Inside Kim Kardashian’s copycat wedding
BY ARIENNE THOMPSON Gannett News Service August 18, 2011 6:34PM
Kim Kardashian and her fiance, NBA basketball player Kris Humphries. | Matt Sayles~AP
Updated: November 3, 2011 10:21AM
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kim Kardashian’s wedding Saturday to 26-year-old NBA player Kris Humphries will be a tribute to celebrities who walked down the aisle before her.
The 30-year-old reality starlet/entrepreneur has used other stars’ special days as a blueprint for her own, taking a paint-by-numbers approach.
† An oversized engagement ring like Beyonce? Check.
† Short engagement like Prince William and Kate Middleton? Check.
† Hush-hush meetings with Vera Wang like Chelsea Clinton? Check.
† Marrying a basketball player like Eva Longoria? Check.
† Club-sponsored bachelorette party in Las Vegas like Vanessa Minnillo? Yep.
“It is no surprise to me that a lot of Kim’s choices are not original, just because honestly, in Hollywood, there are only a few vendors that celebrities go to,” says Us Weekly’s West Coast bureau chief, Melanie Bromley. “I always find that celebrities are a little bit like sheep — and I mean this in the best possible way — in many aspects of their life, whether it’s choosing an interior designer, going to the right colorist, the right facialist.”
Sister Khloe Kardashian has dubbed the lavish affair the celeb world’s “royal wedding,” and that’s no surprise given the Kardashian clan’s devotion to fame.
“It’s a little nauseating sometimes, because they’re everywhere, but they have been consistent,” says Essence magazine’s entertainment director, Cori Murray. “They are clear: ‘This is our business. We want to be celebrities.’ They get it.”
Kardashian has blogged and tweeted details about her big day for weeks now. She wrote on her blog Aug. 1 that Wang “has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years.” She also has struck a deal with her home network, E!, to film the wedding for an October special and has launched a special wedding edition of her perfume to mark the occasion.
Last week, paparazzi snapped Kardashian sampling cakes inside L.A.’s Hansen’s, the go-to bakery for Tori Spelling and other stars.
Says Murray: “She wants to be regarded as a respected celebrity.”