Facebook becoming the popular replacement for wedding invitations

More and more brides are skipping expensive wedding invites in favor of Facebook clicks.

15 days before their wedding, Donna “Cheap” Turner and Mason Sigman decided to add “mass blast a Facebook invitation” to the to-do list.

Turner, 40, who grew up in Coral Springs and lives in Denver, CO, said she reserved old-fashioned fancy wedding invitations for the older more traditional family guests and used Facebook wedding invitations to invite, well, everybody else.

One advantage is you instantly know who is coming and who can’t.  People can even tell you why they can’t come and post on your wall positive messages. If someone hasn’t responded you can take the time to privately message them to find out.

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Facebook wedding invitation example

Though a wedding is typically the most formal event of a lifetime, informality and social media are taking the place of tradition and embossed stationery, experts say. Facebook invitations may not be elegant keepsakes — they are as fleeting as any online page — but they are more economical, immediate and environmentally friendly than the Postal Service variety.

“Anything digital is becoming the hot new trend,” said Leslie Jenkins, the author of http://weddingengagementnoise.com.

This fad has its critics, who say Facebook is too casual for inviting people to a highly significant event. They critique it as impersonal and, when it comes to tone and propriety, slightly off-putting and tacky. Of course, “those people” are probably making money of the old fashioned invitations.

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Youngest Girl…

Contribution by Kennith Griffin

My youngest daughter just left for college a couple of weeks ago and I’m having a heck of a time getting used to her being gone. I had tried to mentally prepare myself for this time but no matter what you think about it before there’s no way you can make a child leaving the nest an easy thing. I keep telling myself that if I’d pressured my husband to have that third child a few years back I’d still be a mommy at home like I’ve always been! I got satelliteinternetbroadband.com internet for the house so Kelly and I can email more often and she’s really good about calling so that helps. I’m thinking about getting a part time job, too, to keep me busy and help me forget about how quiet the house is when there’s no one in it but me. I guess I just never thought about what it’s like to be a stay at home mom with no kids to “mom” anymore…am I the only one?

Tungsten rings better value than platinum or gold

Forget about what kind of rings your parents had. With the current prices of gold everybody is looking for alternatives to this more precious metal.

Ridiculous gold prices have jewelers and cash-strapped couples searching for wedding bands made of less expensive metals like tungsten rings, cobalt and even stainless steel.

Over the past three months, tungsten wedding rings, a steel-gray hard metal, has become an increasingly popular choice over gold with wedding band shoppers for most online jewelry sellers.

“The response to our recent men’s tungsten collection was immediate,” said Baird, adding that the company subsequently debuted a men’s tungsten rings collection in July.

As the depression hits Americans must close their wallets, consumers shopping for jewelry have become more willing to consider cheaper alternatives.

Kay Jewelers has also been selling jewelry made of tungsten and titanium for a while. Company spokesman David Bouffard said these “alternative” metals give customers more choice and a wider range of prices to choose from when it comes to wedding jewelry.

Blue Nile’s tungsten wedding bands cost a little over $200 while the cost of a Titanium wedding band is about $100. You can even go to eBay and catch a tungsten ring sometimes for only $30. The crazy part is they all look the same.

Compare that to $1,900 for a classic men’s platinum wedding band and $700, or higher, for a white gold band sold at Blue Nile

But it’s not just those celebrating their nuptials that are feeling the pinch. Jewelry makers and sellers themselves are also struggling with sharply higher prices for precious metals like gold and platinum.

Gold now costs about $1,840 an ounce, up 204% from about $605 per ounce just 60 months ago.

Heres a quick comparison of white gold vs platinum vs tungsten rings in everyday use.

White gold, even on a guy that works at a computer, will need replating every once in a while. It”s a nice classic though, and can be sized.

My tennis buddy has a titanium wedding band he”s been wearing for 4 years straight, and it”s getting pretty scuffed looking, but he loves the light weight feel and the color. He now has a titanium bracelet, necklace, and is looking for a watch to match.

I have a tungsten band I wear camping/surfing/traveling. It”s HEAVY, like more than platinum, and can withstand anything and still look great. It”s a very dark color, not quite metal looking, but really neat. I”ve had it a year now, and you can”t tell I”ve even worn it. Tungsten can”t be sized though, but you can just buy a new ring for alomst the cost of sizing a gold ring.

Are watches the best groomsman gifts?

