Who wouldn't love to have a well-known person showing up at their wedding ceremony? But we all know, that if you not very well-connected or at least very lucky, you probably won't be seeing your favorite celebrity there no matter how hard you try to invite them. But that doesn't mean you cannot try! Who knows, maybe they'll even respond to you. That's something Louis Bam, a 37-year-old man from Cape Town, South Africa, decided to try out. Back in 2012, he sent out hundreds of wedding invitations to his and his wife's favorite celebrities and politicians and many of them took the time to respond!


It turns out, that there's a very good reason why Louis did this. Apparently, he came up with this idea to surprise his wife Estelle with well wishes from some of the famous people they both look up to. "I try my best to come up with things that my wife will appreciate in life. I try to do one special thing for her every day. Sometimes just buying a chocolate. Other times planning takes a bit more time. So for our wedding day, I wanted to make sure there are a lot of little surprises for her throughout the day. This was one of them," he told Bored Panda.

After googling their addresses, Louis put those invitations in the mail. "There are plenty of websites dedicated to listing celeb addresses for fanmail. My sister Yvette helped me with the admin as well as physically mailing everyone," Louis said. Soon, responses started flowing but, as expected, none of them actually agreed to come to the wedding. At least many of them took the time to wish the couple a beautiful ceremony. Despite what you might think, Louis wasn't disappointed. "I didn't want any of them showing up. It would have been pretty awkward if someone did pitch. I was just hoping for an album with letters from celebs saying congrats on the wedding to present to my wife as a gift. One South African DJ I invited did discuss coming to the wedding on radio and nearly spoiled the surprise. My wife's cousin called us and said they're talking about your wedding on the radio. I just lied and said I have no idea what they're talking about." 

The man told us that he received around 50 responses from celebrities most of which were written by their staff. "I went through the album while doing my speech and no one was impressed. Everyone thought I was lying and making names up so it was a bit of a flop. It was only when I was seated at the table that people wanted to see the album that they noticed that it was for real. Haha, my wife wasn’t too impressed. A lot happens on your wedding day so it was just one of a thousand things that happened on the day. I think the fact that it still makes the news every once in a while is more special than it was on the day."

The dedication to this lovely idea clearly shows how much Loius cares about his wif, so does his words. When asked if there's anything else he wants to add, Louis took the moment to say how much he loves Estelle.

More info: twitter.com

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George W. Bush

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ARB
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1 month ago

That's an amazingly kind response.

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#2

John Travolta

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Amalia Sardinha
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1 month ago

Wow that's awesome that he signed it himself!

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Prince Willim And Prince Harry

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AndersM
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1 month ago

Legendary! Inviting both princes.

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Elizabeth II

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*Clears throat*
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1 month ago

Um, I would just be happy that the queen considered the fact she got invited to my wedding

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Nelson Mandela

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

Mandela, one of my all time heroes.

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Gordon Ramsay

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

You can tell he didn't dictate this from the absence of swear words!

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Prince Charles

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Yugan Talovich
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1 month ago

It's classy how they thank the couple for thinking of them.

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Heidi Klum

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Winnie
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1 month ago

Love the "Mit freundlichen Grüßen" part, so German

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Bill Clinton

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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

I can't believe how incredibly polite all these letters are!

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Ian Botham

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Elixir
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1 month ago

lol just the flat out "will be @ the world cup

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Ewan Mcgregor

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zims
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1 month ago

Ewan thanks Louis Bam for his kind invitation to his marriage to Estelle Dettmer on 12th March 2011 but regrets that due to his filming commitments he will be unable to attend. Kind regards, Carol P.A.

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Nicolas Sarkozy

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

Google Translate: “ Mademoiselle, Monsieur, You have invited the President of the French Republic to your wedding ceremony on March 12, 2011. He entrusted me with the task of thanking you for your kind invitation to which his agenda does not allow to respond favorably. He expresses his regrets to you but wishes to send you all his congratulations. Please accept, Madam and Sir, the expression of my best wishes.”

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Judi Dench

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1 month ago

At least she doesn't lie and say her schedule doesn't permit it. She's like I just can't make it.

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George W. Bush

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Jan Feline
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1 month ago

It's pretty awesome that he also sent a more personal, and very kind, response. Never been a Bush fan, but credit where credit is due.

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David Cameron

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

"Terribly sorry, but I'm going to be paid £30,000 for making a speech on that day."

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Fidel Castro

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Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

According to my boy Google Translate: “The best of culture and knowledge must be universalized and national identities, art, customs, habits, beliefs, including the dialects of the smallest community, all fruits of the talent and hard work of each people, have to preserve themselves as the most valuable treasures of humanity”

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Damon Kalvari

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zims
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1 month ago

"Obviously I can't attend" lol

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Jacob Zuma

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LivLlama
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1 month ago

His exellency!

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Roman Abramovich

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Vanta Black
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1 month ago

John Terry would have gone! That dude celebrates anything he's not a part of!

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Gareth Cliff

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Laira Cruz
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1 month ago

at least the actual celeb/world leader etc. responded, not some random person from their staff

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Jamie Oliver

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Justin Miclaus
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1 month ago

Lol love that last part.

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David Walliams

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Vanta Black
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1 month ago

Too busy doing lady's things.

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Lance Armstrong

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

He will be off his head on amphetamines on that date.

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Shane Warne

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*Clears throat*
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1 month ago

So straight forward...

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