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Celebrity Weddings: How to Turn Your Day into a Star-Studded Event

Do you longingly read the tabloids while waiting in the grocery store check-out dreaming of having your own celebrity wedding? Although your budget may not allow you to spend hundreds-of-thousands, sometimes even millions of dollars on your wedding, there are ways to add celebrity touches to your wedding without breaking the bank.

Us, “normal folk” often try to mimic celebrities, who seem to live in a fantasy world, filled with diamonds, exotic vacations, designer clothing, and, of course, have millions of dollars at their disposal. So, it seems fairly obvious that we also try to mimic their wedding style – celebrity wedding styles have become some of the most popular wedding trends throughout North America, with particular regard to the oodles of flowers they use on their wedding day.

Royal weddings are a great place to look for inspiration when planning your wedding, especially if you crave something classic and sophisticated. In 1840, Queen Victoria of England tied the knot with Prince Albert of Germany. The Queen wore Orange Blossoms in her hair and carried a simple wedding bouquet of Snowdrop flowers (these were reportedly Prince Albert’s favourite flower). The Victorians paid great attention to flower meanings, so it can be assumed that Queen Victoria spent a great deal of time deciding which flowers to use in her ceremony. Although you don’t need to use Snowdrop flowers, for instance, you could always consult your groom about his favourite flowers – send a secret message to him on your special day, just like Queen Victoria did to Prince Albert; how romantic is that?

Diana Wedding Dress

Everyone can recall (even if they were not born yet, they have seen photographs or video) when Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, in what has been deemed a fairytale wedding. The late Princess carried a beautiful bouquet of cascading yellow roses, gardenias, orchids, stephanotis, freesia, and lily-of-the-valley. Sprigs of myrtle and Veronica flowers were also included in this bouquet – flowers that had been included in Queen Victoria’s wedding too. Want a wedding fit for a Princess? While you might not be able to afford such a lavish gown as the one Princess Diana wore, you would be able to carry the beautiful bouquet that she carried on that late July afternoon.

Early Hollywood movie stars also threw gorgeous wedding ceremonies – from the dress to the flowers – although gorgeous doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be large and expensive. Some celebrities, ones of great fame, tried to keep their wedding simple and small. When Marilyn Monroe married her second husband, Joe DiMaggio in 1954 she carried a basic wedding bouquet of three white orchids. Despite her fame, she had a small, simple, and very intimate wedding, rather than a huge party for hundreds of people. The same year Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferres – also keeping it simple she carried a bouquet of white roses. Even in her second marriage to Andrea Dotti in 1969 she still kept her wedding simple, carrying a freesia and lily-of-the-valley bouquet. It seems these starlets, despite their international fame, opted for smaller intimate weddings versus big, boisterous ones.

Even some modern movie stars decide to have smaller weddings – and in some cases, keep their nuptials a secret, either eloping or planning a wedding in an exotic location, in the hopes of avoiding the paparazzi (although this isn’t always the case. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen had a run-in with the paparazzi when they got married in Costa Rica. Trying to protect their client, their armed bodyguards shot at the photogs, nearly hitting them). When Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thorton tied the knot in Las Vegas, Angelina’s wedding package only cost $189, which included a simple bridal bouquet of white roses and carnations. Although the marriage didn’t last, it is still possible to have a small, cheap wedding if you and your beau want to escape and tie the knot secretly. Seems kind of romantic, don’t you think?

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, a notorious loud-mouth on Twitter, were able to tie the knot in a secret Kabbalah ceremony that only 100 of their friends and family knew about. It is a good thing Twitter wasn’t around in 2005, or Ashton may not have been able to keep the secret!

Another modern celebrity couple who decided to have a more personal ceremony was Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds. The two celebrated with a discreet wedding ceremony at the Clayoquat Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, Canada in 2008.

However, there are some modern celebrities who chose to have big, lavish ceremonies, where money is not a concern.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: TomKat’s 2006 wedding at a chateau in Italy had everybody talking. The ceremony and reception featured 150 guests, 300 bottles of wine, three distinctly decorated castle halls, an Andrea Bocelli serenade, a fireworks display, and a five-tier white chocolate wedding cake with marzipan roses. It victoria-beckham-002seems Tom Cruise had to go all out for the woman he told the world that he loved so much, while jumping on a sofa at a taping of Oprah; nothing was too good for his lady. And the cost of this wedding, approximately $2 million, according to Forbes.

David and Victoria Beckham: Tying the knot in 1999, they recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary – a rarity it seems in Hollywood. Their ceremony was fit for a king and queen, with a castle venue, gilded thrones, 18-piece orchestra, fireworks, and more than 400 staff members to wait on 230 guests, who all wore black and white as per the majesties request. Victoria herself looked like royalty, wearing a diamond-encrusted crown and $100,000 Vera Wang wedding dress. Their four month old son Brooklyn served as their ring bear.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker:  This couple didn’t just want a wedding day, they wanted a wedding week. The weeklong celebration began in Saint-Tropez with a his-and-hers bachelor party, followed by a trip to Disneyland for some pre-wedding fun. Then the jetsetters travelled to Paris for a double-ceremony celebration at a 17th century castle.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt: In 2000, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt wed. Flowers were used liberally at the ceremony. Jennifer’s bouquet consisted of pink Dutch Vendela roses and green hydrangeas – and the flower girls threw petals down the aisle. It has been reported that over 50,000 flowers were used on the day.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel: This couple did things a bit backwards. It wasn’t until they said “I do” that they sent out invitations to their family and friends, announcing their wedding. Already married, they then threw a whole weeklong celebration for their family and friends when it was time to have a second ceremony. Their weeklong celebration included a joint bachelor-bachelorette party, a Hawaiian themed rehearsal dinner, and a ceremony at the Church Estates Vineyard in Malibu, California.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: Both wearing Zac Posen, Ellen in a sleek white suit and Portia in a beautiful backless dress, exchanged vows in the backyard of their Los Angeles home in 2008, after Ellen announced on her talk show that her, and longtime girlfriend, Portia, would wed after California changed the laws080819_Ellen-wedding-cropped_widec about same-sex marriages.

Forbes magazine has calculated the most expensive celebrity weddings, although four of the ten have already ended in divorce. Maybe money can’t buy happiness?

  1. Liza Minnelli and David Gest: $3.5 million (divorced)
  2. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills: $3 million (divorced)
  3. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: $2.5 million (still happily married)
  4. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: $2 million (still happily married)
  5. Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: $2 million (divorced)
  6. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman: $2 million (still happily married)
  7. Elton John and David Furnish: $1.5 million (still happily married)
  8. Michael Douglas and Catherin Zeta-Jones: $1.5 million (still happily married)
  9. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren: $1.5 million (still happily married)
  10. Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell: $1.5 million (divorced)

Even though their weddings may be out of your budget – it is still possible to pull ideas from their celebrations to incorporate into your own. Whether you want to mimic their flowers, their hairstyles, their menus, or venues – it’s your special day; make yourself feel like a celebrity!

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