Stars, they’re just like us, aren’t they ?! Law. Over the past year, some of our favorite models, influencers, actors and royals have taken on the roles of bride and groom – and oh how they shone! Their insta-worthy flowers, gorgeous dresses and – yes – massive diamond tiaras (hey, Meghan!) Inspired us, but we really applauded how these high profile couples said “I do” in a way that felt real. Everyone created new traditions and added really special accents.
A wedding worth a million
Our cover girl Chiara Ferragni and rapper Federico Leonardo Lucia, also known as Fedez, wowed the world with an epic three day celebration in September. The event’s hashtag #theferragnez has since generated more than 27,000 Instagram shares – thanks to highly customized, unexpected elements (and a social push from the bride’s 14.7 million followers). Our favorite ideas to copy? The pop-up card invitation, wedding cake suspended in the air, and photo-ready ceremony end with a colorful smoke bomb edition courtesy of a colorful issue. Obviously, the Italian couple enjoyed the planning process. That, plus two custom-made Dior dresses, bridesmaids in pale pink Alberta Ferretti dresses, a cave with twinkling lights, a Mardi Gras after-party – and her adorable little boy Leone – made this wedding one of the most epic of the year.
Keep it personal
VIP couples curated every element in 2018 – even if it meant a compromise to get the result. Use some of the following ideas as inspiration for personal details on your own wedding:
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk
In September, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk had Chef Mario Carbone meet them after they had gone to one of his restaurants on their first date. They also served his and her cake favors because they couldn’t agree on one, and created a hashtag (#thefaltrows) that combined their names.
Aidy Bryant and Conner O’Malley
Comedian Aidy Bryant made guests laugh, perhaps unsurprisingly, during her vow to Conner O’Malley in April. (He apparently made some jokes too.)
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington
Rose Leslie’s father wore a Scottish kilt to lead her down the aisle at her wedding to Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington in June. And the couple also referred to their hit HBO TV show in their invitations.
Joe Zee and Rob Younkers
Joe and Rob asked a relative to take office. They also left out a wedding cake instead of festive and whimsical desserts like mini ice cream cones and personalized biscuits.
Be true to yourself
The two British Royal Couples of the Year surprised fans with meaningful moments while continuing to adhere to (very strict) royal etiquette.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle wore Givenchy’s habit of moving halfway to marry Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel, where a choir sang an emotional rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
In October, Jack Brooksbank melted hearts by putting on his glasses to watch Princess Eugenie make her grand entrance. She was stunned in a low-back dress by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, proudly showing off her scoliosis surgery scars. You go girl!
See more: All the celebrity couples who tied the knot in 2018 … so far!
Model Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner surprised the world by getting married on October 18, a Thursday afternoon, just three months after their engagement was announced.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Amy and Chris also shocked fans with a brief engagement and surprise wedding. The couple asked guests to donate to charity instead of gifts.
A version of this story originally appeared in the February / March 2019 issue of Brides on the stands starting December 18.