Thursday, October 31, 2013

Most Haunted Wedding Venues in the USA

Searching for a spooky spot to tie the knot? Give your guests the thrill of a lifetime at one of these extraordinary venues.
The Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AR
This spirited hotel has been hosting weddings for over 125 years. Paranormal researchers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, stars of Ghost Hunters, caught on a thermal-imaging camera "the Holy Grail" of paranormal investigation: A full-body apparition wearing a hat and nodding.

The hotel is one of the nation's top wedding and honeymoon destinations, known for its fairytale-like architecture and pristine forest views. Dazzling chandeliers light up the hardwood dance floor of the century-old Crystal Ballroom. If you’re a bride dreaming of an enchanted garden wedding, The Crescent’s 15 acres of colorful gardens can provide a magical celebration for up to 350 guests (
Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, CA
A gorgeous seaside venue built in 1888, the hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan, who was found dead on the beach stairs from a mysterious gunshot wound to her head. Drapes move, screens fall off the windows, and light can be seen coming from unoccupied rooms. Employees, workers, and guests have observed odd noises, spirited breezes, and a ghostly figure of a woman wearing a black lace dress.

Hotel del Coronado was named one of the top wedding destinations in America by the Travel Channel. From its breathtaking beachfront and majestic garden ceremonies to its grand ballroom receptions, this venue perfectly suits any bride’s needs (
The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA
The once-luxurious ocean liner is now a permanently docked hotel and California landmark. Ghosts of three travelers and two crewmen (one of whom was crushed in an automatic door) are said to haunt the ship.

Whether you and your groom want a traditional ceremony in the Royal Wedding Chapel or to say your vows on the bow at sunset, the Queen Mary is an amazing place to tie the knot. Wedding packages start at $59 per person and include a one-hour reception, beer and wine bar, and a three-course meal, in addition to many other amenities (
The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
This hotel is the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour. It was designed and built to cater to celebrities, and the first Academy Awards ceremony was celebrated in the hotel's ballroom, the Blossom Room. But ever since the hotel underwent renovations in 1984, the spirits of the Roosevelt have been angry. According to USA Today, cold spots have been reported in the Blossom Room, and employees have seen the image of a pretty blond woman in the mirror hanging in the suite previously used by Marilyn Monroe. Strange noises, shadows, phantom typewriting, and phones lifting off the hook are other phenomena said to happen at the Roosevelt.

Twenty equally-fabulous rooms are available for your ceremony and reception needs. If you’re craving red carpet treatment, look no further than the legendary Blossom Room (
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO
Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining while staying in room 217. It's haunted by F.O. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner, and his wife, Flora — Mr. Stanley plays piano in the hotel’s music room, and his wife is often spotted in the billiards room and lobby.

The MacGregor Ballroom offers exquisite mountaintop views and rich wood décor for up to 200 guests. If you're looking for a more intimate affair, the Library Room is a cozy setting complete with a private veranda overlooking Lake Estes. For truly haunting nuptials, Stanley’s Music Room features gorgeous Palladian windows, breathtaking Rocky Mountain views, and a grand stage (
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C.
Since 1930, this hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls — and it’s no secret the Omni Shoreham is haunted. One of the presidential suites is even named “The Ghost Suite” because of its unexplained occurrences. The space used to be the apartment for former owner, Henry Doherty, and his family. While the Dohertys lived there, the family experienced three unexpected deaths — Mr. Doherty’s daughter, wife, and live-in housekeeper.

The Omni Shoreham boasts seven different ballrooms, including the 17,000 square-foot Regency Ballroom, all which make beautiful wedding venues (
Don Vicente De Ybor Inn in Tampa, FL
This former hospital was nicknamed “Hotel Hell” by the hosts of The Travel Channel’s Dead Files. Research conducted by the show found the building may have been the site of mafia activity and a deranged doctor who performed experiments on bodies he tried to bring back to life. The show’s medium sensed the spirit of a nurse and dozens of other apparitions.

Despite the frightening history, hundreds of couples have had dream weddings within the walls of this creepy hotel. The charming antique furniture and grand staircase are details that make this venue picture-perfect (
Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, GA
This cemetery is a surprisingly gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos. Oakland is Atlanta’s first city cemetery and was designed in the Victorian garden style. It’s a beautiful place with stone pathways, gorgeous mausoleums, elaborate statues, and plenty of trees and flowers. The cemetery has always been a popular spot for picnics and gatherings of those who lost loved ones in the Civil War.

Today, people come to walk the brick pathways and admire the flowers growing alongside the plots. There are over 70,000 souls resting there. Most ghostly activity is said to occur around the Lion of Atlanta, a monument honoring the 3,000 unknown Confederate Soldiers who died in battle (
Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL
Unlike many haunted venues, the spooky activity here isn’t widely advertised. Although many believe the hotel is one of the most active haunted spots in Chicago, not many are willing to speak on what, exactly, goes on there. According to Shermans Travel’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels, staff at the Congress Plaza Hotel often see the apparition of a young boy who was apparently thrown from the roof of the hotel with his brother by their mother before she committed suicide.

