A wife taking her husband’s name is pretty much the essence of traditional marriage. But an increasing number of women, especially young women, are choosing to keep their own last names when they are married, according to a study by Facebook.
The social networking site took the names of women whose relationship statuses were set as “Married” and compared these names with the names of their husbands. Overall, about a third of women are now choosing to keep their last names when they marry. Researchers found that about 38 percent of women in their 20s took their husband’s name, while 26 percent of women in their 30s did. Only 12 percent of women in their 60s kept their own name. Keep reading »
Anyone who’s ever been to a wedding knows that when toast times arrives, the festivities can become a real snooze. But not when Jennifer Gabrielli is your sister and maid of honor! Gabrielli decided to toast her sister the bride and her new husband with a “musical snack” set to the tune of Eminem’s “Without Me.” She does Slim Shady — and the newlyweds — proud. [via HyperVocal]
Andrea is taking a much needed week off from her Hitched column this week, after spending the last few days reporting live from the Texas State Legislature as they attempted to rid the state of nearly all its clinics that provide abortions. (Thanks to Senator Wendy Davis and the rest of the “feminist army,” they failed.) So this week, I’m rerunning one of Andrea’s first Hitched columns, originally published on November 2, 2011.
Wedding dress shopping. Here’s what happens to me: I walk into a bridal salon and tell the nice maternal saleswoman that I want a tea-length gown with no flowery accents. I am ushered into a dressing room where I am told that they have one tea length gown, it is covered in flowers, and did I want to try on, say, this $1,500 satin gown with a 14-foot train? For funsies? Repeat nine times. Nine. Nine.
“This is your one chance to be a princess!” one saleswoman told me. When I explained to her that my “princess” vision actually, like, seriously really did include a tea-length dress and she was just going to have to see if she could manage to wrap her mind around that, this total stranger looked at me like I had just shot her kitten point-blank in the face in the middle of the dress shop.
So, I went to the custom dressmaker. I told her what I wanted. She said she could totally do that, but she wouldn’t start the dress until next year, even though we’re getting married in April. Why?
“So you have time to get your weight where you want it.” Keep reading »
You would think an open bar at a wedding would be the perfect way to liven up the crowd and get everyone’s dancing shoes movin’, but not for this unfortunate bride. One of her guests was bathing in booze. In this video, a red-dressed beauty gets bombed and a bit too comfortable with her makeshift pole. I have a feeling that the bride hasn’t spoken to her since the big day. [via YouTube]
Update: It’s been brought to our attention that this video was made as part of Heineken’s Know The Signs campaign.
You said “yes” to the dress, you confirmed the final guest count with the caterer, you’re all packed for the honeymoon — so now what? Deciding on your wedding’s hashtag of course. How else would everyone follow along?
Sure, technology has greatly affected the dating game, but let’s not forget it’s huge impact on saying “I do.” From planning the wedding (Pinterest boards, we’re looking at you) to tear-jerking toasts given via Skype, the internet has made the big day a collaborative, shareable and sometimes even viral event. Let’s countdown some of the biggest trends hitting the altar. Read more on Your Tango…
Meet Rainbeau Mars. Yes, Rainbeau. Rainbeau, who is a “health guru” to the stars, is getting married to Hollywood business manager Michael Karlin in Kauai, Hawaii, and it sounds like her guests are in for quite a treat — over the course of the three-day affair, they’ll be able to take yoga classes, and ride horses, and practice their “breath work.” Sounds totally new-agey but whatever, I don’t judge. JUST KIDDING, some things I do judge, like the fact that Rainbeau’s wedding guests — which apparently include Joan and Melissa Rivers — are also expected to do a special cleanse for three weeks in advance of attending. According to an email sent by her publicist:
Rainbeau hopes that by requesting her guests try out a vegan, and subsequently live food diet for 21 days, everyone will look and feel their best for HER big day. Keep reading »
What does it mean to have an eco-friendly wedding dress? That’s a good question, considering that by their very nature a dress that’s only worn once, twice tops, seems rather wasteful by environmental standards. There are a lot of ways around that. You can buy a previously owned or vintage dress; you can rent a gown rather than purchase one; or you can check out some of these sustainably- and compassionately-made gorgeous gowns from eco-savvy designers.
After our wedding, when my husband and I finally got around to opening our gifts and noting who gave what for our thank you cards, we became concerned that a bunch of our wedding gifts might have been stolen. About a third of the 150 guests who attended our wedding did not appear to have given a gift — that seemed a little odd. However, I was aware that wedding etiquette says that you have up to a year after a wedding to give a gift, so I didn’t put too much worry into it. After our wedding, a number of friends and family members contacted us with questions like, “Where are you registered?” and “What is your mailing address?” I answered all their inquiries, but strangely never received gifts of any sort from any of the people who asked. Keep reading »
One of the easiest ways to save money and add some DIY flair to your wedding ceremony is to make your own bridal bouquet. Choosing your own flowers is a fun and creative way to personalize your wedding day look, but it can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know where to start. I asked my friend and professional floral designer Chelsea Fuss for her top 5 bouquet-making tips for DIY brides. Check out her great advice after the jump! Keep reading »