The end

First of all, I want to say thank you for following me as I blogged about weddings.

I’ve always loved what weddings stand for and it was fun to be able to talk about them in some way three times a week. Since the course I blog for (and my college career) are coming to an end it’s time for me to say goodbye.

I’ll leave you with this.

A little cake decorating

Kathy Cunningham, a former Purdue employee in the bakery at Hillenbrand Hall, makes wedding cakes out of a workshop in her property in Lafayette.

Kathy loves to decorate cakes and she was kind enough to show me her process. Here is a slideshow interview of our afternoon together. She told me some of her favorite stories from altering gowns and decorating.

Once, she said a little flower girl threw up spaghetti all over her dress during alterations a week before the wedding. While I didn’t include that gem, I hope you enjoy the rest of her stories.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~tsipples/kathycunningham

Summer events

The semester is winding down and wedding season is just getting started. There is a variety of wedding shows in Indiana that future wedded couples can attend.

2013 BRIDAL SHOWS – July

Personal Tux LLC– 1st Annual Diva and Dudes Bridal and Bachelor Show

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jewish Community Center

6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Contact information 317-693-4700

Admission FREE

 

Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show

Date – TBA

Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St. ,  Indianapolis, IN

Time – TBA

Tickets $9 advance online, $10 pay at the door

 

2013 BRIDAL SHOWS – September

Indy Wedding Ideas– Bridal Couture Bridal Show

Thursday September 12, 2013

The Indianapolis Zoo

1200 W. Washington Street,  Indianapolis, IN

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets $7 advance online, $10 pay at the door

 

Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show

TBA

Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station

123 W. Louisiana St. ,  Indianapolis, IN

TBA

Tickets- TBA

 

2013 BRIDAL SHOWS – November

Indy Wedding Ideas– Champagne and Diamonds Bridal Show

Sunday November 3, 2013

Forum Conference and Event Center

11313 E. Parkway,  Fishers, IN

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Tickets $7 advance online, $10 pay at the door

 

NORTHERN INDIANA

Warsaw Premier Bridal Show

Sunday February 3, 2013

Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College

610 Wooster Road,  Winona Lake IN

12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Tickets $6.00

 

For other wedding news and features across the state, visit Indiana Bride Magazine.

Engagement story contest

proposal

The Knot is hosting an engagement story contest on its website. It’s sponsored by Kleinfeld Paper and the winner of the contest will will a $ 10,000 wedding day package including the bride’s dress and wedding stationery by the sponsor.

Here is one of my favorite stories submitted so far.

“Last year, I set up a behind the scenes tour at the Houston Zoo as a fun activity for my boyfriend and I to do. It was such a wonderful experience, it came as no surprise that he was interested in doing it again this year. He had me call my contact at the zoo and set up a day.

We arrived at the zoo bright and early for our tour time. We were met in the parking lot by the zoo keeper that would be escorting us. Our first stop on the tour was the elephants. The elephants are our favorite animal to visit. We began the tour by giving the baby elephant, Baylor, a bath. We both scrubbed him and rinsed him off, and had a great time doing it! The zoo keeper that escorted us had my camera the whole time, snapping photos. We moved down to the next stall, where the mother elephant was. As she turned around, I noticed some writing on her side. To my surprise, the elephant had “Jules, will you marry me?” written on her side in chalk. I was completely shocked! As I turned around, Ben was on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes, and he put the ring on my finger, and his hat on my head and kissed me. I couldn’t have been more thrilled

But the surprises didn’t stop there. We got back in the golf cart that was taking us around the zoo. I was in the process of taking a picture of my ring and sending it to my family to let them know it happened. Ben said “What are you doing?” and I replied with “Texting everyone!” and he said “Who are you texting?” and I replied with “My family!” and he said “Babe, I don’t think you have to. Look!” I looked up and we were pulling up to an area where all my family and close friends were to share in the celebration! Little did I know, they had all known about this for months and had been keeping it from me! I couldn’t believe I had no idea. I am not an easy person to surprise. Having all our family and friends from in town and out of town there to celebrate with us was exactly what I would have wanted.

We all took pictures and celebrated for a bit at the zoo before we had another surprise. Everyone was invited to a celebratory luncheon at one of my favorite restaurants, Canopy.

It was a magical day. I couldn’t believe how much thought, planning and effort went in to the entire event. Needless to say, I am one lucky lady and cannot wait to marry the man of my dreams.”

There are over 60 pages of entries and visitors to the site can rate their favorite entries. To read some stories and vote on your favorites, visit “My Proposal Story.”

“Friends” wedding moments

There’s this rumor going around online that NBC has “confirmed” that there won’t just be a reunion for the show “Friends,” but there will be an entire new season. Here’s the story.

I really, really hope this is true, but I highly doubt it is. Nonetheless, here are the funniest wedding moments from the show.

Phoebe is mad because she wasn’t asked to sing at Monica and Chandler’s wedding:

Ross says Rachel’s name at his wedding to Emily:

Chandler proposes to Monica (because he’s sorry).

