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