Make your big day extra special: Top wedding dupes
Pricing up your pre-wedding shopping list can be stressful – especially if you’ve taken inspiration from celebrity weddings. Not everyone has the budget to emulate their favourite famous weddings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have something similar! Wedding ‘dupes’ have grown in popularity over the past few years, as retailers compete to reproduce some of our favourite iconic pieces at a more affordable price. Here are some of the best wedding dupes to make your big day extra special!
Chandelier tiers: Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Despite having the potential to become a serious hazard — especially if you’ve invited children to your ceremony, there’s no denying that Kayley Cuoco’s wedding cake was a spectacular creation. The tiers were assembled upside down, finished with an extravagant chandelier suspended on top. While most bakers might not want to brave such a daring design, The Butter End Cakery took Kayley’s cake dreams and made them into a reality. Want to give your own wedding cake an a-list makeover? Ask your baker to let their creativity run wild with suspended tiers which can wrap around your wedding cake, adding a unique touch.
Flower wall: Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West
Looking to get your photographs exactly right? A statement backdrop could be the way to go, taking some inspiration from the music mogul Kanye West and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West. The couple marked their first moments of married life by posing in front of a decadent wall of flowers, and the delicate toned blooms added to the ethereal ambience of their special day. While not all of us can stretch our budgets enough to accommodate such aggrandized features, there’s a few alternative ways to recreate this, and it will look just as gorgeous in your pictures. Consider adding some flower lined arches, or look at lining the walls of your venue with some paper flower creations, for a quirkier, less pricy option.
Engagement ring: Beyonce Knowles and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)
Shawn Carter, known in the music industry as Jay-Z, took heed from his partner Beyoncé Knowles hit ‘Single Ladies’ in 2007, when he finally ‘put a ring on it’ — and he certainly chose well! Not every man would feel comfortable heading into the jewellers and finding the perfect engagement ring for their partner, but Jay-Z picked a stunning Lorraine Schwartz 18 carat platinum ring with a price tag of $5 million. If you’re looking to convey the same luxury look for a split shank band, and in terms of style emerald cut, diamond engagement rings are the best bet.
Evening dress: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
We’re a nation swept away by royal wedding euphoria, so once again we are looking back to what Meghan wore on her big day — this time, it’s all about her second gown. Meghan changed in to an uber chic halter neck dress designed by Stella McCartney, a fitted floor length piece fit for the radiant princess. Shortly afterwards, the e-commerce fashion retailer ASOS unveiled a dress which captures the same understated elegance, with a more payday friendly price tag of £120. Surprisingly, the actual dress is available to buy online, a rarity when it comes to garments designed for an event with the gravity of a royal wedding; but if the £3,500 checkout total is over budget, then rest assured that you’ll find some dupes which are outstandingly close to the real deal.
Cartier earrings: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
When the royal couple tied the knot back in 2018, The Duchess of Sussex wore the stunning yet simplistic Cartier 18 karat white gold and diamond galanterie stud earrings, and they complemented the timeless elegance of her fitted gown. The earrings were a perfect statement in line with her overall wedding day look, understated and simply ethereal. If you’re still in awe of these beauties, then head to the online retailer Etsy where you’ll find an extraordinarily similar pair for around £17 — a notable saving when compared to the Cartier price tag of $16,500 (£13,500).
If you’ve got your eyes on something that you’ve spotted in a glossy magazine or on your favourite celebrities Instagram feed, then it’s worthwhile shopping around because more often than not, you’ll find a brilliant dupe!