Welcome to the modern world Britain: British MPs say yes to gay marriage in historic vote

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 6th, 2013

Gay marriage proposalsWe don’t understand why equal marriage rights are still even a question in this day and age. But we’re delighted that Britain is finally waking up and realising its in the 21st Century and treating people equally. As human beings we should all be equal after all, regardless of who we love.

Yesterday saw Parliament take one big historic step towards full equality for gay people when an impressive of MPs voted in favour of equal marriage in the House of Commons. However, despite the 225-vote majority, it is alarming that so many Conservatives voted against the passing of the bill, which is an issue at the heart of British PM David Cameron’s modernising agenda.

After the voting results were announced Cameron tweeted: “Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country.”

Joining some of the Conservatives on the negative train yesterday was the Roman Catholic church – not a big surprise there. Speaking to The Guardian, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, said: “The Catholic Church continues to support marriage understood by society for centuries as the significant and unique lifelong commitment between a man and a woman for their mutual well-being and open to the procreation and education of children. Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman.

While this is a historical vote there is still one final hurdle waiting before the bill becomes law: the House of Lords So we’re still in for another debate and dilly-dallying and another vote before the bill passes the finish line. But we can’t imaging it would’t be passed, as that would be catastrophic for Britain, so we’ll put the champagne on chill.

If When the bill passes, Britain will become the 13th country where same-sex marriage is legal, joining nations such as Canada, Argentina and the Nordics.

Well what a week. Parisian women can finally officially and legally wear trousers and EVERYONE in Britain is one step closer to being able to marry the person they love, regardless of gender.

And as for the Roman Catholic church. Well it, and some MPs, continue to live in the dark ages.
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Honeymoon, News, Wedding Planning

9 in 10 couples rely on friends or credit cards to fund honeymoon

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 31st, 2013

beach-wedding-flickr-creative-commons-footloosietyWeddings can be an expensive experience and most of us will not have saved up thousands of pounds to throw a lavish affair once the question has been popped. Hey, we often struggle to make ends meet each month, let alone to save up for anything!

But if you are planning a wedding, the honeymoon still remains an integral part and is like the cherry on top, and something you of course don’t want to miss out on in that post-wedding bliss. But what do you do if your budget is pushed to the max?

According to a new poll by Unique Honeymoons magazine, couples are determined on having that all-important honeymoon and 94% of couples are finding ways to pay for it through friends as part of their wedding list (44%) or via credit cards (50%).

Have you opted for either of the two above or are you waiting to go on your honeymoon until you’ve saved up enough money for it?

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Footloosiety


Rainy wedding day biggest worry for British brides survey finds

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 30th, 2013

wedding-rain-flickr-creative-commons-johnhope14Forget about the dress ripping or losing the rings. The biggest wedding worry for British brides-to-be is bad weather, a survey has found. Oh how very British!

As we all know, rain can ruin even the glossiest locks and prettiest frocks. But unfortunately the weather is completely out of our control, so rain or sun, there’s no knowing until the actual wedding day. Then again, a little rain on your wedding dress is meant to bring good luck…

Here are the top five wedding worries:

1. Bad weather

2. Stain on the dress

3. Car breaking down

4. Hair disaster

5. Flowers wilting

Now it goes with the story that the 1000 brides-to-be who participated were given a list of ten wedding nightmares and asked to choose which of these ten they feared the most. Because it would have skewed results, being jilted at the altar was deliberately omitted.

The survey was conducted by professional hair products retailer

Image: Flickr Creative Commons / John Hope

Celebrity Weddings, News

Wedding bells for Kelly Osbourne and Matthew Mosshart

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 24th, 2013

Former wild child Kelly Osbourne is said to be engaged to her beau Matthew Mosshart.

The former reality star and daughter of rocker Ozzy has been dating vegan chef Matthew for over one year, and it appears they have got engaged a few weeks before Christmas.

A friend told Us Weekly: “[They’re] really excited. Kelly is the happiest she’s ever been. Her career is going well, and she’s in a healthy relationship with a wonderful guy.”

The two met at Kate Moss’ wedding in July 2011 and have since been going strong.

Congratulations to you both!

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Gallery, News

And the brides wore Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld shows support for gay marriage with lesbian bride finale at Parisian show

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 23rd, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative genius at Chanel, showed his support for the legalisation of gay marriage in France yesterday by sending two models down the catwalk in couture bridal gowns.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Lagerfeld : “I don’t even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate,” and that all religions should tolerate gay marriage. That said, perhaps a bit strange, Lagerfeld has said he opposes allowing gay couples to father children born through artificial insemination.

The veteran couturier also had his youngest muse, three-year-old Hudson Kroenig – the son of long-term Chanel muse, Brad Kroenig – accompany the models as they walked down the aisle catwalk holding hands.

French President Francois Hollande plans to legalise gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.

Chanel Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

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A model wears a creation by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Celebrity Weddings, Engagement, News

Olivia Wilde engaged to comedian Jason Sudeikis

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2013

Congratulations to actress Olivia Wilde, who has announced she’s engaged to comedian Jason Sudeikis.

As most celebs – and none celebs – Olivia took to Twitter to thank friends for the ‘congratulatory love’, and added “Thanks for all the sweet congratulatory love, friends! And may I compliment your savvy use of that nifty engagement ring emoticon.”

The couple have been dating since November 2011, meeting shortly after Olivia split from her husband of eight years, Tao Ruspoli.

budget bride, Gowns, News

TK Maxx unveils exclusive range of designer wedding dresses at high street prices

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 15th, 2013

Exciting news ladies; TK Maxx – a great a place to find a designer bargain – has today, 15 January 2013, unveiled a new exclusive range of designer bridal gowns at high street prices. This means that cost conscious brides no longer have to lie, cheat and (we hope not) steal to get the designer dress they’d love. TK Maxx buyers scoured the globe for designer dresses worth as much as £1,395 and made them available to you for £199.99.

Evelyn Morton from TK Maxx said: “Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and one where you want to look and feel stunning! Most brides have dreamt of their wedding dress since they were young girls but with the tough economic climate that dream dress is far out of reach. We’re really excited that we are helping savvy brides get their dream designer wedding dress without the hefty price tag.”

Don’t chance it, get down to you local store soon to pick up a bargain of a lifetime.

Ballerina Cross-Back: £269.99, RRP £1,395

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Beautiful cream tulle dress with satin lining. Full skirt with simple wrap-around body and light ruching. Spaghetti straps accentuate the shoulders, crossing at the back for an elegant finish. Very Sarah-Jessica Parker.


Sad day for bridal industry: Pronovias creative director Manuel Mota passes away aged 46

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 11th, 2013

Today is a sad day for anyone involved in the bridal industry and for the Mota family as news that Pronovias’ creative director Manuel Mota passed away yesterday at the age of 46.

Having spent 23 years at the Spanish brand, he made Pronovias the much loved bridal giant it is today.

In a brief statement, Alberto Palatchi, president of Pronovias said: “The Pronovias family has lost one of its best loved members. We are left with the memory of so many collections, so many catwalk shows, so much effort and talent.  Manuel was a great partner, a great artist and above all, a great person.  We will never forget him.”

If you would like to leave a message you can do so here on the Pronovias website. To see his great talent, take a look at his 2013 collection.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.


Christmas Day considered most romantic time of year to propose

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 3rd, 2013

Did you find your way here because you got engaged over the holidays? If this is the case, congratulations! But you’re not alone.

A new poll has found that Christmas is the most romantic time of year to propose. 32% of those who took part in the poll, conducted by The National Wedding Show, consider Christmas Day as the best time, with Christmas Eve following closely with 26.4%.

Surprisingly New Year’s Eve only came third (19.8%), a day we’d considered more popular. Valentine’s Day and the bride’s birthday were considered as the fourth and fifth most romantic days to pop the question.

We couldn’t help but to ponder over this during our lunch break, and decided on this: The day he gets down on one knee and asks for your hand will be a memorable one, whichever day of the year it may be. And in our opinion, it would be more memorable if it was a bit more unique than a holiday celebrated by most people on this planet. What about the day you first met? Your first date? The first time you kissed? Much more romantic – and far more kudos to him for remembering!

Celebrity Weddings, News

Did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry on Christmas Day?

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 2nd, 2013

As newlywed British singer Adele sings, rumour has it that Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on the Caribbean island of  Turks and Caicos on Christmas Day.

The actor and actress famously met seven years ago while filming Mr and Mrs Smith and it now appears they’ve become real life Mr and Mrs, having announced their engagement in April last year.

