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It's no surprise that a bride's wedding day doesn't go exactly like the movies.

A realistic wedding day meets somewhere in between a Disney movie and a Don't Tell the Bride episode.

“Here Comes the Bride” down the aisle, lined with watchful guests turned in their seats to see the big white dress trail to the tune.

Tulle is draped in sweeping loops along pews filled with family and friends, as the church whispers promises of a happy ever after.

Today had been the most stressful and the most wonderful day of the bride's life. The wrong flowers line reception tables facing the wrong DJ booth.

Her dream band had cancelled last minute, and they were forced to hook up her niece's iPhone to the church speakers for the ceremony music.

She takes it all in as she puts one heel in front of the other: the incompetence of professionals, the coffee staining her veil, her mum-in-law’s audacity to wear white, the utter frustration of the whole day.

And, like all the movies, the minute she lays eyes on the man waiting for her at the alter, all the details melt away.

But what are her guests thinking as they watch from their wooden seats, shoulder to shoulder, as the ceremony unfolds?

It turns out guests have ranked these thoughts from most to least enjoyable during a recent study conducted by American Express.

The most important priority ranked was the other guests, with 44% of wedding attendees agreeing the guest list was vital to their happiness. They said that they must know those in attendance well enough and enjoy their company.

Secondly, was good weather at 42%, of course, for that could potentially ruin the whole event if they were expected to mingle and dance in an outdoor venue.

Surprisingly, how well they knew the groom or bride was only voted third at 41%. It seems family and friends thought the couple's compatibility was less important than their experience at the ceremony.

The venue and catering followed fourth and fifth at 38% and 37% during the survey.

Unlike the bride, guests stated that the smaller details made less of a contribution to the big day:

1. Favours or goody bags– 5 per cent

2. The speeches – 10 per cent

3. Being able to bring children – 10 per cent

4. Being able to bring a plus one – 13 per cent

5. Meeting new people – 13 per cent.

So, for those of you planning your perfect wedding, it is nice to know that the little things like enough space for a plus one or hand-crafted goody bags are not as important as you thought.

Phew! You can devote your time to the big things and, we would recommend, drafting up a drama-free guest list.

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Cheryl and her new hubby are to have a SECOND wedding this week!

This is because so many friends and family missed out on her hush-hush ceremony the first time round.

Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini are said to be frantically searching for a London venue for the ceremony, and have drawn up a guest list of around 80 people.

We can’t WAIT to see the wedding snaps!

Only Cheryl’s mother Joan Callaghan and her PA Lily England were at her Caribbean nuptial earlier this month, and apparently a lot of Cheryl’s family haven’t even met her hubby! 

They’re not the only ones who feel cheated out of a wedding – we want to see that dress!

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson FINALLY tied the knot at a lavish Californian ceremony yesterday.

The actress and singer wed former NFL player Eric Johnson at the stunning San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara.

Jessica and Eric have been dating since 2010, and have two children together: daughter Maxwell, 2, and son Ace, 1.

They had to push back two previously set wedding dates, but have finally walked down the aisle!

In an official statement,  the newlyweds described the wedding as the “happiest moment of our lives”.

They said, “We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love having made our eternal commitment.

“To say ‘I do’ in front of family, friends and, most importantly, our children has been the happiest moment of our lives.”

So sweet!

More than 250 guests attended the couple’s wedding, including Jessica’s sister Ashlee Simpson and her fiancé Evan Ross, and actress Jessica Alba and her family.

Jessica wore a stunning custom-made pale pink Marchesa wedding dress – which we can’t WAIT to see snaps of!

The Beach Boys 1966 balled God Only Knows also played during the ceremony, as the couple exchanged their vows in a romantic rose garden under a canopy of chevron seating.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Au revoir  Paris!

The Kimye wedding festivities have taken flight as the couple and their hundreds of guests have touched down in Italy for the hotly- anticipated ceremony.

The pair are set to say ‘I do’ at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere around 6pm tonight at their star-studded ceremony.

Kim and Kanye will apparently take their vows in front of a giant wall of white flowers, similar to the one Kanye got his soon-to-be-wife for Mother’s Day.

Kanye was spotted stepping off the private jet at the airport in Florence a couple of hours ago, shortly after Bruce Jenner and Scott Disick landed.

Kylie Jenner’s rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith was one of the many celebrity guests who flew into Florence for the big day.

While Brody Jenner is reportedly boycotting the wedding, his brother Brandon and wife Leah posted a romantic snap on Instagram en route to Florence earlier.

While everything seemed to on track, reports are coming in that catastrophe has struck with the wedding cake, which apparently toppled over on the drive to the airport in Paris!

The cake was said to be seven tiers and about six feet tall.

Let’s just hope they have a back-up on board then!

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It’s been ‘their song’ ever since Kanye West chose it for his amazing proposal to Kim Kardashian.

And for months, the rapper has been trying to convince Young and Beautiful singer Lana Del Rey to perform the ballad for him and his bride-to-be.

Kanye’s wish came true, as the singer performed a tear-jerking show for the couple and their family in the French Palace of Versailles last night.

And there apparently wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Before the performance, the couple took their 600 guests for a private guided tour of the Palace followed by lavish dinner on the eve of their wedding at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy later TODAY!

Kimye were joined by a small number of family members earlier yesterday for a lavish lunch at fashion designer Valentino Garavani’s 17th century estate.

Swanky!

The couple and their entourage are said to be flying to Florence via private charter before exchanging vows during a sunset ceremony.

We CAN’T wait!

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It’s a family affair at this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards as Brendan Gleeson is up against his son for the Actor in a Lead Role Film Award.

Brendan’s son, Domhnall is up for an IFTA for his portrayal of Tim Lake in About Time while Brendan is nominated for his role in Calvary.

Saoirse Ronan will be up for an IFTA for her role in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium for which he is also nominated for Film Director Award. Byzantium is also up for a Best Film IFTA.

Other nominations include Tom Vaughan-Lawlor for his famous role as Nidge in Love/Hate and Andrew Scott who plays Moriarty in Sherlock is nominated for his role in Irish film The Stag.

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