The best part about being a bride is getting to strut around in the prettiest, priciest, most ridonkulously drop-dead gorgeous white dress in the universe! Oh yeah, and that whole life partner thing is cool, too. But seriously, the wedding dress is probs the one thing making me want to get married. After watching “Say Yes To The Dress” with my brother (yeah, he’s sensitive like that) and my sister-in-law, it’s clear that finding a man to commit is probably easier than finding that perfect dress to spend your special day in.
That’s why my heart broke when I heard that Eva’s Bridal Shop in Chicago burned to the ground, leaving so many brides dress-less for their weddings. (Bridesmaid dresses were lost too, but that might actually be a blessing from what I’ve seen.) Keep reading »
Today’s lesson in doing things the old fashioned way comes from Tuscany, where a couple getting married in a park hired a small aircraft to fly over and toss the bouquet to a hopeful line of women. As you can imagine, it was an epic failure. A passenger on the craft—not the bride—threw the bouquet, and instead of it floating down to the wedding guests, it got caught in the plane’s rotor, which caused an engine fire and explosion. This not only horrified the wedding guests, but the craft continued to do harm by crashing into the woods next to a hostel hosting 50 children. But for all their stupidity, the couple can give thanks—both the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed. After the jump, a couple of videos to show that these wedding mishaps never fail to shock or amuse. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Wedding planning ’tis always a bit of a hassle. Despite hours upon hours of meticulous planning something is bound to go wrong. Grandma gets drunk, the ring boy swallows the wedding band, the maid of honor locks herself in the bathroom crying about how she looks like a fat cow and won’t come out. There are so many tiny details which will inevitably get screwed up, but the hair and makeup is usually a pretty straightforward process. Not so for bride Shivani on her wedding day. It was almost lights, camera, action time when Shivani and her sister skedaddled over to the Cleopatra Day Spa Beauty and Slimming beauty parlor for their pre-arranged 3:30 appointment. That’s when disaster struck.
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Determined as I am to avoid drama around both my wedding and the planning of it, I can already tell, just a few weeks into my engagement, that’s going to be much easier said than done. Already, I’ve been met with some resistance over planning an outdoor ceremony in Central Park in the middle of the summer. “Wouldn’t you rather do it inside with air conditioning?” my mom whined when I told her my idea. “We’ll be outside less than an hour,” I explained to her, “and then we’ll move to a nice air conditioned restaurant for lunch.” I’d like to keep the guest list small for a variety of reasons, but I’ve gotten an earful from family and friends who are afraid of “not making the cut.” And having the ceremony in New York, where my boyfriend was born and raised and we both live, will no doubt create a mobility challenge for some members of my family who have trouble getting around (my sister, for example, recently broke both ankles and will probably still be using a walker at the wedding). Plus, as I’ve been reminded more than once: New York is expensive. “Then don’t come!” I’d love to reply.
Anyway, lately I’ve been reading various wedding “horror stories” about really rude guests, totally inappropriate things people say, and bridezillas who completely lose their s**t over the smallest thing just to sort of give myself a little perspective. Also, they’re pretty funny and certainly more entertaining than researching rental chairs. After the jump are some of my favorite wedding-related horror stories, pulled from an MSN article, and the message boards at Indie Bride and Yahoo. There might even be a story from your truly, but you’ll just have to guess which one! Keep reading »