80512: The Pampered Chef and Celebrity Planner Help Plan Celebrity Events for Real Couples

You’ve followed the celebrity weddings–whether the summer ceremony of Tony Parker and Eva Longoria or the winter nuptials of Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelly–and wondered if your wedding could ever match the weddings of the stars.

According to The Pampered Chef and wedding expert Debi Lilly, founder of A Perfect Event and party planner for Oprah Winfrey, you can have a celebrity style wedding without a Hollywood budget.

“You don’t have to be a celebrity bride to have a wedding worthy of making headlines,” says Lilly, who has worked with many red carpet clients including Brooke Shields, Debra Messing, Cartier and others. “It’s easy to take popular Hollywood trends and incorporate them into your wedding. That is why I’m working with The Pampered Chef, to take great pieces that go beyond the kitchen to help make your wedding — the ultimate entertaining occasion — everything you want it to be.”

According to Debi Lilly, there are three concerns for every bride. “Ceremonies are usually very similar, so I tell brides that the ‘three Rs’ of any wedding – registry, rehearsal and reception – really provide the opportunities to set your wedding apart,” said Lilly. “Those three pieces of your celebration are essential. Your registry is something that’s going to help you start your life together and the rehearsal and reception are key ways to personalize your day and make it special,” the planner says, pointing out that The Pampered Chef has a wedding registry and couples can work with their own personal consultant or chose to register on the spot. Either way couples can notify friends and family with complimentary registry announcement cards and e-mails.

In terms of rehearsals, one celebrity rehearsal trend that can be recreated on any budget is a backyard party or barbecue–it keeps the reception casual and saves the more formal event for the wedding day. “I tell my couples who are hosting a barbecue for their rehearsal to purchase nice serving pieces and stands, like those from The Pampered Chef’s Simple Additions collection, to pull the event together,” says Lilly. “It makes sense to invest in items that you can keep for years. Just think of all of the future parties that you will be able to host without any worries!”

And for receptions, the celebrity planner says, “Receptions vary widely from couple to couple, and that is what makes them exciting to guests. And they’re a great way to infuse celebrity inspired elements such as themes, centerpieces and favors. Brides can go online to find information and inspiration for celebrity wedding ideas that will fit into their day.”

Lilly’s favorite celebrity wedding reception elements include:

The Lounge Reception: Hollywood is all about being seen at trendy night spots, which is one reason that lounge receptions are popular with couples who prefer a modern edge and an overlay of glamour for their weddings. These receptions forgo a formal sit-down dinner in favor of passed hors d’oeuvres and interactive food stations such as a taco bar, candy bar or mini-hamburger stand. In keeping with the trendy theme, lounge receptions typically start later and are more interactive, with guests mingling throughout the night.

Do-It Yourself Floral: Instead of engaging a costly florist with a high profile client roster, consider making your own arrangements. Look for photos of celebrity reception centerpieces in wedding and entertainment magazines for inspiration. Arrangements can be made by purchasing flowers and decorative items and then utilizing a piece like The Pampered Chef’s Trifle Bowl which has a removable stand, letting the bowl sit either low or high to create different visual effects. At the end of the reception, these centerpieces also make a nice gift for those who helped you with the wedding.

Favor Fun: Wedding favors are a memorable way to say thank you to guests for being part of a couple’s special day. Celebrities have been giving favors that tie back into the overall theme of their wedding. For example, if the wedding is outdoors, like Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romjin’s, they will give guests flip-flops or fans to keep them comfortable, or if it is at a vineyard, they will give wine openers and stoppers.

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