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No More Wedding Gifts

2017年03月30日

In theory, we give gifts at weddings for two reasons:


1. The couple is moving out of their parents’ respective homes and it’s the generosity of their family and friends that allows them to establish a new household from scratch.


2. Because they paid for your meal of chicken or pasta.


We can, of course, also give gifts out of love, but since wedding gifts are considered obligatory, we’re leaving love out of the picture.


We should not be expected to give wedding gifts.


This is not a generally acceptable opinion. Somewhat recently, I went to a wedding across the country that cost me about $700 to attend, which may seem negligible to some, but was not to me. Not long after, I admitted to a mutual friend of the couple, who was also invited but did not go, that I hadn’t gotten the newlyweds a gift. She freaked. As a recently engaged person, she took my assertion that I didn’t owe them a gift very personally. I was not invited to her wedding.


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There are some exceptions. It is conceivable that some younger or less well-off couples are moving into a home together without even a spatula to their name, and in that case, a registry is appropriate and expected. To couples that are poor and need help to have a nice day, all blessings upon you. Send me an invite and point me to your wedding cake GoFundMe.


However, the rules of this hypothetical universe do not apply to people in their late twenties who have been living together for years in a $3,000 one bedroom in Brooklyn. If you can afford to buy your own KitchenAid and still expect one from a guest at your wedding just because they accepted your invitation, you can fuck right off.


Going to a wedding is expensive. By asking someone to come and witness your individual prom day, you’re also asking them to spend money to look nice, to travel, to stay in a hotel, and probably to take time off from work. If they’re in the wedding party, they’ll be paying for all the additional days that pop up around the central circus—bachelorette and bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, etc. Guess what, lovers: it sucks to have to choose between celebrating a huge day with your friend and paying rent.


Throwing a wedding is also expensive. Extremely expensive. But if you can’t afford to throw it without an expected $150 rebate from your guest on fine china, scale the fuck back. The cost of a BBQ buffet plate and a table full of red velvet cupcakes do not equate to stemware. No one should be expected to subsidize your decision to wear a tiara or buy a tailored satin tuxedo jacket. The only thing guests should be expected to do is show up and shower you with love, attention, and validation of your legally recognized union without embarrassing you by getting too drunk. That’s more than most people get.


That said, my disdain for gifts does not just apply to weddings. Birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, and most baby shower gifts should also go in the toilet—with some exceptions. Children deserve gifts, as do some people having their first child, who don’t usually have a baby starter kit lying around. It makes sense to help each other out with that stuff—even though there’s no equivalent support network for when people announce they’re growing old alone. Single people should start throwing mandatory parties to collect food for their pantry and start a fund for in-home care. That would be dope.


It’s also acceptable to give birthday gifts to kids between the ages of three and 16, because they’re still young enough to enjoy getting random stuff that’s not really to their taste, which will clutter their home and be a burden when they have to move. SURPRISE I don’t like getting gifts either.


The best gifts for adults are experiences. The shared experience of a wedding ceremony is powerful, memorable, and often really fun. As a host, it is you who is giving a gift, and we should never give expecting to receive. But if that’s the deal, just send me an itemized bill and we can compare costs out in the open.


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Ancient meaning to flowers

2017年03月23日

Flowers play a big role in many weddings, and couples can add beauty and ambiance to the event by using floral arrangements in various ways. Modern floral arrangements are stunning, and many couples might not know that herbs, spices and flowers have been used in weddings for centuries.


Today, flowers are used to decorate wedding venues, impart sweet fragrances and complement formal attire, but in ancient times they were used differently. Flowers were used to bestow good luck on the couple and keep bad omens away.


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Modern brides and grooms may no longer see their wedding days as times for opportunistic evil spirits, but that doesn't mean couples cannot borrow from ancient traditions and incorporate flowers into their weddings in various ways: Wreaths and garlands: Ask the florist to weave small flower buds, berries and vines to a headband, wreath or piece of twine so the bride and groom can wear these flowers in the way they were worn by ancient Greeks and Romans. When coupled with Grecian-styled wedding gowns, brides can look like beautiful goddesses on their wedding days.


Fragrant favours: Tuck dried rose petals and other fragrant flowers into sachets that are embroidered with the wedding date and couple's names. Guests can use these sachets to keep clothing smelling fresh in drawers or as subtle air fresheners around the house.


Edible flowers: Ask the caterer to make meals flower-friendly by including some edible blooms in the salad or as a garnish on meals.


Raining petals: In lieu of bubbles or birdseed, guests can shower the newlyweds with rose petals after the ceremony.


Memorial: Some couples like to honour departed family members. Floral arrangements with small placards can make for fitting memorials.