The hotel has four different ballrooms. The most spectacular of these, The Gold Room, literally shimmers with Italian Renaissance charm (
The Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence, KS
The hotel has a dramatic history dating back to the Civil War, when it was burnt to the ground — twice, along with the rest of the city the second time — by pro-slavery guerrilla troops. Colonel Eldridge rebuilt the hotel, and it now serves as a symbol of the Lawrence citizens’ fight for the rights of individuals everywhere. The Colonel is now thought to be haunting the hotel, protecting it from beyond the grave.

The hotel has reception spaces for both traditional and modern brides. The Crystal Ballroom is an elegant space with classic décor, and the Big 6 Room’s exposed brick and grand fireplace is ideal for a contemporary affair (
The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA
This 215-year-old Southern plantation is one of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the World." Legend has it that an enslaved woman named Chloe, who lost an ear for eavesdropping on her master, haunts the plantation. Chloe got revenge by poisoning her master's two daughters with a birthday cake — and they also haunt the grounds.

The Myrtles Plantation has both ceremony and reception facilities, along with a restaurant that offers wedding catering. Couples can wed in the Enchanted Courtyard or have a tent-style wedding on the plantation grounds (
Omni Parker House in Boston, MA
The oldest continually-operating hotel in America, the hotel is thought to be haunted by its first manager, Harvey Parker. Guests have reported seeing the always-diligent Parker in their rooms, asking about their stay.

Situated on the fifteenth floor is a rooftop ballroom offering stunning views of Boston. It features a sky-high ceiling, crystal chandeliers and over 3,500 square feet of celebration space (
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA
Lizzie Borden, the infamous woman who brutally murdered her father and stepmother, lived here... and many think she and her family still do. Guests have reported seeing a woman's ghost and hearing crying, footsteps, and voices.

If you're brave enough, weddings for up to 20 guests can be hosted for about $1,500 (
Pythian Castle in Springfield, MO
Constructed in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias, this regal venue has been home to everyone from orphans to soldiers. Today, it is not uncommon to hear male or female voices, bump into an unseen mass, hear doors shutting, or see boxes being moved when seemingly no one is there. Orbs have been detected in several areas of the building along with temperature changes, and many paranormal images have been caught on camera.

There is a theatre and a ballroom available to rent for your big day. The theater is located directly above the ballroom, giving couples the option to use both spaces. Best of all, this venue's warm and colorful décor requires very little extra decorating (
The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC
The ghost of Dr. William Jacocks is believed to be the resident apparition at this North Carolina inn. Suite 252 was his home for twenty years, and guests who stay in the room often find themselves locked out. The door once had to be removed from the hinges because it would not budge. Paranormal researchers have collected many pieces of evidence from the hotel, including recordings of softly spoken words, faint piano notes, and video of an orb-like object floating in the air.

Despite all of the activity from the afterlife, weddings at the inn are lively occasions in intimate parlors, secluded courtyards, and grandiose ballrooms (
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH
The haunting activity revolves around Carolyn Stickney, widow of the hotel's original owner, Joseph Stickney. After the hotel’s opening in 1902, Carolyn frequented it and hosted many parties there — and it’s said she still spends the majority of her time there. She pops up in guests' rooms and photos from time to time.

The resort's motto: “The place where fairytale weddings come true.” With ten different rental facilities for weddings of all kinds — indoor, outdoor, grand, intimate, formal, informal — whatever your dream wedding is, the Omni Mount Washington Resort can provide it (
The Lodge Resort & Spa in Cloudcroft, NM
Rebecca, a murdered chambermaid, wanders throughout the halls of this hotel. Rebecca is said to be a friendly ghost — aside from the occasional spontaneously-lit fireplace and flickering lights, she leaves guests alone.

Choose this venue if you are looking for a relaxing, rustic retreat for 30 to 200 guests (
The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY
Escape reality at this luxurious private island resort in upstate New York. When the hotel opened in 1883, it was primarily frequented by affluent New Yorkers looking to get away from busy city life. But starting in the 1950s, golfers started seeing the ghost of a young boy on the course. It's believed that the boy was stuck by a car and tragically died while chasing a stray golf ball. And the most famous place to dine, The Trillium, is visited regularly by a ghostly couple believed to be some of the first guests of the hotel.

Today, the Sagamore is the perfect destination for a weekend wedding jam-packed with fun activities. Get pampered at the on-site salon and spa, have some fun in the sun water skiing and parasailing, or play golf on the world class golf course. The hotel features six superb restaurants, all catering to your reception and rehearsal dinner needs (
Ohio State Reformatory Prison in Mansfield, OH
Many of the criminals sent to this Ohio prison never left. At least one inmate succeeded in hanging himself, another set himself on fire, and the list goes on. And the prisoners aren’t the only spirits believed to be haunting the former prison. In 1950, the warden's wife accidentally shot herself with a hidden pistol while removing a jewelry box from a closet. A few years later, the warden died of a massive heart attack. Today, tour guides and guests swear they hear this husband and wife talking from beyond the grave.

