Among celebrities, after years of single motherhood, marriage is back in style - sometimes elaborate, sometimes quietly simple and usually very expensive.
Among the quiet and discreet, Anna Scotti wrote in an article in the current issue of Redbook, were Natasha Richardson and Liam Nee-son, who held their hush-hush nuptials on their serene farm in upstate New York.For real privacy control, there was Geena Davis, who married director Renny Harlin in September 1993. Their lavish invitation instructed friends to call a "point person" just to find out where they'd be going for the three-day celebration.
On the other hand, when Roseanne and her former bodyguard, Ben Thomas, tied the knot on Feb. 14, they partied at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood. Roseanne's invitation was a shiny red heart with tin cupids. She certainly didn't believe in wedding white - she was married in a red velvet gown by Richard Tyler.
Country diva Trisha Yearwood and Pamela Anderson of "Baywatch" both were married in white - but Yearwood's white when she married Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks was a pantsuit by Tyler, and Anderson's wedding white was a Nolan Miller bikini for her marriage in Cancun, Mexico.
The bride who went the traditional route, surprisingly, was Heather Locklear, who was married in Paris in high-necked if clingy white lace.
The guest list at some celebrity weddings may be small, but the bands can be big. Michelle Pfeiffer and David Kelley hired an 11-piece orchestra to entertain the 50-plus guests at their 1993 wedding.
After the band packed up, caterer Adam Martin told a magazine, "They were dancing together with no music, just looking at each other. It was very romantic."
Davis and Harlin bested them with a 13-member ensemble. In New Orleans this April, Extra's Arthel Neville's first dance with her husband, Derrick Lassic, an NFL player, was performed by the world's best party band - her father and uncles, the Neville Brothers.
When it comes to taking the cake, New York's Sylvia Wein-stock remains the undisputed Icing Queen of the East Cost and beyond, and she will fly her cakes anywhere.
Among the stars who have nibbled on her cakes - the price of which she won't disclose except to call them "an affordable luxury" - are Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola, Donald Trump and Marla Maples, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, and Richardson and Neeson.
Weinstock's edible art ranges from the outrageously traditional to the simply outrageous, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa pastry she built for Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton.
Food can be very personal. Pfeiffer and Kelley's sit-down dinner was pure "Age of Innocence" - crab vol au vents, salad, roasted game hen and sauteed haricots verts.
Neville and Lassic were true to her New Orleans tradition - a spread of Cajun smoked meats, jambalaya and shrimp fettuccine.
Then there was Anna Nicole Smith and her nonagenarian billionaire, who offered only cake and champagne.