If this is true, we can’t wait to find out which designer Angelina wore!



A tweet proposal: Deadmau5 pops the question to Kat Von D on Twitter

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 20th, 2012

When your guy pops the question, you’d probably want it to be in a romantic setting. So what would you say if he proposed via Twitter?

Electronic music man Deadmau5, aka Joel Thomas Zimmermann, used the social networking site to propose to tattoo artist Kat Von D last weekend, and to all who follow the two could see, she said yes.#

He tweeted: “I can’t wait for Christmas so… Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?” with a photo of a diamond ring. It goes with the story that the two met via the micro-blogging site. So kind of fitting to propose  on there too Deadmau5 thought. Not sure we’re with you on that one Joel…

Now we’re all for sharing the happy news of engagements and whatnot on Twitter, but let’s not make Twitter proposals the next big thing.

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Celebrity Weddings, News

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston throw star-studded Hollywood engagement party

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 4th, 2012

The date of their wedding has yet to be announced, but Sunday night Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux threw a party to celebrate their engagement.

As expected the shindig was a star-studded event, with Hollywood A-listers such as Demi Moore, Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia DeRossi joining the happy couple at their Beverly Hills home.

Despite the impressive guest list, the party itself is said to have been a very ‘laid-back’affair which lasted into the early hours of the morning.

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News, Wedding Trends

Majority of British women think ideal age to get married is before they reach 30

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 13th, 2012

To most thirty-something city dwelling women thirty is definitely the new twenty, as they’re in no apparent rush to settle down, have the 2.1 kids and become the UK equivalent of a ‘soccer mom’. After all there are just far too many overpriced dining experiences, skiing holidays and pretty shoes to spend their hard-earned money on… That said, we suspect many of them would quite like a huge sparkling diamond from their chosen mate – not necessarily because they desperately want to get married, but because it would look so darn good!

With modern technologies and medical advancements allowing us to push off ‘age’ and ‘life decisions’ it is interesting to learn that many British women think it’s ideal to get married before you hit the big three-0. Is there still stigma attached to reaching the young age of 30 and still be unmarried?

A new poll by YouGov has discovered that over half (53%) of British women think the ideal time to get married is between the ages of 25 and 29. Around one fifth of those asked thought 30 to 34 was ideal. The men and would be grooms on the other hand were more divided: 44% said 25-29 is the best time, while 24% believe 30-34 is the ideal age. Only 10% and 11% of men and women respectively thought  20-24  to be the best age for marriage.

Most are putting of getting married until their early thirties so that they can have saved up enough to foot the bill themselves, which was reflected in the same poll. 55% of those asked think the bride and groom should pay for their own wedding, while around one third believe both sets of parents should pay. Only a meagre 5% were of the opinion that the parents of the bride should bear the main cost of a wedding – which as we know used to be the norm.

What do you consider the ‘ideal age’ to get married is?

*Poll conducted by YouGov; 1,816 GB adults aged 18+ participated.

Celebrity Weddings, News

Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell tie the knot

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 1st, 2012

Sometimes rumours do turn out to be true! True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood and Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell have confirmed they are indeed man and wife, after having been spotted at LAX airport wearing what looked to be matching wedding rings.

Evan took to Twitter (as so many celebs do) to share her happiness: “Words cannot describe the happiness I am feeling. Overwhelming.”

She also tweeted, “Song of the day “(today i met) the boy i’m gonna marry”.

The couple reportedly exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony in California earlier this week, with Evan wearing a custom made Chantilly lace mermaid gown by Carolina Herrera with capped sleeves and a striped ribbon waist belt.

Image: Press Association

Celebrity Weddings, News

Justin jumps for joy. It’s Jessica Biel’s wedding dress!

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 25th, 2012

It’s the most talked about dress this week and finally the world has caught a glimpse of Jessica Biel’s pink wedding dress.

As seen here, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel sold their wedding photos exclusively to People magazine. Despite finding it hard to choose a dress, Jessica wore a bespoke petal-pink strapless gown made of silk mousseline and silk organza with a light-pink floral motif described as ‘whimsical and dramatic’.

Behind the creation was Jessica’s longtime friend and designer Giambattista Valli. The bride also wore a floor-length veil adorned with pearls from her grandmother’s wedding day tiara.

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