Each year, this former penitentiary hosts a bridal show called “Glamour in the Slammer.” The castle-like façade truly is stunning. "The room is beautiful. It's seated right between both of our cell blocks, in the very center of the building, with large granite columns, black and white marble floors, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls," Susan Nirode, operations manager of the Preservation Society, told ABC News. This unique venue is ideal for brides on a budget — rates start at only $1,000 (
The Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX
Colonel Driskill himself is said to wander through the original side of the hotel. His ghost is marked by the smell of cigar smoke and a fascination with bathroom lights. And in 1887, while the Texas Senate was in session, the daughter of a Senator fell to her death while chasing a ball down the grand staircase. Her death was the first at the hotel. Within a week, her spirit returned and can be seen running around and playing with her ball throughout the first floor lobby, the ladies' bathroom and the stairs leading to the mezzanine.

This popular wedding venue has stunning architecture both inside and out. The Driskill has a reputation for the most majestic rooms and dedicated staff in all of Texas (

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Photo of the Week

Little Girl Falls Asleep At Wedding, Reminds Us That Receptions Are Very Exhausting

When you're tired enough, anything can be a bed. Literally anything, anywhere -- like, say, a table top in a room full of people at a wedding.

On Monday, Redditor kit_carlisle posted an adorable (and also very relatable) photo of a pint-sized guest who clearly had one too many root beers and passed out at the reception. Check out the photo, aptly captioned "Wedding reception aftermath," below.

Wedding reception aftermath.

Not going to lie, after a few glasses of champagne, we've definitely considered doing this. But we probably couldn't pull it off as well as this sleeping cutie.

Wedding Planning Tips for the Groom

By guest blogger Mark Estrada (Robbins Brothers Credit Department)

Congratulations good Sir, you’ve done it! She said yes, you proved that there is at least one person on this planet that truly doesn’t mind your existence or that weird birthmark you have on your lower back. Bask in the glory friend, for it is no small feat. Now, I have a question for you; what’s next?


If you thought it was a year full of putting your feet up and dusting off a Link to the Past, you’re unfortunately mistaken. You don’t have to lose the dream though, because you have your very own Zelda to save. Save her from losing her mind as she plans the wedding of her dreams. Most men, myself included, will agree that the wedding is like Homecoming and Prom smashed together, but with one key element, she gets to wear the crown for the entire engagement. Where do you come in?

You Sir are the fun.

Although planning this wedding has been her dream for a long time, it’s seldom a stress free endeavor. It’s the little things that count. She doesn’t need you to pick the flowers, or even hire the D.J. She’s simple, but chic, and kind of classic, whatever that means, but most of all she’s excited and soon to be overwhelmed. There’s a reason for the term “Bridezilla,” as rude as that may sound it’s the truth. But, it’s not entirely her fault. She’s under a lot of pressure you see. She needs to somehow make this shindig simple, but chic and kind of classic while smashing your love into every single girl’s face.

The point is this, be there when she needs to talk. She’s not fooling herself when she asks you which shade of white, eggshell or ivory, is best for the ribbon that ties her bouquet together. She just wants to know you’re paying attention, and that you care. You need to be there for her when her dream seems out of reach and remind her to have fun and enjoy yourselves. The engagement is the best time to re-date your significant other. The two of you will be out shopping venues, tasting different catering cuisine, sampling music for the first dance.

I didn’t realize it myself until my fiancé and I started visiting venues, first of which was South Coast Winery & Resort. We walked in for lunch and some tasting, try the South Coast Spumante Diamante, it’s fun to say and tastes delicious! We mentioned to the desk attendant that we were looking into wedding venues, and immediately we were greeted with two glasses of wine and a personal tour around the grounds. Either way, we were smiling, and maybe it was the wine or maybe it was our recent engagement but we were having a great time. Drinking and enjoying a beautiful sight with the one you love sounds like a date to me. Take advantage of this time together; make it fun, and exciting. She’ll always remember her wedding day; you’ll never forget how much fun you had getting there.


What other wedding planning tips do you have for the groom?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Memorable Celebrity Marriage Proposals: How Kanye West, Brad Pitt And Others Popped The Question

