Mike (Sept. 26, 1969): "The Brady Bunch" officially became one big, happy family when Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widower with three sons, married Carol (Florence Henderson), a widow with three daughters. During the ceremony, the boys' dog, Tiger, knocked over the wedding cake, which ended up all over the groom's suit. The newlyweds, feeling guilty, even invited the kids on their honeymoon. Even though the couple lived a harried life with six kids (and Alice, their maid), their idyllic marriage stayed intact.
2. Luke & amp; Laura (Nov. 16, 1981): "General Hospital" star-crossed lovers Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Webber (Genie Francis) were America's royal couple, and soap fans nationwide skipped work and school to witness their wedding day. In the highest-rated hour in soap history, 30 million viewers tuned in to watch the daytime supercouple finally tie the knot. Sadly, they divorced after 20 years.
1. Charles & amp; Diana (July 29, 1981): It was the fairytale wedding of the century when Lady Diana Spencer arrived in a glass coach to marry her Prince Charles. More than 750 million people worldwide were mesmerized by the lavish ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Diana wore an ivory-silk gown, and mixed up Charles' long family name during the vows. They divorced in 1996 and Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Last month Charles married longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles.