Actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green eloped to Hawaii for their big day. Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom kept their own completely hush-hush until it was all over.
Simple celebrations are popping up everywhere in the celebrity world but it's not just our biggest stars who believe less is more on their wedding day.
Alison Barton (nee Chow), a 38-year old business owner from Queens Park, was after an intimate affair. She simply hoped to share the occasion with the people she cherished most.
"We wanted something personal, not just your average cookie-cutter wedding," Barton says. "It can become so much about the production and you can end up wanting everything possible as a bride. This was a really special way to do it and more about the marriage than all the bridezilla hoo-ha."
Besides the obvious advantages a smaller wedding may provide for the couple, such as lower costs, less stress and simple planning, Barton adds that each of her 14 guests also thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Barton married her husband Paul at the Pretty Beach House in Killcare on New Year's Eve, 2009 and their guests were seated at one long table with the bride and groom.
"Because it was so small, everyone had a chance to get up and say something ... my brother started welling up when he spoke," Barton says. "And because we were such a small wedding party in total, there was no sense of a function centre atmosphere and we all got to enjoy a bit of a holiday together."
Bride To Be editor Amelia Bloomfield says couples are becoming better at culling their guest lists to ensure only the special people in their lives share the day with them.
"We are seeing a trend for smaller wedding parties and fewer guests throughout Australian weddings... the average number is now 97 compared to the 103 guests in 2004," Bloomfield says.
"Interestingly, the spend on engagement parties has risen, so perhaps couples are making more of the pre-wedding celebrations to keep friends and family happy and the actual nuptials more low-key."
She says the end result is worth the chop. "There will be fewer demanding relatives, no seating plans to pull your hair out over," she explains. "And if you've opted for a destination wedding, you often get to say 'I do' in the kind of exotic site that you would never have been able to drag your friends and family to."
But keeping a wedding intimate doesn't necessarily have to involve escaping town or cutting distant cousins off a guest list. North Sydney's St Thomas' Anglican church's "wedding minister", the Reverend Richard James, says couples just need to keep reminding themselves what the day actually means to them.
"Having done hundreds of weddings, the best weddings were when there were less frills and more focus," he says.
The I do's and don'ts: Reverend James tells
1. DO focus on having a marriage for a lifetime. Don't just focus on the wedding itself.
2. DO realise what the lyrics mean in your musical choices. Opt for majestic, beautiful and moving tunes over Meatloaf's Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.
3. DO make a big deal of your vows and understand what you are promising. I am yet to see an improvement on the traditional wedding vows.
4. DON'T worry about overinviting guests to the ceremony, however avoid having people you don't really know at the reception. The reception should only be for close ones who love you both.
5. DO understand what marriage means. It doesn't have an escape clause; you can't say: "I will only love you if ..."
6. DON'T spend a fortune on your wedding dress. A lot is all right but a fortune is crazy and when it comes to modesty, showing off is also crazy. Sadly, a plunging neckline will become a hotter table topic than your marriage.
7. DO understand that you are profoundly selfish. All your life you have been brought up to believe that what you want is what matters most. Start working on changing yourself, not your partner.
8. DON'T have too many bridesmaids and groomsmen. Close friends is the guide. Lean towards ones you would trust completely rather than just trying to add more to please others.
9. DO invite small children. But parents should always sit or move to the back if they are screaming. Staying front and centre during the ceremony is really rude and is stretching the friendship.
10. DON'T have a prenuptial agreement. It is the kiss of death to a marriage. If you can't trust each other, you shouldn't get married. Period.