Become a Top Wedding Planner – Get Inspiration from the Celebrity Wedding of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden


Get wedding planning ideas from the December 11,2010 wedding of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, planned by celebrity wedding planner, Mindy Weiss.

Here are some of the wedding details that might inspire you when you plan weddings for your brides:


The Palace at Versailles


Nicole’s dad, Lionel, host the event at his Beverley Hills home. The reception was in a tent built over the swimming pool and included hand-painted floor tiles, a blue tufted ceiling, vintage chandeliers and a wall of mirrors.

Your brides may not have the budget to create this same reception in their homes but there are venues that have and old world style, mirrored walls and/or chandeliers that can be filled with flowers to give an opulent look.


The processional was “Ballerina Girl,” by her dad, Lionel Richie.

First Dance was “What a Wonderful World.”

The father/daughter dance was “Unforgettable.”


The wedding menu included salad, butternut squash ravioli, a choice of filet mignon or Ahi tuna, and a dessert buffet.

Wedding Cake

The red velvet cake, was by Cake Opera in Toronto. Canada.

Wedding Attire

The bride wore three Marchesa gowns during the event. The first was ivory, lace and crystal with a ball-gown skirt made from more than 100 yards of hand-draped silk organza and tulle petals. (I suspect the second dress was actually the same as the first, the big skirt was just worn on top of it for the ceremony and removed for the reception.) 

The groom wore a Dolce & Gabana Tuxedo and a Lanvin bow tie.


An elephant, symbol of good luck greeted guests at the door.

Live elephants can be a part of weddings but your bride might prefer using a statue of an elephant greet guests at the door or having elephant wedding favors as symbols of good luck.

You can read about the wedding and see photos in People magazine and in Germany’s In magazine.

These photos and more are also on

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