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How to Host a Destination Wedding in Tuscany's Small Towns

2017年03月18日

While the thought of a Tuscan wedding may inspire visions of cities like Florence, you’ll find just as romantic a location—minus the crowds—in the secluded countryside less than an hour away. From charming 12th-century churches to walled medieval cities with bistros sitting in underground caverns, the Serchio Valley and its villages are one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets. Nestled between the Apuan Alps and Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park, this region, with its rugged mountain setting and lush forests of chestnut and beech trees, looks straight out of a storybook and even requires crossing a 14th-century bridge to reach it. From Tuscan wine tastings to local bistro lunches, here’s how to plan a picture-perfect destination wedding in Tuscany with a honeymoon just as dreamy to follow.


Italian-Style Ceremonies


Nothing gets more vintage Italian chic (à la Sophia Loren) than a ceremony in the walled town of Barga, about an hour’s drive from some of the region’s more famous neighbors, like Pisa and Florence. Barga is home to the Duomo, a Romanesque 12th-century cathedral perched 1,500 feet above sea level, that makes for a scenic spot for religious ceremonies. As if tying the knot here isn’t romantic enough, make your getaway in style by sweeping off in a vintage Italian car along the Serchio Valley’s winding hills to a reception at the nearby 180-room Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Just a 15-minute drive away, the resort sprawls down the olive- and chestnut-grove-lined Ciocco Estate and Park and is like having a Tuscan villa all to yourself (with room to host all of your friends and family).


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Couples can also exchange vows on the terrace here or host welcome drinks around the pool for up to 150, complete with a pizza party (baked in on-site pizza ovens) and aperitifs in the form of prosecco and Bellini cocktails. When it comes time for dinner and dancing, start on the vine-covered terrace and serve up an appetizer buffet of local meat and cheeses and a Tuscan-fueled menu of lobster risotto and fresh ravioli before taking the party indoors for late-night dancing at the discotheque.


If you’d prefer to keep things on the smaller side, after saying “I do,” take your wedding procession down Barga’s narrow cobblestone streets to one of the village’s finest eateries, Locanda di Mezzo, housed in a historic 700-year-old building. Seat your party inside the converted antique stone wine cellar for a whimsical tasting menu of more modern Tuscan cuisine that showcases local ingredients, like chestnut and chicken, on plates painted with sauces and dusted with spices.


Tuscan Cooking (and Eating)


Give your guests a souvenir worth more than anything they’d have to lug back home with a Tuscan cooking course. The day starts in typical chef fashion with a trip to the markets in Barga to source ingredients for traditional recipes, like handmade ricotta- and spinach-filled ravioli. The Renaissance Tuscany’s chef will guide guests through a course where they’ll prep three dishes for lunch that afternoon, matched by just the right types of regional wines. And when it comes to where to dine, options are as scenic as can be. Our favorite? A picnic on the lawn looking out at sweeping views of the Serchio Valley from the Ciocco Estate.


Less than an hour away, the medieval Roman town of Lucca is what Tuscan dreams are made of. Sitting along the Serchio River, the walled city’s architecture dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, with pedestrian cobblestoned streets leading to picturesque piazzas with sprawling terraces and cafes. In the corner of one of these piazzas behind the Bernardini Palace lies Cantine Bernardini 1586, an eatery with alfresco patio seating and an expansive cavernous restaurant sitting down below. Host a wine tasting on the patio and sample a series of local vino paired with some of Tuscany’s best bruschetta and olive oil, or take things up a notch with an evening cocktail master class while indulging in fine-dining Tuscan fare like seabass-filled black ravioli and fresh pappardelle pasta with rosemary sauce.


How to Get There


Fly into Florence, the closest major city, which sits 70 miles away. Use the city as a landing base where you can set out and explore other towns nearby, like Pisa, Lucca, and Barga. Guests heading to Tuscany can arrange for a airport shuttle service to hotels like the Renaissance Tuscany, about an hour and a half away. Another option: a scenic helicopter ride straight to the Il Ciocco estate. Tuscany is stunning from above, but one of the best ways to get the lay of the land is driving through its rolling hills. Renting a car will give guests more mobility (instead of worrying about taxis) to explore the small towns dotting the Serchio Valley when they have a bit of down time during the wedding.


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Zendaya wore a $50 dress

2017年03月14日

Zendaya, supremely cool 20-year-old and boss dresser, was already on our best-dressed list for this year's Kid's Choice Awards with her copper hued "basically a nightgown" slip and forest green boots. Then she revealed on her Instagram that the dress was one from her own clothing line, Daya by Zendaya and cost a possible-even-on-the-day-before-pay-day, $50.


