In 2006, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced that they would not marry until everyone in theUnited States legally could. On June 26, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and ruled against Prop 8, therefore reinstating gay marriage in California. Not only can same-sex couples now be married again in California, but may also receive federal benefits.
This monumental change has delighted both brad and Angelina and it now appears as though Hollywood’s most powerful couple will walk down the aisle before the end of 2013!
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The gown that late actress Elizabeth Taylor wore to marry Conrad Hilton Jr in 1950 was estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £50,000 by Christie's of London. The auction, however, exceeded its maximum estimated value by more than two and a half times.
The gown was designed by legendary costume designer Helen Rose for the then-18-year-old bride as a gift from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film studio under which Taylor was contracted, and was inspired by the wedding gown which the actress wore in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride".
It is estimated that the gown took fifteen seamstresses three months to complete, and is made of 25 yards of shell-white satin sprinkled with bugle beads and pearls, 15 yards of satin train, and an inbuilt corset which cinched Taylor's waist to a tiny 20 inches for the day. The matching veil is made of 10 yards of shimmering silk illusion net attached to a pearl-covered Juliet cap.
"The dress is inextricably tied to the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as to the extraordinary life and career of the star who wore it," said Christie's director Nicolette Tomkinson. "Since it was unveiled, it has attained global appreciation, resulting in competitive bidding for it today."
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton Jr on their wedding day
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Your wedding will be one of the most important occasions in your life, and therefore it’s very important to make sure everything is just as you’d like it to be. Putting unique touches to various aspects of your day can help in creating those perfect memories. One way you can add a personal touch to your wedding is by creating place cards for your guests. Not only is it a fun task that everyone can get involved with (who doesn’t love cut and stick?!), it can also help save a lot of money. And the best part? They’re your own unique, original, one-of-a-kind creations that represent your personality and style, all while fitting with your chosen theme.
The style and cost is entirely up to you; you can go all out or just keep it simple. Creating a place name can be as easy as finding the right type of heavy paper/card and putting your calligraphy skills to the test, or using a good home printer with a decent supply of ink.
For something a little more adventurous, it might be worth holding on to nice scraps of tissue paper and wrapping paper, buttons, ribbon, and pieces of fabric, as well as investing in gold, silver and black pens (if you feel like handwriting names). You never know when inspiration might strike!
Another interesting way to create place cards is by using small picture frames. There are so many styles and colours to choose from (and they’re quite cheap), as well as the option of choosing a plain style and decorating it to your liking (try painting it, or gluing on flowers and other decorations). Frames are an interesting alternative to paper place names, as they are less likely to be accidently damaged, and will stay clean due to the glass. They will also serve as a nice token of your day for your guests to bring home if they wish.
Here are some more ideas for place names:
- Use wine corks to hold cards with guests names
- Cocktail umbrellas labelled with the guests names
- Spell out the guests names with Scrabble pieces
- Handwritten bookmark-type place names
- Luggage tags with the guests names
- A photo of the bride or groom with each particular guest for a very personal touch (if it’s a small wedding and this is possible)
- Use a place envelope instead of a place name and include a photo of the couple, a nice poem, or the lyrics to the couple’s favourite song inside.
- A washing line style display with all the guests names and tables numbers pegged onto it.
Did you know that in 1993, over 30,000 guests attended a wedding inJerusalem, making it the largest wedding attendance on record.
Compiling a wedding guest list can be very stressful as people's feelings are involved. Here, tact and sympathy for others' feelings are needed, as well as patience and understanding to avoid conflict. Here are some guidelines for creating your wedding guest list:
- Figure out your budget - decide out how much money you can spend on food per guest at the reception, and use that amount to determine the number of guests you can invite. After all, the head count at your reception is the biggest expense in your wedding budget. Remember, stick to your budget!
- Create a rough list - before creating the final guest list, you and your fiancé, as well as both sets of parents should create a list. Then, work together to compile these lists and reach the required amount of guests to fit your budget.
- Prioritise - it might be a good idea to split your guests into must, should and could invites. There are certain people you’ll definitely want to have at your wedding, and those that you aren’t so sure about. Does your budget cover all the must invites? If so, move on to the should invites and then to the could invites. By doing this, it ensures that the people who are most important to you will make the cut.
- Family First – you should always invite family first. Remember, your family and close friends are the ones you care about the most, and are the ones you most likely will want to spend your day with.
- Significant Others - if your budget allows, give the single members of the wedding party and single family members the option of bringing a guest. If the budget does not allow for this, address the invitation appropriately. Don’t include “and guest” in the hopes that they won’t bring one because they probably will.
- Co-Workers - don’t feel obligated to invite co-workers. Just because you spend every day with them doesn’t mean they have to be at your wedding. Secondly, you may not even work with them in the future, so don’t feel pressure to invite them just because they know you’re getting married.
- Children - deciding whether to invite children can be tough. Before you make the decision, consider the type of wedding you’re having. If it’s a black tie affair and your reception begins in the evening, you may have to deal with cranky children when they become tired and bored. If you’re having a casual garden wedding in the early afternoon, then it may be more child-friendly!
- Children also count toward your final number, and, if space is limited at your reception, you may have an easier time making your decision. Your flower girl and ring bearer are part of your wedding party, so you must invite them. If either you or your fiancé has children, you should include them. Also, if either of you has children in your immediate family (brothers or sisters), you should invite them as well.
Weddings aren't always about white dresses, blubbering bridesmaids and drunken antics. Here are some of the more unusual wedding facts.
- In 1976, Los Angeles secretary Jannene Swift officially married a 50lb rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
- In Egypt, women will pinch the bride for good luck.
- Every day 26,000 couples are married in China.
- According to English folklore, Saturday is the most unlucky day of the week to be married; however, it is also the most popular.
- In Bali, part of the wedding ceremony consists of the bride holding a cloth in front of the groom, who then strikes it with a dagger.
- In Anglo Saxon times, a man could divorce his wife on the grounds that she was too passionate.
- Impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states in the US.
- The Penan nomads, who live on the island of Borneo, maintain that women do not have a soul until their wedding day.
- Pets can be ‘married’ in a ceremony that costs approximately €100 and includes a certificate, a cake, and a minister who unites the animal couple.
- In Montana, even if neither the bride or groom shows up to the ceremony, the couple can still be married. Representatives recite the vows and sign the marriage license on behalf of the couple.