Kevin Jonas & Danielle Deleasa Jonas new wedding rings

Wanted to write about this one since the wedding rings chosen were so beautiful to me.  You see, Kevin Jonas & Danielle Deleasa Jonas have exchanged vows at their extravagent ceremony this past Saturday at the Oheka Castle in Long Island. Despite a blizzard blanketing the roads around the castle, the wedding went forward without a hitch, and the bride, escorted by her father Thomas “Bucky” Deleasa, walked down the aisle to “Bella Notte,” from Lady and the Tramp, played on the guitar by a friend of the Jonas family.  Now comes all the fine details about the custom built Jacob & Co. wedding rings.

According to a release from the jeweler, Danielle’s wedding band was constructed out of 18 carat white gold. The stones you see flanking the entire ring are round-cut brilliant diamonds totaling 3.83 carats.

Danielle Deleasa Jonas wedding ring
Danielle Deleasa Jonas wedding ring

Now lets talk about the Kevin Jonas ring.  The oldest Jonas Brothers’ wedding band is made out of stainless steel and boasts two single rows of brilliant-cut diamonds along the edges of the band. His carat total: Continue reading

When is it OK to take off your wedding ring?

lotion hands remove wedding rings etiquette
It's proper etiquette to remove wedding rings when adding lotion to your hands

After being married and hearing the different reasons wives take off their wedding rings I wanted to write a post about it, regarding etiquette.  Most of the time I take my rings off when doing dishes, putting lotion on, or when I put my gloves on to do some yardwork or gardening (just feel weird in the glove).  I have met people that swear they will never take their ring off, haven’t in 30 years, and it seems the ring has become permanenetly part of their finger (actually they’ve gained weight and the ring would not come off without surgical removal).  This is what I’ve found on the subject.

The best advice is to first choose a wedding ring you love and won’t mind wearing all the time. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match with your engagement ring. You can choose to wear your wedding ring and engagement ring together on your left hand; wear your wedding band on the left and engagement ring on your right; or just wear your wedding ring. (Many women choose not to wear their engagement rings all the time simply because their setting could snag on clothing, among other reasons). If you really love your engagement ring, you should wear both rings. That way, you can still show off your engagement ring, and your happily wedded status.

Others just wear their wedding ring because they hope to keep the engagemet ring to pass on to their daughter or as an heirloom in the family. Of course, once your husband has spent that much on an engagement ring you may want the world to always see it. Some opt to only wear their engagement ring because it has a fat rock on it and they want people to know how rich their husband is doing…….anyway….. Continue reading

Groom surprised & married at an airport – why not “Up in the air?”

How would you feel to get married at an airport?  Is this a publicity stunt to promote the new film Up in the Air  starring George Clooney reminding the world that some people live their lives in airports? I guess this newly married couple would agree with the quote from this movie –  “To know me is to fly with me,” Clooney says. “This is where I live.”

George Clooney - Up in the Air
George Clooney - Up in the Air

Mumbled overhead airport announcements. And a few hundred weary strangers by your side.   Talk about a romantic wedding to remember, a Toledo man gets the surprise of his life from his fiance at a Texas airport.

A Texas woman said she celebrated the airport reunions and goodbyes of her long distance relationship by surprising her boyfriend with an airport wedding.  Robyn Moore says she and her fiance had spent half of their relationship in airports. So, what better place to get married?  Robyn Moore said she greeted her boyfriend, William Acosta, Monday at Corpus Christi International Airport with a camera and a wedding party ready to make good on the marriage license.  She greeted him, wearing a Continue reading

Married Couple on So You Think You Can Dance – AMAZING!!

So You Think You Can Dance married couple Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello brought the judges to tears in last night’s last show. They weren’t the only ones. My husband said it was beautiful but could not uderstand why I was pulling the kleenex out like cash from an ATM. I answered, “You can see how much they love each other…booohoooo…booohooo…..” Well anyway, it was an awesome show and I have included the highlight of their tryouts on YouTube below.

