10 Celebrity Weddings of 2013

As we wrap up 2013 here at the Perfect Wedding Guide in Toronto, we are finding ourselves reminiscing on over 100 celebrity weddings, some small and some large; some frugal while others were grand luxe; we narrowed it down to 10 celebrity weddings of 2013 that we found to be interesting!

Tina Turner & Erwin Bach

Wedding Details:

120 Guests

Venue: Lake Zurick Küsnacht Manor – Northern Switzerland

Dress Designer: Giorgio Armani

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez

Wedding Details:

60 Guests

Venue: Chateau des Conde – Vallery, France

Dress Designer: Jenny Packham

Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger

Wedding Details:

50 Guests

3 Day Celebrations

Venue: Chateau de la Napoule, French Riviera, France

Dress Designer: Monique L’huillier

Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock

Wedding Details:

40 Guests

Venue: Blackberry Farm Resort, Great Smokey Mountains – Walland, Tennesse

Dress Designer: Alice Temperley

Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney

Wedding Details:

300 Guests

Venue: Ojai Valley Inn – Ojai, California

Christina Applegate & Martyn LeNoble –

Wedding Details:

6 guests

Venue: Their Living Room in Los Angeles

Dress Designer: Maria Lucia Huhan

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita

Wedding Details:

200 Guests

Venue: 82Mercer (SoHo) in New York City

Bowties: Custom Bow Ties – Tie the Knot www.tietheknot.org

Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard

Wedding Details:

Zero Guests – Nada, none, ziltch. Instead a few friends celebrated with a cake later that day on the set of Kristen’s latest project.

 Venue: Courthouse in California

Budget: $142.00 (not a typo)

 Shanae Grimes & Josh Beech

Wedding Details:

Venue: Tudor Style Countryside Mansion, London, England

Dress Designer: Vera Wang

Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto

Wedding Details:

300 Guests

Venue: Bears Golf Club – Jupiter, Florida

Dress Designer: J’Aton Couture

Photos by US Magazine, People and Hollywood Reporter

Five Strange Wedding Trends

How many times have you wondered how weird certain trends are and how in the world they even came about. Here are Five Strange Wedding Trends that we thought would be fun to share!

Photo by: Simon Taylor http://www.phooto.co.uk/

1. Trash the Dress. – Creative Photography has become amazingly popular and it is truly quite the impressive art form. Trash the Dress consists of literally trashing your perfectly fine wedding dress and destroying it for art’s sake.

Alternatively: Glam the Dress & Rock the Frock have also increased in popularity in the Creative Photography realm. Brides get all dolled up again and this time take amazing fashion photos in various likely or even unlikely locations!

2. The White Wedding Dress. – Way back when this trend started with Queen Victoria popularizing the White Wedding Dress, White was worn for mourning. So wearing a white gown for the big day would be quite morbid. The norm before that were dresses in different colours.

Alternatively: Nowadays, Colourful Dresses have made a comeback, and although white is still the number one choice, the present day morbid counterpart is the Black Dress. Maybe that will be a norm one day, who knows.

3. Bad luck will come to the couple is the Groom sees the Bride before the wedding ceremony. Although this has been so romanticized, this tradition started when marriages were more like business transactions (arranged) and there was fear that the Groom might potentially back out of the wedding altogether if he didn’t like what he bought … sorry, slip of the tongue, meaning who he was about to marry.

Alternatively: The First Look has become increasingly popular. The couple arranges a time to meet prior to the ceremony where they privately get to see each other for the first time in dressed as a Bride and Groom.

Photo from: amazon.com

4. Marrying your Pets. – Ok, we admit, pets are cute and cuddly and totally part of your family. However, having them get dressed up as Bride & Groom to get married the same time you are to symbolize the fact the now the two pets are also adjoined in harmonious marital bliss is, well… just plain weird. I mean you wouldn’t have your children do that would you?

Alternatively – including your pets in the ceremony is a great idea. Maybe you can have your dog in a bow tie pulling a little wagon down the aisle with the rings in it. That would be super cute.

