'I Do' Times Two: Why Are So Many Celebrities Having Double Weddings These Days?
By all accounts, Poppy Delevingne had a stunning wedding dress. A frothy Chanel Haute Couture confection adorned with floral embroidery and finished with a semi-sheer underlayer and cute cap sleeves, it was the sort of gown any modern bride would kill to wear—bank account permitting, of course. So you can imagine my surprise when, just two weeks later, Delevingne walked down the aisle again—this time in Marrakech, and clad in a colorful, custom Emilio Pucci dress. It's one thing to wear two different dresses to your wedding—crazy as it sounds, it's common practice now for many brides to have a "ceremony dress" and a "reception dress"—but two weddings? The very concept blew my mind.
Then today, in news that somewhat disappointed me, the Telegraph reported that Keira Knightley's 2013 wedding to James Righton, at which she famously wore a Chanel dress she'd already been pictured in several times before, was actually just one of two ceremonies. At the other, a secret wedding held in the woods, Knightley wore Valentino Haute Couture—and I'm willing to bet that gown wasn't a repeat.
The celebrity wedding twofer has been a trend for several years now; typically, stars will hold an intimate ceremony first, followed by a bigger blowout attended by all their A-list pals. In 2002, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale tied the knot first in London, then once more in L.A. In 2009, Salma Hayek wed François Henri-Pinault in Paris on Valentine's Day, then walked down the aisle again in Venice that April. And that same year, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady got hitched twice—first in a small Catholic ceremony, then again in Costa Rica. Next up, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo are reportedly planning to wed once in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and then again in Prinsloo's native South Africa. But you've got to wonder: rather than hosting two weddings for the sake of religious differences, to divert paparazzi or to ensure faraway friends don't miss out on the fun, could these celebs be doing so just for the sake of, well, having two weddings?
It makes sense, I suppose, when you think about it: On a woman's wedding day, she's the undisputed star of the show. All eyes are on her. But for celebrities, who are used to being treated like stars 365 days a year, perhaps one "special day" just isn't enough to satisfy that A-list ego. And when you're making millions and have the world's top designers falling all over themselves to make you couture gowns for your big day, why wouldn't you take advantage?
On the other hand, isn't it somewhat purpose-defeating for a woman to have dual nuptials? Having a rough idea of the stress and expense that goes into planning one wedding, I can't imagine what it'd be like to arrange two in the space of a few months' time. Plus, how do you decide who gets an invite to which ceremony? And when there are split weddings, it's only natural that one will wind up feeling like the more important affair—so what are you supposed to say to guests attending the other party? It all seems like a big, needless headache, if you ask me.
If anything, I'm just shocked that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West chose to have only one wedding—not only since they're basically the poster children for celebratory excess, but also because Kim Kardashian threw two parties when she wed Kris Humphries back in 2011, and you'd think she'd want to up the ante for this one. Of course, Kimye's union took place in two different cities (Paris and Florence), so technically, theirs was more like one-and-a-half weddings. Plus, who's to say there's no secret, second #KimyeWedding in the works as we speak?
What do you think of the "two weddings" trend in Hollywood? Do you think it's as ridiculous as I do? I'd love to know—share your comments below and let's discuss!