Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Celebrity Wedding Trends

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

2011 was a year of many "talked about" weddings -- first on the list is, of course, Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William. Then, there's the Monaco Royal Wedding. Another royal who got married was Prince William's cousin, Zara Phillips. And then among these royal weddings, there's Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth's March wedding and Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries.

These celebrity weddings sparked a lot of wedding trends, as TresSugar so kindly enumerated for us.

Here are 6 of those 10 wedding trends:

1. Festive Fascinators - Although I am sure fascinators have been around for quite some time, I think the Duchess of Cambridge made them stylish and fascinating again (okay, sorry, I just had to use "fascinating" to describe fascinators, haha!).

My favorite out of these is the one she wore to christen a boat in Wales.

And of course everyone wore fascinators to the wedding of the year
(or maybe I should say wedding of the century):

Victoria Beckham, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Zara Phillips, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice

Here is an example of one you can buy from

Francesca - click for enlarged image
Francesca - £85

2. Sisters-Only Bridesmaids - The Duchess of Cambridge made her sister, Pippa Middleton, her Maid of Honor.

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Kim Kardashian did the same thing, making her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, her Matron and Maid of Honor.

3. Dripping in Diamonds - The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Cartier Halo tiara borrowed from her Grandmother-in-law (aka The Queen) and diamond earrings - a gift from her parents.

Duchess Catherine's cousin-in-law, Zara Phillips, also wore a tiara and diamond earrings.

Kim Kardashian joined in with the royals - she wore a diamond wraparound headpiece and diamond drop earrings.

For those of us who don't have relatives to borrow tiaras from (or sponsors to lend us diamonds like Kim Kardashian), there's Jennifer Behr! :)

Arielle ($1250) and Agnes ($498)

Check out to see more fabulous headpieces!

4. Nonbridal White - Again, Duchess Catherine started this trend when her sister, Pippa, wore white to the royal wedding.

Prince William and Pippa Middleton - Royal Wedding Party at Westminster Abbey

And again, Kim Kardashian copied her... okay, I'm gonna be nice, she borrowed the idea. All her sisters wore white, and she asked her wedding guests to wear either black or white.

I think Kate and Pippa Middleton did it right because it was just the two of them wearing white as opposed to Kim who had all her sisters wear white dresses (plus her mother and some of her guests!)

I don't know, I guess I'll wait to watch Kim's wedding special to see if the black and white thing worked out okay.

5. Costume Change - The Duchess of Cambridge wore another Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation for their evening reception hosted by her father-in-law, Prince Charles.

Princess Charlene of Monaco, on the other hand, changed into a Giorgio Armani Prive evening gown for her wedding reception.

6. Splash of Color - Reese Witherspoon tied the knot in a pink Monique Lhuillier wedding dress.

Here are two colored wedding dresses from Shopbop, if you want to follow Reese's lead:

Marchesa V Neck Full Skirted Gown ($4950) and Catherine Deane Giselle Gown ($2050)

To read more about these 6 wedding trends (and to see the other 4), visit :)

Which of these 2011 wedding trends do you like the most?

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  1. Kate wins! ;) I wanted to ask all my guests to wear white and my Mom told me I couldn't!

  2. Fab post, Mimi!:D I'm with Nikki, Kate definitely wins.;D

    I also like Reese's dress and wow, I want that Arielle headpiece! You don't have to be a royal to wear one.;D

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  3. Nikki-- yes, kate wins! awww, sorry about that. but your wedding was still beautiful! :)

    Marie-- yes, i agree, you don't have to be a royal to wear one. ;)

  4. Mimi-I love this! I loved what Kate did with one Maid of Honor and having her wear white! It was very crisp and clean.


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  5. I think that I must be the only person on the planet that didn't really like Kim Kardashian's wedding! She is so pretty - it would have been nice to see something much simpler? Kate and Reese get my votes! I also love those little tiaras from Jennifer Behr!

