Celebrity wedding officiants

Emma Stone took on a new role by officiating a friend’s wedding this weekend. She presided over the marriage of her publicist, Holly Shakoor, and “Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer in California, on Saturday.  According to Us Weekly, Stone is one of many celebs that have played minister to new couples. Victor Garber married Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Mark Consuelos did it for Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (who?) . Easily the most qualified of the bunch, Rev Run married Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden in 2010. Survivor’s Jeff Probst was J.O.P to Jenna Fischer and her husband. And you can hire Kathy Griffin to do yours!

While having a celebrity marry you might be awesome, don’t you have to be qualified for that sort of thing? I don’t think Jason Segel is an ordained minister but that didn’t stop him from presiding over a wedding in a bar. Fran Drescher would be sweet but unless she’s a registered Justice of the Peace you might want to rethink it.


Wedding headline roundup!

Miley Cyrus is planning three wedding parties with fiance Liam Helmsworth, according to Billy Ray Cyrus. One for every inch of Miley’s haircut!

In a historic milestone, Maine and Maryland passed laws allowing gay marriage this Election Day. Glad to here that our friends in Maryland are actually going to be able to go through with their wedding plans.

In case anyone cares, Kim and Kanye have no plans for marriage.

New research shows that couples who are getting married abroad are often diving into their second marriages.

People across the US are using gift registries to donate to Sandy victims. Rather than actually having a wedding, accounts are set up where you can buy victims of the superstorm household appliances and other gifts to help them rebuild their destroyed homes.

And here’s a cute parody of Gangnam Style done by own Bay Area couple for their wedding. Happy Friday!

Weekend Wedding Roundup

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: The teenage girl/diehard N*SYNC fan just died in me as word came out at the celeb couple tied the knot this weekend in Italy.  Timberlake stepped out wearing a wedding band, confirming the news. Guests reportedly enjoyed a week-long celebration in Fasano, a town in southern Italy.  It’s  supposed to be one of the most expensive celebrity weddings on record, totaling 6.5 million.

HRH Prince Guillaume and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy: The royal Luxembourg nuptials are quite the spectacle for the proud people of the tiny country.  Couture designer Elie Saab outfitted the bride, and much of the bridal party as well.  The couple enjoyed a civil ceremony, a religious ceremony as well as a ball in their honor.  The bride wore  a one-off, haute couture gown in ivory lace embroidered with silver thread leaves, complete with a four meter long train. The lavish nuptials are thought to have cost upwards of €500,000. That’s over $600,000 – royal chump change compared to the Timberlake wedding.

Malaysia’s biggest wedding under investigation

Malaysia does it big.

130,000 people showed up for the wedding Ridhwan Ali, the eldest son of Ali Rustam, chief minister of the southern state of Malacca in Malaysia.  The eight hour long party made it into the Malaysian Book of Records for the massive guest list. The father of the groom however is under investigation by one of Malaysia’s anti-graft bodies after opposition politicians questioned where the funds for the wedding came from. An official investigation has been launched in whether government funds have been misused.

The minister has been quoted locally, defending the traditional Malay ceremony, saying food had cost about 600,000 ringgit (the equivalent of $200,000).  One of his aides found 500 volunteers willing to help out before the ceremony. Says the minister ““(The opposition) should not be jealous of the huge crowd… The wedding was my own family arrangement and has nothing to do with the state government.”

Not a bad turnout for the biggest day of your life.  Even if your dad did spend taxpayer’s money on the celebration, at least he invited half the country.

And you thought your wedding was bad

The Canadian Bride compiled this list of superbly awkward, weird or outrageous weddings throughout history. They’re sure to make you cringe and be grateful if you only tripped down in the aisle.

“Monica Lewinsky ain’t got nothing on me” – Maria Reynolds

In (dis) honor of the Fourth of July, the Huffington Post looked into the married lives of our Founding Fathers and whether their loyalty to their country was stronger (or less so) than to their wives. Check out the full story here.

The best story among them is that of Alexander Hamilton.

“Alexander Hamilton suffered through one of the first public media scandals of America’s history — but with good reason. The first United States Secretary of Treasury was forced to resign from office out of sheer embarrassment when his three-year extramarital affair with Maria Reynolds became public. Reynolds’ husband, a convicted swindler named James Reynolds, blackmailed Hamilton, demanding a fee for his silence. But when a political pamphlet revealed the Reynolds liaison, Hamilton admitted, “My crime is an amorous connection with [James Reynolds’] wife.” Hamilton responded with his own pamphlet, publishing an “appallingly thorough account of the affair.” Despite Hamilton’s partially self-inflicted public humiliation and irreparably damaged reputation, his wife Betsey stood by her man and remained his wife until his untimely death during an infamous duel at the hands of political opponent Aaron Burr. “

In hindsight, it’s probably best we never made Hamilton president. People don’t seem to like it when the President cheats on his wife.

ImageWhich brings me to my next point of speculation – what if the Founding Fathers were on The Real World? This is the true story, of eight strangers, picked to run a country and have their lives taped.

A.Ham would walk around with some ridiculous nickname (like such) but being the most interesting man in the world, the cameras would always been on him. George Washington would constantly be in the confessional booth making absurd confessions. I cannot tell a lie… I totally drank milk from the carton. Ben Franklin spends his time staring out the window and writing love poems – roommates start to suspect he’s gay. John Adams is the Mormon of the group – brings about all sorts of drama when he tries to marry his cousin. But it’s normal in West Virginia y’all! James Madison invites wife Dolley onto the show and proceeds to throw lavish parties which no one can afford. John Jay never gets off the duck phone because he’s always telling his girlfriend how much he misses her and never has any fun. Tommy Jefferson would get his own 19 & Counting spinoff, fathering babies like it was nobody’s business. “Meet my kids. This is Tom Jeff, Tabitha, Taylor, Teddy, Timmy, Tommy, Tammy, and TJ.”