You probably know wedding planner Kevin Lee from his cameos on the hit reality show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” where he planned the extravagant nuptials for Lisa Vanderpump’s daughter, Pandora, and couldn’t get enough of the bling.
The one and only Kevin Lee is the man behind the larger-than-life weddings of A-list clientele like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera and Bill and Giuliana Rancic. (A fun fact: he’s also the real-life inspiration behind the iconic character Franck, played by Martin Short, in “Father of the Bride”).
With wedding season in full swing, Lee is at his busiest, putting all of the final touches on the floral arrangements, lighting and more, to make each Beverly Hills bride’s special day perfect.
“I’m here to just [help] them to make them happy. That’s what I want,” Lee said.
Many of his brides are big spenders, easily dropping $40,000 on flowers alone and even a staggering $1 million for the total package.
As much as Lee loves bling, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get an expensive look. Lee gave “Good Morning America” his tips to plan a Beverly Hills wedding on a budget and hot trends to incorporate on your big day.
Kevin’s Lee Budget-Friendly Tips
1. Instead of hiring a full band, hire a great DJ accompanied with a couple of live instruments to save.
2. Buffet stations save money compared to sit-down plated service which requires wait staff.
3. Focus flower in one main area. Your display will pop this way and then you can fill the rest of the space with candles, which gives it a more romantic feel.
4. Instead of investing so much money on a wedding gown that you’ll wear once, you can rent amazing high-end designer gowns.
5. Order invitations online.
Hot Event Trends
1. Color – Popping yellow
2. Design – Retro classic pieces with pops of bright color and reflective surfaces.
3. Tabletop Centerpieces (Events) – Less heavy floral and more accessories and props.
4. Tabletop Centerpieces (Weddings) – Over the top, elaborate and grand floral.
5. Fabric Decor – Mix of patterns with a play on vintage, traditional fabrics with a modern twist.