There's a reason engagement season stretches from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day-there's nothing more magical than the holiday season! Twinkling lights and softly falling snow make for beautiful backdrops to that proposal you've been waiting for, and the winter months are full of opportunities to get together with the people you love and celebrate this major milestone.
If you're all about keeping your wedding intimate and special for the people in the room, the overuse of social media may make it feel like your guests are completely disengaged. With constant snapchatting and people posting on their Instagram stories, it's easy to feel like there is a phone in your face at all times on your wedding day.
Earlier this year, a save-the-date arrived in my mailbox, inviting my boyfriend and I to his friend's wedding in Australia. And, yes, I mean that continent on the other side of the world. Traveling to Australia is expensive, time-sucking (you can't just go there for a weekend), and a lot to agree to, especially for a couple whom I'm not very close with.
Karelle Steiner and Christopher Golda have a mutual friend to thank for their relationship. The two first met at bar in Toronto in 2016-and when said friend introduced them, even he saw a spark. "He told us later that he immediately knew we would get married and ended up sneakily taking a few photos of the two of us, which he gave to us as a wedding gift," Karelle adds.
Sleeping bag. Pillow. Playing cards. Flashlight. Bug spray. Is this the packing list for summer camp or a wedding? For Adrian Ohmer and Darren DeWitt's friends and family, the answer was both. When the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based couple announced that they'd be saying вЂњI doвЂќ on August 12, 2017, at Camp Smitty, a nearly-100-year-old summer camp on Mink Lake in Ontario, they made it clear: What the festivities might lack in five-star amenities, they would more than make up for in good old-fashioned fun.
We've seen a guest raid a wedding buffet for leftovers, a bride require a $75 entrance fee to her wedding, and a maid of honor clean up 99 dead goldfish after a bride's wedding favor idea went horribly wrong-AKA, we thought we'd seen it all. That is, until one wedding guest shared the reason she walked out of a friend's wedding recently.
Some brides obsess about their dream dress. Others, their fairy-tale location. But when Jamie Baratta started planning her March 9, 2019, wedding to boyfriend Maurice Slade, she had a different focus. вЂњFor me, it was all about the music,вЂќ she says. вЂњThe music had to be bomb.вЂќ For anyone who knows the couple, this came as no surprise.
The first part of this fairy tale is fairly traditional. Boy meets girl, boy proposes, they get married. But what happened to Jillian Peterson and Kevin Heinz in the days following their wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota, exactly one decade ago, is a thoroughly modern fable for today. Jillian, who loved to dance growing up, had the idea for her wedding party to boogie down the aisle to a pop song.
These two gorgeous brides, who wed on June 15th, 2013, may look a little familiar. Kim (above, on the right) is no stranger to the spotlight. She competed on America's Next Top Model in 2005, has been an MTV News correspondent, and opened NYC hotspot The Dalloway in 2012, all before joining Citigroup and penning a book, which hits shelves this summer.
Samantha Lynch and Jordan Zmijewski have always loved visiting museums and galleries together, so she wasn't suspicious at all when Jordan planned for the two to visit the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum in May of 2015. вЂњWe planned to visit the museum, then head to the museum's restaurant for dinner,вЂќ Samantha explains.
It's 2019 so couples are no longer looking to keep up with the Joneses, they are looking to keep up with the Kardashians. Which means couples planning weddings are asking themselves a question that's just getting harder and harder to answer: How can we make our wedding stand out? And one way couples are distinguishing their weddings with meaningful moments are by incorporating their friends and loved ones into their celebration.
Everyone needs a great wingman, and Leland found his in his twin brother when he introduced Leland to Anna at a bar in New York City in June of 2005. While it took five years for the friendship that formed that night to turn into a romance (and another five before it led to a proposal!), on May 14, 2015, Leland asked Anna to be his wife.
If every cloud has a silver lining, then Hurricane Sandy's is Allison Groffman getting together with Jonathan Rich. After first meeting two years earlier, Allison and JR reconnected at the Carlyle Hotel during the superstorm back in October of 2012. Three years later, the pair was engaged and ready to plan a wedding for the ages.
There's nothing quite as exciting as getting a wedding invitation in the mail (other than sending the invites to your own big day). You plan a wedding weekend hoping to spend quality time with friends and family you don't often get to see. However, between wedding obligations, people staying in different hotels, and the general chaos of a big event, the bonding time can get lost.
As a partner and event producer at FГЄte NY, Allison Aronne is a wedding planning pro-but even she needed help planning her wedding to Ryan Beauchamp, whom she met on New Year's Eve in 2016. After Ryan proposed in Antibes in June of 2018, the couple searched New York City for the perfect venue but quickly found that nothing felt "quite right.
Jemison Matthews and Gordon Lutken have wedding season to thank for their rekindled romance. The now-couple first met as students at Ole Miss, but lost touch after graduation. That is, until July 2015, when they were both invited to a mutual friend's wedding in Boulder, and their longstanding friendship quickly became a flirtation.
BIG LOVE. These words, in glowing '70s-style lettering, were emblazoned on the colorful invitation to Rosie Rothrock and Andrew Parietti's wedding last August. And no, the phrase was not a reference to the HBO series. вЂњ'Big love' is how Andrew and I sign off our texts to each other,вЂќ Rosie says. вЂњI use it for emails to my family too.
Few wedding moments are more touching than the father-daughter dance. But finding the perfect choice among all the father-daughter dance songs out there can be tricky. You're looking to encapsulate the special relationship you share with you dad-and let's face it, there are a lot of songs that start out endearing but quickly take a turn for the awkward once it becomes clear the lyrics are about a different kind of relationship.
Now that you've picked out your stationary, it's time to take on wedding invitation wording -- whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what. The good news is that wedding invitation etiquette rules aren't that complicated, after all.
We're far too familiar with the wedding songs that have been overdone. Let's find the best first dance songs that are out-of-the-box! With the help of some wedding professionals - the ones who've heard 'em all! - we compiled a list of unique first dance wedding songs that are anything but ordinary. 1.
Calli Nicoletti has an unexpected person to thank for introducing her to her now-husband, Pierce Swofford: her boss! Back in the summer of 2014, Calli was working for a startup in New York City that was hosting weekly happy hours to get the word out about their new product. One week, Calli's boss invited her boyfriend (who would later become her husband) to come along and bring some of his friends-one of whom was Pierce.