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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Cashing in on the big day
Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey: Picture by OK! with full caption below
As OK! magazine snaps Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey at their wedding eating a new chocolate bar, BBC News Online looks at why celebrities sell the rights to their special day.

Pick up most any issue of celebrity magazine OK! - or its rival Hello! - and chances are the glossy will feature exclusive photographs of some minor celebrity's wedding.

Ms Turner and Mr Bovey had no part in releasing this photograph

The not-so-happy couple's statement
When TV personality Anthea Turner wed video millionaire Grant Bovey last week, guests were banned from taking snaps.

The invitations read: "Please do not bring personal cameras as OK! Magazine will be covering the event."

The deal, worth a rumoured 300,000, more than covered the cost of the 24,000 wedding reception.

The magazine released an "official" photograph showing the happy couple chewing on chocolate bars, and insisted on the following caption:

"Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey exclusive OK! wedding photograph, enjoying Cadbury's new Snowflake.

"For the complete wedding coverage and a free Cadbury's Snowflake, buy OK! magazine this weekend. OK! First for celebrity news."

Love for sale
OK! scoops
Victoria and David Beckham: up to 1m
Scary Spice and Jimmy Gulzar: 350,000
Wendy Turner (Anthea's sister) and Gary Webster: 100,000
Hello! scoops
James Major and Emma Noble: 400,000
Greg Rusedski and Lucy Connor: 250,000
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin: 150,000
Of the daily national papers, only the Sun picked up the photo on Tuesday, running it on the front page under the headline "Sickener".

The couple has issued a statement denying they had a sponsorship deal with the chocolate manufacturers, adding that the photo was one of hundreds taken during the reception.

It said: "Ms Turner and Mr Bovey have not even seen the photographs taken by OK! and had no part in releasing this photograph or any knowledge of the accompanying caption."


Media commentator Lauren Booth, Cherie Blair's half-sister, also signed an exclusive picture deal when she married actor and co-producer Craig Darby in June.

Lauren Booth
Lauren Booth: 'I feel sorry for Anthea and Grant'
But because the agreement with Hello! was for considerably less than the rumoured six-figure sum paid to Turner and Bovey, she says, the couple were able to dictate their own terms.

"There was one journalist - who we had already met, so she was more or less a guest - and two photographers, who took more or less traditional shots," Ms Booth told BBC News Online.

Magazines only get to call the shots when the deal exceeds the 50,000-mark, she says: "Then they can usually use you as puppets."

Ms Booth says she feels sorry for Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey: "It has made them look appalling."

As for her own wedding, she has no regrets about sharing her big day with readers.

"It felt great because at the end of the day, a wedding is a public event. I thought the photos were lovely and very, very classy.

"We knew the cost would be covered by the photos, and it meant we could have the reception at the Langham Hilton."

Footing the bill

Footballer Stewart Castledine, who made the cover of Hello! in June when he wed Lucy Alexander of Channel 5 gameshow It's A Knockout, also has no regrets.

Stewart Castledine and Lucy Alexander's wedding
An EastEnder bridesmaid pushed the nuptials onto the cover
"Hello! weren't intrusive at all," says Castledine, who transferred from Wimbledon to the Wycombe Wanderers in June.

"It was something that Lucy and myself wanted to do, as a lovely keepsake along with our wedding photos.

"We didn't get a massive amount, but it helped to pay for the wedding," Castledine says.

"The actual day was very private - so if everyone wants to have a look [at the photos], that's great. It's also nice with all the hard work Lucy put into organising it."

Prying eyes

The couple refused the magazine's suggested security arrangements, and asked that friends and family appear in the spread.

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Tamzin Outhwaite, of the BBC soap EastEnders, was one of the couple's bridesmaids.

Unlike the Turner-Bovey ban on personal cameras, guests were allowed to take photographs. Few even knew the magazine would be covering the event.

"We didn't want anything to detract from the day," the mid-fielder says.

"We've been to a few weddings where the guests have been asked to surrender their cameras.

"If they had insisted on anything like that, we would not have gone through with it."

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