Not The Best Year For A September Wedding

Brides and grooms always want their wedding to go off without a hitch. But they also want money left over for their honeymoon, home and family, all of which could come after.

And that’s why more couples are opting for September and October weddings rather than the traditional June date, according to an annual survey by TheKnot, a website devoted to weddings. June weddings dominated until 2014, when September had matched it. But by 2016, September and October became more popular months to tie the knot.

This year, however, that might not prove to be such a great idea, particularly if you planned to marry somewhere along the Gulf Coast or in the lower Atlantic states. Hurricane Harvey has now soaked Houston, South Texas and parts of Louisiana. And Hurricane Irma, packing 185-mile-per-hour winds, is on a path that will take it to Florida. That’s potentially followed by Hurricane Jose, creating a string of cyclonic wedding crashers nobody would ever welcome.

So if you plan to marry this month or next, it might be a good time to buy wedding insurance. “Weather was the cause of 10 percent of all of Travelers Insurance wedding policy claims during the past 10 years,” said Todd Shasha, managing director of personal insurance policies for the nation’s fifth largest property-casualty insurer.

“Claims spiked in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast with 19 percent,” he said, “and we expect to see another increase this year.”

Wedding insurance has become much more common in recent years as the cost of the event has soared to an average $26,000, including all the traditional, but nonrefundable, features such as rings, houses of worship, limousines, reception halls and caterers, photos and videos. And if you’re daring enough — an outside ceremony in a park or at the beach.

Costs actually peaked close to $30,000 in 2007, but have eased as many couples opted for less expensive options like a “destination wedding” in the Caribbean or Costa Rica.

The large checks that newlyweds, and/or their parents, had to write caused second thoughts, along with the fact that major venues were booked solid during June. Many brides didn’t want to swelter in an expensive wedding gown in July and August, so they chose the cooler months of September and October, hoping — or insuring against — the possibility of a major hurricane.

Some even booked further out on the calendar. “My wedding was Thanksgiving weekend,” said Sabrina Glavan, of insurer Allianz. “I wanted a fall wedding, and this was the only time the venue was free.”

Even if you avoid hurricane season (which officially runs into November — remember 2005’s Wilma?), the litany of things that can go wrong is endless: Wedding venues can burn down, key participants such as mothers and fathers can become ill, brides can sprain ankles or prospective spouses can be shipped out on short notice for military duty.

In one recent infamous case, Florida-based bridal shop Alfred Angelo closed its doors without telling its clients, leaving brides-to-be nationwide without their merchandise — even though many had already given deposits of hundreds of dollars for bride and bridesmaid dresses.

Depending on what you pay, a wedding insurance policy can protect against virtually anything that can happen. A Travelers Insurance policy permits lost deposits to be reimbursed if there’s a postponement and covers the cost to reschedule the event.

Wedding insurance has to be purchased at least 14 days before the event, according to Shasha, but TheKnot says “the sooner the better.” Of course, it’s already too late to purchase wedding insurance for Hurricane Irma and probably too late for Jose as well.

Technically, most policies don’t cover honeymoons. If a “destination wedding” is postponed you could be reimbursed for certain costs, and some wedding insurance packages include optional travel insurance for honeymoons.

Of course, the more coverage you buy, the more it costs. Wedsure, a unit of insurer Nationwide, offers packages as low as $95, and it offers stand-alone coverage for jewelry, gifts and — ahem — “professional counseling.” If that doesn’t work, Wedsure even offers “change of heart” coverage.

And that could create a hurricane in and of itself.



A Forgotten Holiday Begets A Memorable Wedding

Labor Day tends to be one of the forgotten holidays. It appears Hallmark has not sunk its talons into this one yet. It stands as one of the bookends of summer, the other being Memorial Day.

How is that both of these important holidays commemorating our country’s past and future have become overshadowed in a season of lemonade and swimming pools?

Every time these holidays roll by, there are exclamations of distress among some people that Americans today don’t understand why they have an extra day off from work.

These occasions honor sacrifices and advancements that were made so that members of modern society can simply lead their day-to-day lives.

On Labor Day this year, I am in Florida celebrating my wedding with 118 of my closest friends and family. My father can have a day off and is not working long hours; my groom has earned respectful wages so he can afford this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) event; and I am not working in conditions that put me in harm’s way.

