Bridezilla? No. Minister-zilla.

Lisa Hendey just posted this video of a photographer/wedding presider smackdown over at her place.  Take a look. A few thoughts. 1. The presider should have set limits at the rehearsal or, at the latest, before the ceremony. 2. The photographer(s) should have cleared their location with the presider. 3. Saying “If you don’t move, [Read More…]

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Attention: brides. This one’s for you.

Planning a wedding? Something to consider… [Read more…]

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VIDEO: Bride Tosses Bouquet from Human Slingshot

You can’t make this stuff up. Just watch. [Read more…]

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A New Trend for “Unplugged” Weddings

From the New York Times: The attendant was stationed at the front door of my friend Michael’s wedding. “The ceremony is in the chapel,” she said to the arriving guests. “The ragtime band will be playing in the courtyard. The mini-cheeseburgers and lobster rolls will be served under the tent. “Now, would you please hand [Read More…]

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Planning a wedding? Good luck topping this…

Last May, British singer-songwriter Tom Fletcher stood up at his wedding reception and sang a speech to the bridal party. Last week, he decided to post it online. It’s become a sensation, with over eight million hits so far on YouTube. After you’ve watched it below, you’ll understand why. He set the speech to some [Read More…]

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Forget the priest, deacon or rabbi: my friend will do the wedding

That seems to be the way things are going, with online ministry services providing more and more instant wedding officiants. From the New York Times: For generations, getting married meant solemnly standing before an authority figure charged with upholding the rules of civil society or religious traditions. But when Amity Kitchen wed Matthew Saucedo in [Read More…]

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Tweet, tweet: social media transforming weddings

It was inevitable, I guess, and now it’s getting attention from the press.  Details: As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom’s Facebook relationship change to “married.” “Nothing’s official,” she said, “until it’s Facebook official!” [Read More…]

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Remember when people just used paper?

Think weddings have gotten out of control?  Behold, the most extravagantly creative (and ridiculously over-priced) wedding invitation of the moment: a customized Viewmaster, featuring snapshots of the happy couple and delivered in a cardboard box.  You can order a hundred of these for a mere $3450.  (That doesn’t include postage, for mailing them to family [Read More…]

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On cohabitation: laying down the law in Santa Fe

The Archbishop there, Michael Sheehan, has issued a pastoral letter that was read at all masses this past weekend. A snip: We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those who have [Read More…]

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Taking a plunge: Catholic weddings drop dramatically

Is the Church doing something wrong? Why are more people opting for weddings that have nothing to do with a church? Details, from the Providence-Journal in Rhode Island: Michaela Connors-Mare never set out to marry outside the Catholic Church. It just turned out that way. It was 2005. Michaela, then 29, had met Nelson Mare [Read More…]

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