It seems clear that we are in a time where gender roles and expectations are rapidly being redefined and altered. Although these new definitions are, no doubt, giving both genders some more freedom, are they simultaneously making a handful of people a bit more uncomfortable as well? Madame Noire took to the streets to try and discover just this. They interviewed several New Yorkers to see how they'd feel if a husband, instead, decided to take a woman's last name. You won't believe some of their responses.
For some reason when we get engaged we cannot fathom the drama of figuring out who to invite! Since we really only have access to our own family and friends and who we want to attend, it can be rattling when there isn’t completely agreement with your fiancé, your parents, and his parents. What’s a girl to do to have the wedding she wants without too many, or too few, in attendance? Here are seven secrets to wedding guest list invitation bliss. Take bits of wisdom from each and come up with your own recipe for family harmony.
Can we just say this? What happens in Vegas does not stay there. Just ask almost-groom Robert Leighton, who definitely found that out the hard way. Apparently, the Chicago lawyer went a bit too far at his bachelor party and was hit with a lawsuit courtesy of his ex-bride-to-be. She discovered his Sin-City hook-up, and he discovered that poor decisions always crawl back home with you.
I'm not what one might call an international news junkie, but some headlines just catch your eye... KATE MIDDLETON QUITS HER JOB. My first reaction: Oh no! Was something wrong? Was someone being cruel to her? Has she actually always wanted to be a writer and decided now was as good a time as any to finally pursue her dream (please that, please that)? "Kate Middleton has quit her job in order to prepare for her wedding to Prince William, says the London Evening Standard." Oh. Well then.
Not everyone wants to go into debt for their wedding. And those same people don't want to necessarily get married in Vegas. That's when compromise comes in. Do you get married in the winter or on a non-Saturday? Or do you find a new venue. While you're trying a new venue you should consider a funeral home, it's like a church but slightly sadder.
When news broke of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton last week, questions began to fly immediately. What did the ring look like? Where would the ceremony be held? And when was the big day? The answers came fast: it was Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring, chosen by William so that his mother could be involved in his happiness. The ceremony would be held at Westminster Abbey, and the wedding would take place on April 29th, 2011.
Not every mother is thrilled for her daughter's wedding, but while some dissenters hold their peace, others accuse the bride of being a suicide bomber. Over the weekend, CNN reported that a Russian woman told police that her daughter planned to explode a plane. The flight was delayed and the bride, who was traveling to Morocco for her wedding, was taken away for questioning. Investigators later traced the call to her mother, who admitted that she disapproved of her daughter's engagement to a Moroccan citizen.
As I mentioned earlier this weekend, I spent Labor Day attending the most awesome wedding I’ve ever been to. Granted, it probably meant that the bride, groom, and both sets of parents bled money consistently for the past year, but there were some non-financial lessons to be learned as well. Here are 5 tips to remember when planning a wedding.
Wedding planning can be stressful as hell, and it's inevitable that—at some point or another—you'll end up fighting with your friends and family. Why? It has nothing to do with picking and choosing wedding vendors. In the end, one DJ is the same as another. And it has even less to do with time. With most couples planning their weddings at least one year in advance, it's easy to space out all the items on your wedding planning to-do list so that you don't break down into a weeping pile of taffeta and confetti. Nay. The number one cause of arguments during wedding planning? The ones you love (and who presumably love you). Thanks a lot, friends and family.
When self-pleasure surpassed the regular stuff. Bozo gets dumped for letting his girlfriend take a foul ball beaning for him. Statistical signs he may be cheating. More on manscaping. The extra benefits of a vasectomy. Escaping a boring relationship. Worst wedding trends. Where wedding planning and fantasy football meet. Can men and women be friends? Signs she's faking an orgasm. And some tough love for women who dig married men.
The traditional matrimony industry isn't always as mutable as you'd like. That's where two broads from East Point, GA (it's in SW Atlanta*) decided to make a difference. Kristen and Maria Palladino had one devil of a time getting everything lined up for their nuptials and decided that others may also need a point in the right direction. To that end, they created Equally Wed, a web-zine dedicated to the gay marriage niche.
Infamous, recluse Conan O'Brien has turned some gal life flipped / turned upside. The former host of The Tonight Show decided to single out one Twitter user to follow and see what would happen. Yes, it is the exact same plot as Trading Places but without the frozen orange juice concentrate scheme. Sarah Killen (twitter.com/lovelybutton) if she was ready for her life to change and she was ready. Evidently, since she was about to get married, the 19-year old was ready for any and all changes to come her way.
Most women have it pretty easy on their wedding day. The months of planning, dieting, haggling, bargaining with God and breath-holding (sorta) move into the rearview mirror if everyone does their damned job and manages to stow their petty bullsh. Occasionally, a woman will pitch an extra level of difficulty into the miasma of wedding day mayhem. One woman starts her honeymoon by having a baby, and another kicks things off from a jailhouse.
Last year, when Jay got on one knee in Battery Park in Manhattan and proposed, I accepted and realized I was filled with joy—at the prospect of spending the rest of my life with him—then panic, associated with the idea of becoming a bride. So after saying yes, I said, "Let's elope!" trying to make it sound bright, shiny and enticing. To my frustration, his response was, "No way!" I threw my hands in the air and issued my challenge: "Fine. You're planning this thing."