Archive for December, 2005

You may now kiss the dolphin…

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

I really, really, really wish I had a photo to go with this, but the only one I’ve seen is mucho tiny. But I had to share this anyway! According to a report published in Ynetnews, a 41-year-old millionaire from London recently married a 35-year-old dolphin in a traditional wedding ceremony. Um, as traditional as it could get, anyhow. Ynetnews reported:

The groom, a resident of the Eilat dolphin reef, met Tendler 15 years ago, when she first visited the resort. The British rock concert producer took a liking to the dolphin and has made a habit of traveling to Eilat two or three times a year and spending time with her underwater sweetheart.

And so on Wednesday afternoon, the thrilled bride, wearing a white dress, walked down the dock before hundreds of astounded visitors and kneeled down before her groom, who was waiting in the water.

Cindy, escorted by his fellow best-men dolphins, swam over to Tendler and she hugged him, whispered sweet nothings in his ear, and kissed him in front of the cheering crowd.

After the ceremony was sealed with some mackerels, Tendler was tossed into the water by her friends so that she could swim with her new husband.

Alrighty then…

A Sweet Compromise for Wedding Cake Haters

Friday, December 30th, 2005

chocolate wedding cake

If you’re not much of a cake fan, but want to have a little something sweet (and special) with which to conclude your wedding, the Cake Guys of Texas have come up with a compromise.

This fabu wedding cake is surrounded by yummy chocolate covered strawberries. They say compromise is the key to any long lasting relationship and this cake reflects that. Those who like wedding cake can eat cake and those who like chocolate dipped strawberries can eat fruit. If no one likes cake, a similar effect could be obtained by piling up those chocolate covered strawberries and making a fruity little topper, as shown:

chocolate dipped strawberries

This could also be a fun wedding DIY project for the resourceful bride and groom.

Oh, Momma! Maternity Wedding Dresses Are Everywhere!

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

maternity wedding dresses

Life isn’t as simple as it once was. The definition of family is no longer a mommy and a daddy who are married and their 2.5 offspring. A family can be just a woman and a man, joined in matrimony or not, with kids or not. Or it can be a lot of other things, as well. Some people, nowadays, choose to have their babies before tying the knot. Or, as it has happened throughout time, a baby may start a-brewin’ before or after an engagement has been announced.

Luckily, in the present, getting knocked up before marriage won’t get you stoned outside the borders of the city – at least not in most cultures. And that’s good news for wedding dress designers and sellers because it means that there is a market for maternity wedding dresses! From what I can tell, maternity wedding dresses used to be rather blah affairs designed to hide a girl’s shame. Today, a bride-to-be with a bun in the oven has plenty of chic wedding gowns to choose from, like the one above from Tekay Designs.

Matrimonial mommas are also free to wear something a little sexier if they wish. There are plenty of strapless, backless, and off the shoulder maternity wedding dresses designed to flatter babes with a bump. Tiffany Rose Maternity‘s wedding selection is unfortunately small, but their gowns, like the one pictured below are quite sassy. And, if you’re willing to wear a color instead of white, your range of choices grows exponentially!

Sassy Mommy

I’ll admit it. This is a topic I like. I showed up at the wedding of a friend who I hadn’t seen in a quite a while only to discover that she was quite pregnant. I was the maid of honor, so kept my exclamations of surprise to a cool minimum. She simply chose a wedding gown she liked and had a good tailor put an extra panel of fabric in. I plan on touching on this topic again really soon because there is plenty to say!

Unique Wedding Registries? Why Not!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

unique wedding registries

I read a fabulous article in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette recently that discussed how today’s future brides and grooms aren’t filling their wedding registries with pots and pans and cake servers. Nope. A good portion of today’s future husbands and wives already live on their own and have all the furniture, cookware, toasters, and so forth that they could want.

A generation ago, wedding gifts helped couples who were moving out of their parents’ homes and into a place of their own. But the average age of brides today is 27, and 29 for grooms. They have a much better sense than did earlier couples of where their lives will lead and what they’ll need along the way.

Of course, there are still plenty of people out there who wouldn’t mind a fancy new set of linens or high end steak knives. To that end, Modern Bride has a fairly comprehensive wedding registry checklist, which includes items like iced beverage spoons and a wok. And it seems one can create a wedding registry at just about any store in creation.

But more and more soon-to-be-married men and women are creating honeymoon fund registries, home-mortgage registries and investment registries. On The Knot, a betrothed couple can register for just about anything. Using their Create-a-Gift registry, one can ask for anything from a puggle to ballroom dancing lessons to a tree. At Just Give, you can create a charitable registry that lets wedding guests contribute a gift to charity in your name.

(That’s the registry option I like. I already have way too many plates and things like that.)

Elton’s bling rings

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Elton\'s rings

Since I’m always a little curious about what other people are doing and I love flash, I wanted to show you Elton John’s and his new hubby’s Chopard wedding bands. The unusual (and costly!) rings were designed by a long-time friend who also happens to be co-president of the haute jeweler. The rings are set with a grid of emerald cut diamonds and feature each husband’s name spelled out in yet even more diamonds on the inner surface.

I say, “Snazzy!”….if you’re Elton, of course.

Would You Attempt a DIY Wedding Cake?

Monday, December 26th, 2005

DIY wedding cake

A good wedding cake tastes as good on the inside as it looks on the outside. Period. End of story. Unfortunately, I think a lot of brides and grooms don’t actually care about the wedding cake. How it tastes, I mean. That’s okay, of course. I am an advocate of splurging on what you care about and scrimping on the things that don’t matter to you. However, wedding guests are presented with cake slices whether they want them or not, and wedding the cake is often the last hurrah of the reception.

So, if you want a memorable wedding, consider a good wedding cake.

A giant, six-tiered wedding cake from your country’s most sought after cake decorator is going to set you back. Luckily, there are other ways to come by a beautiful and tasty wedding cake. Perhaps you know someone with mad icing skillz. Maybe your local bakery makes beautiful small tiered cakes and sheet cakes. Or, you can try following the step-by-step instructions in wedding cake expert Dede Wilson’s guide, Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake.

Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake

Of course, you can also dare to be different. There is no rule stating that wedding cakes must be white, tiered, flowery, and bland. There are some pretty interesting recipes out there. Since who knows when I’ll get to have a wedding, I’m going to try out a few of these to give out as New Year’s gifts!

Fruity, cinnamon wedding cake

Caribbean wedding cake with jam

Old fashioned country wedding cake

Rosewater flavored wedding cake

Almond wedding cake

Champagne wedding cake

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Still Never teh Bride!

I want to wish all of the past and future brides out there (as well as the past and future grooms and the happily single) a very happy holiday – whatever your preferred holiday may be.

As for me, another Christmas has come and gone without my finding a jewelry box under the tree or in my stocking so I am still…

Never teh Bride