Celebrity weddings are fanzine fodder – particularly over-the-top ostentatious displays like the recent Versailles/Medici palace, tacky attire Kimye spectacle. But for every eyebrow-raising excursion, there are celebs on the on the other side who favor low-key over low-cut.
Two noticeable romantic trends in recent years for celebrity wedding were the colorful displays of bridal attire and low-key, more normal nuptials for the couple or close family and friends. Here are some examples of both trends:
Wedding Colors … on the Bride
Colors, other than white, used to be reserved for a second wedding and shades were basically beige, blush and silver. Most brides still went for white princess poof look or a sleek column of satin or silk. Now, at least in Hollywood, pink is popular for wedding wear and other hues, including black, are showing up.
Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Kaley Cuoco, Gwen Stefani, Portio de Rossi, Keira Knightley, Hilary Duff and Reese Witherspoon wore pink at their weddings. The shades chosen varied from subtle blushes of pink to bold infusions. For example, Biel chose a bright pink Giambattista Valli and Cuoco donned a gorgeous pink princess gown by Vera Wang. Conversely, de Rossi wore Zac Posen halter in pale pink with a tulle skirt and Hathaway had an equally subtly tinted Valentino number. Knightley wore a frothy pale pink Chanel frock. One of the first to choose pink, Gwen Stefani, showed her designer daring with a breathtaking custom dark pink-dipped ombré John Galliano for Dior dress.
If pink is too frilly and feminine for you, follow the lead of several other stars. Sofia Coppola chose a purple Azzedine Alaia, which was soft and subtle compared to Dita Von Teese’s darker purple dress. Always a bit funky and offbeat, Amber Tamblyn wore yellow, not a soft one, more vibrant sunshine in shade. Then, there were Ellen Pompeo, Avril Lavigne and Shenae Grimes, who all wore black or grayish shades that were pretty (although Levigne’s overall Goth look was over the top). Even in movies, white was eschewed by Rachel McAdams, who looked lovely in a red rose colored wedding dress in About Time.
Low-Key, Comfortable Events
Not all celeb weddings are Italian extravaganzas or have budgets that could feed everyone in a homeless shelter for a year. Some couples have recently exchanged their vows with charmingly simple and very simple events.
In the first category were destination weddings with a very limited guest list. Last year, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock held a simple family wedding in Tennessee. Clarkson had told reporters a couple of months before that trying to plan an elaborate wedding was exhausting and she was thinking about eloping before they settled for the small ceremony. Zoe Saldana tied the knot last year with Marco Perego in a super small, romantic London ceremony attended solely by close friends and relatives. Similarly, super secretive Kerry Washington wed football player Nnamdi Asomugha is a secret Idaho setting in 2013. And, earlier this year, Today star Savannah Guthrie got married in Arizona to Michael Feldman before 80 guests including her costars.
As for extremely simple events, Knightly and James RIghton were married in 2009 by a mayor in the south of France. Paul McCartney married third wife, Nancy Shevell, in 2011 at the Old Marylebone Town Hall where his first wedding took place in 1969. None were as low-key as the 2013 nuptials of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s office. Bell told Jay Leno, “We wanted the lowest-key day possible.”