Wow, 2012 brought us a LOT of celebrity weddings to admire and to give us lots of great ideas for 2013. From simple “down home” style weddings, to lavish destination galas, those in the limelight left us with lots to talk about.
It’s easy to see how celebrity weddings set the trends for the following year. Even those who successfully pull off a private affair end up having a shot or two of the “I do’s” on a tabloid or blog at some point. Naturally the rest of us notice a great idea or two, and a new trend is born!
Here are some of the best trends seen in 2012.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot in September of 2012. Guests enjoyed a dessert buffet that included not only their four tiered vanilla and sour cream cake filled with peach and apricot but were also treated to s’mores bars, fruit jellies, espresso beans and mini tarts in assorted flavors.
Clueless co-star Elisa Donovan and her new hubby Charlie Bigelow also treated their nearest and dearest to an assortment that included French macaroons, mini cupcakes, and warm cookies and milk.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied also put out a spread that included French macaroons.
The Food Network’s own Robert Irvine didn’t let down his guests at his wedding to Gail Kim in May of this year. He hired a pastry chef to treat everyone to an assortment of wedding cupcakes that included red velvet, lemon poppy seed and chocolate chip.
Simple and Natural
Many of this year’s celebrities stayed away from ultra-fancy dinner faire. Ann Hathaway and Adam Shulman celebrated their nuptials in September. They served all locally grown vegetables and organic meats to their guests. Their decor included naturally elegant branches and rustic-looking accents.
Megan Gillis and Robin Barker also served an organic dinner buffet for their July wedding guests.
Barbeque and s’mores were enjoyed in June at the wedding of Eric Christian Olsen and his new bride, Sarah Write.
Even choices in wedding attire showed us some natural and simple choices. Wynonna Judd spent her wedding day barefoot under her lovely wedding gown.
Elisa Donovan also used nature’s own decor by using moss branches and votives in glass bowls as centerpieces.
Natalie Portman said her vows beneath a rustic Jewish chuppah made of twigs.
Vintage Lace, Pinks and Gold Tones
Everything old is new again! Vintage lace and antique-inspired rose pink and gold tones made it big this year. Blake Lively was adorned with gold rose embroidery on her gown and soft pink hydrangeas in her bouquet. Jack Osbourne’s lovely bride Lisa Stelly had her bridesmaids decked out in pink maxi dresses.
Matthew McConoughey’s bride, Camila Alves wore a long-sleeved vintage gown as did Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore and Josh Lucas’s bride Jessica Ciencin Henriquez also sported the overlay look.
It’s good to know calla lilies are still in style, as Elisa Donovan accented her vintage floral bouquet with them as well as ivory roses and lilacs.
Musician Annie Lennox looked lovely in her 1920’s headpiece as did Anne Hathaway. Annie also included pink in her bouquet as did Drew Barrymore.
The Office’s Ellie Kemper donned vintage style jewelry with her ensemble to Michael Koman for their July wedding.
Justin Timberlake’s bride Jessica Biel was stunning in her haute couture gown by Giambattista Valli, in petal pink of course!
And Jumping the Broom star Meagan Good said her own “I do’s” for real on June 16th. Her and her groom, DeVon Franline opted for an antique bayou look wedding with pink and gold tones.
This year, many celebrities incorporated their family members into their wedding in some interesting ways. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves had their own children as their ring bearer and flower girl. Elisa Donovan’s brother walked her down the aisle. Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney walked down the aisle to his bride Emily Ward with the accompaniment of their dog, Charlotte. And Eric Christian Olsen’s father performed the ceremony for his wedding to Sarah Write in June.
The Singing Groom
You would expect no less from Justin Timberlake who serenaded his new bride with a guitar solo he wrote just for the special day. And Megan Gillis and Robin Barker’s guests enjoyed a music concert that featured a performance by the groom.
Big Sur California held romance and magic in 2012 being the meeting place of Josh Lucas and his bride. Actresses Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman must have felt the romance as well to hold their weddings at this beautiful destination spot.
If you’re planning a 2013 wedding, you’ll be right in style with choosing vintage laces, soft antique pinks, and nature-inspired simple elegance. Consider local organic faire or simple home-style cuisine followed by creative dessert buffets (don’t forget the s’mores!)
Even if you can’t swing a soiree in Big Sur California, you can still follow celebrity trends and include your pets and family members into your nuptials.
Whatever you decide, we have 2012 and the celebrities that saw them wed to thank for some fabulous wedding ideas for your own 2013 wedding day!
Ashley Moran is the owner of Cherished Gifts & Favors, an online store specializing in the latest trends in elegant wedding favors, bridal shower favors, personalized wedding accessories, wedding supplies, bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts.