Wedding season has officially hit, and TV networks are making sure to give viewers their fill of wedding hijinks, bridal drama, and newlywed “bliss.” Here’s a list of just a few of the wedding themed shows TV has to offer.
Italian soccer player Luca Ceccarelli and his fiancée, Irene Lanforti, made history when they were married under the very same balcony where legend has it the woman who served as inspiration for Shakespeare's Juliet revealed her love for her real-life Romeo so many centuries ago. The wedding marks the first to take place in this historic location.
A crummy new trend is emerging for newly weds: infidelity. Women's Health mentions a small, growing trend of men cheating within the first year of marriage. A part of this infidelity is ascribed to uncertainty about the future and it's possible that all of the focus on the wedding and the honeymoon has shortchanged any planning for the real happily ever after.
As you may know, Salma Hayek had a surprise wedding on Valentine's Day. She and baby daddy Francois-Henri Pinault decided to make it official. But instead of going on a fabulous honeymoon, the Ugly Betty producer returned to work on 30 Rock as Alec Baldwin's love interest. That's just the kind of hard work Jack Donaghy would love in an employee (or lover).
It all began right after our tour of Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands: gray skies, drizzle, word of a "tropical storm warning," and then the news that we'd be in the path of a possible category three hurricane. That meant the various activities included in our honeymoon package—the drive to the top of the island to watch the sunset, the excursion to the Virgin Gorda to go snorkeling, the trip to the private beach—were promptly nixed. "It's fine," said Steve, as I started to whine. "I'd rather be here in the middle of a hurricane than anywhere else. At least we're together." Whatever. Nice words, but they weren't clearing the skies—or getting us a refund. I'm usually a real Girl Scout about stuff like this, able to buck up in the direst of circumstances, but my honeymoon was my turf, and it was being peed on by God.
It's been said that there's no better way to test a relationship than to take it on the road. And in the case of Brendan and Sarah, that road will be about 130 times longer than your average weekend getaway. For thirteen months, they'll be abandoning their home, friends, and careers to take their newly married butts and backpacks around the world. Along the way, they'll travel to twenty countries and send out podcasts documenting their adventures. Will they fight over the mosquito repellent? Get it on in an ancient monument? Only time will tell.
TIME magazine recently included Canada, Iceland and South Korea on a list of the best places to travel in a recession, thanks to a stronger dollar. Heading to Canada would cut down on airline costs, and all three locations offer beautiful landscapes and memorable characeristics that a beach honeymoon in the Caribbean wouldn't. Plus, there's less risk of hurricanes.
John and Ann Till had enough money for the first leg of their honeymoon—a trip from the UK to New York on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner—but were faced with a shortage for the return flight home. British superstore brand, Tesco, was running a promotion offering one loyalty point in exchange for four recyclable items. Every 250 points earned the Tills 600 British Airways miles.
At a mere 173 square feet, the "Eh'haeusl" or "marriage house" has quite a large reputation. The Bavarian hotel, built in 1728, is a fixture in South Germany's history, according to Reuters. What does 173 square feet get you? Three stories, actually: The first floor is the entryway, the second floor the bathroom, and the third, the bedroom. The structure was built by placing a front, back, and roof between the tiny space between two existing buildings. Voila: a cozy home for two. Actually, the space served many a newlywed, as it's name "marriage house," implies: According to 18th-century law, couples who intended to marry needed to own property to do so. The tiny house was quickly constructed and passed from couple to couple to allow lovebirds a way to the altar.
So, before you hit up Amazon or the aisles of B & N, buying full-length travel guides to every country and city that's ever struck your fancy, just buy this one: 101 Top Honeymoon Destinations: The Guide to Perfect Places for Passion, a four-by-six-inch illustrated guide offering brief rundowns of what worldwide honeymoon locales have to offer. With destinations divided into eight sections ranging from luxurious to adventure to cosmopolitan, it helps to narrow what you're looking for from your 'moon and where you can likely find it. Does taking a thermal bath in ancient waters and learning to say "I love you" in native Quechuan sound up your alley? Check out Machu Picchu. Or would you rather sip cocktails in a sarong after horseback riding on the beach? Anguilla might have you and your honey's name written all over it.
Why should newlyweds have all the fun? Every couple can use a good excuse to travel—just jet off into the sunset on a long weekend together. Trips aren't just for honeymooners, anymore! Enter the mini 'moon: With modern-day weddings rivaling Cirque du Soleil in scale and complexity, sometimes you need a quick escape before you walk down the aisle. And, once the (real) honeymoon's over, there's no need to stay home. Couples intent on baby-making can opt for conception 'moons: for relaxation—and procreation—and the baby 'moon: when you're pregnant and in need of one last escape before mini-me arrives! Check out these great get-away suggestions.
Last weekend, Fred and I went to visit my parents in Savannah—where we're getting married—and finalized a lot of the wedding details. We went to the baker, the florist, met with the DJ and had lunch with the minister. It was quite a full weekend. While running around, I again thought that I wasn't cut out for this wedding planning stuff. I looked at Fred and said, "I wish we could just get married tomorrow." I don't like the details. Thinking about flowers and how I want the cake displayed is annoying to me. My old roommate got engaged when I was living with her and in two weeks she had created an extensive scrapbook with cut-out magazine pictures of flowers, receptions, dresses— everything that she wants in her wedding. It was amazing. And it also made me feel like a bad bride. I had been engaged for 5 months at that point and had looked at maybe one wedding magazine.