  6. yes, this is the year that will talked about as the year of big-time celebrity weddings.

  7. great post . my favorite is Princess Charlene of Monaco.

  8. I actually love Reese's pinky choice. And I still think Kate Middleton's dress was perfect,

    Rosie x

  9. I love the idea of colored wedding dresses - gorgeous! :)

  10. I love Kate! My Mom's dress was a very light pink(rose color I suppose)...She got married in the 80's. She got a lot of flack from her religious friends, though.

  11. About the only thing I don't agree with is other people wearing white in the wedding party. It just seems weird to me.

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  13. I love Kate´s dress. It looks gorgeous.

  14. no doubt Kate has been the best in a loooong time!

  15. I don't like Kim period. It's mainly coz she did bad stuff like porn, playboy, w and cried about it and blamed everyone else. Maybe she's a hardworker and an opportunist. Good for her u know. :) she has great taste in fashion but she can also be so tacky in her choice. She can never be a royal though her mom chanted this is our royal wedding version at kim's wedding . Well ya I read it from somewhere. People will forget her but the royal wedding will be talked for centuries to come coz they are well, royalties ESP British. People won't say Princess Kimberly but people will know who Pincess Catherine of England is. Don't like Kim's headpiece I don't know reminds me of Cleopatra. Her white wedding dress is so pouffy and gaudy yet normal. Seeing Princess Catherine's wedding on TV at 2 am brought tears in my eyes but looking at kim's over the top wedding in the mags made me go eeeeekkkk she's a pretty woman on her wedding day but she didn't take my breath away like Princess Catherine did. That woman is so graceful and in a different class than Kim. Just my opinion..

  16. Erin-- yay, i'm glad you loved it! and i agree, it was very refreshing how kate did it. :)

    Meghan-- you are most definitely not alone! i am not in awe of kim's wedding! i actually thought it was tacky. i wish she went with something simpler.

    nyanzi report-- yup!

    Dolls Factory-- i like her, but it's just so sad how she doesn't seem happy at all! :/

    Rosie-- i agree, kate's dress is perfect!

    Erika-- it's such a cool idea! :)

    ellie-- i love kate too! and aww, they didn't know your mom was starting a trend! ;)

    Krysten-- yeah, it does seem kinda weird, but i do like how kate and pippa did it. :)

    hivenn-- thanks!

    goodbadnfab-- aww, thank you! and yes, i will check out your blog. :)

    Miss L-- i love her dress too!

    Punctuation Mark-- agreed! she's like the ultimate bride. ;)

    MsRinz-- i totally agree! i didn't like kim's headpiece either, it makes it obvious that she's trying too hard. and i really wish she went with a simpler and classier wedding. and gosh, i hate it when they call her wedding america's royal wedding -- it's not!

  17. Sigh loved looking at these pictures!! The dresses!! The diamonds!!! Sign :)

  18. Loved Reece's nontraditional dress and Kate's traditional gown :) Hated Kim K's headpiece :/ And not a fan of guests wearing white...

  19. I love the splash of colour and the fascinators!!! Gorgeous photos, they are all such beautiful dresses.

  20. Leeann-- hahaha, yeah, kim's headpiece was not that big of a hit with me either. :/

    Many Colours-- i love fascinators too! :)

  21. I love reese's dress. did you see the kate moss wedding spread in vogue? sooo pretty!

    greatblog. following:)

  22. taylor-- nope, i haven't seen it but i did see the vogue issue it's in, and my was it huge! thanks for following! :)

  23. I love Reese Witherspoon's pink wedding dress. It's totally something that I would do.
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  24. i love weddings,great post so beautiful to see different styles.i loved Kate's weddings all that lace and prettiness just makes me smile.... love your blog,i will be back visiting you again, hope you visit me again sometimes hugs Melli from Melli's Designs xx

  25. greeeeat post!! loved it...good job! haha

  26. I saw these trends and like most of them. But there were too many females in white at Kim K's wedding.

  27. good breakdown there! That headband (Arielle) is sooo pretty! I like it more than the tiaras! ;o)

  28. Bonnie-- i like the idea of that too! :)

    Melli-- thanks for always coming back! :)

    Patricia-- thank you!!!

