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- July 17, 2006
- Vol. 66
- No. 3
The Wedding Planner
She's Created Romantic Nuptials for Gwen Stefani, Brooke Shields and Shaquille O'Neal. Now Mindy Weiss Is Sharing Her Tips for a More Perfect Union
Raised in a family that loved big celebrations ("My 5th birthday was a circus in our backyard"), Weiss, 47, a mother of three, got started doing custom invitations. When a client asked her to do a whole party in 1992, she stepped up and is now among the first people called after a star gets engaged. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Jessica Simpson and Denise Richards are a few who have trusted her to bring inventive ideas, not to mention calm, to their big days. "Before you get a question out of your mouth, she's taken care of it," says Erinn Bartlett, recently wed to Oliver Hudson. Now Weiss, who does 120 parties a year, wants to share her planning prowess with a bigger audience: In April she became the registry consultant for Linens 'n Things and next year will publish a wedding guide. But her first love remains working with couples, famous and not. "You become an intimate part of their families," says Weiss. "I'm responsible for good memories." Here, a few of her own fond recollections from notable nuptials past.
Shaquille & Shaunie O'Neal
"Mindy was able to make my wife feel like a queen while letting me be Superman," says the Miami Heat center. The royal theme started with the invites: "They were outrageous," recalls Weiss. "It was a little box and inside was a Swarovski crystal crown, a tiara and a pop-up castle."
SWEET SEND-OFF: "As guests exited, they got their own miniature peach pie," says Weiss. "Shaq and Shaunie wanted to share something they loved. It was really nice, and an inexpensive favor."
Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
"They really planned the wedding together—Nick never missed a meeting." Their split, says Weiss, "was very surprising to me."
STEAL THIS TIP: Using framed photos of the couple, Weiss created an entryway display for the reception.
Leah Remini & Angelo Pagan
"Mindy understood from the first meeting what I wanted to create," says Remini. "I wanted people to feel in love. I wanted husbands and wives to go home and rekindle their romance."
PERSONAL TOUCH: "Leah handwrote a note to all of the 100 guests," says Weiss.
SUMMER WEDDING TIP: "It was 115° in Las Vegas, so we brought in a snow cone machine."
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