Most of the women keep a fairy tale wedding idea in their mind. They cherish a dream of making their wedding exciting. I think Lauren Busher also had some idea otherwise she and her husband Ben Youngkin could never be able to make their ceremony such exciting. Their wedding news is now buzzing in the air. It is not that they are some famous persons but it is their wedding idea which has brought appreciation of the world.
Upper class British weddings have ensuredly certain elements that do make them quite stereotypical, if one could say so. However, in each and every event, in recent times, there is a certain element that does them make them quite one apart from the other. This singular element is the presence of the sister of the Princess of England, Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton. Pippa has quite been in the limelight for her omnipresence at almost each and every wedding of the upper class society. Of course, this is quite the strain for her, seeing that she has to be single at each and every event, and that too, with a different dress everytime, since it is imperative that the paparazzi will be firing away at their shutters as soon as she enters the premises.
Some people do not find the idea of having a wedding registry very appealing as it takes away the charm of making an intelligent guess about the wedding gifts to be received. However, most of the couples are now in favor of having a registry, as it is a convenient option of gift giving for guests, plus you get a chance of getting something that is useful. But, there are certain dos and don’ts attached to creating a wedding registry as per the common experiences of couples and guests. Check out a few things you should do and you shouldn’t while creating yours or a relative’s wedding registry.
Though it is very difficult to explain the intricacies of the female mind, it can be said with absolute certainty that a good majority of girls want to make their marriage ceremony special and an unforgettable affair. And there is no doubt that a memorable marriage comes with a price. If wishes were horses, there would have been unlimited number of weddings going for the record for the most expensive marriage in the world. According to estimates, an average couple in the US spends $27,000 on their marriage day. However, below is the list of five most expensive weddings which cost millions of dollars.
#1 Prince Charles and Lady Diana
The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana at St Paul’s Cathedral was worth $48 million in 1981. Attended by dozens of royals drawn from across the world, the ceremony was viewed by 750 million people on TV. Not to mention of the two million spectators. Princess Diana’s puff ball meringue wedding dress cost £9000. The 27 wedding cakes and five-foot-tall main cake took the chefs 14 weeks to prepare.
#2. Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal
Billed as the second most expensive wedding in the world, Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal’s marriage took place at Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th-century chateau in France. This 5-day lavish affair in 2004 cost $ 60 million. Steel king Lakshmi Mittal, father of Vanisha Mittal, spent $1.5 million on wine.
#3 Prince William and Kate Middleton
Next on the list is the expensive wedding is Prince William with Kate Middleton. The extravagant wedding is estimated to cost around $34 million. The wedding has a television audience of hundreds of millions.
#4 Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin
The Manchester United’s ace footballer Wayne Rooney tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin on the Italian Riviera in 2008.
#4 Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
This expensive wedding of former American President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton with Marc Mezvinsky is estimated to cost $5 million in 2010.
Everyone wants to make their weeding a memorable event. However, it is not a good idea to be swayed by these extravagant marriages. There are instances that some of the most hyped marriages have ended in a divorce.
Top ten hottest wedding trends for 2013
For the fashionista who wants to ensure that her wedding is completely in touch with the current trends, we present our list of the hottest trends that would rule the wedding scene in 2013.
Models or Stars don’t like to be hooked for a long time so, whether they are engaged or married; they can break even the long-time relationship merely with the blink of an eye. Following this trend, model and former dancing with stars contestant Perta Nemcova has confirmed her separation by ending the engagement with Jamie Belman, a British actor. Previously, after an eight months romance in January 2011, celebrities had planned their wedding in June this year.
The news came from the Nemcova’s agency that said that the Supermodel and the actor remains close friends, even after the ending of their engagement. The agency also reiterated that the couple is thankful for the support of their family members through all the time of their relationship.
Though, the couple had done almost all the preparations of the wedding ceremony and the Dancing With The Stars contestant Petra was to wear a Marchesa wedding dress to her wedding ceremony. The model had also done a shopping of almost all the accessories and dress for the wedding.
Petra, who also runs a charity, Happy Hearts, that helps in educating and empowering the children those live disaster stricken areas has previously gone through a tough time when she survived 2004 the Tsunami in Thailand and lost her then boyfriend, photographer Simon Atlee. The model has also previously been engaged in relationships with many noted celebrities like James blunt, director Peter Berg and actor Sean Penn.
Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla , the daughter in law of the Queen Elizabeth 2, has been appointed the highest female rank in Royal Victorian order on Monday at Buckingham palace. Duchess of Cornwall has been made Dame Grand Cross on the seventh wedding anniversary of her with Prince Charles. Camilla became the prominent member of the family when she married with Prince Charles in 2005, after the princess Diana.
