Getting engaged and domestic violence today

I just read a post about a 29 yr old man in Florida that tried to make his fiancee swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him. Not only did he do this, he tried to do it while she had a 1 yr old in her arms at the time.

29-year-old man was arrested in Orlando on suspicion of trying to force his fiancee to swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him.
Using an engagement ring as a weapon?

Let’s get to the heart of this.  This “man”, according to this article, physically assaulted his fiance and tried to use an engagement ring as the weapon to choke her.  He then has the audacity to say, “women always claim assault, but never accept responsibility for provoking someone,” according to deputies.  You CAN NOT provoke someone to assault you and break the law.  You CAN lose your temper and take out your anger inappropriately in a way that is considered domestic violence.

Speaking of domestic violence in the home in front of children, I recently came across a comment from an organization titled “Children of Domestic Violence” that speaks on the impact of children just witnessing domestic violence. One surprising statistic they brought up was that 63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who was abusing their mother.  These kind of statistics scare me and we must do something.

We must stop men like this from perpetuating the cycle of violence and educate the children so they learn NOT to repeat what they see.

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Destination weddings in Paris, France

So many couples look for a memorable place to get married somewhere in the world.  France has plenty of popular wedding venues to pick from, the Eiffel Tower being the most popular.  You need to remember that there are so many other locations to think of besides the token tourist hot spots just check out http://www.lesitedumariage.com

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Paris, France weddings – undiscovered venues

The French Riviera has plenty of venues to choose from:

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
  • Chateau de la Napoule
  • Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or
  • Domaine du Mont Leuze

Looking for the perfect wedding winter venue in France? Here are a few:

  • Cabane Des Praz – Chamonix
  • L’abbaye de Talloires – Annecy Hotel
  • La Tour d’Argent
  • Le Chateau du Martinet
  • Anne-Laure

Of course, Paris has some beautiful locations that also allow your guests to enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Imagine your guests having a day shopping in Paris before the wedding, feeling a bit shilly in the paved streets and inevitably attracted to all the lovely shops and restaurants looking so warm and comfortable from the outside. Also, Paris offers many venues with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed through beautiful windows in the warmth of a dining room.
Of course, I was born an raised in the Southeast and prefer wedding in locations like Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, and Miami, FL. Their is such a southern charm to these location and a feel of the old south. If you are looking for some nice Atlanta Wedding venue I would checkout the 200 peachtree website.  I also bet that you will get married at a location that is on some kind of peach street. (Atlanta has over 60 streets with the name peach in them).

Here are some little known facts about French marriages.  The legal age of consent is 18 and IF you get divorced you must wait 300 days before you can remarry.  Makes sense to me!! Hope this blog has assisted you in finding that perfect spot in France for your future wedding!!

Wedding Planning Flubs and How to Avoid Them

Every bride-to-be runs into a wedding planning flub or two, but the trick is to make sure you bounce back the minute you encounter one of these pesky bumps in the road. Here are some common wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them.

Wedding planning flubs are a nuisance, and every bride runs into one or another at some point during the wedding planning game. You’ve secured your ceremony and reception locations. You’ve booked all your vendors. You’ve even found your dress. But then the unthinkable happens—you run into a wedding planning flub that threatens to throw a kink in the whole wedding planning process. Not to worry! Check out the following wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them so you can tackle the problem the moment it arises:

You lose/gain a few inches in between dress fitting appointments—Between stress, new diets, and different exorcise routines, it’s not uncommon for brides to gain or lose a few inches during the wedding planning process. If this happens, don’t panic. The seamstress can usually take in your wedding gown to accommodate the inches you lost easier than letting it out to account for gained inches. Either way, if the change is drastic, your seamstress or dress maker can figure out a way to alter your gown accordingly. For tricky customization in the event of excess weight gain or loss, though, be prepared to pay more in the way of alteration fees.

personalized wedding favors
Cute pink & blue personalized wedding favors.

You have to change the menu items at the last minute—Whether you learn that many of your guests have similar food allergies or the caterer cannot get their hands on the materials for your dish of choice before the big day, there are many reasons you might have to change menu items at the last minute. If this is the case, meet with your caterer and plan an alternative that still offers the flavor and presentation you want. The changes might involve something as simple as substituting a spice or type of cheese.

