This week’s OK! Magazine claims that Nicole Richie’s wedding didn’t go off without a hitch and was in fact pretty stressful for her. Nicole was asking around $100,000 for a photo and the way OK! tells it she lowered her asking price after not getting any takers. The pictures ended up in People, where Nicole earned a sidebar and not the main cover. (More on that in a moment.) At the wedding, OK! claims that her security people confiscated the cell phones of everyone in attendance in order to drive up prices for the pictures. What’s more is that several high profile guests begged off, among them Christina Aguilera and Kim Kardashian. Still, I hope it was a special day for Nicole and Joel. OK! claims it was far from it. Here’s part of their report:
Nicole hungered to see her wedding photos on a national magazine cover. But no one would match her price. In the end, she was asking $100,000 for just one photo! “Nicole was clearly very paranoid about getting the best possible deal for the photos,” confirms an insider. “It was a big deal to her right up until the last moment.”
And it put a damper on the actual wedding. The bride was so nervous that one of her guests might sell unauthorized photographs that she insisted on having all cell phones confiscated. “She was obviously trying to protect her paycheck,” sniffed one guest. “But it ruined the mood because it seemed like she didn’t trust anyone.”
She also let the details of the wedding – organized by planner to the stars Mindy Weiss – overwhelm her. “Nicole changed her mind about everything from the food to the music to the people in the wedding party,” says the insider. “She claimed she wanted an understated, modest affair, but it ended up being a disaster for Nicole.”
Her close friends were no-shows
Invited guests Kim Kardashian and Christina Aguilera (who was slated to sing) opted to work instead.
She dissed her childhood pal
She invited Nicky Hilton, but not Paris, who catapulted Nicole to fame by inviting her to co-star on The Simple Life in 2003.
[From OK! Magazine, print edition, December 27, 2010]
That’s cold that Richie invited Nicky Hilton but not Paris! There goes Paris’ claim that she was invited but had other plans.
OK! is featuring the Kardashians with their “Holiday Miracle: We’re Having Babies.” Of course none of them are pregnant and they only plan to be some day. (I read the article, don’t bother.) Maybe the Kardashians’ asking price was less than Nicole’s, or maybe they just sell better than she does. Poor Nicole only got a “Nicole’s Wedding Disaster” sidebar.
People was more generous with a friendly “Best Weddings” sidebar to their “Woman of the Year” cover with Sandra Bullock. Online there’s a picture of one of Nicole’s Marchesa wedding gowns (she had three designed for the ceremony) where Joel is kissing her and she’s backing away. Kaiser likes Nicole’s gown and thinks it’s unique, but I find the giant tulle skirt ridiculous and reminiscent of Bjork’s swan oscar dress. People has more details online of Nicole’s wedding, including the fact that her daughter Harlow, 2, was the flower girl and 15 month-old son Sparrow was the ring bearer. Richie calls the ceremony “magical” while Madden says “it was the best night of my life.” I wonder how much People shelled out for those photos and if Nicole and Joel broke even. Who am I kidding? You know Lionel Richie paid for the whole shebang and loved every minute of it.
People cover via Cover Awards