The Royal Savvi Celebrity Styles & Experience of Queens
Celebrities have always been the harbingers of style, the catalysts that start a trend soaring. Their fancy gold necklaces and pricy platinum jewelry, are as envious as their clothing. and This rule applies in the magical world of weddings and vows as well. Celebrities have seemingless endless budgets for wedding planning. Celebrity wedding dresses range from classic princess to simple chic to boldly extravagant. Regardless of the particular style, what they all have in common is that they are unique, chosen by and designed for the bride.
Perhaps the most memorable celebrity wedding dress of the last decade is the dress worn by Gwen Stefani. Married in April of 2002 in the sprawling city of London to Gavin Rossdale, Stefani looked stunning in a custom made dress created for the Christian Dior line by the talented designer John Galliano. Made from pink and white silk faille, the dress was a marriage of tradition and fantasy, including both elements in the design. The traditional wedding style was incorporated into the design with a wide, flowing skirt, long train, and white faille. The fantasy element literally began in the train and skirt of the dress and ebbed into tradition as the eye moved up toward the bust; the bottom of the dress was a dark pink which got consistently lighter until it faded into white halfway up the skirt. She paired the dress with a traditional veil of antique lace which cascaded down the back of the dress. The veil was also designed by John Galliano. Gwen Stefani's dress was completely unique, but it was also bold and trendy, matching the singer's personality and vigor for life.
Gwen Stefani's wedding gown may have been a step into fantasy, as Nichole Kidman's was not, but it was memorable in its own right. According to Conde Nast Brides, this wedding gown was the best wedding gown of the century. That's an impressive feat, considering the competition included dresses worn by Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana on their wedding days. Nicole Kidman wed Keith Urban in June of 2006. Both stars were raised in Australia, so the wedding was located just outside Sydney. Nicole's gown was an ivory, one-shouldered gown made of silk-chiffon. The sleeves were empire-style, somewhat puffed, and cornelli lacework was incorporated into the overall design. The dress was designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere, a famous French designer and director of the Balenciaga fashion house in Paris. Nicole chose to pair the dress with a silk tulle veil that cascaded down to the floor, pearl drop earrings, and shoes designed by Christian Louboutin. The dress was the perfect accent to Nicole Kidman’s fairytale wedding. It was simple yet elegant, a compliment to the sophisticated style of the bride.
When looking back at memorable wedding gowns, you can hardly forget to include Renee Zellweger's gown in the list. In May of 2005 Zellweger wed Kenney Chesney at a very private wedding in St. John in the Virgin Islands. The wedding was an elegantly informal event; both the bride and groom were barefoot during the ceremony, which took place on the beach. To complement the unadorned style of the wedding, the bride wore a simple gown designed specifically for her by Carolina Herrera, a famous wedding gown designer. The gown was ivory-colored bamboo twill. It was a strapless mermaid design, fitted to her body but flaring out slightly near the bottom. The actress chose not to pair the dress with anything. She had a small bouquet of cream roses but no veil and no ostentatious jewelry. Kenny Chesney wore a cowboy hat, and was not "blinged out like Chad Ochocinco. The dress, like the event, had very little adornment, but it was elegant in its simplicity. The marriage may have fizzled out, but the dress made a lasting impact.
Katie Holmes earned her place in the top five when she married Tom Cruise in a custom-made Armani tuxedo. Of course, it didn't hurt that the wedding party also wore Armani. Tom and Katie enjoy a highly publicized, whirlwind romance that climaxed in a three-day wedding celebration in Italy in November, 2006. Katie wore an off-the shoulder, A-line dress which was made of Valenciennes lace and embroidered with Swarovski beaded crystals. The dress also boasted a dropped waistline, flared skirt, and train made of ivory silk. To compliment the gown Katie wore ivory silk shoes and a floor-length tulle veil. Tom and Katie's wedding was an event that may be remembered as one of the most elaborate weddings of the decade, possibly the century. The dress is sure to be included in those memories.
Jessica Simpson is the last celebrity to make this list of the top five wedding gowns. After dating Nick Lachey for a while the couple wed in October of 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her wedding dress was custom-made by designer Vera Wang. She chose a very traditional, A-line style, a style most little princesses dream of wearing at their weddings. The bust was strapless and the skirt was full but not overly poofy. To complete the look a long train swept out from the back of the gown. The dress itself was made of lace, and embellished with beads of crystal and pearl. Simpson finished the ensemble with a veil attached to an 11-carat diamond headband from the Harry Winston jewelry line. The dress was a very traditional style, but the lace and adornments gave it a vintage feel. She tied this in with vintage hairpieces holding her hair back. Simpson's gown, like her wedding, was very elegant and very traditional; it was a dress for a princess. Nick Lachey quickly left Simpson to marry Vanessa Minnillo and have a new dream home and estate.
While these five celebrity wedding gowns are certainly not the only gowns of the last decade, they are a few of the most memorable. These gowns have created new wedding styles and started new trends, and many brides have done their level best to reproduce them for their own weddings. Though not all brides can afford to have a world-renowned designer create a custom gown for their special day, by taking style cues from these celebrities, many brides have found the unique gown that fit their personality, and their wedding, perfectly.
"Thanks to the invention of DVR, we like so many others, were able to record the most important details of the royal wedding. Waking in time to see the dress live and slow the camera for later close ups of the gown and all the detailing. Kate's gown was perfect and "fit for a Queen". The attention to detail, drape and feminine touches have created a real wave of resurgent interest in lace gowns in this country. Very sleek and sophisticated and princess like. It was the perfect fit and perfect length train. One of our designers, Madeline Gardner has created a similar gown (picture to follow here tomorrow) that everyone, including those with less than $1200. Budget can afford. Speaking of royal weddings, Kate's sister Pippa also had a gorgeous and fabulous dress. Real silk provided beautiful draping and the self- assured princess was very gracious to include her sister in the spotlight. Brides the world over now have an opportunity to include their best pals and be confident that they themselves will also shine."
While most celebrity wedding gowns fail to make a lasting impact, there are a few chosen in the last decade that are remembered as almost iconic. These celebrity gowns are five of them. We have yet to see what Kate's (Catherine Middleton) Royal wedding dress looks like, but we will update this when we have more information. The royal wedding has been stirring up quite a buzz in the online community. So far, the forecast for the big royal event: RAIN. Rain is the one thing a bride always worries about. Even royalty cannot buy great weather! Not only is rain in the weather forecast, but others are predicting "the Royal Wedding will be drenched in politics". After all nothing really compares to having a great wedding planner.