While we celebrate together, we quietly acknowledge that we get to do so thanks to what this holiday stands for.

Labor Day has brought fathers home in time for dinner, taken mothers away from dangerous factories and kept children playing outside on beautiful days. It has brought the work-life balance to fruition.

Labor Day celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of the American workforce. It celebrates the fact that companies have moved towards fair and equal treatment of workers. Thank goodness we have graduated from an era when robber barons forced workers into awful conditions for low wages.

While today’s job search for millennials could use some work (shout out to my fellow comrades living at home or in a closet), the general protection of workers’ rights is honored.

I don’t think people intentionally ignore the meaning behind Labor Day, Memorial Day and other forgotten holidays. Most of the time, they just need more education.

But maybe the fact our society lives in a privileged bubble of ignorance is a testament to the continued positive effects represented by these holidays.

People can use Memorial Day to kick off summer and gather with friends for a barbecue instead of hiding out in bomb shelters during air raids on their country.

For some people, Martin Luther King Jr. Day may simply mark a day off from work and school; they don’t have to think twice about the blessings of sharing public services and resources with multiple races.

On the other hand, while May the Fourth is not set aside as a federal holiday to honor the sensational Star Wars saga, social media always explodes on that day with quotes and photos honoring the Rebel Alliance.

A large segment of the public can tie that day to a holiday highlighting a movie franchise and its cultural impact. Meanwhile, Memorial Day often gets confused with Veterans Day.

It’s OK to maintain traditions that may or may not actually link to the intent of the holiday, but let’s take a moment to reflect on the progress these occasions represent.

Memorial Day honors those who have served to protect Americans’ fundamental liberty and civil rights – in particular, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

MLK also made that sacrifice while fighting for equality, so that a person’s race would not dictate how he or she is treated or what opportunities are afforded. He made battling injustice a powerful force.

In a similar vein, Luke Skywalker reestablished the Jedi Order and inspired the eventual overthrow of Emperor Palpatine …

All joking aside, this country has a long way to go with regard to gender, sexuality, race and other civil rights. But it’s important to commemorate steps taken in the right direction.

These holidays are stepping stones marking the advancement of U.S. citizens.

As I write in support of education around forgotten holidays, however, I find it important to note there is one we can all collectively groan about, an observance we all wish to forget:

Tax Day.

Raisa Mendapatkan Kedua Gaun Pernikahannya di Butik Asal Singapura Ini

Seperti yang sudah kami singgung sebelumnya, bisnis wedding adalah salah satu bisnis paling laris dan selalu menghasilkan. Tidak heran, banyak orang yang banting setir, atau setidaknya memperluas cakupan layanan mereka agar bisa mencoba ambil keuntungan di industri wedding ini. Sebut saja videografer, fotografer, atau penyiar. Pendek kata, make yourself available for the wedding services.

Akhir pekan lalu, kami bertandang ke pop up event The Proposal Bridal, butik bridal dengan koleksi international designer terbesar di Singapura (bahkan mungkin di Asia Tenggara). Kami bertemu dengan co-founder dan marketing director-nya, Chern San Lee. San mendirikan The Proposal Bridal bersama sang istri. Hanya dalam 2 tahun The Proposal Bridal mencuri perhatian calon-calon pengantin di Singapura, juga kawasan Asia, dengan koleksi wedding gowns mereka yang sangat banyak. Sebut saja, Elie Saab, Reem Acra, Marchesa, Jenny Packham, sampai Oscar de la Renta.

“Sosial media membantu meningkatnya awareness butik ini di kawasan Asia Tenggara. Calon-calon pengantin yang social media savvy menemukan kami dari media sosial, dan terbang dari berbagai wilayah untuk mencari gaun impian mereka,” cerita San yang menyambut FIMELA dengan hangat di pop up event, yang mengambil tempat di butik One Heart Wedding, hotel Fairmont, Jakarta. “Dan, 30% pelanggan kami berasal dari Indonesia,” tambahnya. Jumlah yang besar, dan menjadi bukti bahwa dengan angka seperti itu, memang industri wedding di Indonesia sangat-sangat menghasilkan. Itu pula rasanya yang jadi alasan The Proposal Bridal berangkat ke Indonesia, dan memperkenalkan mereka ke khayalak Indonesia lebih dekat.

