I don’t know about you, but I want a wedding worthy of the cover of a magazine. Celebrity planner Mindy Weiss shares some great tips on tressugar.com that will help you in planning your “Star-Worthy Wedding.”
If you’re going for a glamorous, celebrity-worthy wedding with a less-than-celebrity budget, Mindy recommends you prioritize the big-ticket items like live music. “If you could have a band as compared to a DJ, live music is more glamorous,” she says. So if there’s a way to save money and still do live music, it will go a long way.
Mindy dishes on some of the hot celebrity wedding trends that the everyday bride can use for her own big day. One of the big trends is the ombré look — a shade gradient in a specific color that goes from pale to dark — that can be used in unexpected ways.
“What I’m loving right now in the flower world is that people are doing an ombré look,” says Mindy. “You could even have a small centerpiece, but it makes for a story when the florist starts from one side going light to the other side going dark.”
VIP Guest Treatment
You don’t have to have an Oscar-worthy invitee list to want to treat your wedding guests like VIPs. “It’s all about taking the time to go around and greet everybody,” Mindy says. “It’s almost your responsibility. These people have come, some of them have traveled, they’ve brought a gift, they’re there to celebrate with you. The biggest impression you can leave is by making the effort and going up and looking them in the face and thanking them for coming.”
She adds, “And I don’t recommend a reception line because I think that’s painful. If you can have a plan to walk around to each table with your partner — do not separate.”
Everyone has a different idea of what “glamorous” means for them, but that traditional blingy look is often considered “Old Hollywood glam.” Mindy gives some advice for getting that style without spending too much, and it just requires a trip to a fabric store.
“We just did a wedding where we went to a trim shop, and I actually bought yards and yards of Swarovski crystal ribbon,” Mindy recalls. “We used the linens from the venue, but I wrapped this ribbon around the napkins, which made the entire table pop. I also trimmed that ribbon around the votive candles, so you had your flowers, but then you had these candles that just glistened because you had all the crystals on it.”
Mindy notes that another celebrity wedding trend to try your hand at is using a lot of plants, specifically succulents. She gives some pointers: “I just did a table with five succulent plants on the table. So not only could the bride and groom take them and plant them in their garden, but the guests were able to take them if they wanted to. Succulents and an organic-looking feeling is very big right now.”
Dinner Table Details
To have a glam wedding on a budget, Mindy says it’s all in the details. “The things that are in front of them are at their dinner table for four hours,” she says. “So think a little bit less about the ceremony. The ceremony’s beauty comes from the vows. Of course have some flowers and everything, but they’re typically only there for 30 minutes, but they’re at their table for four hours.”
Another simple way to give your wedding that star-worthy glow is to use a lot of candles. “Candles will always be in,” Mindy says. “Always fill in with candles.” But she warns that the cost can add up if you’re using them as centerpieces, so buy smart. Discount stores can offer a variety of simple candles and holders for cheap.
Give your guests the VIP treatment with personalized thank-you notes. Mindy says she has a bride who wrote an individual note on each seating card for each guest thanking them for coming.
Another one of Mindy’s celebrity brides, King of Queens star Leah Remini, had beach bag favors for her hot Vegas wedding. “She wrote a personal thank-you note to every person in their bag,” recalls Mindy. “It just says so much.”
What do you think of the tips? Will you use any of them??