Not one for subtlety, Kanye West pulled out all the stops when he popped the question to Kim Kardashian this week. The rapper's flashy proposal at San Francisco's AT&T Park featured a live orchestra, blaring Jumbotron message and a ring rumored to be worth up to $8 million.
While plenty of other celebs have made similarly grand gestures when proposing marriage, others have opted for a simple, low-key setting. Here's how 14 famous couples got engaged.
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian
West rented out San Francisco's AT&T Park and proposed with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring in front of Kardashian's family and friends while the Jumbotron flashed the words "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" and an orchestra played Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," according to People.
Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston
Justin chose a special day to pop the question to Jen: his 41st birthday, on Aug. 10, 2012. According to Us Weekly, the pair celebrated at Blue Hill, a restaurant near Theroux's Greenwich Village apartment in NYC.
Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves
In June 2012, McConaughey told Jay Leno that he proposed to Alves while exchanging Christmas gifts. However, her immediate response was not "yes." “I’m not going to say what it was,” he said. Fortunately, she came around eventually.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
In spring 2012, Pitt gathered the longtime couple's six kids and gave Angie a tablet-shaped diamond engagement ring that he custom-designed with jeweler Robert Procop. "Angelina cried and smiled," a source told Us Weekly.
Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic
Giuliana told, "Bill proposed in a helicopter above Chicago. It was a total suprise. I thought we were going to see the Christmas lights on Michigan Avenue and Bill loves aviation. So, I just thought it was something crazy thing he wanted to do."
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon
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In 2008, Carey told Elle that Cannon proposed on the roof of her NYC apartment with a 17-carat diamond hidden inside a candy ring pop. "They've been calling me Cinderella since I first started out," she said. "Most people would think, Okay, please! This doesn't happen in real life."
Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise
Cruise proposed to Holmes at the top of the Eiffel Tower in 2005 while the pair were in the City of Lights to promote their respective projects. "Yes, I proposed to her. It was early this morning at the Eiffel Tower, so I haven't slept at all," he told reporters shortly after. "Today is a magnificent day for me; I'm engaged to a magnificent woman."
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner
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Affleck proposed to Garner on her 33rd birthday in 2005, with a $500,000, 4.5-carat Harry Winston engagement ring.
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith
In 2005, Smith told People how he proposed to his longtime love: "We were just lying there, going to sleep. I looked over at her, and I said, "Hey, we might be real good married. Wassup? You wanna marry me?" Unplanned. No ring. Not the classic proposal. She said yes. It's really weird when you live the kind of lifestyle that we live: Simplicity becomes the jewel."
Pink, Carey Hart
During one of motocross champion Hart's races, the pop star wrote on a pit board, "Will You Marry Me?"
Liam McIntyre, Erin Hasan
Hasan said "Spartacus" star McIntyre "had one of the characters from Cinderella come to my door. They took me to a room and I got a makeover. They had custom-made me a dress based on my three favorite Disney princesses."
Jionni Lavalle, Snooki
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"They were at the W Hotel in Hoboken," Lavalle's jeweler Ben Bekdas told E! News. "Jionni got down on one knee on the balcony. Snooki had no idea that she was getting an engagement ring."
Heidi Klum, Seal
"[Seal] took me by helicopter," Klum told Marie Claire about a trip the couple took to the Canadian Rockies in December 2004 . "He had an igloo built there, and they'd brought up everything: a bed with sheets inside the igloo, rose petals everywhere, candles. Very, very romantic!"
Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller
"She was in our closet, changing, and she was literally only in her underpants," Rogen told Conan O'Brien in 2010. "I had already kind of started [to propose]. ... I didn't picture it like this, and I know she didn't picture it like this."

Monday, October 28, 2013

What 'Breaking Bad' Can Teach Us About Wedding Planning

Breaking Bad Wedding
By Casey Fatchett for Bridal Guide

While it may seem like "Breaking Bad" has nothing to do with weddings, they share some central themes: love, family, and money.

1. It's not about the money.
Sometimes, when the dollar signs start flying by, it can be easy to lose track of what it is really all about. While Walter says that everything he does is for his family, when is enough really enough? Don't let the expense of the wedding day overshadow what it is really all about -- and, on the flip side, don't think that throwing money at problems will make them go away.

2. You can't do it all alone.
Even Heisenberg needed distribution. A wedding can be a very complex event with lots of logistics. Your bridal party, your family, and your vendors are there to help you, so let them! But that doesn't give you a license to crack the whip (or throw pizza). People are more likely to help you if you're nice to them!

3. There are some things that are outside your control.
"What? You didn't plan for this contingency? Well, next time you should!" Thanks for the advice, Saul. Remember -- be prepared, and if something goes wrong, roll with it. Freaking out will only make things worse. And on your wedding day, the weather is basically a Mexican drug cartel =- it does what it wants!

4. Don't let your ego get in the way.
Hubris: it can have tragic consequences. It can also blind you to the fact that you are biting off more than you can chew. You're not running an empire, you're getting married! It's about love, not getting people to say your name.

5. It is about being together!
At the end of the day, it is about being married to the person you love. So don't sweat the small stuff! Don't hold grudges! Or else you, like Walt, will lose sight of what really matters…
I actually think Saul Goodman would be a pretty good wedding planner, as long as you don't mind getting married at a laser tag place. But hey, he knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy… who will handle all of your travel and name-changing needs, no questions asked!

Brides tell all -- biggest wedding regrets

From a drama-filled bachelorette party to a shiny-faced bride -- check out brides' most regrettable wedding moments so you don’t make the same mistake! In a nutshell: When in doubt, leave it to the pros.