You send invitations out too late—If you order your invites too late or push your luck and send them out too late, consider dropping everyone on your list a line to let them know the invitation is on its way and thank them for their RSVP courtesy on such short notice. Sending out invitations at the last minute is one of the most common wedding planning flubs brides run into, but the situation can usually be easily remedied.

You forget the favors—You need to wait for your RSVP’s before ordering favors and then before you know it, your wedding is right around the corner. That’s ok! There are tons of great options that arrive in a week. Personalized favors that can be found and delivered within 2 weeks! It’s a small world. Take some time to browse, you will be surprised the options you will find.

The key is not to worry and get all Bridezilla. Stay calm. These flubs tend to have a way of working themselves out.

Getting Married while on Horse a Current Wedding Trend of 2012

Today’s wedding break out of the traditiona.  Need some ideas on current fashion, check out some fashion blogs on the net. When you decide to get married while on horseback you need to think of a couple of things first:

(Photo below by James Hazelwood of Kate Taylor riding her horse. Read more about her life at lucysquest.blogspot.com)

wedding bride horse riding trend of 2012
A memorable entrance by the bride to her wedding while on horse is a new trend for 2012.
  • Is their a stable on the property of your venue?
  • Does your venue even allow horses on the property?
  • What color/breed of horse do you want?
  • How experienced are you as a rider? Do you need some lessons to get comfortable again?
  • Make sure your dress is properly seated so it is no stepped on or pooped on.
  • Make sure you practice your entrance and exit in full dress before the actual wedding.  Practice allows you to think of things you might never have imagined if you had not done it.
  • Ride the horse at least once that you will be using on your wedding day so you are familiar with each other.
  • Find a photographer that is gifted at shooting horses and you should be fine for the wedding.

Suggestions for the logistics of the horse wedding. I would suggest just the bride come in on the horse, dismount, then get married while standing. This prevents numerous variables from happening including kicking of the wedding guests in the face, the awkward moment while the horse is pooping during the ceremony, and that moment when the horse decides to eat something it should not.

Now if you need some stylish equastrian clothes for sale for your reception gear, then hop to it. Who says you need to wear a trraditional white dress in the reception.  Have some fun with it.

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Outdoor Muddy Weddings need work boots, not patent leather oxfords

Sometimes brides decide NOT to cancel their outdoor wedding and just persevere through the rain.  If you do, bad things can happen. BUT you can at least make some wonderful memories in the process and perhaps become playful in the mud. In fact, many older cultures on this planet take rain on your wedding day as a sign of good luck. Rain brings water to dry places, and causes crops to flourish.  You can see why it’s viewed as being a blessing and bringing good luck.

Muddy outdoor wedding? Be prepared with proper red wing boots
Muddy outdoor wedding? Be prepared with proper boots

Redwing boots are the perfect men’s workwear boot. You can find dozens of these boots at www.davesnewyork.com for affordable prices! Of course, do you really want to wear boots to a wedding day if it just sprinkles?  Just tell your bride that rain is symbolic for blessings, cleansing, unity, and a new day. If she wants to have children, remind her that rain is also a sign of fertility and new life. Rain helps things grow and become something new and better.

So if the weatherman predicts heavy participation on your blissful day remember the old French saying, “Mariage pluvieux, marriage heureux“, which  promises a happy marriage as a result of a wet wedding. And if you don’t buy  into the idea that rain is lucky, there is always the old standby: Rain, rain,  go away – come again another day! Of course your guests probably won’t come back if you reschedule the last minute. Even if they try to do some comparison shopping for airline rates, last minute flights are ALWAYS expensive.

Cash Wedding Registries solve the wedding gift problem

Do you remember some of the gifts you got when you got married….. I remember very few of them.  I know that when I was creating a wedding registry I really wasn’t being practical.  I was living in a dream world and just scanning everything that caught my eye.  If I had that scanner 1 year AFTER my wedding I would have picked items differently.

Cash wedding registry
Cash wedding registry - the perfect gift

One great way to help out a newlywed couple is to just give them cash.  At least they can make a better honeymoon from it.  (We both know they are not going to tuck that money into savings for when their firstborn child falls from a tree and breaks his arm in half and has $40,000 worth of surgery…. oh wait… that’s my personal story… I digress….

So anyway, this seems like a pretty smart idea to me… I personally think a Wal-mart gift card is the most useful.  Once you have the $900 set of China out and you can’t afford to put Ramen noodles on it, the Wal-mart gift card starts looking really good. Continue reading