Kate Middleton and Reese Witherspoon are both about to walk down the aisle, with Kate's date set for April 29 and Reese's big day reportedly March 26. So the big question is: Which bride will have the best wedding — the future queen or the darling of the silver screen? Here's a look at how their affairs compare.
The PreparationsKate's wedding preparations are definitely more involved than Reese's (in fact, there's a whole website dedicated to every little detail of her bridal activities!). We know she will arrive by car and leave by carriage, and there will likely be millions of revelers awaiting her exit. Kate and Wills are going to be digging in on culinary creations from the exclusive Welsh National Culinary Team, which will create a wedding cake that's likely to be covered with harps, dragons, and the national flag. Insiders say Westminster Abbey's choir and the Chapel Royal will sing at their wedding, with music provided by the London Chamber Orchestra and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. And because Kate's sure to get some royal treatment, a quite-unflattering coin featuring her likeness has already been made to commemorate her big day.
News surrounding Reese's wedding preparation details has been sparse, but the Hollywood golden girl tends to like privacy. She does have celebrity event planner Yifat Oren working for her. Oren has plenty of experience planning weddings for Hollywood A-listers. She planned Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner's Aspen nuptials in 2004 and counts Alyson Hannigan and Mariska Hargitay as clients. Reese supposedly wants to create an intimate and romantic feel by decorating with white and pastel-colored candles and flowers. She's also reportedly been focused on getting herself ready for the wedding with 75-minute-long yoga classes, as well as body scrubs and facials.
The VenuesThe brides-to-be have chosen very different venues for their weddings. Kate will be getting married in the historic Westminster Abbey church where the funeral of William's mother took place. Reese has opted for an outdoor wedding in one of the fields behind her sprawling Ojai Valley, California, ranch. Weather can be a problem when it comes to outdoor weddings, but at least Reese will be able to personalize her wedding however she likes — Kate is kind of stuck with her décor.
The DressesKate's dress choice might be getting more attention from the press, but red carpet darling Reese will likely don a breathtaking gown of her own, especially since she was seven months pregnant the first time she walked down the aisle with actor Ryan Phillippe. Now she can go for a gown that shows off her cute figure in all its glory. She has reportedly chosen a dress by famed designer Monique Lhuillier.
But as beautiful as her dress may be, it's not going to cause the fashion frenzy that Kate's will. Rumor has it that she has chosen Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton to design the gown, something Burton has denied. However, Kate has made it clear that she's going to keep her dress designer a secret until her big day, so even if the press got wind of the right designer, they would have to lie about being the chosen one.
The GuestsKate has almost 20 times the amount of guests that Reese reportedly has invited to her wedding. Among the 1,900 attending the royal nuptials are celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, and Kanye West. Reese and her agent hubby-to-be Jim Toth are planning an intimate affair rather than a star-studded event by inviting only 100 of their closest family members and friends. The couple also doesn't have to worry about controversy with their guest list — no one will criticize Reese for not inviting Barack Obama while sending an invite to the King of Bahrain.
And despite Phillippe's assertion that he and his ex-wife still get along fairly well after their split, he doesn't seem to be on Reese's guest list. Meanwhile Will and Kate are going to make their wedding just a bit awkward — Will has invited ex-girlfriend Jecca Craig, while Kate's ex-boyfriend Rupert Finch also scored an invite.
So which wedding will be better? Well, celebrity weddings might not be as rare as royal ones, and while the '80s party planned for Kate and Will's reception does sound fun, Reese's down-home wedding seems a little more relaxed and not overly decadent like the royal affair. Plus her intimate ceremony won't be costing taxpayers $20 million! Our vote is for Reese!
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