January 14, 2010

Couture Grooms, Rehearsal Dinner After-Parties, and Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses: WeddingChannel.com Unveils the 2010 Celebrity Wedding Trends

Plus, WeddingChannel.com Editors Give Top Tips on How to Have a Celebrity Wedding on a Reality Wedding Budget

LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2010) — Inspired by a celebrity wedding, but don’t have a celebrity-size bank account? You’re in luck, because WeddingChannel.com (www.weddingchannel.com), the number-one wedding and gift registry website, has pooled together our favorite celebrity wedding details to give new brides a sneak peek at 2010 wedding trends along with tips on how to pull it off without the Hollywood price tag.

The Couture Groom
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks dished to WeddingChannel.com about now-husband Geoffrey Arend’s wedding suit: “Geoffrey had Brooks Brothers custom-make his suit, so it was one of a kind and 100-percent Geoffrey. I’ve never seen him look more handsome!”

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: If you can’t splurge on a custom suit, get a smaller wedding detail, like a tie or shirt, custom-made by a local tailor instead of an A-list designer.

Grace Kelly-Inspired Bride
Take a cue from socialite Ivanka Trump who said her “I dos” in a modest yet modern Vera Wang wedding gown with a sheer overlay and handmade lace. Subtly sexy gowns featuring illusion tops and a bit more coverage allow brides to channel their inner Grace Kelly for a timeless wedding day look.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: Just focus on the neckline if you want intricate details on your wedding gown. Check out the WeddingChannel.com wedding gown gallery to get inspiration from thousands of dresses and accessories fit for any budget.

Rehearsal Dinner After-Parties
Musician Kevin Jonas had guests roller skating after an Italian-style rehearsal dinner. From roller derbies to casino nights, couples are planning activities post-meal to help ease the last-minute stress before the big day.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: “You can easily create a karaoke-themed rehearsal dinner on any budget,” says Michael Russo, the celebrity wedding planner who recently designed Jonas’ winter wedding. “All you need is a portable karaoke machine, which costs a couple hundred dollars, and after a few cocktails, everyone from uptight Uncle Marty to the party-hard bridesmaids will be ready to show off their skills. Got a few extra bucks? Set the scene with a smoke machine and disco balls from any party store.”

The Individual Bridesmaid
Hendricks tells WeddingChannel.com about her bridesmaid inspiration for her October 2009 wedding: “I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and unique, so they each wore a different vintage dress that fit their personalities completely.” As for Hendricks’ own wedding gown, she gives WeddingChannel.com the scoop: “I wore the first dress I tried on. I didn’t second-guess what I knew was right.”

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: Scour thrift stores and vintage shops for unique dresses that bridesmaids can wear. Your 20- to 30-year-old bridesmaids will appreciate not having to wear matching outfits head to toe, and they’ll save money too!

Adventurous Cake Flavors
Jonas and now-wife Danielle Deleasa chose a wedding cake with pistachio and chocolate-mousse filling. Couples with sophisticated palates are getting adventurous with wedding cake flavors like caramel, Key lime, and blood orange.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: Order a gorgeous wedding cake for half the number of guests-everyone still gets a slice, but they’re just half-servings. By the time dessert rolls around, everyone’s usually stuffed, anyway!

Estate-Style Nuptials
Getting married at Hugh Hefner’s mansion set the scene for reality star Kendra Wilkinson’s wedding. Mansions, chateaus, and castles are the “it” place when it comes to tying the knot.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: If you’re looking to marry at a pricier locale, then consider doing so during an off-peak wedding month.

Family-Style Dinner
Actress Alyssa Milano and Hollywood agent David Bugliari created a warm and intimate vibe at their August wedding by serving a family-style dinner on farmhouse tables.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: “Serving the wedding meal family-style not only saves you money, but also gives you the opportunity to showcase old family recipes!” says Sharon Stimpfle, Deputy Site Director of WeddingChannel.com.

Postwedding Keepsake
Singer Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel chose to send guests home with a custom caricature, giving them a unique keepsake from the wedding day.

WeddingChannel.com Budget Tip: Ask your photographer for key group shots, check out websites like Etsy.com for indie artists who will create a sketch from the wedding, or even tune in to your inner artist and do it yourself!
About WeddingChannel.com
WeddingChannel.com is the number-one wedding and gift registry website, offering comprehensive wedding-planning content, interactive tools, and a central location for couples to manage their gift registries. The patented registry system on WeddingChannel.com brings together registries from the nation’s leading retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, and Target, allowing guests to search one easy site to find a wedding gift.

WeddingChannel.com is based in Los Angeles and is a part of The Knot Inc. (NASDAQ: KNOT) lifestage media network.