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Jennifer Love Hewitt Engaged!

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by Courtney in Celebrity Weddings, News 1 Comment

Jennifer Love HewittIt’s confirmed! Jennifer Love Hewitt is engaged; something it seems she’s been looking forward to for quite some time. According to a recent article, Hewitt confirmed her engagement exclusively with Us Weekly this past Wednesday before getting away from it all on a Hawaiian vacation with her beau.

Hewitt and her new fiancé, Ross McCall haven’t released any additional information regarding their upcoming wedding, but it’s sure to be a fairy-tale event. The couple first started dating early in 2006 after they met on the set of Hewitt’s show, The Ghost Whisperer, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Hewitt was thinking about marriage as far back as May of this year, when she reportedly visited a psychic to make sure McCall was ‘the one.’ The Ghost Whisperer star was “thrilled” when the medium said he was.

I’m sure we’ll hear plenty more about this happy couple as they begin to plan their dream wedding. Until their big day, though, let’s hope they’re enjoying their love-filled engagement!

(Photo credit: www.jenniferfan.org)

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(Hi)Story Book Weddings: President Cleveland

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by Amber in Celebrity Weddings, Funny, Wedding History 2 Comments

Cleveland’s WeddingWhile you’re racing around town investigating venues and gasping at price tags, you might occasionally wish you could just have the wedding in your own living room. That is, if you had a really nice living room – maybe with some colonial columns and a butler. One of the perks of being president of the United States, in addition to the staff of thousands, is a really nice set-up for events. Too bad you have to spend most of your time ruling the free world. But running for president so you can stop haggling with groundskeepers over the dahlias is not the most time efficient strategy. And, as it happens, only one sitting president has ever been married in the White House.

Grover Cleveland was a confirmed bachelor with a pronounced walrus mustache and a crush on a woman 27 years his junior. But having “Commander in Chief” on your business cards really woos the ladies, so Cleveland got the girl. He married his lovely young ward, Frances Folsom, at the White House in 1886.

When the media learned that Frances was Cleveland’s intended, she became a target for the ever-persistent muckrakers. Cleveland took great mustachioed glee in banning journalists from the wedding, an elegant affair featuring festoons of flowers and John Philip Sousa leading the Marine Band. Only family, close friends, and cabinet officers were invited – and none gave the panting reporters any juicy tidbits for publication. In a final taunt, Cleveland sent two wedding guests from the ceremony in the presidential carriage. As the media dashed off frantically behind the galloping horses, he and Frances left the White House at their leisure for a honeymoon.

Frances, Cleveland, and his mustache lived happily-ever-after.

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Katherine Heigl – Always a Bridesmaid – Soon a Bride

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings, News 2 Comments

Josh Kelley - Katherine HeiglGrey’s Anatomy’s beautiful Katherine Heigl recently announced her upcoming wedding date to singer/musician Josh Kelley. The adorable couple will get married in a winter wedding on December 23rd on Katherine’s secluded ranch in Utah.

I’m sure the wedding will be beautiful and I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Though Heigl is enjoying preparing for her real life wedding to the man of her dreams, one of her upcoming characters isn’t so lucky. Or is she?

In “27 Dresses”, Heigl stars as Jane, a young woman who has served as a bridesmaid 27 times. Jane is now having a hard time dealing with the idea of being her sister’s Maid of Honor as her sibling prepares to marry the man that Jane is secretly in love with.

I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out as well!

The film will be released in theaters beginning January 11, 2008.

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Wedding Ring Tattoos

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings, News, Wedding Rings 10 Comments

When Tony Parker and Eva Longoria were married in July, Tony decided to have their wedding date (in roman numerals) tattooed around his finger like a wedding band.

Tony Parker Tattooed Wedding Band

Though the couple did exchange wedding rings and wear them often, Tony figured since he has to take his band off while playing basketball for the San Antonio Spurs, that it would be a nice gesture to get the tattoo. This way, he’d never be without his ring … even when he was without his ring.

Eva followed suit and reportedly had her wrist tattooed with their wedding date as well. The Parkers aren’t the first celebrity couple to do this and certainly won’t be the last. Angelina and Brad exchanged tattoos as well.

But celebrities aren’t the only ones adding the permanent symbol to their ring fingers. Many doctors, mechanics and machine workers, who can’t wear their rings regularly at work, are also getting tattooed wedding bands.

What do you think about this trend? Is it an impressive statement of love and commitment? Or just a weird fad?

