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The wedding proposal – the new big hit

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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The wedding proposal – the new big hit


Popping the question to a girl is no longer an intimate affair but a spectacle with a big supporting cast and better yet, an audience.RELIEF. Horror. That’s how two guys, a middle-aged bloke and a teenager of 18, reacted to the news of yet another guy going to elaborate lengths to propose to his lady love.

As reported in The Star last week, 27-year-old assistant manager Joshua Wong got 33 of his friends to dance to a medley of songs at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya before he popped the question to his girlfriend.

It took Wong some three weeks to plan the gambit and that was after he couldn’t post his proposal on a huge billboard from across her office because of logistical problems.

When I read out the story to the family, the older guy rolled his eyes in disdain. But the relief was obvious. After all, he didn’t have to go through much trouble when he decided to get hitched almost 30 years ago. To me.

In fact, as far as this aunty remembers, he didn’t go through any trouble at all. Not one tiny bit because he never proposed. After dating for several months, he just assumed I would marry him and darn it, he assumed right.

He didn’t even ask my father’s permission to marry me. Thinking back, he really had it easy.

At least I had an engagement party but that was only because my dad insisted on one. And it was kept small and private. We took some photos and that was it.

But with that great game changer of our times, the Internet, the world — to paraphrase Shakespeare — has become one big stage where everyone can be players. All they have to do is load up their act on YouTube.

Without this facility to play to a global audience, such grandstanding proposals, like a lot of other antics and funny stuff, including Gangnam Style, would not have caught on so rapidly. Now it seems a bloke must really go the extra mile to ask for a girl’s hand. A romantic dinner before going down on bended knee is no longer enough. There must be a huge build-up before that ring-in-a-box moment.

What’s more, in those “Best wedding proposal ever” and “Top 10 (or 25) best wedding proposals” videos on YouTube, a key element in making it “best” is that the proposal must be very public, witnessed by a crowd of strangers.

Hence, many proposals involve flash mobs or a captive audience in airplanes, sports stadiums and cinemas to cheer on the guy and clap and whistle when she says yes.

And, by the way, the girls all react in the same way — they shriek, laugh, cry, cover their mouths with their hands and say “Oh my God, Oh my God!”

Oh what pressure! No wonder my husband is relieved he didn’t have to do any of that. But who would have guessed proposals would get so extravagant and ostentatious in such a short time?

Which is why the teenager mentioned at the beginning of this article blanched at the news. He’s thinking, to his horror, he might have to hire a space ship or something equally spectacular when he proposes in say 10 or 15 years’ time. My poor son! Should he start saving up for a proposal for his unknown bride? Should I?

While one part of me thinks such big gestures are sweet, another part finds it somewhat disconcerting.

That’s because Asians, especially the young ones, have cottoned on so fast and morphed from being inscrutable and private to becoming wide open books on their personal lives.

Where once we would be too shy, embarrassed or ashamed to share certain things about our lives, the opposite is now true.

Young people probably see it as their being more open and asserting their right to be seen and heard and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And by all means have fun and spread the joy around.

But what worries me is the aggressive blare-all attitude that is also becoming prevalent. Many young people seem shockingly unaware of what is nuance, decorum or what constitutes a sense of decency in what they say and do on Facebook and other forms of social media. And that surely is a bad thing.

If we need a lesson on how to share in tasteful and delightful show-and-tell, then I recommend a proposal by a guy called Isaac Lamb to his girlfriend Amy Finkel. It’s done publicly but there are no strangers to witness it. It is touching, clever and funny without being in-your-face or showy for the sake of it.

It’s titled “Best marriage proposal ever?” For this Internet moment, I think so. Photo Booth Rental Rockford.

Is Wearing Color the "New" White for Weddings?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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This week I wanted to talk about colors for weddings and what better way to start off by talking about what to wear on your wedding day.  Out with the old, in with the new…who says you have to wear white on your wedding day?  The days of just bridesmaids wearing “color” down the aisle is becoming obsolete.  For the upcoming 2012-2013 wedding season, designers have created dresses for brides in different colors and no longer the traditional white… from green to red and even black.

