Saturday, August 20, 2011

Celebrity Weddings

God bless you if you don’t know this already, but today (August 20, 2011) is Kim Kardashian’s wedding day. Kim Kardashian is a reality star phenomenon, popular for her television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and her role as a socialite and fashionista. Today, she is getting married to NBA power forward Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets. I have never met Kim Kardashian, nor any other celebrity, but I, like many Americans, have followed the wedding plans for this celebrity wedding for months.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton attracted more than 2 million viewers to the live showing of the event on television, and even more to news channels and online pages showing recordings of the marriage. The event was not only a landmark occasion in history, introducing a future queen into the royal family, but was also a real-life example of a fairy tale wedding. Although Kim Kardashian’s wedding will not be broadcasted live, it will be covered in a four-hour special aired in October. So what is it about these weddings that make us tune-in?

“Celebrities are people, just like you and me!” Well, unlike me, they have personal assistants, designer closets, and mansions. Celebrities, although mortal, seem to live in a bubble high above the rest of us. However, the stress of planning a wedding and the nerves that come with being a bride apply to everyone, famous or not. Perhaps some may enjoy watching celebrity weddings because they showcase the humanity in these seemingly super-human beings.

The second theory I have on why we are obsessed with celebrity weddings involves the details and the budget. The estimated cost of William and Kate’s dream wedding was approximately $30 million – in fact, the inside of the church was lined with tall trees to give an outdoor feel to the inside location; this detail alone cost more than $80,000. Unlike us normal folks with budgets, celebrity weddings are so extensive that we get to see what a wedding would be like with no limitations. It’s one thing to see a designer cake featured in a magazine, and it’s an entirely different thing to see Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries cutting into a $20,000 cake (yes, that’s right, $20,000). Maybe the royal princess theme isn’t your style, nor is the Hollywood glamour that is to be featured at the Kardashian wedding, but could you imagine what you would do/would have done if your wedding had no budget?
Image of Kim Kardashian's wedding cake courtesy of E! Online

The final thought that I had in why I have become so enchanted by the Kardashian-Humpries wedding, as well as most other celebrity marriages, is that I would really love to see the behavior displayed in the stressful pre-wedding moments. Although we brides may showcase a huge smile on our wedding day, you can bet your bottom dollar that we had a complete meltdown just a few days before. The television specials, interviews, and paparazzi sightings that follow the celebrity bride will catch every moment of the pre-wedding jitters, and I am just so curious to see how Kim Kardashian handles the inevitable enormous amount of stress.

Bottom Line: Celebrity weddings are one of the most commonly shared guilty pleasures in western culture. Each person that watches these heavily anticipated shows will tune-in for a different reason, and the ratings continue to fuel more and more televised marriages – and that’s just fine with me.

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