Star Magazine claims that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, the live-in father of her five month-old daughter Harlow, are planning a $2 million wedding to take place at her father Lionel Richie’s estate later this month. Star Magazine likes to make up stories, but this one includes a three day timeline of Nicole’s planned wedding activities which adds some credence to this story. There are also plenty of wedding details that sound like they could be true:
Nicole and Joel [plan to] exchange vows on June 29, which will cap off a three-day weeding extravaganza - including a Pretty in Pink bridal shower, a video slideshow and spa treatments - that will be an unforgettable weekend for 100 of their closest friends and family.
“Nicole wanted it to be incredibly special for everyone involved, not just the bridal party” - which will include her BFF Masha Gordon as maid of honor, little sister Sophie as the flower girl and Paris and Nicky Hilton as bridesmaids, says one source. “She wants everyone to play games, swim, hang out and enjoy themselves all weekend…”
[It] will be the “wedding of the year,” says another source of the $2 million affair. “Cost is not an issue!”
For the main event, which will take place at the Bel-Air mansion of her father, Lionel Richie, Nicole, 26, is still choosing what dress she’ll wear - but she knows it will be in a champagne tone.
“She’s been offered one-of-a-kind gowns by both Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang,” says an insider. “She knows she wants it to be traditional and classy, but she doesn’t want it to be very long.”
[From Star Magazine, print edition, June 16, 2008]
Star also claims that Nicole is planning to hold little Harlow while she and Joel say her vows, which will be written by them for the occasion. The bridesmaids will wear gowns purchased by Nicole from different designers, and the groomsmen and groom will wear Sean Jean tuxedos.
The three day event includes a rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party on Friday, June 27, a bridal shower including manicure/pedicures, massages and hair and makeup on Saturday, and the big event and reception on Sunday. Joel and Nicole will honeymoon in Hawaii afterwards and Star says they don’t plan on bringing Harlow with them.
Congratulations to Nicole and Joel. They’re likely to negotiate with a magazine to sell the photos for an amount that will partially pay for this lavish wedding. They seem stable enough to make their marriage last, and hopefully Paris Hilton and Joel’s brother Benji won’t follow their lead any time soon.