Celebrity style

Have a red-car­pet wed­ding, with the help of Kate Coral’s celebrity style notes

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SSHTANDING UN­DER the chu­pah with dozens of cam­eras trained on you, wear­ing a glam­orous dress and with cham­pagne on ice nearby, is the clos­est most of us will get to the life of an A-lis­ter. But even if your nup­tials aren’t des­tined for the front page of Hello!, want­ing your sim­cha to have a splash of showbiz glam­our is nat­u­ral. And with the ex­cep­tion of keep­ing the pa­parazzi at bay, when it comes to plan­ning a wed­ding, ev­ery­one has the same things to think about.

First, there’s the lo­ca­tion. Per­haps with a view to the fact that, in Ju­daism, wine rep­re­sents joy, when Knocked Up star Seth Ro­gen wed his longterm girl­friend Lauren Miller, the cou­ple put up their chu­pah in Cal­i­for­nian wine coun­try, ty­ing the knot on a hill­top, with the lush vine­yards in the back­ground.

Also at one with na­ture were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kush­ner, when they mar­ried in 2009. The bride, who con­verted, took ad­van­tage of her fa­ther Don­ald’s prop­erty port­fo­lio and held her big day at Trump Na­tional Golf Course, in a see-through tent so that guests not cap­ti­vated by the chu­pah could gaze out at the scenery.

Of course, with Bri­tish weather, plan­ning any­thing out­doors is risky. But you can al­ways take a cue from Rachel Stevens, who re­port­edly turned Clar­idge’s into a won­der­land by deck­ing it out with ice sculp­tures and or­chids, and lin­ing the ball­room with silk.

De­spite be­ing ac­cus­tomed to dress­ing for the red car­pet, not ev­ery star makes the right de­ci­sion about their wed­ding dress. Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who mar­ried at the site of a for­mer Lower East Side Syn­a­gogue, wore a black ballgown.

While she looked ev­ery bit the glam­orous star, she has since ad­mit­ted that if she could do it again, she’d choose to “white it up”.

Far bet­ter to take your cue from Anne Hath­away; when she mar­ried Adam Shul­man in 2012 in an in­ter­faith cer­e­mony, she kept the ec­cen­tric­i­ties to her ac­ces­sories (a pink hand-painted train, and a flap­per-es­que veil).

If you re­ally can’t pick a dress, you can al­ways (bud­get not­with­stand­ing) do as Chelsea Clin­ton did when she stood un­der the chu­pah (another in­ter­faith cer­e­mony) with banker Marc Mezvin­sky; wear one Vera Wang cre­ation for the cer­e­mony and have a sec­ond for the party.

So what about the guest list? Most of us would strug­gle to keep it as in­ti­mate as Sacha Baron Co­hen, when he wed Isla Fisher af­ter her con­ver­sion. The cou­ple ap­par­ently had just six guests — just think of all the long-lost rel­a­tives you’d of­fend!

If you must keep the func­tion small, per­haps re­sist email­ing those who didn’t make the cut to in­form them “in so many beau­ti­ful mo­ments I missed you all so much”, since it might come across as rub­bing it in.

And how to an­nounce the mar­riage? It was an easy de­ci­sion for Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg — he spread the news via a re­la­tion­ship sta­tus up­date, which at­tracted more than a mil­lion “likes” — the geek term for mazel­tov.

This pub­lic an­nounce­ment was in com­plete con­trast to the run-up to the event, when even the guests did not know a mar­riage was on the cards. Zucker­berg fooled his guests into think­ing they were com­ing over for a party, keep­ing the wed­ding el­e­ment a sur­prise.

As for the speeches, hu­mour is ev­ery­thing. While most of us won’t be invit­ing Adam San­dler and Paul

Rudd, as Seth Ro­gen did, pick some­one who will make the guests laugh.

Ac­cord­ing to one guest, at Ro­gen’s shindig “ev­ery other line was a joke and the c rowd couldn’t con­tain their laugh­ter”.

For the mu­sic, you can keep it tra­di­tional — Ivanka Trump and her groom boo­gied to Hava Nag­ila — or em­brace the cheese (Rachel Stevens ap­par­ently walked down the aisle to S Club 7’s Never Had a Dream Come True). One way to en­sure your guests de­part on a high is with a go­ing home present; Trump sent her near­est and dear­est away with flip flops that read “Ivanka and Jared — what a pair”, while Clin­ton chose to hand out bags con­tain­ing pret­zels, sweets and wine from the fam­ily vine­yards. But at the end of the day, th­ese things are just the trim­mings. Af­ter all, what re­ally mat­ters on your big day is that you’ve found your Hol­ly­wood end­ing.

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