Kanye West's recent over-the-top proposal to Kim Kardashian in San Francisco's AT&T Park, complete with orchestra and 15-carat engagement ring, seems more in keeping with the excesses we've come to expect from celebrities.
So when Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell spend $142 on their entire wedding or rock star David Bowie uses his own home video camera to create his latest music video for just $12.99, it comes as a refreshing surprise.
Click through to read about 5 celebrities who are keeping it low key.
He may be one of the world's biggest rock stars, but when it came to producing a video for his latest single, "Love Is Lost," David Bowie kept it low key. Using his own home video camera and a couple of rescued puppets from his treasure trove, Bowie wrote, shot and edited the entire video last weekend in his Manhattan office. The whole thing cost just $12.99, the price for the thumb drive to transfer the finished video. And the result -- posted online Wednesday -- is a hauntingly gothic tale just in time for Halloween.
|Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell|
In an industry famous for lavish weddings, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell's recent modest nuptials stand out. Joking that he had the "world's worst wedding, Shepard told Jimmy Kimmel, "We went to the Beverly Hills courthouse, and all in, with fuel to get there, $142 out the door. I don't yet have a ring. I am going to follow your course, because you got your ring at Costco." Friends of the "When in Rome" co-stars took pity on them and bought them a cake afterward.
Former "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher still remembers the days before she made it big. She once told People magazine, "I drive my cars for 10 years until they have 100,000 miles on them."
"Up in the Air" star Vera Farmiga and her musician-turned-carpenter husband Renn Hawkey live on a farm in upstate New York with their two children, four goats and no nanny. "In another life, I was a shepherdess," the 40-year-old actress told Parade magazine. "I like being off the grid. I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land. I've become a farmer in my spare time. It's really sort of a great place where I can be centered and have a great perspective on what it is I want and need."
|Anna Faris and Chris Pratt|
After Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were engaged, Faris told People that she wanted a simple wedding. "I get to play and get my hair and make-up done in my professional life, so I don't really know if I want that fuss for my wedding," she said. "I want simple." She added, "No fuss, that's the most important thing. Warm would be great." And warm is what they got. The couple married in Bali in 2009 with just a few close friends and family present.