Kris and Kim’s Happily Ever After!
After months of anticipation, secrets, and hype, it is all over. The wedding of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, of the New Jersey Nets, aired last Sunday and Monday on the E! Network. An estimated 3.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the couple exchange vows. The event was publicized solely by E! and the network, as well as the Kardashian family, remained very secretive during the 3-month long engagement and the nearly 2 months between the wedding and the television debut. Though the television special, “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding,” was four hours long and many found all of the material unnecessary, the wedding itself was beautiful. From the dresses, of which there were three, to the venue, the nuptials were spectacular. There are a lot of negative things that people say about Kim, but one thing that cannot be taken from her is her impeccable taste. Surely there are many brides who saw something at Kris and Kim’s wedding that they would like to incorporate into their own special day. Not all of us have a Kardashian-size budget, but the good news is that with a little creativity, you, too, can have all you desire for your own fairytale wedding!
Kim and Kris:
For their venue, Kim and Kris chose the Sotto II Monte estate in Montecito, California. This estate, owned by a venture capitalist from Northern California, includes a 15,000 square-foot mansion on 10.9-acres, lush gardens, and breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Though the actual price of rental for an event, such as a wedding, has not been disclosed, the price of the estate itself is approximately $29 million.
Hudson Valley Possibilities:
The Hudson Valley is famous for its fabulous mansions and, of course, the beautiful views of the Hudson River. There are many possibilities for weddings in the area, from catering halls to outdoor locations. The following are just a few possibilities:
The Vanderbilt Mansion
Although it is not possible to hold your wedding reception at this well-known national park, you may obtain a special permit to hold your ceremony on the grounds. There are many options for ceremony locations throughout the property, such as the gardens, near thebeautiful weeping willow trees, or even overlooking the Hudson River. If you are not interested in having a ceremony at an outdoor location, permits may be granted to solely take wedding photographs.www.nps.gov/vama/planyourvisit/permits.htm
The Belvedere Mansion
This beautiful venue located in Staatsburg, New York allows for a truly elegant and unique wedding experience. The grounds allow you to “exchange vows in the formal English garden or in the gazebo at the pond, mingle with your guests over cocktails on the terrace, enjoy exquisite culinary cuisine, and dance the night away.”
This catering hall has been voted Best Wedding Venue in the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine. The panoramic views of the Hudson River are breathtaking and the service is impeccable. The facility offers two ballrooms, an indoor and an outdoor, to accommodate all couples. Like with Kris and Kim’s reception, your guests will continue to talk about your wedding for years to come.
Kim chose a total of three gowns created by renowned wedding dress designer Vera Wang. She had one for the ceremony, one for the first dance, and one for the remainder of the reception.
As mentioned before, not everyone has the luxury of an unlimited budget for their special day; however, there are less expensive options out there that will still provide that “wow-factor” that is offered through having multiple dresses.
The Convertible Wedding Gown:
There are many dress designers that are offering the new trend of convertible wedding gowns. These creations are essentially one dress that has parts that can be taken off and added on the create multiple looks. For example, this dress is on the market thanks to Jasmine Couture.
In addition, you can change your look throughout the evening by simply switching accessories. This can be possible by changing your jewelry, your veil, or even adding a type of cover-up or a belt to your dress. This always can provide for a completely different look.
Kim and Kris:
The cake was a lavish confection that was taller than Kim herself! It matched the black and white color scheme, and was decorated with different patterns and textures throughout the layers. It has been reported that the couple spent between $15,000 and $20,000 on the creation designed by Hansen’s Cakes.
While it is difficult to find cakes for an extremely inexpensive price, especially at this caliber, there is an increasingly popular trend emerging. Some bakeries will allow you to cover Styrofoam in fondant, making just the top layer in actual cake for the cake cutting. For the guests, sheet cakes can be kept back in the kitchen and only brought out when it is time to serve. No one will suspect that your cake is not real! This will lower the cost immensely from having the whole cake as an actual cake.
Just remember brides, you are all special and no matter your budget, it is possible to make all of your wedding day dreams come true!