These awards were founded by Queen Victoria in 1896 and are given under Royal Victorian Order to those people who gave their services to the monarchy in a very personal way and are bestowed directly from the head of the state to the people, who are very close to the monarchy.
This special crown of respect and dignity has been given eight years after the death of Princess Diana to Camilla and she will now be having the GCVO letters after her name and has also joined the royal people like Princess Anne, the Duchess of Gloucester. Though, royal observers says that the award was expect to be given to Camilla but sources closed to the family says this is the prize of her hard work and altruistic attitude towards the service of the royal family.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall is the most respected royal family member, who every year carries hundreds of royal engagements every year and also participate in many social activities in all over the world. She extensively travels overseas with the Prince on official visit has now been fully accepted by the royal family. With this prize, the Duchess of Cornwall, who previously was disliked by many people for distracting Prince’s affection for Price Diana has now got a special place in royal family and now soon she will be invested with the insignia of her rank that she will be wearing at an official function.
Wedding ceremony is an unforgettable and illustrious moment in life and it becomes even more even more special when celebrated in such a divine way as was celebrated in South Korea at Unification church. On Saturday, about 2500 couples from around the world exchanged their vows on the unification church and got blessing from the founder of that very church, Sun Myung Moon.
The 92-year old Sun Myung Moon and his wife sprinkled the wholly water on a group that was called up to stage and declare them tied in a wedlock. Approximately 15,000 people including guests and followers were at the ceremony and everyone cherish those amazing moments. A bridegroom from Britain named as Chouchange Saemie said the experience for him was unforgettable and amazing. About 2,500 couples from over 50 countries tied the knot and another 2,700 people joined the event via internet and tied the wedlock.
According to church official, Sun Myung Moon founded the church in 1554 and declared him and his wife messiahs and the concept of mass wedding was started from early 1960s. He also said that the mass wedding leads to all mankind to one and this wedding event is out of any ethnicity, nationalities or religions. The brides were in beautiful white wedding gown and bridegrooms were in tuxedos. Sun Myung Moon’s son Hyung Jin is also a part of day-to-day functioning of the church and has many followers around the globe.
Although, wedding rehearsals are full of excitement and anticipation, yet planning for rehearsal dinners can leave one baffled and bewildered particularly because the bride and groom of today are concerned about budget and expenditure issues. It is always a good deal and the time taken to plan a wedding rehearsal dinner is worth it. It gives you insight on how your wedding is going to turn out. If you are one of those couples who are looking forward to hosting a budget rehearsal dinner that focuses on family, friends and food but also fits your pockets then these tips will surely assist you.
1. Check out wedding reception areas
It may seem absurd but you can always check out reception areas and talk to the concerned managers if they can provide you rehearsal dinners at low cost. They can always help make a good deal. So search for a reception hall where you can get subsidized rates for rehearsal dinner along with a great reception a day later.
2. Favorite family recipes
Rehearsal dinners are all about family. So, why not include memorable family recipes into your dinner! Find a local chef who can treat you with your favorite home cooked meals and recreate the magic on family recipes while you chat with your loved ones. It might sound expensive but a little bit of research will help you find a good chef who would work at low cost. Also it would help you mingle up with your friends and family.
3. Let the family members be the chef
If you can’t find a good chef, then make your family members a chef. Rehearsal dinner is the best day to present family menus cooked by family members themselves. Your mother can cook your family’s favorite ham while your sister can get finger licking sandwiches. You can also ask your friends if they have access to some good parks or recreation centers which can be your low-cost venue for the rehearsal dinner.
You can also have your dinner at cheap fast food outlets or have a themed party with your friends bringing drinks for a lazy evening. Instead of getting costly dessert items, take your friends and family to an ice-cream parlor where they can gorge on their favorite flavors without you worrying about a hefty expenditure.
4. Rehearsal dinner at backyard
If you find that a park’s pavilion or a hall is too costly for rehearsal dinner, then shift the venue to the backyard of your or your partner’s house. You can book some outdoor catering for great food. This can reduce the cost up to fifty percent. At the same time it allows your friends and family to shower their blessings at a place where you have so many memories.
5. Your love story
Rehearsal dinner is for the lovely bride and groom. So why not tell your family members about your fairy tale love story. Make a small movie or a slide show about how you met, when the love sparked between you two. In fact you can even take your relatives to the restaurant or park where he proposed and have your dinner there.
6. Picnic in the Park
You surely want a memorable family dinner without budgetary issues, so why not opt for a picnic. Your family members can come to a favorite park and have a picnic on a warm Sunday morning. Lay down beautiful table cloth, have some jellies, grill some chicken and make your get-together an unforgettable experience without overshadowing the main wedding celebration.
