Wedding Tip #1: Retro Chic

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wedding Tip #1: Retro Chic

Now that you have found the perfect engagement ring, the planning begins. If you’re looking for something to make your special day especially yours, try weaving a subtle vintage theme throughout the details of the affair.

The explosive popularity of the television series Mad Men continues to influence today’s pop culture and Retro is a hot trend for the fall. It can also offer a unique style to a home spun wedding or simply add some old-school style to the reception.

If you’re feeling extra inspired or daring, choose a tea length wedding dress, or see if your grandfather still has that old tuxedo in his closet. Make it your own with new shoes and accessories to give it a more modern take and avoid playing dress up.

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Or try having a cookie bar to accompany your wedding cake. Not only is it a good alternative for the kids, but it is the perfect excuse to decorate the dessert table with retro-style milk bottles. It will be a unique touch, reminiscent of the days when milk was delivered to your doorstep.

For weddings held outdoors, try lighting the walkway with antique lanterns to help give the setting a country feel. Tie ribbons around the bottom in your wedding colors to add a more personal touch.

And for those who are die hard fans of a retro themed wedding, get going from the very start by selecting a vintage inspired engagement ring. The single solitaire diamond concept with a modern twist is perfect for the bride who wants a little flare with this timeless style.

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Quickie Weddings Sometimes Last a Lifetime

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Quickie Weddings Sometimes Last a Lifetime

The internet is, once again, abuzz over rumors that Pop Star Britney Spears may be slipping an engagement ring on that busy left hand.

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While representation for Spears has yet to comment on the validity of the news that she is planning a small ceremony to wed boyfriend and former Manager, Jason Trewick, this could be the third trip down the aisle for Spears.

Spears’s second marriage to former dancer Kevin Federline, which lasted two years and produced two children, was constantly the subject of media speculation. However, her first marriage made just as big a splash.

In 2004, after a night out in Las Vegas, Spears married her childhood friend, Jason Alexander. The marriage only lasted 55 hours before it was annulled and chalked up to a bad decision made with probably more than a little outside influence.

Even before Spears made headlines that January though, Las Vegas has always been synonymous with quickie weddings and quickie divorces. But in the spirit of wishing Spears well on her latest marital venture, and in the same vein as the current trend of celebrity weddings, here’s a look at some couples that exchanged wedding rings in Sin City, and are still going strong.

Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa married her then costar, Mark Consuelos, at the Chapel of Bells in 1996. The two met on the set of “All My Children” where they were both stars on the popular soap opera. Since their wedding 14 years ago, they have had three children and are reportedly still going strong.

Movie star and legendary handsome man, Paul Newman, married Academy Award winning actress Joanne Woodward in Las Vegas in 1958, and the two remained married until his death in 2008. When asked about fidelity during a now famous interview with Playboy, Newman responded “I have steak at home. Why would I go out for a Hamburger?”

And last, but certainly not least, classic movie star Kirk Douglas slipped on his own wedding ring when he married his wife, Anne Buydens in a Vegas ceremony in 1954. Not only is theirs considered one of the longest successful Hollywood marriages, but good news for Spears, it was also not his first. Douglas was married once before Buydens and also had two sons, most notably movie star Michael Douglas.

There have been other couples that have also opted for low-key Vegas weddings recently, keeping the tradition alive. So although Spears’s Vegas wedding may have just been a late-night mistake, plenty of others have stood the test of time.

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Another Bachelor Love Connection

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Another Bachelor love connection

The ABC reality franchise, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, continues to crank out the happy couples.

Jesse Csincsak and Ann Lueders exchanged wedding rings during a ceremony for friends and family in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The couple, who were originally on different seasons of The Bachelor and its sister show, is expecting their first child next year, and couldn’t be happier to finally be married. Csincsak told Us Magazine that he had waited his whole life to be married to Lueders, and wanted to just enjoy their lives together.

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Csincsak presented Lueders with a princess cut diamond engagement ring, reportedly worth $220,000 on an island off of Lake Eerie after the two met on a reunion cruise for the television series.

The wedding was attended by more of the show’s alum, including recent newlyweds Jason and Molly Mesnik.

So it looks like Leuders might not have won her season, but she came out on top in the end.

Engagement Rings and Other Murky Areas: Should the man surprise the woman with an engagement ring of his choice?

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Engagement Rings and Other Murky Areas

With so many conflicting ideologies on the do’s and don’ts of proposals in the modern age, there can often be grey areas on what is proper etiquette.

Should the man surprise the woman with an engagement ring of his choice?

In a perfect world, a man would know the woman he is going to marry so well that he will magically pick the engagement ring of her dreams, and genuinely, pleasantly surprise her with that little velvet box. But in the real world, that is not always the case. Remember, this is the ring that will adorn her finger for the rest of your lives, why not begin your marriage as you mean to continue it, together. Surprises are always welcome, but it is perfectly acceptable to include your bride-to-be in the selection process. This will ensure her happiness and cut out the hassle of resizing. But is this proper etiquette? Yes. As times have changed, so have the rules.

Does a man ever wear an engagement ring?

In most cultures, it is only the female that receives an engagement ring to solidify their betrothal, but there have been some notable exceptions.

