Become a Top Wedding Planner – 7 Tips for Handling Secret Celebrity Weddings

 

Paparazzi Trying to Photograph a Secret Wedding

 

There has been much buzz this week that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, may be getting married this weekend.  It’s hard to say since, like the weddings of high profile entertainers, this one is being kept very secret.

But former President’s daughters and entertainers aren’t the only ones who demand privacy.  I have done events for people who are famous in their own industries, but are not household names, who wanted their events shrouded in secrecy. You may get the same type of clients so here are some tips, some from my own experiences and some from research, on how to keep wedding plans and the wedding itself secret:

  1. Have them keep the guest list small.  The more people they invite, the harder it is to keep the event a secret.  My clients had less than 50 people.
  2. It is not a good idea to send paper invitations since they can be intercepted. Invite people by phone or leave crucial information, such as the time and location, off of paper invitations and call people later with the details.
  3. A good alternative is not telling guests it is a wedding.  In 2002, Julia Roberts invited friends to a 4th of July barbecue that turned out to be her wedding to Danny Moder.  Actress Kimberly Williams and country-western singer Brad Paisley told people it was a wedding rehearsal.  Kimberly surprised guests when she took off her coat and they saw she was wearing a wedding gown.  Britney Spears told guests it was an engagement party when she married Kevin Federline in 2004, in fact her mother and the entire wedding party didn’t know about the wedding until the last minute.
  4. Hold the wedding indoors or under a tent, if it is outdoors, to avoid uninvited guests being able to see and photograph the event.  (This is what Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston did when they married in 2000.)
  5. Don’t tell vendors the real names of your clients.  I placed orders and told vendors where and when to arrive but never revealed my client’s names.  All charges were billed to an assistant’s credit card.  You can ask vendors to sign a non-disclosure when they arrive, if necessary.  (In some cases you might need to shred your notes, that is what designers who handle celebrity wedding dresses often do.)
  6. Collect cell phones and cameras, any types of recording devices, at the door.  (Singer Fergie banned cell phones at her January wedding to actor Josh Duhamel.)
  7. Hire security to keep out unwanted guests.

Most importantly, be sure that don’t tell any of your family, friends, or associates whose wedding you are planning.



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    […] There has been much buzz this week that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, may be getting married this weekend.  It’s hard to say since, like the weddings of high profile entertainers, this one is being kept very secret. But former President’s daughters and entertainers aren’t the only ones who demand privacy.  I have done events for people who are famous in their own industries, but are not household names, who wan Source: http://becomeatopweddingplannerblog.com/become-a-top-wedding-planner-7-tips-for-handling-secret-cele… […]

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