It has been customary for a bride to wear white on her wedding day.  However, these days brides are choosing to wear what they want, whether it is white, bold colors (red, burgundy or black), neutral colors (ivory or pink), or a short or long gown — many brides are opting out of the traditional way.

It is common for different cultures to wear different colors other than white on their wedding day, but not common for American culture.  “Old school” parents, grandparents, etc., may have a problem with their daughter and/or granddaughter wearing anything but white on her wedding day because it has always been tradition to wear white.

Vera Wang’s 2012 Fall Collection offered black  gowns and her 2013 Spring Collection offers bold colors for the “modern” bride.  Below are pictures from the Vera Wang 2012 Fall and 2013 Spring bridal collections.

I love these red bold colors and can’t wait to see what bold color Vera Wang has created for her 2013 Fall collection.  Would you be so bold to wear any of these colors on your wedding day?

By Candace Polk, today at 6:00 am


How to be the BEST dressed wedding guest!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Wedding season is in full swing, which means your dress buying expenditures are about to go through the roof.

Especially if you’re traveling for the wedding(s) in question – which many people do these days – you’re going to need more than one ensemble. There’s the rehearsal dinner, which can be anything from casual to cocktail, the wedding, and possibly a farewell brunch afterward. Between the gift for the happy couple and the travel arrangements, the last thing you have the time and money to find is a new dress or three.

Therefore, I’ve set out to make your wedding guest dress shopping a perfectly cut, teeny-tiny, frosting-impaired piece of mostly decorative cake. Here’s a handy checklist of the things your attire should be:

Affordable. If you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding with most of your friends, odds are you’ll have a craving to buy something new. As a rule, I never spend more than $50 on a dress that I will only be wearing once in the foreseeable future, and no more than about $100 on a dress that I can wear a couple times, but has limited use.

Versatile. If you do have a few weddings on the horizon, choose a dress that you can either wear to both, or wear to the rehearsal dinner of one couple and the ceremony of the other. Assuming you’re a “real person” and these are not fancy-schmancy affairs, attire should be somewhere in the party dress range – think sundresses, printed shifts, that kind of thing. That means you can wear it with neutral flats and a printed scarf for the garden wedding, and dress it up with heels, a clutch and statement jewelry for the traditional evening church wedding. Both the drop-waist dress and the printed sheath from LOFT are good examples of pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Unique. I write something about wedding attire yearly, as I find weddings to be, overall, one of the trickiest style situations. Last year, I mentioned that it was no longer taboo to wear black – which is true, so now everyone is wearing it, and if I see one more classic black sheath with black or metallic pumps I’m going to cry. Try for something a little bit festive, especially since bright, celebratory colors and feminine pastels are both ubiquitous in stores and perfect for weddings. The LOFT dresses accomplish this, too – a drop-waist offers a departure from the usual silhouette, and the print on the sheath dress adds a bit of interest.

Understated. While your dress should be unique and can be colorful, it shouldn’t be, say, covered with silver sequins or floor-length at a wedding that’s not black tie. One of the pillars of wedding fashion etiquette is not to upstage the bride; that’s the real rule behind the “never wear white to a wedding” rule.

Appropriate. Do your research, ladies. For example, a wedding is often a religious ceremony, and some religions are very conservative. If this is one such wedding, don’t show up with your boobs hanging out. (Never do that – see “understated,” above – but take special care when you know the wedding is going to be highly traditional.) In addition, take into account the type of couple and the location of the event. If you know the bride and groom are low-key and they’re having a small ceremony and reception in their backyard, leave your tea-length, full-skirted, 60s-inspired strapless dress and platform pumps at home.

Comfortable. Weddings are long, with a lot of sitting and a lot of waiting around involved. If, after 30 seconds in the dressing room, you’re ready to take off that beast of a dress, it is not the right thing to wear to a wedding.

Low-stress. The fact is, you probably have a few things in your closet that would be perfectly lovely for any wedding-related event. If you don’t have the time, the funding or the energy to pick up a whole new ensemble, don’t. Buy a new accessory or pair of shoes to satisfy your craving for something new, or go with tried-and-true pieces all the way.