When international soccer star David Beckham became engaged to his wife Victoria Beckham, he presented her with a 3 carat marquise cut diamond engagement ring, flanked by baguette diamonds on each side. And then presented himself with a matching male counterpart; a band adorned with 7.5 carats worth of diamonds.

Most recently, Canadian singer Michael Buble decided to honor his fiancé, Luisana Lopilato, by wearing an engagement ring of his own. In Argentina, Lopilato’s homeland, it is tradition for the couple to exchange rings for an engagement, much like during the wedding ceremony.

So gentlemen, it is perfectly proper to wear an engagement ring of your own, and can be a beautiful way to display your commitment when your fiancé is not on hand. But sorry Beckham, at least make sure you lady has the bigger diamond.

Who buys the groom’s wedding band?

Here is another tradition that has changed with the times. Traditionally the groom would purchase the engagement ring and subsequently the bride’s wedding band as well. However, unless the groom is planning on using a family heirloom for himself, it was up to the bride to select and purchase his band.

Today it is much more common for the couple to purchase their wedding bands together, just like any other part of the wedding preparations. With so many different styles of wedding bands, who can blame a person for wanting to participate now that the surprise factor is over?

So whether you have the engagement ring, or are just beginning to look, remember that traditions are always changing and nothing is set in stone. Just forget what you should do, and do what you want to do.

And Visit us on Facebook to let us know if there are any other questions you would like answered, or traditions you’d like to see change.

Big winners and beautiful fashion still reign supreme at the 2010 Emmy Awards

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Big winners and beautiful fashion still reign supreme at the 2010 Emmy Awards

There were ups and there were downs, there were winners and there were losers, there were some surprises and some no-brainers, and then there was Betty White, so how bad could it have really been? The 2010 Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, bringing out many of the same players, as well as some fresh faces, to the game.

Some old familiars, like The Daily Show and Mad Men, took center stage for their respective categories, but fledgling comedies Glee and Modern Family (with some help from George Clooney) got their share of the spotlight too.

In a surprising twist, Kyra Sedgwick won Beast Actress in a drama series for her role on The Closer. Sedgwick, an award show veteran, looked glamorous when she took the stage to accept her first-ever Emmy in a gown by Monique Lhullier, a designer that seems to be especially popular this summer.

Not so surprisingly, events unfolded quite well for Glee actress Jane Lynch, whose win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy had been predicted since the nominees were announced. The win was the perfect end to the summer for Lynch, who exchanged wedding rings with her girlfriend Dr. Lara Embry this past May.

Other newlyweds that attended the event included movie start Emily Blunt and True Blood’s Anna Paquin, who is no stranger to accessorizing her engagement ring.

And you may not win a statue for it, but Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara has already been mentioned for the honor of last night’s best dressed, while Mad Men’s Christina Hendrickson, who is normally a red carpet VIP, fell flat.

But not everybody can be the best, and not everybody can be a winner, and sadly not everybody can have a little fun with George Clooney. So for those of us who can’t, I hope you enjoyed watching.

For a full list of the winners and more details on the 62nd Emmy Awards, visit Emmy’s, and make sure to check in with us at Facebook to tell us who you think stole the spotlight.

Katy Perry continues her hot streak right down the aisle.

August 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Katy Perry continues her hot streak right down the aisle.

In a new survey performed by One Poll earlier this month, the pop singer’s upcoming wedding to British actor and reformed playboy, Russell Brand, has won the honor of most coveted invitation.

Of the 2,000 people surveyed, twenty six percent of the votes went to Perry and Brand, beating out celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and even British Royal Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton.

The two have been engaged since Brand presented the songstress with an engagement ring this past New Years Eve while the two vacationed in India.

Although the wedding is rumored to take place later this year, this pair has played things pretty close to the chest. And since we are not likely to score an invitation to this event, we will have to wait, watch, and wonder with the rest of the public.

ABC’s Bachelorette Soon To Be Single No More. Ali Fedotowsky pairs her diamond engagement ring with a designer dress

August 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

ABC’s Bachelorette Soon To Be Single No More

Ali Fedotowsky pairs her diamond engagement ring with a designer dress.

The latest bride-to-be from the ABC reality show has revealed that she is leaning towards walking down the aisle in a gown from designer Monique Lhullier.

Fedotowsky, who recently revealed her engagement to Roberto Martinez, also from season six of “The Bachelorette,” told Us Magazine that she likes the “flowiness” of Lhullier’s designs.

Wedding details have begun to leak after Fedotowsky had been seen flashing her diamond engagement ring around town. The ring, that Martinez presented her with on the season finale, is a 3.03 center asscher cut diamond, accented with 184 round cut diamonds. As we have said before.

Asscher cut has become increasing popular around Tinsel Town, and this particular diamond is set onto a platinum band. Other stars, such as Megan Fox, Emily Blunt, and Carrie Underwood have also favored platinum settings during this summer of celebrity weddings.
The two have been rumored to be considering an elopement, as opposed to the wedding they had originally planned, and while Lhullier’s designs are often admired for their simplicity, there is nothing simple about Fedotowsky’s engagement ring. Not that we would begrudge Ali a little sparkle. After all, every bride is entitled to some indulgence and a lot of happiness.

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