An excerpt from today’s national media tour:
It seems that it’s always wedding season in Hollywood. And where there’s a celebrity couple getting married, there’s sure to be a bride-to-be watching for ways to infuse the “it” aspects of their day into hers.
With us today is event planning expert Debi Lilly, who is Oprah Winfrey’s party planner and go-to for all things entertaining. She has planned parties for A-listers for the last 10 years and is here to tell you how easy it is to take hot Hollywood wedding trends and make them your own.
Debi Lilly, thank you for joining us.
Thanks for having me! I’m so excited to be here to talk about one of my favorite topics: weddings! Brides come to me every day asking how they can have a bridal experience like those of the celebs they see on Page Six.
Of course, you don’t have to be a hot celebrity to have a special wedding. It’s actually easy to take trends seen in Hollywood and turn them into your own!
And you can do it within a budget. All brides need to do is get a bit creative and find inspiration to create their dream day.
Sounds like fun. Tell us what you’re seeing from celebs that brides want to emulate.
Everyone looks forward to The Big Day, but now a lot of celebrities extend their wedding day into an entire weekend. You may remember hearing that Eva and Tony took their guests to Paris for a three-day affair.
What’s nice about a weekend wedding is that couples are able to spend more time with their guests who they may only see for a few minutes at a typical wedding. But, you don’t have to go to Paris to create a special weekend.
A lot of couples are having both a rehearsal dinner and a morning-after brunch and opening them up to out-of-town guests. Since the wedding is THE affair, they keep these casual … and costs low. When the invitations go out, an “itinerary” is included for the weekend so guests can plan to attend.
- A barbecue feeds a crowd and makes for a fun, casual party.
- For brunch have your favorite bakery deliver a full self serve buffet: bagels, shmears, lox, croissants, jams, butters, egg souffles, fresh fruit salad, juices, champagne, and the like.
- Find some great serving pieces like these that you can use for both events and you’re set. These stands are a must for serving a crowd and you’re investing in items that you can keep for years to come and your future entertaining occasions as newlyweds.
Another nice touch I’ve been doing is a “welcome” gift basket for each guest that includes info about the city to really make it a getaway weekend. Include snacks, a map, an itinerary, a wine bottle opener and your favorite wine with a note that says, “Go Ahead … Start Our Celebration Early,” as well as some special treats that represent your location.
Sounds like a good way to get the most out of your big day. Lately, I’ve heard a lot about themed weddings, too.
Brides are always looking for ways to distinguish themselves. Celebs are no different and themed weddings – where all the pieces tie back to one idea – are starting to become a really popular way to do that.
Something as basic as an outdoor theme, which Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell did, can easily be carried through the reception details.
- Hand out fans to keep guests cool, and they can double as a wedding favor
- If guests will be seated on the lawn, you could use these outdoor party sticks from The Pampered Chef to set out light food and drinks for guests to enjoy.
- Another great idea is to use he outdoor sticks to hold candles and place them throughout the lawn to give romantic ambiance. You could even use these to create an aisle runner.
Take it one step further by coordinating colors like I did here and extend the “outdoor” concept to the rehearsal and other weekend activities, too.
A lot of celebs are also doing lounge-like receptions without a sit-down dinner, where the party starts later and is much more interactive and informal. At these, the food is typically available throughout the night via stations. Think of your favorite finger foods with a twist.
For example, there may be a taco bar, a make-your-own mini burger station or something I really love – a mix ‘n’ match candy bar. Fill these trifle bowls with a variety of candy and invite guests to fill them as takeaways using fun monogrammed candy bags, like these.
These are all great ideas, but obviously celebrities have party planners. If a couple can’t afford to have someone like you plan their wedding, what’s the best way to do it yourself?
The Web! Online resources make it easy to practically plan your entire wedding from the comfort of a computer, saving time and stress without limiting options. From dresses and decor to registries and reception ideas, almost everything is online. And if a bride is not, then she’s behind the times.
In particular, a lot of today’s brides are registering completely online, but I find that many don’t know what to register for. My favorite place to register is The Pampered Chef, which offers high-quality, multipurpose tools that help couples prepare easy and delicious meals.
And, because The Pampered Chef offers online registries only, couples (and their guests) have access to their registry 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making updates and purchases a cinch.
Even better, you can feel like a celebrity since each bride is assigned her own personal Consultant! That Consultant will help answer your questions and guide you to choose the right pieces to help create a well-stocked kitchen for all your entertaining occasions.
Where can people get more information?
Head online, of course! Visit http://www.pamperedchef.com for a free guide with entertaining tips from me. And, to purchase these products, a gift for a bride or to create your own Registry.