The world’s most eligible cosmetics-sporting, shock-rocking bachelor is off the market. Marilyn Manson wed longtime girlfriend, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Saturday (December 3) at Castle Gurteen in Ireland, a spokesperson for Manson confirmed.
The multi-day event — held at the Kilsheelan, County Tipperary, Ireland, home of the couple’s friend, controversial Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein — included a non-denominational ceremony performed by Chilean underground film director (and Manson friend) Alejandro Jodorowsky, and the bride and groom exchanged personal vows. Manson and Jodorowsky, who directed “Santa Sangre,” had been working together on a movie called “Abelcain,” a project that has been suspended for the time being.
Manson, who’s completing his sixth, as-yet-untitled studio LP (see “Marilyn Manson Likens His New Guitar God To A Naked Woman,” ), told MTV News back in late October that the wedding would be small, and that just a few invites went out to celebrity friends, “because it isn’t about that. I wasn’t looking to just have some sort of exploit out of it — I wanted it to be meaningful and something to remember,” Manson said. “But the remembering part’s going to be hard, because you’re supposed to get drunk.”
The days following the affair, he said, would include skeet shooting, archery and falconry.
Manson enlisted designer John Galliano to fashion his wedding day garb, a black silk taffeta tuxedo. The rocker topped off the ensemble with a Stephen Jones hat. Von Teese sported a royal purple silk taffeta gown designed by Vivienne Westwood.
“It will be a drama within a drama,” he said. “Rather than just have a best man, I have a worst man too — I had two friends, and I had a hard time deciding.” He said that his friends were planning to hire “the great grandchildren of [Adolf Hitler’s architect] Albert Speers to light the castle” and that there would be “children in makeup, dressed in these wonderful 19th century outfits, serving absinthe frappe.”
The couple started dating nearly five years ago, and Manson proposed more than a year ago. The wedding is the first for both. But Manson did gripe about one aspect when it came to his imminent nuptials exchange.
“I got f—ed out of a bachelor party, because — quite honestly, I have to agree with her — Dita said, ’Why should you have a bachelor party? That’s your whole life,’ ” he explained. “’What are you going to do, get drunk and look at naked women?’ And I guess that’s what I do every day.”