7. Make a toast
Several family members and guests would like to make a toast for the couple. So instead of going the conventional way where guests stand and make a toast, have a floor or an area especially for the loved one to say a few words for the couple. Let them make jokes, pull a karaoke machine and ask them to sing a song for the couple going who will tie the wedding knot. Make sure that the whole activity involves full-audience interaction.
Make a point to be good hosts and allow your guest to have a great deal of fun. At the same time, be sure to interact with your partner friends and family and know a little more about your soul-mate. Plan small surprises for your loved ones and play silly games. Laugh out loud because this is your day of an unforgettable get together.
Wedding after party’s are the best part for the guests who come to the wedding. They pretty much expect the reception out of you. You should know that the party being held should be memorable and it is the time you too can relax and enjoy after all the hard work done in bringing the wedding together. It is highly important for you to make the reception meaningful and you should take advantage of this moment to thank all those who should up and showered you and your fiance with gifts and best wishes. The wedding after party is to be look forwarded to and enjoy thoroughly. Combined are some reason as to why the wedding reception is important and what you can do to make it lively.
1. Is an after-party necessary?
Well, let’s say almost! If you’re thinking about whether you really need to give a wedding after-party then the answer is no. But if you don’t, you’ll be remembered as rude host and we’re certain, there’s no reason why you’d want the nasty label attached. You can just make some plans beforehand. And there really aren’t any rules to play by. An after party can best be described as an informal gathering taking the wedding festivities a notch up. Planning an after party may be a good idea especially if you have many guests who’ve traveled from far to attend your wedding. Think of it this way, you’ve spent the reception, greeting and formally thanking family and friends, while an after-party gives you the opportunity to have some meaningful time with those you really care about. It is important to remember, however, that it’s completely your call and you must do what suits you best depending on your schedule for the coming days
2) How should I make it fun?
There are innumerable ways in which you can make your wedding after party fun. Obviously drinking and good snacks are the highlight. What’s a party after all if there’s no music and food to binge on? If you are the spontaneous kind, you needn’t make pre-reservations and just hop into the closest happening spot like a watering hole, a night club or a hotel bar. If your hotel has a pool area that’s rent free, you can even choose to hang out there in a laid back atmosphere. You can bring on some board games to add to the fun or just plan some group games that will keep everyone engaged. Of course nothing can be as fun as gossiping over drinks and food, so making conversation at an after party is the key.
3) How to handle those sloshed?
More often than not, wedding after-parties extend until the wee hours of the morning. And there are high chances that you are going to have a couple of sloshed friends. If you plan to get drunk yourself, remember not to go overboard. It is quite understandable that emotions will be running high, but it is after all about your guests having a memorable time. Unless, you have a well-equipped staff trained to handle the situation, it’s best to keep the alcohol levels low. Also make arrangements for guests you know are likely to get sloshed; at least some estimates will help. Have them driven and accommodated in a nearby hotel where they are looked after.
4) How do I plan the decor and food?
Planning the decor and food needn’t really be an expensive affair. You can have some of your friends taking over and handling responsibilities. Like you can assign the food section to the groomsmen and have the bridesmaids take care of the decor. Most arrangements you used for your wedding reception can be reused. Besides saving on cash, it will also help the wedding theme maintain continuity. The food too needn’t be an elegant affair. You can stick by comfort foods like slices of pizza or croissants and croutons.
5) Can I make it pocket-friendly?
Yes, you can and the best way to do that is carry everything from your wedding reception over to your after party. From leftover wedding cake to unopened bottles of alcohol, have everything travel with you. Refreshments can be served in the form of anything. Munchies and cookies served neatly, small portions of snacks – it all works. It is only obvious that you would have spent much for your wedding and then reception – so the after party needn’t really be grand. Just serve quality and remember that everyone should have a good time.
6) How do I manage invites?
Your after party is meant to be an intimate level interaction, so yes you can leave out people you wouldn’t be comfortable around. For example, your ex-husband/wife or even your spouse’s ex., a nagging aunt and annoying friends who’ve probably attended your wedding simply for the free food and alcohol. The party in no way means that everyone attending your wedding has to attend the after party too. If you wish to include only a specific group of friends, you can always politely inform family members about it. Typically your wedding after party must include only about 25 to 30 percent of your wedding guest list. You can have invites sent over through email or even word of mouth. If you must you can also leave them a text message.
7) When do I wrap up the party?
So everyone’s having a great time including you, but really, when do you call it a wrap? You and your spouse are the only two people who can best answer this question. It’s evident you are going to be very tired and need enough rest now that the wedding is over. You mustn’t feel shy of saying goodbye when you feel like you’ve had enough even if it’s been only an hour. You can leave the guests to enjoy until they please and they too will disperse off eventually.