Dari jumlah 30% pelanggan asal Indonesia itu, salah satunya adalah penyanyi cantik Raisa yang menikah akhir pekan kemarin. Sebenarnya, sejak Sabtu kami sudah tahu bahwa Mrs. Hamish Daud ini akan memakai gaun dari Jenny Packham (without the train) dan tentu saja, Elie Saab (with the train). But we just have to shut our mouth. The Proposal Bridal dan Raisa dihubungkan oleh Bride Story yang memegang hak exclusive untuk pernikahan ini.

Di pop event akhir pekan lalu, The Proposal Bridal juga memperkenalkan kami dengan koleksi Spring Summer 2018 Galia Lahav. Designer asal Israel ini sudah berkecimpung di industri wedding selama 30 tahun lebih, dan memiliki fans dari seluruh dunia. Galia memiliki 2 lini wedding gown, satu yang bergaya couture, dan second line dengan harga lebih terjangkau. See the looks on this page. Dan di butik The Proposal Bridal, gaun-gaun Galia yang bergaya bohemian, sedikit aksen fantasi, juga agak bernuansa fairy ini menjadi salah satu yang paling banyak dicari.

Sekarang sudah tahu harus ke mana untuk mencari gaun pengantin seperti yang dimiliki Raisa, kan? Atau setidaknya mencari gaun Jenny Packham, yang juga designer favorit Kate Middleton, untuk mewujudkan dream wedding gown versimu.

Wedding Dress Designer David Emmanuel Remembers Princess Diana

Even 20 years after her death, Princess Diana is still considered a style icon. David Emmanuel, who designed her wedding dress, talked to CBS News about his friendship with the popular royal.

Emmanuel remembered first meeting Diana in his store, before she was famous.

“In walked, on this appointment, this tall, slim, adorable girl, who said, ‘I’m Lady Diana Spencer,'” he recalled, adding that she was “terribly unaffected, completely natural and real” as he helped her find a dress.

Then he said the next day, he saw Diana on TV with Prince Charles.

“I go, that’s my frock!” he said.

He and Diana struck a friendship, and Emmanuel eventually designed the elaborate wedding dress that inspired countless replicas in the ’80s and ’90s, including Mariah Carey’s 1993 wedding dress.

“There came a moment where we designed the dress and the train and I said, ‘I looked it up and the longest royal train in the past has been 20 foot. She goes, ‘Yes,’ and I said, ‘Well, we’ve got to make it bigger than that.’ Well, I said, ‘Come on,’ and I said, ‘What about 22, 25?’ And she said, ‘Oh great, OK.'” The dress ended up being so big it could barely fit in the carriage.

But in spite of all of the frills and her royal title, Emmanuel said Diana was always kind — with “naughty eyes.”

“You could always see she had a great sense of humor,” he said. “There was mischief in those eyes.”

Reflecting on Thursday’s sad anniversary — 20 years since Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris — Emmanuel said, “I feel honored to have met her, to be part of her history.”

A Wedding Celebration Steeped in Granite Legacy And Local History

WESTERLY — For the first time in generations, a descendant of Orlando Smith — the man who started the Smith Granite Company in 1846 on a farm owned by Dr. Joshua Babcock — was married in the historic family house on Granite Street.

“It was beautiful, just amazing,” said the bride, Jennifer Poirier, who married John Tehan on Sunday, July 23, in a ceremony held in the parlor of the Babcock-Smith House Museum.

Poirier, who grew up in Ashaway, is the daughter of Linda Smith Chaffee, who is the daughter of the late Isaac Gallup “Ike” Smith Jr., the granddaughter of Isaac Gallup Smith, Sr., and the great-granddaughter of Orlando R. Smith.

“What a special day for a special couple,” said Smith Chaffee, whose husband, Kenneth Chaffee, Poirier’s step-father, served as the officiant at the ceremony. “It was once the home of Jenny’s third great grandfather.”

Poirier, who lives in Milford, Mass., said because it was a second wedding for her and for her husband, they were planning on something small and low key for just immediate family.

The wedding was certainly small, she said, but with a seven-course, candlelight dinner, rose petals gently strewn around the table, and her service dog, Barkley — dressed in his canine tuxedo — taking part in the ceremony, it was far from low key.

Barkley was their ring bearer, she said, and her husband’s daughter, Jillian, and her son, Eddy, stood up for them.

“I got dressed in Julia’s bedroom,” said Poirier. “She was my great, great, great aunt.”

