The day is here. America's little girl is all grownup. Jenna Bush is set to wed Henry Hager at the Bush family ranch on Saturday. The Hager and Bush families are ready to take on another generation of politics. As a bonus, a preview of the President's congratulatory speech.
Once the reception ended, newlyweds Dr. and Mrs. Wielechowski checked in to The Holiday Inn and proceeded to beat the living daylights out of each other. When two guests tried to break up the argument the newlyweds joined forces to attack them causing about $1000 worth of damage to the hotel in the process. The good samaritans were rewarded with cuts, bruises, a tooth knocked out and a possibly broken thumb. (Score! The groom's job as a dentist should come in handy settling this lawsuit.)
A West London entrepreneur saw a market gap and decided to exploit it. She had a devil of a time finding a wedding gown while she was pregnant. She decided to start a shop specializing in maternity matrimony garb. You would think that when having a child out-of-wedlock was more of a taboo, someone would have started this shop, guess not. A woman in West London ran into a problem while shopping for a dress while she was knocked up; while other people saw a problem, Tracey Wilkinson saw an opportunity. Presumably after her wedding (and possibly baby) Wilkinson started The Expectant Bride.
In the endless search for the ultimate online dating site (tough job, huh?), we came dangerously close to perfection with BharatMatrimony.com. The Financial Times profiled the site this week, offering a favorable review—and we couldn’t agree more. Now, this is a niche site, dedicated to Indian match-matching (sorry, rest of the world), but it should serve as a model for other dating sites. (And brick-and-mortars: The company has more than 100 walk-in centers for those who aren’t so computer-savvy.)
It has finally whittled down to you and the five-year-old flower girl vying for victory in the bride's bouquet toss. The friends who were infinitely more likable before they got engaged are now relentless reminders of your singleness, but you’re going to need a mightier resolve to withstand the forces of The Panic Years. Before you become permanently blinded by not-so-pleasant pastels and a seething jealous rage feeling like the lone single at your best friend's wedding, here are my top five tips—your secret weapons to surviving wedding season.
boneIf you thought wearing a vial of blood to prove your devotion was creepy—a la Angie in her pre-Brad days, get this: Design And The Elastic Mind, a current exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, has two even more omigoth-ish trends on display. While the exhibit isn't about personal relationships per se, but rather a multimedia meditation on humans' ever-changing love affair with technology, visitors will find such curious attractions as engagement rings grown from bone marrow cells and, from Spanish designer Ana Mir, a selection of goodies for the lovestruck, ranging from a cotton thread and human hair necklace, to Sweet Love foot jewelry, a bright, vaguely gummy-looking candy meant to eaten from between the toes of your beloved.
Brides these days have grown tired with the fairy-tale wedding—from a fashion standpoint, at least. They’d rather feel, “sexy,” “hot,” and even “dangerous,” according to a recent New York Times article. Says the article: “‘Brides today absolutely want to look sexy and glamorous,’ said Mara Urshel, an owner and the president of Kleinfeld, the venerable Manhattan bridal salon. In recent months, the store has seen a spike in demand for plunging necklines and negligee looks, one that has only intensified since the spring bridal collections began arriving in stores.
A British wedding magazine called You & Your Wedding has surveyed 1,000 women about bridesmaid contracts. And they discovered that 20% of these women require their maid-of-honor sign a contract in regard to her duties. That is pretty hardcore. But it sets the tone for a properly run event.
We’re noticing a trend of sorts. The traditional bride has been overshadowed by the nontraditional one—the one that might wear red instead of white, walk down the aisle in the park, or employ fire spinners as entertainment. Wait? Fire spinners? Yes, you, too, can have anything from an organic caterer to tattoo artists to fire spinners, all compliments of the Unbridaled Wedding Expo, taking place Saturday, February 16th in Philadelphia. A little too extreme? If you’re simply looking for a discussion area to find out more about nontraditional weddings, check out indiebride.com. The site has myriad topics and serves as a great sounding board for anyone thinking outside the bridal box.
It got slammed in the reviews. Then, this weekend, when I stopped by my favorite neighborhood boutique to gawk at cute dresses on my way to the theatre, even the salesgirl started in: "It was awful. You wouldn't believe the things that came out of these characters' mouths!" And yet, three friends and I were still hell-bent on seeing the new Kathering Heigl star vehicle this past Sunday. In our humble opinions, it didn't disappoint: Between popcorn-snarfing, the movie's themes—sibling rivalry, bridesmaid spite, wedding envy—were universal enough to get an emotional rise out of each of us in turn. And kudos to the costume director because this film's minor villains (i.e., 27 heinously bad bridesmaid dresses) were so memorably cast that I'm still shuddering.
What happens when nuptials collide with the Net?
A contest was held jointly by Charmin and a wedding website to create a wedding gown made from toilet paper. A designer won the contest and a lucky couple from Kentucky won a trip to New York City to get married in that gown. No word on whether or not the groom's tux was made from Brawny paper towels.