Of course, the weddings of Prince William and Kim Kardashian were huge. In Kim’s case, I’m sure the planning of that wedding lasted longer than the actual marriage! But I’d like to focus on a few other celebrity weddings that weren’t quite the media circus. Here are a few from the past few years that I’ve found particularly inspirational.
Lisa Ling & Paul Song, 2007
Journalist and television host Lisa Ling described her wedding to oncologist Paul Song as “not typical” and “Asian chic”. The couple made the traditional elements festive; from the vibrant Asian décor, to the five Asian restaurants that created food stations, to the bride’s amazing, red Vivienne Tam gown. Throw an event that’s anything but typical by focusing on the elements that are most fun to you, like an eclectic hor d’oeuvre menu, a huge dance floor, and a DJ that plays a variety of party music.
Antonio Pierce & Jocelyn Maldonado, 2008
Now THIS is how you do destination wedding! Former New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce married model Jocelyn Maldonado in front of an amazing sunset on the island of Maui. With the backdrop of the ocean, a sunset-inspired color scheme of coral and pink, and a mai tai signature cocktail, this wedding beautifully complimented the breathtaking Hawaiian locale. For a relaxed destination wedding, I recommend keeping your guest list limited to close family and friends; then take advantage of everything your destination has to offer to make you and your guests feel like you are on a five-start vacation.
Parminder Nagra & James Stenson, 2009
The nuptials of British actress Parminder Nagra and photographer James Stenson began with an intimate Sikh ceremony at their home. What followed was anything but intimate, as the couple hosted a civil ceremony and reception at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills that epitomized glamour. This wedding blended several elements of Indian and British culture; from traditional attire and cuisine, to rich colors and beaded fabrics, and even a Bollywood-inspired performance.
Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie, 2010
Actress Hilary Duff’s late-summer wedding to hockey player Mike Comrie was the picture of romance. They took every advantage of the lush, Montecito locale and created a botanical dream; filled with blush and ivory florals, soft fabrics, and subtle lighting. To create the picturesque, garden theme, choose a venue that already has the setting (instead of, say, trying to turn a hotel ballroom into a garden) and focus your décor budget on floral using a soft color palette and whimsical touches of baby’s breath. If you don’t want an evening event, this theme also works perfectly for a Sunday brunch wedding!
Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse, 2011
Who said a green wedding can’t be creative and elegant? Actress Amy Smart wed HGTV designer Carter Oosterhouse at the couple’s home in Michigan. They used natural materials like burlap, reclaimed wood, fresh moss, and gathered flowers to create an eco-friendly atmosphere that celebrated their home and community. My number one tip for going green: choose a caterer that focuses on using fresh ingredients from local farms and producers.