Personally, if my husband or I couldn’t wear our rings all the time for some reason, I think I’d consider it. How about you?

Leave your comments here and let us know.

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Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid Gifts

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by Courtney in Bridesmaids, Wedding Etiquette 3 Comments

GiftsAs the bride, you know all about gifts. After all, you’ve probably registered at a few different places (at least!) to coordinate all the new gifts you’ll be receiving with your new home. And even though you’ll generally be on the receiving end, there are a few gifts you get to give as well.

Bridesmaid gifts are a personal thing, to say the least. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, your bridesmaids are probably pretty close friends, and you’ll want to do something special for each of them. But what exactly should you do?

The truth is, you could probably do anything that sounds like a good idea, and you’d be set. While you certainly can spend a lot of money on your bridesmaids as a thank-you, sometimes a simple, well thought out gift says just as much. To get you started, here are a few suggestions:

  • Try to spend the same amount on each gift. This doesn’t mean you need to get each bridesmaid the same thing, but it’s a good idea to not let anyone feel left out or shafted.
  • Think about getting your Maid of Honor something extra special. She’s got a different title, hasn’t she? Well, there’s a reason for that, and her significance in your wedding (and in your life) probably warrants something a little extra special.
  • Enclose a personal note with each gift. This way, even though your gifts might or might not match, each of your bridesmaids will know how important they are to you.
  • Make your gift a little bit sentimental. Maybe you want to include a photo album of you all leading up to your big day, or even just a small trinket that will remind them and you of the good times you all had while planning your wedding. (You could even order a small, extra special something from Truly Wedding that coordinates with your wedding theme!)

Just remember that when it comes to getting bridesmaids gifts, there is no right or wrong answer. Just make sure it feels right to you, and they’ll love whatever gift you choose to give!

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Going Green With Seaport Boston

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Seaport BostonSeaport Boston, comprised of the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center, offers its Green Wedding Package, allowing brides and grooms to honor their commitment to the environment while celebrating their commitment to each other. The package is the latest initiative in the property’s Seaport Saves program, a comprehensive program which allows Seaport to continually source and execute innovative ways to improve its operation in an environmentally responsible manner.

The Green Wedding Package features a customized seasonal menu showcasing a selection of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts made with fresh and local organic ingredients by Executive Chef Richard Rayment. Each couple will enjoy a private menu planning session with Chef Rayment to determine the finest organic products that will be available during their wedding season.

The delectable courses are printed on chocolate menus situated at each place setting. And the icing on the cake is the wedding cake itself, which is organic and custom designed by Seaport’s own Executive Pastry Chef, Joanne Gregory. In addition to the cuisine, guests are offered a wide selection of organic beer, wine, and soda. All leftovers will be recycled through Seaport’s BioX Decomposing system, which uses microorganisms to eliminate hundreds of pounds of organic waste each day.

“This package is the culmination of months of planning to ensure that we were able to provide our couples with an environmentally friendly wedding that exceeds our extremely high standards of quality,” said Nikki Wescott, Seaport’s Director of Weddings. “It is our ongoing mission to provide couples with the wedding of their dreams, and this package for ecologically conscious couples is a testament of our commitment to that goal. We are thrilled to be able to provide an elegant wedding while limiting the impact to the environment.”

Also included in the Green Wedding Package is a wide array of environmentally sensitive features that provide an elegant, dreamlike ambience. Dimmable energy efficient lights allow for the perfect lighting for every moment of the reception. The ballroom of the couple’s choosing is accentuated with soy-based votive candles, potted plants, orchids and silk trees, not to mention the dazzling views of the harbor or skyline from a Seaport ballroom.

Couples who choose the Green Wedding Package will also have their commitment to the environment live on through a contribution in their name to the New England Wind Fund to offset the electricity used during their wedding.

For more information, call (617) 385-4212 or visit seaportboston.com.

More About Seaport Saves:
Seaport Saves is comprised of over 20 comprehensive initiatives including an in-room towel and linen conservation program; an in-room recycling program, the first of its kind in Boston; an energy conservation system including “smart thermostats” in all guestrooms and installation of energy-saving, compact fluorescent bulbs in all guestrooms and public spaces in both Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center.

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50th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Posted on November 28th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in News, Wedding Anniversaries 1 Comment

50th Anniversary CakeHere at Truly, we celebrate life and love by acknowledging milestone anniversary. These three couples will soon be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries!

