2011 Celebrity Wedding Countdown

by | Bride, Celebrity Weddings


As is tradition (check out our 2010 celebrity wedding countdown, 2009 celebrity wedding countdown, 2008 celebrity wedding countdown and 2007 celebrity wedding countdown) It’s New Years Eve, so that means it’s time to count down my favourite celebrity weddings! Oh what a year in weddings it was – from kicking off with the biggest and most royal of them all, to the biggest and shortest. Which were your favourites in 2011?

Prince William & Kate Middleton

Photo via Boston News

This wedding was always going to come first in my 2011 roundup! Kate Middleton wed Prince William in Westminster Abbey on April 29th. The bride wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and had one bridesmaid – her sister Pippa who wore a form fitting white gown. Her flower girls (including my favourite, Grace) were accompanied by two page boys. The couple celebrated with a formal luncheon and then changed for a black tie party with their friends.

Kate Moss & James Hince

Photographed by Mario Testino Photo via Vogue.com

Kate Moss married her beloved James Hince in the garden of her English Costwolds home. The bride wore a John Galliano gown paired with Manolo Blahnik shoes. The three day wedding extravaganza was filled with stars and Kate’s bridal party included sixteen loved children (with Kate’s daughter Lila Grace) wearing Bonpoint gowns. The wedding was published in Vogue along with a fashion shoot (seen above).

Lily Allen & Sam Cooper

Photo via The Daily Mirror

In another Cotswold’s wedding, singer Lily Allen married Sam Cooper while sporting a baby bump in a gown by French designer Delphine Manivet. The couple wed in a small English church before a private reception believed to be at their home. The bride carried a bouquet of pastel blooms and wore a 1920s style hairpiece and veil.

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall

Photo via The Daily Mail

When the Queen’s other grandchild held a wedding this year, there was decidedly less fuss! Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall in Scotland in a gown design by Stewart Parvin.They chose a Scottish church Canongate Kirk to exchange vows and celebrated with guests at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in a marquee filled with lobster and fine champagne.

Lauren Bush & David Lauren

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy via Vogue.com

This was such a gorgeous wedding I knew it had to make it into our roundup. Lauren Bush married the son of designer Ralph Lauren (David) in a western theme wedding on the family ranch in Colorado. The bride wore a gown featuring antique tulle hand-embroidered with Swarovski Elements, beads, and pearls, created by her father in law that took 3,000 hours of creation by 100 people.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Cameron McGlinchy

Photo via Herald Sun

Occurring only a few weeks before Christmas, Nat Bass walked down the aisle in a J’Aton creation (so very her don’t you think? It took four people two weeks to make!) . The couple held their wedding at Melbourne’s iconic Stokehouse restaurant.

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth

The bride wore pink in this private family wedding. A beautiful blush pink Monqiue L’huillier gown was worn by Reese Witherspoon as she wed Jim Toth in a southern themed event in Ojai Valley. The bride changed to a white mini dress for the reception.

Sandra Sully & Symon Brewis-Weston

Image via Ninemsn

As someone who is used to watching the late broadcast of the news, I was thrilled to hear of Sandra Sully’s marriage this year.  The newsreader married Symon Brewis-Weston in a beautiful Ellie Saab ballgown altered and fitted by Rhonda Hemmingway. The couple wed at the Sydney Opera House in a black tie event.


Who were your favourites in 2011?

  • Ann says:
    December 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    What a gorgeous couple, and a beautiful celebration!

  • Lilac says:
    January 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Happy New Year! Thank you for inspiring all of us.. daily! xx

  • Miss T says:
    January 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Great list! But you didn’t mention the only wedding that spawned its own unit of measure – the Kardashian! One Kardashian = 72 days of marriage. (This may be my own schadenfreude coming through, having shared my wedding date with Kim and Kris!).

    On a more serious note, I read a lovely comment from Lily Allen explaining their decision to get married in their local village church instead of the star-studded, glittering, society affair that some might have expected. She said that after her and her husband’s heartbreaking late-term miscarriage, the village rallied around, leaving food and cards for them, and that the vicar spent a lot of time talking and sitting with them, having experienced a similar tragedy in his own family. I thought that this was just beautiful, and really expressed the way that a wedding is a reflection of community and support.

    A beautiful re-cap to the year as always, Ms PD 🙂

    • Polka Dot Bride says:
      January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I couldn’t bring myself to mention it Mrs B! And oh that is beautiful to read of Lily Allen, I think her wedding was one of my favourites!

      • Miss T says:
        January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        I knew you had too much discretion, but you can always count on me to lower the tone around here 😉

        • Polka Dot Bride says:
          January 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

          and that is why we love you 🙂 No Miss T I think you’re a little too classy to do that! I did debate it back and forth for a day or two but my horror at the situation outweighed it’s place on the list!

  • Erin Atkinson says:
    February 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Definitely Lauren Bush & David Lauren – her dress was absolutely gorgeous. I really lover her look!! It was as if it was from another era.

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