Britney Spears' weekend wedding was not only a surprise to her fans, it was a surprise to her family as well. Just in the last week or so, invites had been mailed out with a date of October 16.
"The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline," decoy invitations obtained by In Touch magazine read (click here for photos of the invitation). So people attending Saturday's event were at first led to believe it would be an engagement dinner. Previously, the singer had planned to hold a bridal shower in Malibu that night, while her fiance was to hold his bachelor party at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. But once plans changed, the bachelor and bachelorette parties were held the night prior, according to the New York Post.
The shift in the wedding date came once the couple realized that this particular weekend was also home to the Emmys in Los Angeles, and the media's attention might be diverted. According to reports from Star magazine and "Access Hollywood" — who followed the singer's mother and younger sister as they prepared for the "engagement dinner" — no one was the wiser until the day prior.
Cobbling together the bits and pieces available in various media accounts, it appears the festivities went down like this:
Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, purchased casual slacks, while Britney's younger sister, Jamie Lynn, dyed her hair back to its original color of brown to prepare for the event. Britney, also back to brunette, spent the day prepping at the Burke Williams Spa in Santa Monica, where she checked in under the name Bella and had a facial and massage, according to TV show "The Insider." When the time came, friends and family (holed up at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica) were driven by two vans to a secret location, save for Jamie Lynn, who pulled up in a black limo.
About 25 miles from the hotel, the wedding planner had made arrangements to hold the affair in Studio City, California, in the tented backyard of her ex-husband's house. Her ex also tailored custom-made tuxedoes for the groom and the men in the wedding party (Federline's brother was best man).
The low-key ceremony was short, starting at 7:30 p.m. and only lasting about five to 10 minutes. Spears walked down the aisle in a white strapless dress by designer Monique L'Huillier, with a long veil and a tiara. She carried a bouquet of pink and white roses, while her bridesmaids and maid of honor Jamie Lynn wore burgundy and carried red roses. For rings, the bride and groom swapped platinum bands — a plain one for her, and one with diamonds for him.
Afterward, the wedding party and guests changed into made-for-the-occasion velour sweat suits, which were party gifts of a sort. Women got pink ones that read "Maids" and "Hot Mama" on the back, while men got white ones that read "Pimps" and "Pimp Daddy" on the back. Britney's sweat suit read "Mrs. Federline," while Kevin's read "Hers."
The menu reportedly included chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, crab cakes, ribs and Waldorf salad, but there was no open bar. Guests did get a gift bag that included Gap jeans, candy and a silver teardrop ring with an image of the bride and groom. Guests also reportedly had to sign an affidavit that they wouldn't take pictures.
At the late night/early morning reception, held at the Xes nightclub on the Sunset Strip, Spears and Federline's first dance as a married couple was to the tune of Journey's "Lights."
And that October 16 date? That's now supposed to be a post-wedding party, in case this reception wasn't enough to celebrate the happy couple.
For more on Britney and her husband, check out the feature "Whose Prerogative?"