I remember on the week of my wedding my fiance finally broke down and got something for his groomsman. He ended up getting them an antique pocket watch that we both knew nobody would ever actually use.

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Groomsman gifts like wedding pocket watches?

Their are more useful watches for guys out there.For example compass watches. Sometimes your Iphone 4 doesn’t know which way you are facing when walking.  A compass watch is more accurate about telling you which direction is north or south vs your iPhone.

What about those guys that are military or at least like to play Call of Duty on their Xbox 360’s.  What about a Timex military watch?  Then when they are playing Xbox on live or out in the woods playing paintball, their groomsman gift will actually be useful for them. When was the last time you saw a man in his 20’s with a pocket watch?

Most groomsman typically attended college with the groom.  In that case buy something that brings back memories of the old college days when all of you were single. Buy them college logo watch.  For example, the nevada watch is both a nice stainless steel watch AND has your college logo.  I’m sure that would bring back memories of how many times you ran off to Las Vegas when you should have been studying for those difficult exams.

Anyway you look at it, watches make great gifts for men.  Another option would be to buy some Rolex replicas and make them think they are real.  That only works if you have a well paying job though.

Talk about the money before getting married, not after

As the peak wedding season is approaching and more engaged couples plan to tie the knot, its important to have the “how much are you spending” before the walk down the aisle. Talking about money can be an emotionally charged subject, but it’s an important conversation for couples to have, as it’s never too early or too late to have the talk.

Marriage may be born a romantic notion, yet statistics show its foundation is built more on the management of cash than anything else. In fact, couples who fight about money once a week are 30% more likely to divorce than those who only quarrel a few times per month, according to research by Utah State University professor Jeffrey Dew published in “The State of Our Unions,” a 2009 report released by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project. Dew also found the more consumer debt a newlywed couple accrues, the unhappier they become.

No, it’s not romantic in the traditional sense. And yes, you may disagree, but it’s better to figure out all of the “rules” to your financial relationship before the bills start to arrive or a hot financial issue arises. So remove the emotion by treating the conversation like you would a business meeting (Bill & Hillary Clinton were masters at this): set a date, prepare, and establish some ground rules to help foster a stronger dialogue.

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Prevent your marriage from becoming a divorce, talk money before wedding

Here are 6 financial things to discuss before you get married:

· Figure out your financial styles– Just like you have your own personal style, you probably have your own financial style, even if you’ve never thought about it. Are you a piggy bank saver, but your partner lives spends everything they have & more? What are each of your short-term and long-term financial goals? For what do you use your credit cards? The answer to all of these questions can shed some light on your individual financial styles.

· Disclose your financial past– When it comes to finances, you can’t just bury your past. So disclose things like how much debt you each have, whether or not you have ever filed for bankruptcy and where you stand today in order to create a clearer picture of how you can build a future together. Heck, pull a credit report on your spouse, why not?

· Review documents– Along with other legal documents, review who you would each like your beneficiaries to be on life insurance policies, IRAs, employer-sponsored retirement plans and pensions. And explain why you want to leave all of your estate to your old girlfriend from high school and your illegitimate love child.

· Discuss whether you want a joint account, a separate account or both– There is no right or wrong answer for which is best, it’s about what works for you as a couple, but it’s healthy to foster an open dialogue so that each of you feels good about the decision. Separate accounts are great if you want to have a mistress, otherwise just stick with a joint account.

· Work out a system to determine who will pay for what– If you opt for separate accounts, consider how you want to handle the daily finances and who will pay for what. This helps foster a sense of shared responsibility but it also helps you stay organized and on top of bills. This way when a check bounces their is only one person to blame, the idiot.

· Set up a schedule– Once a month go through where you are on each of your accounts. And once a year do a “deep dive” into all accounts and review your progress towards your goals. Sink or swim right, wrong.  Or you can just hope for the best and like the Big Bang theory, everything evolves over time and improves from a sea of chaos…. that makes sense right?

You have any other matters that should be discussed before they tie the knot?

Buying wholesale wedding dresses from Costco?

Most brides don’t have Kate Middleton’s royal wedding budget, but every bride deserves to look like a princess on her wedding day.

I recently read that Costco is now offering Kirstie Kelly signature wedding dresses at a major savings of up to 40% off.  Now I remember when Wal-mart first started selling funeral caskets online and it caused a big stir in the funeral parlor business.  Selling wedding dresses at wholesale retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club, and other could shake up the wedding industry.