5. The Bachelor Party – This is a party for the Groom-to-be to celebrate (be taunted and inebriated) his last-hurrah as a single man; before the ole ball and chain is locked on!  The origin here is that this would symbolize the Groom going from boy-hood to man-hood. In North American Strippers, mass amounts of alcohol and disorderliness used to be the way it was done. Thankfully it’s much more toned down now and strippers are not typically the norm.

Alternatively: Pick a Destination like Las Vegas or Cancun, Mexico and have all your closes family and friends join you and your other half for a weekend getaway!

Wedding Dress Shopping: The Good, The Bad & The Honest-To-Goodness Truth!

Wedding Dress Shopping - The Good, The Bad and the Honest Truth! http://www.theperfectweddingguide.com/wedding-dress-shopping

Photo credit: Best for Bride http://www.bestforbride.com/

You’re engaged! Yay! We bet you can’t wait to get shopping for your Perfect Wedding Dress!

It can be very overwhelming to take the plunge and venture out to the Bridal Boutiques & you likely have a thousand questions: Should you choose a white, ivory or completely non-traditional and adorn a coloured dress? What style is right for you? What should you budget for it and where should you start?

Following are some valuable Do’s and Dont’s to get you started on your ‘find-the-perfect-dress’ scanvenger hunt.

DO: Get inspired from Magazines or Pinterest.

Whichever way you are being inspired for your Wedding Gown, print (or rip out) your top two or three choices & bring them with you to the Bridal Salon. It’s the best way to have the Bridal Consultant quickly understand your style. If you don’t have any, maybe bring with your some ‘vision board’ pics of your wedding design.

DON’T: Overshop or Shop too early.

If you have found the dress, stop Shopping! Whether it’s the first shop you went into or the fifth, when you fall in love with a dress don’t hesitate to ‘Say Yes To the Dress!’

Many Brides get engaged 18 months or more before their wedding and want to start shopping for their dress immediately. We suggest you shop and order about 9-12 months before your wedding date. Firm up your main wedding details first. Things like your budget, venue and overall style of your wedding are important in making your Wedding Dress decision. It will also give you time to save.

DO: Be open minded

More often than not, the dress you fell in love with on a model or on the rack, might be the least flattering on you. This is normal. There are so many designed dresses that flatter different body types & match each Bride differently.

Allow your Bridal Consultant some leeway to implement their expertise by selecting a couple of gowns they feel will suit you. You may be surprised that some of the best dresses are ones you never considered.

DON’T: Get hung up on size.

Most Bridal Wear sizing is still using a Pre-World War II size chart used to make uniforms, not modern ready to wear sizing. To make things more complicated, each designer has their own size charts. For example, you might be a size 2 in your regular ‘Street-size’, but find yourself ordering a size 10 Wedding Dress. It doesn’t mean you need to go on a strict fast for the next 6 months, don’t worry.

DO: Order your Gown based on your current measurements.

Sure, we’d all like to lose some weight, but ordering your dress based on what you ‘might’ do is a mistake. Planning your wedding can be a stressful time on it’s own without adding unrealistic expectations of losing 4 sizes to the mix. As your Bridal Consultant will advise you, order your current size and you can always alter it afterwards. Many dresses can be taken in up to 4 sizes without compromising the overall style of the dress.

DON’T: Bring your entire entourage with you.

We know it’s easy to get swepted way with excitement and you’ll want to bring your 6 person wedding party, your Mom, Grandma and fave aunt with you share the moment, but too many opinions can drive you to tears and ruin what should be a beautiful life experience.

Instead bring no more than three people with you. One: the person who is paying (if it’s not you). Two & Three: people who are honest with you while understanding that it’s ultimately your day. You have to love the dress regardless if its their top choice or not.

There is a myth that we constantly hear that the person paying has the final say. The truth is that the person paying has a say on what they will contribute financially, but certainly don’t have the last word on your Wedding Gown. Your wedding should be your style.

Wedding Dress Shopping - The Good, The Bad and the Honest Truth! http://www.theperfectweddingguide.com/wedding-dress-shopping


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