  • The Rev. and Mrs. Dale Wallace of Dustin, Oklahoma will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 with a reception in their honor. The couple has been blessed with three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
  • Dean and Betty Griffin of Edneyville, North Carolina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 with a reception at their church fellowship hall. The couple has three daughters and five lovely grandchildren.
  • Curtis and Wanda Smith of Nampa, Idaho will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 with an open house celebration. The couple has two children, four grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Congratulations to all!

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Superman says “I Do” in Secret Wedding Ceremony

Posted on November 28th, 2007 by Courtney in Celebrity Weddings, News 1 Comment

Brandon RouthIn a secret ceremony this past weekend, Superman Returns star Brandon Routh married his girlfriend of almost 4 years, Courtney Ford. The ceremony took place on Saturday, at the El Capitan Ranch in Santa Barbara and was kept “hush hush,” according to the original article.

Routh and Ford met when the Superman star was working at the Hollywood bowling alley Lucky Strike as a bartender. The couple happened to become acquainted when Ford’s brother had his wedding rehearsal dinner party at the alley, and the rest is history.

Earlier this year, Routh said regarding his fiancée, “Courtney is my own personal kryptonite. She brings me to my knees.” The couple had been engaged for a little over a year (Routh proposed in August 2006), and they only invited their closest family and friends to attend the private wedding ceremony.

From all of us at Truly Wedding, we wish the happy couple a long, loving future together!

(Photo credit: www.flickr.com)

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History of the White Wedding Dress

Posted on November 28th, 2007 by Amber in Wedding Attire, Wedding Etiquette, Wedding History, Wedding Traditions 2 Comments

queen victoriaYou’ve dreamed about your pale confection since your favorite Barbie doll zoomed through the kitchen in her pink Malibu convertible. You chose the sleeves by third grade, the train length by fifth, and the groom by sixth (that one didn’t work out). But have you ever parsed out why you want a white wedding dress with seventeen layers?

It’s because of Queen Victoria. Yes, she who reigned during one of the most prudish eras in history. She who allegedly proclaimed “Lie back and think of England” during the marital duty. This might lead you to the natural conclusion that Queen Victoria wore white to her wedding in 1840 to demonstrate her purity and blushing innocence. Actually, she wore white to show that she was really, really rich. White was highly impractical in the 19th century. Few women could afford a dress they would wear only once, and the likelihood of dripping wedding supper roast fowl on a white bodice was high.

Women continued to wear more somber shades after Queen Victoria donned her white gown, but the domination of white had attached its grasping claws to the collective minds of the marriage-minded public. When the Industrial Revolution brought on the rise of the middle class, giving women more money and spare time, white started to bloom again. In 1890, Ladies Home Journal set their stamp of approval on the white wedding dress with a heartfelt but inaccurate “From time immemorial, the bride’s gown has been white.”

Cementing the trend was Coco Chanel who created the first short wedding dress in the 1920s. In white. Thanks to the vagaries of history and economics, you no longer need to be royalty to afford a white wedding dress. Just have a sturdy Visa card.

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Attire for a Winter Wedding

Posted on November 27th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire 1 Comment

Burgundy Bridesmaid DressWhen selecting attire for your wedding party for a winter wedding, choose formal gowns in rich fabrics and tuxedos complete with tails.

Selecting Your Winter Wedding Colors

Red and Green
Red and green is still nice, but not the standard Christmas red and green. Instead choose burgundy and deep forest green. Bridesmaids can wear long gowns in luxurious fabrics such as velvet.

Black and White
Your groom and his groomsmen can wear black tuxedos with long coats and white ties, while your bridesmaids look gorgeous in floor-length black gowns.

Metallics
Silver or blue-ish silver and white are ideal for a winter wedding. Choose metallic gowns that aren’t too shiny for your bridesmaids, or complement simple black dresses with metallic shoes.

If your winter wedding is in December, it doesn’t mean your bridesmaids need to be in Santa Claus hats with Winter Wonderland as your First Dance song. You can plan an incredible, classy winter wedding without a Christmas theme. And don’t rule out January as the month for your wedding. It’s oftentimes the most economical choice.

With many reception venues booking early for December weddings (Christmas) and February weddings (Valentine’s Day), you can usually find very affordable options in the month of January.

Bring the feel of winter inside with your wedding decorations. Use berries, eucalyptus, ivy, mistletoe, pinecones and even poinsettias to decorate the church and your reception tables. For wedding favors, consider bells, candles or even mini-Christmas stockings filled with candy.

Photo credit: edressme.com

Get more winter wedding tips in your guide to A Winter Wedding by Yours Truly.

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