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Costco wholesale wedding dresses by Kirstie Kelly

What about some premium shoes like prada, jimmy choo, & gucci? Will Costco or Sams ever end up offering shoes like this…. even online?  I doubt it.  Since these shoes, like Rolex watches, get the premium price because of their lack of availability and price point from the majority of consumers, items like prada shoes will remain to be sold exclusively in high shops and large metropolitan cities.

Back to the topic at hand, Costco recently partnered with bridal designer Kirstie Kelly to develop a capsule collection of six gown styles to be sold at pop-up salons during wedding-themed sales events the discount warehouse club is hosting across the country. The dresses range in price from $699 to $1,399, and are offered in sizes 2 to 24.

“When I was designing this line, and when I thought about what this line represented, I wanted to create a small, tight collection that represented every type of bride and type of wedding,” Kelly says.

“There’s a gown for the destination bride, one for the bride who likes a clean look, one who is bohemian, and the bride who is traditional and having a ballroom reception. I was so happy because within this collection we’ve been able to incorporate a lot of beautiful details. We have elements on lace. We have Swarovski crystals,” notes Kelly. “So while the cost is Continue reading

Paralyzed bride walks the aisle

Jennifer Darmon fulfilled a lifelong dream Saturday afternoon when she walked down the aisle and said “I do” in a Windsor courthouse. Paralyzed after a 2008 car accident, she underwent intense therapy at the Detroit Medical Center. Darmon was afraid of falling until she locked eyes with the love of her life. Then, everything was perfect. “It’s so nice for everybody to be able to see the end result, all the work I’ve put into it over the last couple of years,” Darmon said. Darmon stood through the ceremonywith the help of a walker, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Enjoy the video frmo ABC News here –

Mike Belawetz, Darmon’s new husband, says he’s proud of his wife’s accomplishments.

Paralyzed from the hips down after a car accident, Darmon wore leg braces under her strapless white gown and took the first step down the aisle, carefully holding the arm of her father, Alan, and her brother, Kevin.

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Jennifer Darmon, the paralyzed bride, walks down the aisle for her wedding

I’ll take this slow, sweet walk with you,” her uncle Tony Darmon sang, trying not to cry through a song written by Edwin McCain.

Jennifer Darmon moved slowly down the 40-foot aisle before 190 friends and family and a throng of news media inside Mackenzie Hall, a historic courthouse in Windsor.

She moved past Liz Richmond, her rehabilitation trainer at Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, where she first learned to crawl and then moved up to walking with braces. “I’m so proud of her,” Richmond said. “I was crying and used up my tissue.”

Richmond had helped Darmon stretch out her muscles before the wedding. “She was a trouper, just like always,” Richmond said.

Darmon moved past her physical therapist, Phuong Vu.

“It was so emotional to see her accomplish her goals,” Vu said. “She has been working on this for almost a year. We are so proud of her.”

Frances Jack of Guelph, Ontario, an family friend who had seen Darmon’s first steps as an infant — on Jennifer’s first birthday — wiped away tears. “Today was like watching it all over again,” she said. “I’m way beyond happy.”

And then, Darmon looked up and saw Mike Belawetz, the love of her life, the man who refused to leave her after the July 27, 2008, car accident that left her paralyzed. “I saw Mike and everything was great after that,” she said. “I kept watching him.”

The Rev. Robert J. Verkoyen, a pastor at Rock of Help Christian Centre in Essex, Ontario, told the bride and groom that they had been “shining examples” of love and commitment.

“No tears left the eyes, but it stirred a bit,” Belawetz said. “I knew she could do it. I’m proud of my wife. Her accomplishment. It feels great to be here today.”

“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “But I couldn’t be prouder than I am today. It’s Jenn’s character. She does not give up. She will not let anything deter her from her goals.”

After the accident, Jennifer Darmon told her father that she was upset that she would never walk down the aisle. “Today proved that you can achieve anything you set your mind on,” Alan Darmon said.

Carla Darmon, Jennifer’s mother, couldn’t hold back the tears: “When it first happened, it was devastating. Today? Top of the world. It’s a great day.”

After the ceremony, Belawetz lifted his bride and carried her down the aisle. She smiled and kissed him gently.

He said it was his idea to carry her out: “They wouldn’t let her strap strings to her and fly out, so I had to actually pick her up and carry her out.”