Denmark’s playboy Prince Frederik lost his heart when he met Mary at a Sydney pub during the 2000 Olympics. After a long-distance romance she left Australia and her advertising career.
Highlight: Frederik’s touching wedding speech to Mary, comparing her radiance to the sun and the moon.
Tricky bit: Her new mother-in-law was also The Queen and reigning monarch of Denmark.
Letizia, a leading television reporter in Spain, met Prince Felipe at a dinner party. They had a secret courtship then surprised the country with their engagement. The Queen had wanted a royal bride, but Letizia was an improvement on the previous lingerie-model girlfriend.
Highlight: Immediately after the ceremony they paid tribute to the recent Atocha train station bomb victims. Letizia left her bouquet at the altar of the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha, and the couple laid a wreath at Atocha station.
Tricky bit: Her first marriage, to her high school teacher, was annulled.
She didn’t believe Willem-Alexander when he told her he was a prince. Maxima, a lively Argentinean with a high-powered finance career in Manhattan, added Dutch to her array of languages, and charmed her new country.
Highlight: Maxima cried openly during the wedding ceremony.
Tricky bit: Her father was banned from the wedding for questionable political activities in Argentina.
A Norwegian rock festival was the unconventional place she met Crown Prince Haakon. Mette-Marit was non-traditional in many ways but Haakon insisted to his parents that he would marry her or no one.
Highlight: The bridal gown and flowers mirrored those from the wedding of Prince Haakon’s great-grandparents, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud.
Tricky bit: Make that two bits -- her druggy ex-boyfriend and their out-of-wedlock son.
A bit of a dark horse in the marriage stakes, Crown Prince Phillipe delighted his bilingual country by finding Mathilde, with both Flemish and Walloon roots. Mathilde and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands are now BFFs.
Highlight: The couple made their vows in Flemish and French, and tossed in some German too.
Tricky bit: Getting married in the dead of winter means wearing layers (or a coatdress).