Counting the cost of celeb weddings
It's not easy being a celebrity bride. Not only do they have to consider the usual stuff like wedding dresses (usually freebies), venues (often in exotic destinations), guest lists (brimming with celebrities) and caterers (a hatted chef, of course), in the parallel universe of famedom, they must also sweat bucketloads over a mega-buck magazine deal.
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins will finally walk down the aisle in June with her model/tradie fiance Jake Wall, after one of the longest celebrity engagements in recent history.
Hawkins's wedding is being discussed in great detail in the offices of Australia's leading women's magazines as editors wheel in the bean counters to calculate how much they are prepared to spend. Within camp Hawkins, her agent Sean Anderson has the task of cutting the deal, with insiders saying the asking price will be a staggering NZ$377,000.
''He is dreaming if he thinks we will pay that ... I reckon they'll be lucky to get half,'' says one battle-weary editor, who asked to remain anonymous so as to protect any potential deal she may strike.
If Hawkins, who appears on the cover of Harper's Bazaar on Monday, manages to ink a deal for $377,000, it will be on par with the big celebrity weddings of yore, including the biggest of them all - the fairytale nuptials of Bec and Lleyton Hewitt.
But even Hawkins could soon be eclipsed in the not too distant future, with whispers that Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley (a union dubbed Shurley) are asking for NZ$1.2 million in return for Australian media access to their wedding.
Rumour has it Shurley are also after another NZ$1.2 million from Britain's Hello! magazine, which last year splashed the couple with their blended family across its pages in the midst of a heavily styled holiday in Sri Lanka. Hurley is no stranger to cutting such deals. She and her ex-husband, Indian-born Arun Nayar, became embroiled in an unseemly row with Nayar's father, Vinod, who claimed he and his family were made to feel like social outcasts for the sake of Hello!.
''I think this elaborate Indian event was Elizabeth's theatrical dream. It certainly was not a serious attempt to honour our customs,'' Vinod said at the time. Good luck Warnie!
- Sydney Morning Herald