For the woman with the perfect Pinterest wedding board but no groom in sight, Cerca Travel has a treat in store for you — if you’re willing to drop a few thousand dollars, that is. The agency, which provides travel options in Kyoto, Japan, now offers a “Solo Wedding Trip” package for a lone bride to get her kicks by creating a pin-worthy wedding look if, as the company’s website says, “you would like to have some pictures of yourself in a wedding gown or in a gorgeous bridal kimono now, when you are young and beautiful.” It’s also pitched as an option for married ladies who just want to relive the glory of their wedding day or get a do-over of the pictures in a nicer outfit. Keep reading »
When 26-year-old Hector Irakliotis boarded the New York City subway’s N train Friday afternoon, passengers had no idea they were about to witness in one of the biggest days of his life. He announced to the train full of strangers that in a few minutes, he’d be getting married — right there in front of them. His groomsmen decorated the train with ribbons and his bride-to-be, 25-year-old Tatyana Sandler, boarded a few stops later. Sandler walked down the “aisle” to John Mayer’s “City Love” played on an iPhone, and the two were wed as the train crossed from Brooklyn to Manhattan over the Manhattan Bridge. Keep reading »
Engagement season is coming up! Yay! Congratulations if you’re engaged!
It is indeed a very happy time, but the temptation to see engagement as merely the wedding-planning phase of your relationship and not, more importantly, the phrase of your relationship in which you plan for your marriage. Being married can feel as if it’s just dating-made-permanent, but it’s a binding legal commitment that comes with obligations that will be easier to cope with if you’ve put the work in before your marriage starts. Keep reading »
Hitched, our weekly column about getting married, is back! This time around, we’ll be walking down the aisle (well, in spirit) with writer Emma Sarran, who will be sharing her thoughts on long engagements, the institution of matrimony and that godforsaken wedding industrial complex every Thursday.
I remember my engagement as if it was yesterday. But in reality, it was one year and one month ago. And we’re still not married. And we won’t be for another eight months. We didn’t go into wedding planning wanting a long engagement; it’s just how it happened. We got engaged in late October and started checking out venues in Chicago pretty soon after. By the time we started inquiring, most places were already booked up until November-ish of the following year and, since I hate the cold and have no interest in braving it in a wedding dress, we skipped ahead to July, figuring that would safely be in bearable-temperature-territory. (As I sit here, in November, with fingers almost too frozen to type, I feel confident in that decision.) Now that we’re “only” eight months out from our wedding day, I reflect on some of the pros and cons of a long engagement. Keep reading »
A study conducted by economists at Emory University found that the amount of money spent on a couple’s wedding and engagement can pretty accurately predict whether divorce is on the horizon. The study, smugly titled “‘A Diamond Is Forever’ And Other Fairy Tales” (love it), surveyed over 3,000 people about their nuptial spending, controlling for aspects of their relationship and demographics. That survey found that couples who spend more on weddings and engagement rings are far less likely to stick it out for the long haul of marriage. Keep reading »
It’s been said that the secret to a lasting marriage is to marry your best friend. As for my husband?
He’s my most reliable friend. He’s my funniest friend. He’s my most loyal friend. He’s my most genuine friend. He’s my most frank friend, resourceful friend and patient friend. He also happens to be my most handsome friend. But he isn’t my best friend. Read more on YourTango.com…