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Posted at 2:00 AM ET, 02/19/2009

Celebrity Wedding Style: Get Your Own on the Cheap

By Liz Kelly

Know a PhotoShop expert? Recruit her to give your wedding the tabloid treatment, like Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman. (Getty Images)

Earlier this week, we talked about taking a cue from celebs when it comes to invitation inspiration. But why stop there when you can model your whole wedding after the glitterati? Below, tips and resources for starring in your own paparazzi-worthy wedding day production -- without breaking the bank.

Location Location Location: Take a spin through InStyle magazine's archive of celebrity wedding stories. From destinations (Ana Ortiz chose Puerto Rico) to casual backyard bashes (Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell treated guests to barbecue at their Los Angeles home) to themes (Lisa Ling chose an Asian-flavored day), ideas abound. Just make sure to settle on a plan appropriate to your budget.

Dress: With celebrity brides choosing a diverse range of styles and designers, Vera Wang's days as wedding dress designer to the stars may be numbered. Whatever they wear, it usually has an impact on the bridal gown industry. Even dresses not intended as wedding wear have inspired brides -- most recently, Michelle Obama's one-shouldered white inaugural ball gown.

Can't afford designer? Many of the gowns we see on celebs have been reworked into less costly versions, so do a little hunting before you shell out upwards of $2,000 for the same dress Marcia Cross wore at her wedding. Check out sites like before you pay retail.

My top five faves:
1. Gwen Stefani (Christian Dior)
2. Nicole Kidman, 2006 (Balenciaga)
3. Renee Zellweger (Carolina Herrera)
4. Sarah Jessica Parker's "Sex and the City" dress (Vivienne Westwood)
5. Marcia Cross (Reem Acra)

And the bottom five:
1. Celine Dion
2. Britney Spears
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Christina Aguilera
5. Katie Holmes

Cake: Before you hit the bakery, scan through images of celeb wedding cakes to take along as reference. Your cake maker will be able to give you a more accurate estimate on cost and you'll be sure you're getting what you want. Though this may be the moment to call on handy friends and relatives who can probably create a fair copy of a simpler cake -- I loved Elizabeth Banks's simple, orchid-garnished cake.

A few more examples:
-- Budget Conscious? Copy Joely Fisher's cute cupcake tower by making your own using Mighty Appetite blogger Kim O'Donnel's chocolate peanut butter mousse-filled recipe.

-- Have money to burn? Copy Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's four-foot tall five-tiered cake, which was covered in thousands of edible sugar flowers and created by cake designer Mich Turner, who has also designed wedding cakes for Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, David Beckham and the royal family.

-- Kitschy more your style? Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro (no longer married) interspersed layers of oreo cheesecake, chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake with flowers and Swarovski crystals -- meant to mirror the bling on Electra's gown.

-- If it's not perfect, don't sweat it. You're in good company. Then first daughter Jenna Bush's dulce de leche cake was a little off balance.

Prenup: It wouldn't be a celebrity-inspired wedding without a detailed agreement on division of assets should things fall apart. Katie Holmes will reportedly walk away with $3 million for each year she was married to Tom Cruise if things go sour and a solid prenup kept Kevin Federline's winnings to $1 million when he and Britney Spears divorced. Nicole Kidman reportedly had Keith Urban sign a document agreeing that he would not be entitled to any of Nicole Kidman's holdings if he uses illegal drugs.

Dream a little. If you had the big bucks, which celeb wedding would you emulate? Share your picks and ideas below.

By Liz Kelly  | February 19, 2009; 2:00 AM ET
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Oh, Liz, what a festival of potential snarkiness you have given us at 2 a.m.! Where to start?

Oh gosh, I'll go with . . .

Nothing says romance like a document disentitling the husband-to-be from any of the wife's holdings if he uses illegal drugs.

Say what you will about Celine Dion's gown and Mardi Gras-bead headdress, at least her marriage has stood the test of time. Unlike that chic sister Renee Zellweger.

Lisa Ling's Cobra Kai groomsmen were a really good idea -- they could double as security in case any of the paparazzi got out of hand. Or if Ralph Macchio tried to crash.

Honestly, all those cakes look delicious. Is it lunchtime yet?

Posted by: 44west | February 19, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Whose celebrity wedding would I emulate? Princess Diana's, of course! Can't beat a royal wedding for pure out-of-control fabulousness. The question WAS about the wedding, not the marriage, right?!

-The Poster Formerly Known as Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | February 19, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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