Her aunt, Julia Emeline Smith, bought the prosperous, working Granite Street farm in 1887, for $1, according to the museum’s website.

The house was “the first on the hill to have gaslights, electricity, and a telephone which people from the neighborhood used in an emergency.”

“The docents did such a lovely job,” said Poirier, “there were fresh flowers inside and outside and on the tables.”

Poirier, who wore a simple dress with a chiffon lining, empire waist, and small train, said another highlight of the wedding was having the two nonagenarians — her own grandmother, Gertrude Smith, and her husband’s grandmother, Virginia Teehan, seated close to one another in the historic Victorian dining room.

The two matriarchs not only hit it off, but they served as the couple’s official witnesses.

“You rarely meet a new friend when you’re in your nineties,” said the new bride. “They did and I was so glad.”

Poirier said having the ceremony and wedding dinner at the museum — one of Rhode Island’s important architectural and historical landmarks — hadn’t occurred to her at first. She called initially to inquire about the possibility of having a reception in her ancestral home.

Janice Tunney, a volunteer who oversees the museum’s popular candlelight dinners, said she made the suggestion when Poirier called her to ask about the dinners.

“It was a perfect day,” said Tunney, “and the first wedding in the house for as long as anyone can remember.”

With help from museum volunteers who raided their own gardens, and Broadview Florist and Garden Center, she said, the historic house was decorated with “huge, white hydrangeas and pale, pink roses.”

The ceremony was held in the parlor with toasts in the keeping room followed by the candlelight dinner in the dining room.

Cathy Larsh of Westerly, the meal coordinator for the candlelight dinners, said the menu has remained unchanged since the docents first began making them about 15 years ago.

Inspired by what would have been served at a dinner party in the late 1800’s when wealthy customers of the Smith Granite company would have come to Westerly to approve the work they ordered and often stayed at the house.

“The Smiths were a prosperous family,” said Larsh, “and they entertained quite a bit.”

Larsh said the menu — then and now — typically includes a squash soup, stuffed clams, a salad featuring greens from the garden, root vegetables, also from the garden, beef tenderloin and “a fancy meringue dessert.”

“We were so excited to have a Smith wedding in the Smith House,” said Larsh.

“The docents were superb hostesses for the evening,” added Smith Chaffee.

“They know how to put things together, said Poirier. “Their efforts made it a perfect wedding.”

Dream Weddings: First Annual Addis Ababa Bridal Show

Colourful flowers, flowing white dresses and a variety of other wedding décor filled the open area of the Millennium Hall last Saturday and Sunday as many brides and grooms-to-be flocked to the centre to attend the first ever Addis Ababa Bridal Show.

Samrawit Takele, managing director of Romhay Travel Tour and Event Organizer, is the lady behind the event.

“2300 people attended the event in total. Events like this have happened before, but never this vast,” said Samrawit.

The Addis Ababa Bridal Show, which was fully sponsored by Romhay Travel Tour and Event Organizer company, is set to be an annual event and according to Samrawit, will be taking place around the same time next year as it was a success for both the vendors as well as the future newlyweds.

There were a variety of professional vendors that attended the event. With the show being held at the Millennium Hall, it was the perfect location for vendors to showcase what they had to offer the brides and grooms. The vendors included wedding photographers/videographers, dress shops, wedding décor stores, flower shops, hair/makeup consultants as well as travel offices to help with the honeymoon planning.

With an entrance fee of 50 birr, the show was well worth it for the attendees, according to Samrawit, since many people connected well with the vendors.

“People noticed that we meant business,” said Samrawit. “The vendors got a good connection and did a lot of business and everybody seem to really like it.”

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in an individual’s life. According to the Daily Mail, one in six women cite planning a wedding as their most stressful life event and 23 percent of the men saying that it was the most stressful thing they have ever done.

The purpose of the Addis Ababa Bridal Show was to decrease that stress by offering ideas and helping future newlyweds to plan their big day with the advice of all the vendors that were present.

The cost of an average Addis Ababa wedding estimated to be around 200,000 birr, events like this are important as it allows the bride, groom and their friends and family to potentially shop in one location and make their wedding planning easier.

Ways to make your small wedding feel like a big celebration

It’s not just the ridiculous cost of weddings these days that makes some couple opt to have a small wedding guest list. Whether you live far away from your extended family or simply can’t think of 200+ people you care enough about to invite, small weddings often make more sense.