    Kavery-- hahaha, true!

    Sonja-- yes, i think i'll definitely go for headbands! :)

  29. I love the tiara posts and Reese Witherspoon's wedding gown thanks for sharing this! :)

  30. I love tiaras! On my wedding day I definitely have to wear tiara :P

  31. Thanks so much for your lovely comment,as always ! :)
    Wow this post is so gorgeous. The Kardashions and Kate are so naturally beautiful and there gowns are just breath taking. As much as I love Kim Kardashian,I think Kate Middleton wins,she looks so regal,royal and timeless x

    Hope you have a fab weekend <3

  32. So much beauty! I loved Reeses dress so much. It was perfect for her! I adore the color!

    Happy Friday!

  33. Gorgeous! I love this! I'm hoping someone I know gets engaged soon so I can go to a wedding haha xo

  34. Fabulous post Mimi! I always love your posts, they're so interesting! My favourite wedding by far was Catherines. Both of her dresses were amazing, but I loved the lace neck and sleeves on her wedding dress. And I agree they did it much better having only the two of them in white!

  35. I loved kate middletons wedding dress! it was perfection!

  36. Beautiful women! I can't wait to pick out my veil and headpiece for my wedding!

    xo L.

  37. Of course, Kate and William's wedding was the BEST out of all of these. I really don't like Kim's headpiece. It doesn't look good!

    I'd love to have a fascinator. They're so cute. I just have to figure out where I would wear it to. :D


  38. Diana-- you're welcome!

    caise-- i think it's good to have a beautiful headpiece of some sort. :)

    Kayleigh-- without a doubt, kate middleton wins!

    Jenna-- reese's dress really was perfect for her!

    Katie-- haha, me too, i want to attend a wedding! :)

    BattleGnomes-- yes, kate definitely did it right! her wedding was perfect! :)

    Steffen-- i agree!

    Leah-- same here, it's an exciting thought. :)

    Clara-- yup!

    Carrie-- yes, of course!!! :) and kim's headpiece was just... not good. :/

  39. amazing post! I thought the Kardashian sisters' dresses were prettier than the brides!

    xoxo navy & orange

  40. navy and orange-- thanks! and yeah, you have a point, haha! ;)

  41. Great post Mimi, I was reading through and analyzing each look, hehe. And I liked a lot of aspects of each and I think it would be so fun to wear a hat like that to an event. I'm going with Kate Middleton's as my fave because I think it was so classy the way her and Pippa were the only ones in white..but I'll definitely be watching the Kardashian wedding special in a few weeks. hehe. Have a good weekend!

  42. Dale-- yes, the middletons sure did it right! and yeah, even though i am not at all in awe of kim's wedding, i will still definitely watch her wedding special. have a good weekend too! :)

  43. Great wedding post. I have to say nothing is better than the royal wedding. :) I mean, it's the royal wedding!

    Kim Kardashian's wedding wasn't that fab from the pictures I saw. For someone who spent so much money, I expected a glamorous wedding. I also think the idea to make all her sisters wear white too just didn't work out. :/

    Oh gosh, I want the Arielle Jennifer Behr headpiece. Too beautiful. <3

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  44. Bree-- yes, definitely, it's the royal wedding!
    and you got it, kim's didn't look like a "$10 million" wedding at all. :/

  45. oh my goodness, I'm not sure where to start.
    what an in depth and lovely post! :)
    I'm really liking the headpieces from Jennifer Behr!
    and such lovely dresses! I love dresses <3
    I want to go to a wedding now lol

  46. Peiji-- thanks! :D and i want to go to a wedding too, haha!

  47. I still can't get over how gorgeous Kate looked on her wedding day!