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Lena Dunham, Issa Rae and the return of the big luxury wedding

Perennial provocateur Lena Dunham did something totally uncontroversial this week: She had a blast at her wedding.

Through Vogue, the old one Girls The star and writer married a musician named Luis Felber in a “whimsical and whirlwind wedding in London”. Designer Christopher Kane, who has worked with Dunham in the past, made three dresses for the festivities. Her bridesmaids included Taylor Swift and Tommy Dorfman. There were six wedding cupcakes for the guests to choose from. The first dance was “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies. All very adorable things, indeed.

The bride said Vogue that her formal dress was inspired by 1960s kitsch and Sharon Tate, which is a bit of a morbid inspiration, but all that Lena wants I guess.

Dunham, who is immunocompromised, said Vogue that many of its 60 guests had to cancel their trip due to COVID restrictions and fears. Anyone who was to celebrate the new couple had to pass “two lateral flow tests” – four words that don’t sound very romantic – and show proof of vaccination. (So, for anyone whose new favorite board game is “Which Celebrities Are Anti-Vax?” Get T-Swift off your dance cards now.)

“Hearing from a wedding guest that he can’t come because he has COVID is a great reminder that this is still going on and to take all precautions seriously,” Dunham said. That’s right, but her wedding is just the latest in a series of celebrity nuptials that show just how big famous celebrity weddings are back.

Even Issa Rae, a famous private celebrity who understands that her personal life is none of our business, went all out for her marriage to Senegalese banker Louis Diame in July. The couple flew to the south of France, especially the fun district of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, to take their vows. Rae wore a custom Vera Wang dress made with hand-sewn crystals for the ceremony, then changed to a V-neck dress by the same designer for the reception.

It all took place in the pale pink villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, built between 1907 and 1912 for a member of the banking family. The property has nine gardens and a collection of rare porcelain, which seems a bit stressful to dance the night away, but guests seemed to get by.

While we’re in the Mediterranean, let’s not forget the total Kitty Spencer’s manna where Princess Diana’s niece bravely partied for days and wore not one, not two, but five Dolce & Gabbana dresses personalized for the occasion. (These are the perks of being an ambassador for the Italian fashion house, like her.)

It all took place in Rome, where the model married a businessman named Michael Lewis. Spencer posted a rather cinematic video on Instagram showing her modeling her many dresses and called walking down the aisle “the proudest moment of my life.” And perhaps one of the most expensive, given its size.

Longtime couple and The voice co-hosts Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton tied the knot in Oklahoma in July. The ceremony has been described as “intimate”, which is true because it took place in secret. But those who attended the party at the duo’s mansion in Oklahoma were treated to a pretty lavish spectacle: Stefani in Vera Wang tailored for the ceremony, plus a tulle mini dress embroidered with birds to represent her three children. . An estimated wedding planner Brides that both dresses probably cost around $ 15,000, and her veil costs an additional $ 5,000. There was a five-story wedding cake. Keep the mark, ViewCarson’s host Daly officiated. “There was not a dry eye in the house,” he later revealed on the Today spectacle.

Another bride who chose Vera Wang: Ariana Grande, who also got married at her Montecito home and also organized an “intimate” but still very luxurious affair. Grande walked down the aisle to marry a real estate agent named Dalton Gomez in a custom dress that paid homage to the character of Audrey Hepburn in Funny head. Only about 20 people showed up to celebrate, with Grande’s representative calling the event “tiny.” But the night still smacked of monetary minimalism, with the couple’s living room adorned with hanging flowers and pillar candles.

Ultimately, these celebs aren’t like us, but their big-day spending habits may reflect a larger trend. As vaccination rates rise, so do the reasons people party increase, especially couples whose marriages may have been affected or delayed due to the pandemic.

As Fast business reported, the number of marriages in 2021 almost matches the amount that took place before COVID. About 1.9 million will take place in the United States this year, up from 2.1 million in 2019. For 2022, the figure is estimated to be around 2.5 million, the highest number since 1984. And budgets would also be in. increase, with the country’s average. cost per wedding approximately $ 22,500. It might not be a Kitty Spencer level bacchanal, but it’s not nothing either.

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