Celebrity weddings keep getting bigger and bigger—and a lot of the time, I can’t help but feel that for some of the couples, they’re not necessarily having these gigantic, overblown events because they WANT to. Sometimes, it seems like they’re having them because they feel like they’re EXPECTED to—and really, that’s the worst reason to have a huge wedding that I can think of.
Which is why I’m actually really glad that Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé, talent manager Brandon Blackstock, have decided to elope instead. Although they’d originally planned on having a big ol’ outdoor wedding in the fall, the couple recently told People about their sudden change of plans. “We are so busy that we finally just came to terms the other night and were like, ‘So, we change our minds and we want to elope,’” Kelly said. “We just got so overwhelmed by it—all the decisions.”
How busy? This busy: Kelly has a Christmas record coming out; she’s currently working with State Farm to teach kids about safe driving; Brandon’s two children from a previous relationship just went back to school, which means football games and soccer games and so on; and Brandon manages Blake Shelton, who just happens to be one of the biggest artists in country music today, so he’s on the road a lot.
Not to mention the fact that planning a wedding with the public eye fixed firmly on you must be exhausting. Kelly noted, “We sent out a save-the-date to everyone, and then it got crazy and all the details were leaking.” Talk about stressful. So how do you tell everyone you’d told to save the date that they don’t actually have to save the date anymore—essentially un-inviting them to your wedding? With grace. Kelly says they “sent out an engagement photo to everyone and said, ‘Thank you so much for understanding, but it’s just going to be me and Brandon and his two kids and the minister.” As she put it, “Our whole life is a celebration. That’s what we keep laughing about. We don’t need another day where we throw a big party. Our lives are so in the spotlight all the time. Everything is such a spectacle, we were like, ‘We would rather have an intimate moment that’s special.’”—and anyone who really cares about them will understand.
That said, they’re still having a party—it just won’t be a wedding reception. The American Idol alum noted, “Our friend is throwing us [a party] because we’re about to wrap up construction at our house. He’s throwing us a huge stock the bar party, so all of the people who were going to be at our wedding will be there.” So everyone will still get their jollies; it’ll just be without all the stress that a wedding brings with it. Sounds good to me!
Tell us: Big wedding vs. intimate elopement: Given the choice, which would you pick?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.