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 »
In September 2012, Alexis and Steve Epsey celebrated their wedding at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, Florida (my former home!), and when their photos were taken, a few surprise guests popped into the shots. The dolphins at the park leapt out of the water as the couple had their first kiss and kept on gracing the party with their presence for the rest of the photo shoot. The dolphins kept those trademark pseudo-smiles on their faces the whole day, making the Epseys’ special day that much more joyous. Is this adorable or what? [Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail UK] [Image via Mercury/Sarah and Ben McLachlan]
Here’s a life dream status situation or a wedding disaster depending on your travel preferences – couple Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart married in the middle of a Southwest Airlines flight. Coven and Stewart travel regularly for work, so they pooled their many frequent flier miles to get themselves and 30 wedding guests onto a flight from Nashville to Dallas. The 100 other unsuspecting passengers on the 737 had no idea they were about to attend a wedding until they received an extra boarding pass that described the event. Their departure gate was decorated, a band played, and the couple got their own Southwest-sponsored hashtag. Onboard, the couple had a flower girl on hand to pass out peanuts down the aisle. They even got to hang out in the cockpit which, as we know, is a coveted rare treat these days. After the wedding, Southwest gave the couple a free flight to Puerto Rico for their honeymoon. Do you think this is romantic or a total nope? I happen to love the commercial travel experience, even the parts of it that most people hate, so I might be into this. That said, when I picture “airplane wedding” I definitely imagine some kind of vintage private plane that’s more aesthetically pleasing and personal. Either way, Coven and Stewart look happy and adorable, so apparently it was the perfect choice for them! [Cosmopolitan, USA Today] [Images via Q Avenue Photo]
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Benedict Cumberbatch is getting married to an apparently incredibly talented, Samuel Beckett Award-winning theatre writer and director named Sophie Hunter. Well SHOOT. Since when was he even involved with anyone? He disappeared his love life like Sherlock disappeared himself at the end of season two (come on, you know that’s not a spoiler).
Instead of getting all irritated about it (whatever, I’ve got a real-life boyfriend), I’m going to list five badass things this woman has done (according to Wikipedia)… Keep reading »
Anne of Green Gables remains one of my favorite books of all time (I love the entire L.M. Montgomery series, though I wish Anne-with-an-E didn’t end up being saddled with quite so many children, but I digress) and growing up, I watched the PBS movie adaptation more times than I could possibly count. My best friend and I regularly dressed up as Anne Shirley and her BFF, Diana Berry, and I dreamed of a day where I would have enough money to procure a dress with puffed sleeves and a bottle of raspberry cordial. Anne’s love of literature, her romanticism, her stubbornness and her temper were all things I did and still do relate so much to. That’s why I’m kind of obsessed with this Anne of Green Gables themed wedding photoshoot from Canadian (obviously) photographer Jessica Zais. Inspired by her favorite book, Zais worked with local vendors to recreate various recognizable settings from the books, including the White Way of Delight, the Lake of Shining Waters, and Green Gables, where young Anne first came to live with Matthew and Marilla. A real-life couple stood in for Anne and her beau, Gilbert Blythe, with “Anne” donning her trademark poofy bun and a dress with puffed sleeves. The entire shoot is so spot-on, I’m sure that Anne, were she real, would consider Zais to be a real kindred spirit. Click through for a few more photos and check out the rest at Zais’ blog! [via Buzzfeed]