"I regret not hiring a professional videographer. There were so many funny, sentimental, thoughtful, surprising, best-day-of-our-life moments that I wish were captured on video." - mobridetobe

"My biggest regret is not factoring in what a huge pain it would be taking everything down at the end of the reception. The cost savings of DIY tend to disappear when you remember that you have to provide table linens, silverware, coffee cups, etc., AND take it all your wedding dress." - ohwhynot

"My only real regret is not having my makeup professionally done so that I wasn't a shiny face three hours in." - AmoroAgain

"My biggest wedding regret was having eight bridesmaids and nine groomsmen. My bachelorette party was a drama-filled disaster. We were late to our own reception because two bridal party members wandered off between the wedding and the reception and were nowhere to be found." - goheels05

"My biggest wedding regret was having a family friend take photos instead of hiring a photographer. She had a lot of heart, but the pictures were really disappointing." - betrothed123

"My biggest regret was trying to entertain too many out-of-town guests. I was so grateful that our family and friends traveled to be at our wedding, but I got so little sleep the two nights before. I was exhausted on my wedding day." - COkristi

"I wish I would have paid more attention to the photographer's 'must-have' photo list. We didn't get photos with all the family." - LesPaul

"So far I regret not having my invitations done professionally. I did them myself on my computer and printer, and it was a major pain in the a*s!" - mssillysarah

"I regret worrying so much about my MIL's behavior before the wedding. Yes, she did some things that were annoying, but I didn't even notice that day. I was way too into my wedding day to bother getting worked up over her, and I wish I had known that to save me weeks of prewedding worry." - MeaghanandMichael

"I regret letting the wedding become bigger than we originally wanted it. While I loved our entire wedding day, I always felt we didn’t give enough face time to all of our guests." - Nebb

"My biggest wedding regret is being too cheap to get my dress bustled! I dragged it around all night and tripped over it way too many times." - kikibaby

"I wish I would have done a photo booth at the reception." - twilight.rose

"I regret choosing a dress too early. I didn't have the money to buy a new one, but I didn't like the style a year later." - barbbhoww

"Having a family member make my cake is my wedding regret. While she was a trained pastry chef and the cake was delicious, it just didn't have a great presence." - drwedding2

Compiled by Editors

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Confessions of a Newlywed: Month 12

  1. We made it one year... There was never any doubt!
  2. Now does this mean the Newlywed stages end or is it just the beginning
  3. Our first year of marriage has had moments of understanding, clarity and love... I would not change it for anything in the world.
  4. I am excited for Cake and Champagne
  5. My husband makes me smile each and everyday
  6. Nothing sounds more sweeter than to hear I Love You and know its from the heart.
  7. Date Nights are still awesome
  8. Romance is even better
  9. Wedding pictures never get old
  10. Love grows
  11. The shoes are still under the table but I would not have it any other way
  12. Year 2 is going to be a BLAST
  13. My husband's smile still gives me butterflies.
  14. Cooking together will continue
  15. Our house will be a great accomplishment
  16. Wine is still our thing....
  17. I still giggle when I tell people I have a husband. Its such a great feeling.
  18. I still text him every morning... I think he likes it.
  19. Did I mention I am so happy?
  20. Scott Anthony Cameron... I am looking forward to a lifetime as being Mrs. Cameron. Thank You for being an AWESOME provider, lover, protector and Husband. No words can truly express how I feel but I hope you know above everything that I LOVE YOU!

Happy Anniversary!

Mrs. Cameron

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wedding Dress Trends From Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2013

For the fashion-forward bride-to-be (or anyone who loves beautiful dresses, really), there is nothing more exciting than browsing through designers' latest wedding dress collections. Not only are these hot-off-the-runway looks drop-dead gorgeous, but they also embody the latest trends in bridal wear.
We spent the last several days in New York City attending dozens of fashion shows from top designers during Bridal Market Fall 2013, scouring the runways for the latest and greatest in bridal fashion. While "oohing" and "ahhing" over the fabulous collections, we took careful notes about the emerging trends for the coming year. Check them out below:


(Vera Wang gown, photo by Getty)

Halter necklines:

(Amsale gown, photo by Getty)

Lace sleeves:

(Monique Lhuillier gown, photo courtesy of designer)

Gold gowns and embellishments:

(Claire Pettibone gown, photo by Getty)

Vintage Glamour:

(Jenny Packham gown, photo by Getty)

Wedding dress cover-ups:

(Reem Acra gown, photo by Getty)

10 Amazing Vintage Celebrity Wedding Photos

From the Kennedys to the Jaggers, old school nuptial glamour at its best.
Celebrity weddings have a reputation for being above and beyond anything we mere mortals could ever imagine. But what about the old school celebs? What about the weddings of the men and women who created Hollywood glamour? Come take a look at our 10 favorite vintage celebrity wedding photos.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy cutting the cake in 1953.
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco during their wedding ceremony, 1956.
Audrey Hepburn and new husband Andrea Dotti, 1969.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at their first wedding in 1964.
Mick and Bianca Jagger on their wedding day in 1971.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart after their wedding ceremony, 1945.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married in San Francisco City Hall, 1954.
Ava Gardner on the day she married Frank Sinatra in 1951.
Orson Welles holds on to Rita Hayworth on their wedding day in 1943.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wed, 1940.

The Big Bang Theory - From The Moment That I Met You

This made me shead a few tears last night.... So Sweet!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

25 Types of Kisses Every Marriage Needs

Kisses are very important in a marriage. If you’re kissing, you’re not fighting. There are many things you can do to keep the fire going in your marriage but let’s focus on the kiss. Here are 25 types of kisses that every marriage needs. What types of kisses can you add to this list?