The couple performed a contemporary dance number to Michelle Featherstone’s “I’m There Too”, exchanging “heart felt” glances throughout with both ending in tears. Of course we know she is crying since she made purely from her husband’s remarks the week before. I really liked Legacy and am kinda bummed he was kicked out. He may not have been as good as the others but I felt emotionally connected to him. Continue reading

Examples of funny modern wedding invitations

While browsing around hoping to find something funny that people do in weddings today I ran across some funny wedding invitations I had to share.  This first example is designed for the couple that has lived together for years and even has kids.  It makes light of the fact that the kids were definately born out of wedlock.  No doubt this is an example of a modern wedding invitation.

mommy & daddy are getting married - modern wedding invitation
Mommy & Daddy getting married - modern wedding invitation

Then there’s the wedding announcement you send to people you don’t want to come.  This is sent to those that did not want you to get married OR thought you had Continue reading

Should a wedding invitation include children or is a seperate invitation needed?

Here’s some advice on things to think about when sending out wedding invitations that involve children.  First of all, a wedding invitation “assumes” no children are invited UNLESS invited explicitly.  Also, the only sure fire way to prevent having a screaming baby in the middle of your ceremony is to provide a free nursery (easy if at a church) and tell the guests children are allowed BUT must be kept in the nursery during the ceremony. 

wedding invitation writing sample
wedding invitation writing sample

 Here are some examples of wedding invitations with children invited: 

  • If you want to include children as guests, write out their individual names on the addressed envelopes, or put “and family.” For example:
    • Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, Michelle and John
      or
      Mr. and Mrs. John Doe and Family
  • If the children are older teens (say, 16 or older), you might want to send them an individual invitation, just like you would an adult.  This makes them feel more like an adult and allows them the oppurtunity to deny the invitation seperately if they are’t able to go even if their parents go. If they are over 18 then proper wedding etiquette requires a seperate invitation.
  • If you don’t want to include children at the ceremony, don’t add their names or “and family” on the outside of the envelope. Although this violates the stricter laws of etiquette, you might even add something like, “Sorry, but children are not invited”, “adults only” or a similar phrase to clarify. If you want to have children at the reception but not the ceremony, you could note this on the response card … or on the invitation itself at the bottom.

Here’s sample wording for an invitation that includes children:

Sample wedding invitations that include children:

While not necessary, you may want to include your children particularly if you will have a part of the ceremony devoted to them.

Please join
Elizabeth Ann Patrillie
and
Matthew Robert Wilson
as they exchange marriage vows
and together with their son, Marcus, celebrate their family
etc.

or

Please join us
At a celebration
Of the marriage of
Michele Warez Phillips
and
James Ryder Celest
And
The family of
Phoebe, Elora, John, & Maddison
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Etc.

I’ve also decided to do a post later on the funniest wedding invitations I’ve seen.  Look forward to that another day.

Quick wedding statistics to calm your curiosity

In honor of the month of December I wanted to recap the year with some wedding statistics. You see December is the most popular month to pop the question, accounting for one out of every five engagements.

wedding statistics
wedding statistics

The following stats are from Elegant Bride Magazine:
4-6 {months} prior to a destination wedding to send Save-the-Dates
8: Minimum place settings to register for
3-4 {stores} to visit before purchasing your wedding gown
2 {minutes} for the ideal toast
50 guests per usher at the ceremony
50 guests per bathroom at your wedding venue
30-40 guests per waiter at your reception
10 guests can be seated at a 60 inch round table
2.5-3 {square feet} per guest for the appropriate size dance floor
3 {swimsuits} to pack for a beach honeymoon
60 to 85 optimal degrees for an outdoor wedding {I think 85 might be pushing it here in Atlanta!}
1.5 {feet} in a typical chapel length train

Here’s some other stats I found while researching:
12% of couples get married in a garden or park
17% of couples have a formal wedding
31% of couples will use a banquet hall for their reception
39% of couples risk Continue reading