Google “wedding trends” and you’re sure to find an exhaustive supply of ideas, from DIY tricks for a frugal wedding, to decorative ideas, to how to handle an overflowing guest list. Sometimes it seems as if everyone who’s ever had a wedding (or been to one) is out there suggesting ideas for how to make your special day more beautiful or more manageable. And really, that’s a wonderful thing! There can never be too much inspiration for something as big as a wedding. The only trouble is that it can be tough to filter through all the advice.

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And that’s why sometimes it can be fun to turn your curiosity toward celebrity weddings, rather than any old occasion commemorated on the Internet. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily style your wedding after that of your favorite actress, but you can at least feel as if you have some idea of the taste and style of the person getting married. In a way, looking through celebrity wedding photos is a little more like consulting with a friend than looking at strangers on a wedding or events blog; at least if you’re familiar with (or interested) in the celebrities at hand.

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It can also just be fun to look at! At any rate, here are some trends and points of interest from celebrity weddings starting with the most recent; Sofia Vergara’s wedding to Joe Manganiello. 

Bring the Outdoors In

Sofia and Joe’s ceremony venue was filled with countless flowers, even hanging from the ceiling! The dance floor was surrounded by red roses, white roses and candles lined the aisle, and the bride walked under mauve and white orchids (matching the white orchids in her bouquet.) 

This gives a luxurious and dreamy atmosphere to any wedding ,which looks stunning.

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Rent A Villa For A Destination Wedding

This list from Us Magazine looked back at some of the most over-the-top celebrity weddings over the years, and yet the first one on the list seems surprisingly reasonable. Evidently, when John Krasinski and Emily Blunt got married, they borrowed George Clooney’s legendary villa on Lake Como in Italy for the ceremony.

Now, you probably won’t have access to Clooney’s place if you’re planning a wedding (and if you do, please invite me). But a beautiful villa is a beautiful villa, and a gorgeous house for a destination wedding is often perfectly within reason. Homeaway shows some delightful options in Cancun for incredibly reasonable fees and if that doesn’t sound quite exotic enough, consider this: the movie “Troy,” about a war on the Aegean Sea, was filmed in Mexico!

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Take Over A Holiday

This isn’t a uniquely celebrity idea, and it’s not exactly something you’d do for the same reasons. But it’s still worth considering. ET Online’s look back at 2015 celebrity weddings shows a number of examples. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux secretly got married during a fake birthday party for Theroux; Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher tied the knot over July 4 on a secret holiday; and Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip used the same July 4 occasion to throw a big party.

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For the most part, these celebrities used holidays to disguise weddings. They already have an excuse for a holiday gathering, so the media needn’t get suspicious about a wedding. But you can do the same merely because it’s already a time for family and friends to gather. A holiday wedding is simply easier for this reason, from a scheduling standpoint.

Do The Clooney

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were married a little over a year ago in a ceremony that was regarded as pure class. Instyle posted photos from the event that show some nice decorative tips, such as adorning guests’ chairs with flowers (rather than having massive arrangements on the aisles that can obstruct people’s views!). Of course, the classiness of Clooney’s wedding wasn’t hurt by its star-studded nature, as evidenced by Matt Damon’s presence in the same photos. Damon, incidentally, will be celebrating his own wedding anniversary quite soon, according to this database of celebrity anniversaries, though his own ceremony several years ago was more private. But even when Damon and wife Luciana Barroso renewed their vows, the ceremony was Clooney-level classy.

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Set A Theme

A themed wedding can sound contrived or somewhat strange, but when it’s done with class it can actually be a great deal of fun. It can even relax your guests by giving them a dress code to follow. ET’s biggest celebrity weddings of 2014 noted that Jessica Simpson’s ceremony with husband Eric Johnson used a “Great Expectations” theme, and the results were fantastic. Not every celebrity initiative is a good idea, but Simpson went right ahead and showed us all that a themed wedding can be pretty glorious.

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Those are just a few ideas for those who are interested in celebrity culture. Even when they’re a secret, famous people’s weddings tend to be lovely and attractive, so really they’re not a bad place to look for inspiration.

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