1. Cheek Kiss - On the way out the door or just getting home kiss!

2. Hand Kiss - Chivalry is not dead. Take your spouse's hand and gently kiss the back of their hand.

3. Quick Kiss - Pucker and aim anywhere! (A kiss is a kiss.)

4. The Wake Up Kiss - (Can't be too squeamish about morning breath.) Gently wake your spouse up with a kiss...or two...or three.

5. Flutter Kiss - Get super close to your spouse's face and begin to flutter your eyelashes against theirs.

6. Earlobe Kiss - Gently kiss your spouse's earlobe.

7. Upside Down Kiss - When your spouse is sitting down facing away from you, pull their head gently backwards and kiss.

8. Whipped Cream (or Frosting) Kiss - Depending on what you have, place a dollop on their cheek, face or nose and kiss it off!

9. Eskimo Kisses - (I once only used this with my kids...not now!) Get very close to your spouse's face and start gently rubbing your noses together!

10. Vacuum Kiss - When softly kissing your spouse, slightly (and playfully) begin to suck in.

11. Eyelid Kisses - While your spouse's eyes are closed, kiss them.

12. Forehead Kiss - Gently bring your spouse's head forward and kiss them softly on the forehead.

13. French Kiss - The very popular kiss known for it's passion. If you've forgotten how to do this, shame on you!

14. Shoulder Kiss - (Best from behind.) Gently kiss your spouse on the shoulder.

15. Face Kiss - Gently grab your spouse's face and softly kiss their forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.

16. Behind the ear Kiss - Gently kiss them behind their ears (BONUS: Moan while you do it.)

17. Lipstick Kiss - Write a sweet note, put lipstick on and kiss the paper.

18. Wrist Kiss - Look into your spouse's eyes and gently kiss the inside of their wrist.

19. Neck Kiss - Softly kiss their neck and stay there for a while, breathing in and out.

20. Ice Kiss - Place a piece of ice in your mouth and begin kissing your spouse to enjoy the ice TOGETHER.

21. Talking Kiss - Whisper soft words INTO your spouse's mouth.

22. Biting Kiss - When kissing your spouse, gently bite their bottom lip.

23. Ankle Kiss - Kiss your spouse on the inner and outer ankle.

24. Neck Nibble Kiss - While kissing your spouse on their neck, take a nibble.

25. Head-to-toe Kiss - The name says it all.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Resourceful Bride: 3 Gifts Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Use

Choosing the right gifts for your bridesmaids can be a difficult task. You want to say "thanks for all of your help and support" but you are also keeping an eye on that wedding budget. When thinking about bridal party gifts, keep in mind that these amazing friends and family members are also putting money out for your big day. Whether it's a dress, or travel and transportation, being a part of a bridal party can mean spending a lot of money. This is why I prefer gifts that can be used at the wedding to help save your bridal party some cash.

Below are 3 of my favorite useful bridesmaids gifts:

Photo by Karen Lee

1. Jewelry
Most women have a fairly extensive collection of jewelry, but a majority of it is typically every day wear pieces. With your bridesmaids spending money on their dresses, among other things, they could probably use a break on looking for fancy jewelry. This is also an opportunity to personalize jewelry or to look for some really unique tie-ins to your wedding colors or theme. With websites such as Etsy, you can find unique handmade pieces for a bargain.

2. Makeup

If you are on a tight budget or if you have having a small informal wedding, you might not hire someone to do hair and makeup for your bridesmaids. One easy way to manage this is by ordering a few staple makeup items or a makeup kit for each of your girls. It is important to buy some quality products for them they would like to use over and over. Companies like Sephora package makeup kits with really great essentials for much less than if you were to buy each item individually. If your bridesmaids are hesitant on using makeup, have a pre-makeup party before your rehearsal dinner so that your savvier makeup ladies can pass on their knowledge.

3. Shoes
As with most formal occasions, shoes are really important at your wedding. They can also be costly. I have heard many brides simply tell their bridesmaids a color and allow them to purchase shoes on their own. If you are looking for more uniformity or if you just want to pitch in for the wedding outfit, you can offer to buy wedding shoes for all of your bridesmaids. One way to make this simple is buy giving gift certificates to an online retailer (such as Zappos) or to have a shopping day with your gal pals in tow.

Etiquette Tip: It is a great idea to pay for your bridesmaid gowns, if possible, but do not count this as your gift. A gift should be something that these women could use again and that shows your appreciation, not something they will only use on your wedding day.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Posh Nosh: Late-Night Snacks for Your Wedding Reception

After dinner is complete and you've devoured some wedding cake, guests are likely to hit the dance floor...and work up an appetite! Work with your caterer to arrange a midnight snack for you and your guests. There are so many salty, sweet, and unexpected bites you can serve up during the wee hours of your reception. Here are our favorite ways to show your guests you have great taste.


The Loverly team


Presidential party: Obama hosts wedding of White House photographer Pete Souza

Official White House photographer Pete Souza waits for President Barack Obama to speak at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, in June.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza married Patti Lease on Saturday in a small wedding hosted by President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden.

