Monday, April 19, 2010

WEDDING: Ceremony Officiant at Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

CONGRATULATIONS: Giselle and Franck!

This couple's nuptials were celebrated at the historic Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles.  G & F chose to include a reading from On Relationship by J. Krishnamurti as a part of their non-religious, multicultural ceremony.

The Hotel Figueroa special events director, Juno, possesses an ideal combination of detail-orientated organization and unobtrusive oversight.  Thanks to DJ SAM for his skills and accessible personality.  Photography by PATRICK CHAI.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

IDEAS: BEYOND 20 (Stripper-Free) Bachelor Party Ideas

Believe it or not, some guys are NOT into strip bars and they are still good, smart, decent, real men!!!

This is a pretty good article which tries to avoid the whole "getting a bunch of guys together ≠ automatic debauchery or d-bag festival" thing. 

Although, i am a little disappointed they don't talk about LAN parties or video games.  But, whatever...that's ok.  At least, they're not insisting the bachelour party must contain nudity on the behalf of anyone other than the men participating...

i love websites like THE PLUNGE, THE MAN REGISTRY and STAGGERED.  'Tis about time wedding sites and magazines were designed for men!!?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NEWS: The Burden (and Obligations!) of Paying for Weddings has Shifted!

The norms of 'tradition' are changing and the trends of the DIY or do-it-yourself ethic prevail in many modern celebrations and ceremonies.  This new tendency for the couple to call the shots is an indicator of another way a couple may continue to insist on their wedding ceremony (and reception), their way.

According to an article written by Abby Ellin in the New York Times on 2 April 2010:
"When it comes to paying for a wedding while remaining financially afloat, today’s rule is all hands on deck...
"The Association of Bridal Consultants, an organization of 4,000 wedding planners, offered evidence that the trend has accelerated since the beginning of this century.  David M. Wood III, its president, estimated that only about 10 percent of weddings are now wholly paid for by the bride’s parents, down from the 20 percent figure that the association reported from a 2003 survey.Mr. Wood also estimated that 33 percent of weddings are now financed by the bride and bridegroom alone, up from 27 percent in the earlier survey."

The above was taken from Ellin's article called The Burden of Paying for Wedding Bells Shifts from her Field Notes column.

If the kids are putting up most of the $ toward the wedding, parents may have to let go of their wishes, so a son or daughter may have the wedding of their own dreams.  Sorry, mom and can no longer say things such as "You have to do it our way, since we're paying for it..." !  

And what a relief that is.  :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ELEMENTS: Star Wars Cookies as Geek Wedding Favours?

Sweetsugarbelle created these lovely baked goods, featuring her/his "Favourite Lil Star Wars Guy".

See more impressive, beautiful and just plain freaky cookie at at the SWEET ADVENTURES OF SUGARBELLE blog!