Chandler proposes to Monica (for real):

Rachel and Ross get married in Vegas:

Phoebe gets married.

What’s your favorite wedding moment from the show?

What to do if you can’t say ‘I do’

Not everyone gets to have their perfect wedding day. Sometimes cold feet is more than just cold feet.

Surprisingly, there is a best way to handle the cancellation of an engagement. It’s better to face the feelings of embarrassment and pressure upon canceling a wedding rather than to walk down the aisle with the wrong person.

Q) How do we tell people the wedding is off?
A) Send out a card to all invited worded similarly to the invitation,
“Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dixon
announce that the marriage of
their daughter
Barbara Marie
to
Howard Franklin
will not take place”

Be sure to include all who RSVP’d “no.” You don’t have to explain why.

This sounds a little harsh to me, so I suggest something more like this from Huffington Post,
“We regret to inform you of the cancellation of the engagement of Susan Smith and Bob Hope. All wedding plans have been discontinued. We sincerely apologize to any of our guests who have been inconvenienced.”

Q) Who gets the engagement ring?
A) The Knot says, “This question is more complicated than it seems, because each situation is so different. If the bride calls off the wedding and her ring was a gift from the groom, it’s appropriate for her to give it back. If the groom calls it off, the bride may want to give him his ring back because she does not want to be reminded of their failed engagement. (If he was a real jerk, though, we can’t argue against taking it to the pawn shop.) If the ring is a family heirloom, it should go back to the family it came from, regardless of why the wedding was canceled. If the couple bought the ring together, they need to decide what to do with it, as they would with any other joint purchases they’ve made.”

A lot of this sounds really, really terrible. There’s a loss of money and a lot of hurt feelings or maybe worse, but again, it is better than divorce. For the full advice on wedding cancellation etiquette, see The Knot’s Q&A.

Wedding facts: The most expensive weddings ever.

Here is a list of the ten most expensive weddings ever held.

Yes, royalty tops most of the list.

10. Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky. $3.8 million.
The couple divorced five years later.

9. Liza Minnelli and David Gest. $4.3 million.
The couple spent $700,000 on flowers.

8. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. $4.8 million.
The cake was $11,000.

7. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin. $7.7 million.
The event was a masked ball.

6. Andrey Melnichenko and Aleksandra Kokotovich. $29 million.
Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston were the entertainment.

5. Prince William and Kate Middleton. $33 million.
The cake cost $80,000.

4. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia. $58 million.
It was a 5-day event, part of which was held at Versailles in France, and the invitations were mailed to guests in silver boxes. Yes. Boxes made of silver.

3. Prince Charles and Lady Diana. $115 million.
Security cost $600,000.

2. Seemanto Roy and Chandi Toor + Sushanto Roy and Richa Roy. $123 million.
This was a double wedding. The British Symphony Orchestra was the entertainment.

1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum. $137 million.
The venue was built from scratch in Dubai especially for the event and before the ceremony Sheik Mohammed rode his horse to every village and fed everyone.

See Huffington Post’s info graphic for more facts about each ceremony.

Bridal tradition

henna

One growing trend in the wedding, and even general atmosphere is the practice of henna, or Mehndi, as it is more traditionally known.

The paste to form the artwork is created from powder from the Mehndi plant, mixed with water. When the paste dries on the skin it leaves a reddish dye.

The practice of Mehndi dates back to the 15th century in South Asia. The painting was usually done by the wife of a barber. The ceremony for adorning the bride with Mehndi takes place in the parents’ of the bride’s home – and female family and friends of the bride attend – what is now a modern day bridal shower.

For more about Mehndi ceremonies, and how they led to today’s version of a bridal shower, see this Huffington Post article.

The Great Gatsby

Have you seen this?

The Great Gatsby, which comes out May 10, inspired Buzzfeed to put together a list of how to have the perfect Gatsby-themed wedding.

All you need is a rich person’s mansion, a gold cake, lots of pearls and a Rolls Royce.

In reality though, the photos are actually quite glamorous and pretty.

gatsby

invites

gatsby1

What would you think of a Gatsby-themed wedding?

Social media overkill?

Brides may begin to dread the day they need to start planning a wedding.

Loverly, a wedding search engine site, has announced that it plans to launch a mobile app to complement its site. This isn’t the first time I’ve written or read about a new wedding site or app.

Does it ever become too much?

There are positives and negatives to having access to planning features such as Lover.ly and Pinterest at your fingertips. Much more individuality can be added to a bride’s special day with more options.

Some positives – ease, convenience with shopping around, more options.

Some negatives – added pressure, wanting what you realistically can’t have, and the creation of Bridezillas.

The obsession with planning takes away from the importance of what the day is supposed to mean. When it comes my turn to plan a wedding, I’m sure I will appreciate that I have more options for choosing vendors and decorations than what my mother, aunts and grandmothers had. But I also hope I won’t have the tendency to be consumed by the more convenient process.

What do you think about so many social media sites and phone applications being dedicated to wedding planning? Is it too much or just right?