"The ceremony was performed by Chaplain [Stan] Fornea and they were joined by roughly 35 family members and friends," a White House official said. "We all wish them well."

Souza, who travels often with Obama, documents events that take place at the White House and during the president’s trips, frequently sharing his images on social media.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What Really Happens On The Wedding Night


By Editors

Real brides share their wedding night stories (and they're not what you think).

Just Me and My TV
We had an evening garden wedding that happened to fall on the day of a 75-year record high...a whopping 106 degrees. We were exhausted and soaked when we finally got back to the honeymoon suite. I went to the bathroom to peel myself out of the drenched wedding dress, take a shower, and change. I finally walk out -- perfect hair, stellar makeup, and some sexy lingerie -- only to find my husband sprawled out on the bed, passed out, and snoring. Bravo TV and I spent one salacious evening together. --Sposati

Flooded With Emotion
The hotel we stayed in had a huge, two-person shower, and we jumped in it immediately after the reception. We started to fool around until my husband began to look extremely freaked out. Apparently, my fake eyelashes were falling off, and he had no clue that I had been wearing them. One strip was on my cheek, and the other was hanging off my eye. Let's just say, it kind of killed the mood. We then got out of the shower to find the entire bathroom flooded.My dress was soaked, and everything that had been on the floor was in a pool of water, including the only pajamas and underwear that we'd brought. We spent the next 20 minutes cleaning up, and by the time we were done, all we wanted to do was sleep. --teddidan

A Rather Hairy Situation
I'd gotten so tipsy at my wedding that when we got home, my new husband had to help me open the back of my dress. In the middle of him unhooking the thing, I looked at him, smiled, reached up, and pulled out a pile of "hair" and handed it to him. I then proceeded to wander into the living room and pass out on the sofa. He had no idea the hair was my extensions and was completely freaked out. --jayjoe

Blinged-Out Lovin'
When you open a bunch of glittery congratulatory wedding cards while sitting in bed, you often end up with glitter in unusual places after other, well, shall we say, "more aerobic" activities. ;) --MeaghanandMichael

Officially an Old Married Couple
During the reception, our guests actually shooed us into the elevator and told us to "get at it. " We hadn't had time to eat at the reception and were STARVING, so instead we went upstairs to our room, grabbed a bite, mussed our hair, and watched an episode of MythBusters on TV. A half hour later, we were greeted downstairs to a standing ovation. --LDYGTR13

An Awkward Entrance
At the end of the night, my husband and I climbed into our sweet ride (a '91 Honda Accord) and drove back to the hotel. We parked by the side entrance, near one of the conference rooms, and went in. Unfortunately, we accidently walked through the annual gathering for the Bereaved Parents of the USA, an organization for parents, grandparents, and siblings who've recently lost loved ones, all while wearing our wedding gear. Kind of a mood killer. --hmonkey

Don Your Wedding Duds for a "Suite" Night
We won a free wedding night hotel stay at a bridal show and were really excited about it because we had originally planned to sleep at home that night. After the reception, we drove to the hotel, but unfortunately, it was the wrong one. I was in my wedding dress and he was in his tuxedo, and we felt really silly. Luckily, the manager was great and gave us a free night's stay in one of the nicest suites. --Stackeye210

Momma Said Lock You Out
After the reception, I felt like I was getting a cold, so we decided to go upstairs and call it a night. I immediately passed out, while my husband decided to go back downstairs and get a bite to eat. Unfortunately, he forgot his room key. I was so dead-to-the-world asleep that I never heard him banging on the door or trying to call our room. To top it all off, I completely forgot to give the hotel his name when I made the reservation. It took over an hour of coaxing for the poor guy at the front desk to finally let him into our room. --akhensley81

Jilted bride turns her reception into disabled group's Halloween party

Still of Michelle Marxen - © WDAY 6,
Everyone's feeling bad for Michelle Marxen, but a disabled persons group in her hometown of Fargo, N.D., are empathizing with big smiles. Marxen had signed contracts and made deposits on her "fairy-tale wedding" set for Oct. 19, and the invitations were about to go out when her fiance phoned with a bombshell RSVP. "He didn't want to marry me," she told local station WDAY. "He said he didn't love me anymore." But like another family in a similar bind, Marxen decided there could still be a party, turning the already-paid-for arrangements for her reception into a Halloween soiree for the clients of Creative Care for Reaching Independence. "What was supposed to be my special day will now be their special day," said Marxen, who will spend her special day in Las Vegas instead.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Why I Told 150 Wedding Guests That My Husband Does Not Complete Me

A year ago Dan and I got married in front of fifteen of our closest loved ones, knowing we would host a HUGE shindig to celebrate a few months later. Last month we finally got around to it and celebrated our first wedding anniversary with 150 family members and friends.
It was awesome.