The actress, model and spokesperson launched her clothing line last year, an expansion of her shoe line. The collection is designed with her fans in mind - young women who care about clothes, and other stuff too and want to have fun with fashion at an accessible price point. In an interview with Fashionista Zendaya spoke about how the inspiration behind her line of slips, jumpsuits, bombers and statement tops comes from the cool kids at school.


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Zendaya wore a $50 dress

2017年03月14日

Zendaya, supremely cool 20-year-old and boss dresser, was already on our best-dressed list for this year's Kid's Choice Awards with her copper hued "basically a nightgown" slip and forest green boots. Then she revealed on her Instagram that the dress was one from her own clothing line, Daya by Zendaya and cost a possible-even-on-the-day-before-pay-day, $50.


The actress, model and spokesperson launched her clothing line last year, an expansion of her shoe line. The collection is designed with her fans in mind - young women who care about clothes, and other stuff too and want to have fun with fashion at an accessible price point. In an interview with Fashionista Zendaya spoke about how the inspiration behind her line of slips, jumpsuits, bombers and statement tops comes from the cool kids at school.


Zendaya at the Kid's Choice Awards.

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Her muse is "that chic high-schooler who comes to school every day dressed up and gets voted best dressed." Or "the kid who ... nobody really likes their style in high school, but then they grow up and end up being this [trendsetter]. Even though people didn't 'get it' when they were kids, they were just being creative. Finally, people started to realise they were setting trends all along. I'm inspired by those people. People who are creative, who think outside the box. People who develop their own styles and aren't afraid to do so."


Ultimately, as Zendaya put it to Fashionista, she gets it that getting dressed can be an emotional experience for many young women (and not so young women too).


"I want it [Daya by Zendaya] to continue to be an empowering line. What I mean by that is: Clothing to me is very emotional. It's supposed to make you feel something. It's supposed to make you feel good, so I just want it to be a line that people want to be a part of. Not just because the clothes are nice — I obviously want to have nice clothes — but because of what it stands for and what it embraces. And [for being a part of] a new era of fashion, which is more forward-thinking and there's not as many labels and rules. It's more open — that's what fashion should be."


Right on, Zendaya. And now to add that $50 slip and maybe also some lace-up tracksuit pants (?) to cart.


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Prince William and Kate Middleton

2017年03月09日

Prince William and Kate Middleton said their "I dos" in a gorgeous ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London in April 2011. There were so many beautiful moments to behold from their big day, but one that really had us in tears was when the couple recited their wedding vows. While Will and Kate exchanged traditional wedding vows from the Book of Common Prayer, they made one slight tweak — they removed the word "obey." The first royal bride to drop the word was William's late mother, Princess Diana, who omitted it when she married Prince Charles in 1981. Check out their wedding vows in full below.


Archbishop: "William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?"



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Prince William: "I will."


Archbishop to Catherine: "Catherine Elizabeth, wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?"


Kate Middleton: "I will."


Archbishop: "Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?"


PW: "I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth."


KM: "I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth."


Archbishop: "Bless, O Lord, this ring, and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favor, and live together in love until their lives' end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


PW: "With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honor; and all my worldly goods with thee I share: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."


Archbishop: "Let us pray. O Eternal God, Creator, and Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life: send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that, living faithfully together, they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge; and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.For as much as William and Catherine have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you; and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen."


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Bharatmatrimony to foray into wedding services

2017年03月02日

After 17 years of running online matrimony service Bharatmatrimony, its CEO Murugavel Janakiraman says the next leap of growth for the company will be from wedding services.


India is a $54 billion wedding market which includes services such as travel, catering, decorations, invitations excluding jewellery. Indeed, marriages are the biggest household expenditure for any Indian family.


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Matrimony.com after capturing different aspects of matching making with brands such as BharatMatrimony, CommunityMatrimony, AssistedMatrimony, and their latest offering for the rich and affluent, EliteMatrimony, is foraying into wedding services.


Currently the focus of the company is on photography and videography through its platform Matrimonyphotography. It is currently operational in three states -- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerela -- where they are doing 300 weddings per month and aim to scale to 10,000 weddings.


"The photo vendors are on the rolls of the company but not full time employees. We have booked them on all the weddings days of the year so we can guarantee quality and yet be asset light," says Janakiraman.


Another focus of the company is Matrimonybazaar where customers can avail some or all the wedding services such as catering, decoration, invitation, venue booking, make-up and others. "It is a commission based model where we get a service fee from the customers for every booking," he says.


Janakiraman claims that it doesn't increase the cost of services rather help their customers save up to 10 per cent.


"Due to our scale and size we have been able to strike a deal with different vendors for a competitive price for their services by promising volumes," says Janakiraman. They have 2000 vendors from Chennai on their platform.


Currently, this product is on a pilot mode and will be expanded to other metros after achieving scale. The company claims it is doing more than 200 bookings a month through Matrimonybazaar.


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