“Bridalplasty” Premieres

Has anyone seen the new E! network reality show “Bridalplasty” that premiered recently? The show’s premise is twelve engaged women compete for the chance to have plastic surgery and a celebrity-style dream wedding.  Each task winner gets a surgical procedure from their wish list performed and advances to the next round of play.  The big winner’s reveal takes place on her wedding day to the delight or dismay of her groom who will see her for the first time since surgery; but what if a procedure goes wrong or their fiancé doesn’t like the changes made?  I wouldn’t take those chances before my wedding. 

Some makeover shows provide self-confidence and security to participant’s after their surgery and I think that’s great, but a show that awards cosmetic surgery so you can look perfect at your celeb style wedding seems extreme, superficial and not entertaining at all to me.  What do you think?

Royal Wedding in the Works

News agencies around the world are reporting on the engagement of Britain’s Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton. There’s no doubt that their wedding, tentatively scheduled for spring or summer 2011 at Westminster Abbey, will be a spectacular affair, much more elaborate and expensive than your typical wedding, yet Prince William and Kate have similarities to other couples planning to wed.


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If you’re like me, you are fascinated with the regality of William and Kate.   Not unlike other newly engaged couples however, the bride-to-be and her fiancé met one another while in college, they lived together, Prince William asked his future father-in-law for Kate’s hand in marriage, and Prince William gave his mother’s oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring to Kate when he proposed.

It seems like couples, regardless of their backgrounds, will have some of the same traditions, experiences and responsibilities when preparing to tie the knot.  In the end, everyone feels like princes and princesses on their wedding day, royal or not.

I look forward to following their story and yours!  Is your wedding fit for a queen?  Tell us about it.

Katy and Russell Wed in India

Katy Perry and Russell Brand recently tied the knot. The couple, known for creating style trends rather than following them, surprisingly opted for some traditional wedding elements at their Indian wedding.

Their wedding was kept very private with a rather small number of guests and no paparazzi allowed. The ceremony, performed by a Christian minister, incorporated traditional Indian wedding elements like a procession, elephants, and Indian music. Katy wore an Elie Saub Haute Couture gown with various internet stories reporting that the gown was dove gray with lace sleeves, representing two of the hottest trends in bridal wear right now, color and lace detailing.

Even though the ceremony and wedding gown were somewhat traditional, the couple has reportedly made a very untraditional choice (especially by Hollywood standards) of not selling their wedding photos. Congrats to them!


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Interfaith Ceremony Options

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were married on Saturday July 31st. A high profile wedding such as theirs had elements that most other weddings wouldn’t have like security guards, custom gowns by famous designers and celebrity guests, but one wedding element that Chelsea and Marc had in common with other couples was the interfaith ceremony.

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It must be a little more difficult to plan an interfaith ceremony as there are a couple of routes you can go. Some couples decide to have two ceremonies, some have a fusion or combo wedding where elements or traditions from each faith are incorporated, and some couples may have clergy from each faith, a rabbi and a reverend for example, co-officiate the ceremony.

If you’re planning an interfaith wedding, we’d love to hear how you’re making it happen.

The Stately Style of Princess Victoria

If regal or majestic is the type of look you’re aspiring to for your wedding day, look to Princess Victoria for inspiration. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria looked gorgeous at her June 19th wedding to Daniel Westling in Stockholm’s Storkyrkan Cathedral. The biggest European royal wedding since Prince Charles and Lady Diana had no shortage of stateliness or style.

Princess Victoria wore an ivory, short-sleeved, off-the-shoulder gown designed by Par Engsheden and the Cameo tiara her mother Queen Silvia wore at her own wedding on June 19th, 1976. The tiara, constructed of gold, pearls, and cameos, provided a stunning contrast to her simple, classic dress and jewelry.

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Our Family Wedding in Theaters March 12th

Well with all the Oscar talk this past week, I still have movies on my mind! As I mentioned in my last blog, wedding themed movies are very popular and there’s a new wedding comedy coming out on March 12th, Our Family Wedding, that may be on our list of favorite marriage movies next time.

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Billed as a “clash-of-cultures” comedy, Our Family Wedding is about a couple who comes back from college and announces to their families that they are getting married. It’s hard enough for two families of the same culture to get on the same page when planning their children’s weddings, but when there is a culture clash of two families whose members each have strong personalities and their own traditions, there’s bound to be some rivalry, humor, and excitement.