Not jeans or shorts. I’m about to say something old-fashioned here. Unusual, I know. But the bride and groom have put a lot of effort into this affair, and the vast majority probably depleted their bank accounts in the process. In the spirit of putting a little effort in on their end, wedding guests simply should not show up in casual attire. Here’s the old-fashioned part: that even goes for the farewell brunch. Dark denim or colored skinny pants are both fine, but typically the bride is wearing a sundress or something at least business casual, so don’t show up in your pajamas.

(E-mail Kristyn Schiavone at, follow her on Twitter at @KKSchiavone or write to her c/o Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Ste. 1400, Chicago, IL 60611.)

Wedding planning: Pinterest or professionals?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012



Images of pink flowers are set between shots of layered cakes and breezy white gowns on Maia McDonald’s “Wedding Inspiration” board on Pinterest. Their presence surprised the freelance graphic designer, who is planning her upcoming wedding and originally thought she wanted nothing to do with the girly color.“I started pinning stuff and pink started showing up a lot, and I realized, ‘Oh maybe I do want pink and I was lying to myself.’ ”Those visual cues are a hallmark of the social media Web site, which allows users to pin images to online bulletin boards. The weddings category is among the most popular on the site, which overall pulled in 17.8 million unique visitors in February — up 52 percent from 11.7 million in January, according to comScore.

With legions of brides (and grooms) finding inspiration all on their own, will Pinterest replace the professionals? A concern reverberating through wedding planning circles is that those inspiration boards could diminish interest in their services.

But Fabienne Laveau, owner of the planning company Wedding Muse and a speaker on wedding planning with Pinterest, says the fear is largely unwarranted.

“I don’t think Pinterest is having this [negative] impact; in fact, I can see more of a case people are looking at all of these things and saying ‘I need a wedding planner.’ ”

She credits all that pinning with an increased interest in her Web site and uses it as a tool for marketing her brand. And just as inspiration boards showed McDonald she wasn’t afraid of pink, Laveau has found they can help her decipher exactly what a woman is imagining.

“You really get very little info from the brides. A lot of it is really intuition-based,” she says. “I will leave a meeting and just throw some pictures on to a board that I think reflects what I think I heard them say, and it’s really just the best way I have come up to communicate.”

All that sharing can mean exposure for wedding planners and vendors, and traffic for wedding blogs. Style Me Pretty, a luxury wedding site that features real ceremonies, vendors and inspiration, reports a rise in visitors from Pinterest, now its leading source of referral traffic next to Google search. But plenty of pinners with a do-it-yourself mentality aren’t looking for professional help — they’re just looking for the ideas.

Newlywed Christine Daigle Weiss used Pinterest and other DIY sites to plan nearly her entire wedding on a strict budget and short timetable.

“There were some things that I can’t even imagine paying anyone to do, like a basket of flip flops for guests,” says the Charlotte resident.

She also bought unfinished wood from craft stores for signs and old bird cages for card holders, and she had a friend who knew how to sew repurpose a small pillow for the ring bearer — all projects inspired by images she had seen on Pinterest.

“If I had no idea to go from, I wouldn’t have anything to make. I think that is the best aspect of Pinterest. There are some things I never even thought of doing.”

Though Pinterest can seem like a vast reserve of free information on everything wedding, Laveau doesn’t believe there will be a rush of women constructing their celebrations from start to finish.

“I think Martha Stewart and other do-it-yourself sites have been much more responsible for people having the idea that DIY is easy.”

Katie Martin, chief executive of Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings, is similarly skeptical of DIY projects that dominate Pinterest feeds.

“I’m not a big fan because I think people get the misconception that they are going to save money,” she says. “You can end up buying all kinds of gadgets. It’s very rare that I re-pin them.”

Martin makes a point of pinning things she likes and believes are valuable ideas, in addition to photos from nuptials her company has designed.

The inventive ways that brides and planners alike have begun using the Web site is only the beginning, she says.

“I think we’ve only scratched the surface of Pinterest.” Chicago Photo Booth

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