However, just because your wedding is tiny in size doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look and feel as glamorous as a bigger shindig. Here are some small wedding ideas that will make your intimate gathering look and feel as special as anything you might see on Pinterest or Instagram.

1. Choose a destination in a far-flung place or hold your wedding somewhere local, but unexpected.

Dinner party in a forest, anyone? With fewer people’s schedules to accommodate, your intimate wedding is the perfect opportunity to have that tropical island or Italian villa wedding you’ve always dreamed about. Alternatively, it also gives you more options for nearby venues, too. Unlike large-scale weddings, you won’t be forced to pick from personality-less banquet halls or expensive hotel ballrooms and can instead consider hosting your wedding in an offbeat but beautiful place, like an art gallery or in the middle of the woods.

You may also want to consider having an at-home wedding and putting the cash you would otherwise spend towards improvements and decorations for your house. Home weddings are the perfect fit for an intimate guest list, with celebs like Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Aniston opting for chic backyard nuptials.

2. Brunch weddings are the new black tie.

Likewise, a Saturday brunch wedding or a Thursday night summer garden party is easier to carry out with fewer people, and you’re likely to find that vendors are much more affordable and available during non-peak days and times of the week. Plus, with mimosas and doughnuts on hand, no one will miss a rubber chicken dinner and lame DJ.

3. Skip the bridal party, if you’d like.

For some, having your BFFs by your side during your big day is a non-negotiable, but for others, coming up with a bridal party can bring unneeded drama and awkwardness to your nuptial plans. (Remember Anne Hathaway’s character in Bride Wars?) If your wedding is on the petite side, it doesn’t make sense to ask half of your guests to stand up at the altar with you, so feel free to skip this tradition and make your ceremony just about the two of you.

4. Have fun with your seating plans

Creative seating arrangements are all the rage on wedding blogs these days. Give your guests a better view of your face by seating them in the round or in a semi-circle during the ceremony, something that is impossible to do with 300 bodies.

During dinner, consider seating everyone at one table or a group of long, banquet-style tables that are pushed together. This gives you the opportunity to try another wedding trend – a garland adorned with flowers that acts as both your table runner and centerpiece in one!

5. Get creative with the entertainment

For a big wedding, it’s kind of expected that you will have a DJ or cover band play popular music for your guests to dance to. (Because what else can a large group of people comfortably do together in a ballroom situation?)

However, with an intimate wedding, you can be more thoughtful with your entertainment choices. Are your wedding guests not the types to dance anyway, or are they mostly an older crowd who’d be more inclined to stay seated and chat? Then, perhaps you might want to create a dinner party vibe and have a guitarist or jazz band play background music.

Or, you could forgo live music all together, fire up a Spotify playlist and do something entirely different. For example, you could put out lawn or board games, have an expert host a beer or wine tasting, set up a DIY floral station for guests to make their own boutonnières and flower crowns, or even hire a live painter or a balloonist to entertain guests.

6. Have your photographer take a big group shot

Although photographers typically try to capture portraits all of the bridal VIPs, it’s easy for them to miss capturing the majority of your guests with everything else that’s going on throughout a wedding.

A modest wedding is the perfect opportunity to rectify this situation. After all, 40 people can more easily fit into a frame than 125. Towards the end of cocktail hour, ask your photographer to round up everyone. This is the ideal time to do it as your family and friends should be in high spirits and have a cocktail in hand. Then, have your photog stand on a ladder, if needed, and take one “serious” posed photo of all your guests and then a few goofy ones. These will likely end up being some of your favorite photos from the night. Bonus points for successfully getting your guests to stand in a heart formation!

7. Host an after-party following a restaurant reception

If you’ve decided to host your reception at a restaurant, your wedding isn’t doomed to end as soon as the dessert course is served. An after-party is a great way to keep the good times going and so much easier to arrange with a smaller guest count. Instead of renting out a private space or house, consider taking an Uber to a local nightlife spot. Some bars may only require a reservation or heads-up that your group will be coming in.

Or, if you’re determined to end your big day with drinks and dancing until the wee hours of the morning, a nearby nightclub is your best bet. You may even want to splurge on table service to ensure your guests are able to get in and have a place to rest in between songs. After all, if you don’t deserve a sparkler-adorned bottle of Dom Perignon at your wedding after-party, when will you?