The talented cast includes actors Forest Whitaker as Brad Boyd, father-of-the-groom, America Ferrara as Lucia Ramirez, the bride, Carlos Mencia as Miguel Ramirez, father-of-the-bride, Regina King as Angela, the groom’s father’s best friend, and Lance Gross as Marcus Boyd, the groom.

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The bright cast makes the film look fun and it should definitely be worth checking out.

Take a sneak peak and view the movie trailer.

Weddings in the Movies

Over the years, Hollywood has given us many different kinds of movies that have weddings or wedding themes woven into the plot. From romantic comedies to teary eyed dramas, audiences relate to the excitement and nervous tension that wedding stories provide.

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With the 82nd annual Academy Awards coming up later this week, I thought we’d put together a list of some films from the past 80 years with marriages or weddings in the story lines.

1930’s – Platinum Blonde (1931) Jean Harlow & Loretta Young

1940’s – The Philadelphia Story (1940) Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn & James Stewart

1950’s – Father of the Bride (1950) Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor

1960’s – Barefoot in the Park (1967) Robert Redford & Jane Fonda

1970’s – A Wedding (1978) Desi Arnaz Jr. & Carol Burnett

1980’s – The Princess Bride (1987) Christopher Guest & Billy Crystal

1990’s – The Wedding Singer (1998) Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore

2000’s – Mamma Mia! (2008) Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried
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Your favorite not on the list? Let us know what it is!

Celebrity Weddings 2009

Recently, there was a final Jeopardy category, 20th Century Weddings, and the question was something like this – Her 1956 wedding attracted more than 1,500 news reporters to a country just 20,000 citizens at the time – and the answer was Grace Kelly. I thought that was an extraordinary amount of reporters covering an event at that time and that the public must have seriously wanted the scoop on the event.

Nowadays, with celebrities in the media constantly doing everything from going to Starbuck’s to walking their dog, did we have any celebrity weddings in ‘09 that all eyes were on? I’m not so sure but here are five of our favorite celebrity weddings of ’09:

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Fergie & Josh Duhamel

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Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady

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Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham

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Khloé Kardashian & Lamar Odom

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Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner

Which celebrity couples do you like most? Any predictions for hot couples in 2010?

Pam and Jim’s Office Wedding

Fans of “The Office” finally got to see Pam and Jim get married. Over the years, many TV shows have had memorable weddings. On “The Brady Bunch,” Mike and Carol’s wedding turned chaotic when Tiger the dog and Fluffy the cat chased each other and knocked down everything in their path and on “Friends,” Ross and Emily’s wedding took a turn for the worst when Ross says he takes Rachel instead of Emily. There are so many elements to Pam and Jim’s wedding episode that are sure to make it a memorable classic TV wedding.

A few of the classic scenes that make this episode one to remember include Pam causing everyone in the office to throw up in their trash cans after she does, Michael putting his foot in his mouth at the rehearsal dinner, Andy going to the hospital after he injures himself doing a split (guess what he injured), and then there’s the side splitting scene where the bridal party and all the guests spoof the YouTube video of the couple dancing down the aisle. Check out Kevin’s tissue box shoes!

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If you haven’t seen this episode yet, it is so funny you won’t want to miss it. Check out the Wedding Dance here!

Another unique thing about this show and maybe a first for a TV couple is that Pam and Jim have their own wedding website where you can watch a video blog, get information on them, and sign their guestbook. Check it out Pam & Jim’s Wedding Website!

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Anyone have any predictions for the rest of the season?

 

Have a Black Tie Wedding like Khloe and Lamar

The internet has been a buzz with the news that Khloe Kardashian wed Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom. From what I’ve read about it, the Vera Wang gown, the 10-piece orchestra, the Hollywood night club themed reception, not to mention, the incredible dinner menu, it seems only fitting that the wedding was a black tie event. A black tie wedding is a great way to add an extra bit of glamour to your big day and can be easily achieved with a few simple words.

When sending out your wedding invitations, add the words “Black Tie Invited.” This allows you to set the tone of the wedding without requiring that all guests dress in black tie. Black tie invited indicates that the wedding is an elegant event and guests are invited, and even encouraged, to wear a tuxedo or cocktail dress but are not required. Some guests may not have the extra money to splurge on a tuxedo rental or expensive new dress on top of the wedding gift, and that’s OK, but some guests might find it fun to go black tie. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have many opportunities to get all decked out and some find it exciting to dress up for special occasions.

Here are some looks for a black tie wedding for men and women.  
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Images courtest of Tuxedos.com

  

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Images coutesy of David’s Bridal.