The theme of the day was friendship because while it was a party to celebrate our marriage, Dan and I wanted to make it clear how much we appreciate each person in our community. In order to emphasize this point, I gave a speech:
So. This past year has been a whirlwind for me. Not only did Dan and I get married, but I started a new job, graduated from grad school, passed my licensing exam, and we began the process to buy our building. A lot is happening lately but I cannot think of a better person to be on my team than Dan. Everyone in this room knows how amazing of a person he is. I'm the luckiest.
I've got to be honest about something though. As great as he is, Dan does not complete me. He certainly makes life funnier. Busier. Happier. And tastier. (Dan's a chef.) But he does not complete me. And I do not complete him. Our lives are so much bigger than each other. Today illustrates that in a beautiful way.
I find it absolutely wonderful that we get to spend the last day of our first year of marriage with all of you. I've been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Because although our wedding was perfect and filled with more love than I could've ever imagined, something was missing. All of you! This was the missing piece to the puzzle of year one. It is you all who add such richness to our lives and complete us, along with the good Lord above.
Tomorrow morning, I look forward to waking up next to Mr. Robinson. I know I will feel such joy and peace. Because today has been a reminder to me that with loved ones like all of you, he and I can do this. You've got our backs. Throughout this last year, Dan and I have felt nothing but love and support from each of you. You are our community. You are the loves of our lives. We are blessed to know such amazing people.

Later that night, Dan told me my speech was great, but probably went over a few people's heads. "I understood what you meant...and I'm not offended at all. But it's just not normal to say that your husband doesn't complete you. Society doesn't teach us that," he said. (NEWSFLASH: I am not normal.)

So yes, I'm that girl who told 150 people at her wedding reception that her husband does not complete her. And I did so proudly. Here's why:

1. It's true. Dan doesn't complete me.
2. I rather enjoy challenging the things society tells us to believe, especially regarding relationships.
3. My life is so much bigger than my marriage. My community, my faith, and my experiences complete me. My relationship with myself completes me.
4. There's a time and a place for romance, but I don't like romanticizing marriage. Our expectations of marriage are high enough as it is.
5. I was created to tell gals that their lives are so much bigger than their romantic relationships (or lack thereof). I'll take any opportunity I can to do so. Even my wedding reception.
That's why you'll never hear me tell someone else that Dan completes me. I just don't buy into that kind of crap. I love the man more than words can say. He's a phenomenal partner and I'm really glad he's on my team. Dan is a big part of my life and I feel blessed by that.
But...he's only a part of my life. And I feel blessed by that too.

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The 39 Stages Of Being A Bride

From pure happiness to utter panic faster than you can say “I do.”




1. Before you get engaged, you’re determined not to be one of “those brides”. You tell everyone, “I just want a really small, simple wedding. Close friends and family, no stress.”

2. Then you get engaged.

3. You’re so happy you could just about burst with rainbows and unicorns and little love hearts with wings.

4. You tell everyone you know and make it Facebook official, and are inundated with attention, hugs and well wishes.

5. Then the questions begin. “Have you set a date?” “What’s your theme?” “Can I be your bridesmaid?”

6. A slight unease sets in.

7. So you set a date, create a budget, invite your best friends to be in your bridal party, and you’re back to feeling good.

8. You start to look through bridal magazines for fun…

9. And realise how many decisions you now have to make.

10. Forget the venue and the menu, you’ve got to pick everything down to the napkins and the freaking cutlery.

11. You finally decide what you want, only to discover it’s 1000 times more expensive than you expected it to be. Because you have left the Real World, and entered Wedding World - where money burns and Mason jars go to die by DIY.

12. You search online for cheaper options…

13. And lose whole days on Etsy.

14. You discover the world of wedding blogs and get more ideas than you could ever possibly use.

15. Your Pinterest becomes overloaded with wedding boards, divided into approximately 174 categories.

16. You learn things you never even knew existed – like the difference between “ivory”, “white” and “diamond white” - and worry about what knowledge you’re losing as a result.

17. You go dress shopping and find yourself vowing never to eat again. Or at least for the next six months.

18. Then you find “the one” - YOUR wedding dress - and everything is right with the world.

19. Until you see the price tag and discover the dress takes up a third of your total budget.

20. Meanwhile your guest list has swollen from 60 to 300, thanks to all the third cousins twice removed and great aunties on your dad’s side, who haven’t seen you since you were two but who your mother INSISTS on inviting.

21. It’s cool, you’ll just DIY everything.

22. And negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

23. Finally, you accept that this baby is going to be way over budget, and lock in all the details anyway. You start to feel excited again.

24. There’s a month until the wedding, and you’re happy… but for some reason you can’t stop crying.

26. What if everything goes wrong?!

27. You cry some more…

28. And scream a bit.

29. Soon you find yourself drowning in paper pom poms and cursing Past You for deciding to DIY.

30. You fight with your fiancé because THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND.

31. You question why you ever wanted to get married in the first place.

32. Finally, it’s the day before your wedding. You practically run a marathon sorting out all the last minute details.

33. The big day arrives. You wake up (if you even got to sleep) and think, “is this actually happening?”

34. All that planning, all that prep, for this one day.

35. You order around your bridesmaids and risk ruining friendships forever.

36. Before you know it, you’re off to the ceremony, and you’re so nervous you could vomit all over your very gorgeous, very expensive dress.

37. You arrive. You start to walk up the aisle, and you see your fiancé’s smiling face.

38. And for that moment, everything really is right with the world.

39. And it was worth it.