Celebrity Weddings

By Kristen Castillo

May 1, 2013 5 min read

It's fascinating to read about the weddings of your favorite actors, singers, models and athletes.

"When celebrities get married, it's the modern-day, grown-up equivalent of a fairy tale, where the beautiful princess marries the handsome prince complete with a lavish ceremony that very few can afford," says Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events. "Celebrity weddings present an opportunity to take pleasure in their glamorous existence while hoping that one day our lives can be perfect, too."

Most celebs have the budget to hire top-notch wedding vendors and planners to help them pull off amazing weddings. While it's probably not in your budget to copy these nuptials, you can use them for inspiration.

*Intimate Affairs

Actress Blake Lively married actor Ryan Reynolds at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; the location of the movie "The Notebook." Their rustic wedding was intimate, too, with about 70 guests.

"Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' wedding had a lot of Southern charm," says Becky Hoppmann, founder and editor-in-chief of Smitten Magazine, a bridal publication, who notes many plantations are available for rental.

"They mixed rustic and elegant, too," says Hoppmann, who suggests couples replicate the look with linens and china rentals.

Another takeaway from the Lively-Reynolds wedding? "They incorporated a monogram and silhouette that was very sweet and Southern," says Hoppmann.

*Destination Weddings

Many brides dream of getting married in a romantic location, but for some celebrity couples, that dream is a reality.

Oscar winner Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, recently re-tied the knot in a destination wedding in St. Lucia, a locale in the Caribbean. He reportedly rented out the entire resort and hosted 50 of the couple's friends.

TV host Mario Lopez and his bride, Courtney Mazza, got hitched on the beach in Punta Minto, Mexico, alongside many of their Hollywood friends.

"With a destination wedding, you're definitely limited with the number of people who can make it, who can afford to go," says Hoppmann.

Destination weddings can be pricey but they're not necessarily out of reach.

"Try to keep it regional," suggests Hoppmann.

*Think Pink!

Traditionally brides wear white or ivory gowns, but these days, dresses are getting rosier.

"Inspired by the wedding gowns of Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel and Crystal Harris, brides are flocking to pink in a big way," says Domino. "While details like flowers, linens, decor and bridesmaid dresses in pink have always been popular, brides wearing pink is very modern and exciting."

Part of the pink appeal is the success of celebrity brides. Once a celebrity has worn a new style, such as a pink wedding gown, "it makes it that much easier for other woman to take similar risks with her wedding day fashion," Domino explains.

Many dress designers are embracing the new color trend, too. Domino says recent fashion runways by "designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero and Jim Hjelm" were full of pink.

*Food

Wedding menus can be as fancy or informal as desired, and celebrity food choices are no different.

Singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dished out Tex-Mex cuisine and a barbecue buffet at their reception. Actress Drew Barrymore and hubby Will Kopelman served up late-night snacks from Escuela Taqueria and the Burger Bus.

Many of these food choices aren't just trendy; they're reflective of these celebs' usual dietary lifestyle.

Actress Anne Hathaway and her groom Adam Shulman opted for a vegan menu for her wedding, as did fellow actress Natalie Portman and her hubby Benjamin Millepied. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi also reportedly served vegan food at their wedding.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezinsky, had a wedding menu that included vegan food and a gluten-free vanilla and chocolate mousse wedding cake.

*Dessert

Red velvet cake was the dessert choice for rocker Joel Madden and his celebrity wife, Nicole Richie. Singer Shania Twain and husband Fr?d?ric Thi?baud's wedding guests noshed on coconut cream cake.

For her nuptials, actress Hilary Duff and hockey player husband Mike Comrie served a "naked" cake, which Hoppmann sees often and says "has layers of cake with thick icing between the layers, but it's not iced on the outside."

Aside from a cake, Witherspoon's reception also featured a s'mores lounge. Portman's guests enjoyed French macaroons in lieu of cake.

Whether your budget's large or small, it's fun to get wedding ideas and inspiration from your favorite celebrities.

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