12/12/12 Wedding Mania

Seems like everyone and their brother is getting married today.  Despite the fact that it’s a Wednesday, people around the world are getting married on the “luckiest day of our lifetime” Dec. 12, 2012. Clearly the ones who time it for 12:12 am or pm are the luckiest.  There’s a predicted 7,500 couples getting married today. That’s crazy. Las Vegas in particular is blowing up with superstitious couples looking to get hitched.

Definitely an anniversary date that the groom can’t forget. What do you guys think? Would you get married on 12/12/12 or some other auspicious date?


Riding the rollercoaster of marriage

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This UK bride and groom got an unpleasant surprise on their way to their wedding reception. A full fledged traveling circus had strung up right outside their hotel.  The fairground blocked off the street so the wedding party couldn’t get to the hotel easily.

The newlyweds embraced it however, and decided to join in on the fun.  The entire wedding party hopped on Disco Fever as crowds cheered them on.

I appreciate the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude of this couple. However, traveling gypsies are not a group you want to join. Carnies, circus folks, nomads you know.


Mass wedding in Dubai.

First, read this article. It tells the tragically touching story of childhood sweethearts, torn apart by a love child, only to rekindle the flame and get married. Cool story bro.

What I don’t get is how they’re glazing over the most intriguing part of the story. SIXTY FIVE COUPLES GOT MARRIED. IN ONE SITTING. It’s like a drive-thru for weddings. Why is this NOT the highlight of the story??

Do they all get to walk the aisle individually or do they just follow the couple in front of them and step up to the altar? Do you have to take a ticket and wait your turn like at the deli counter? Are guests invited? I want to see some logistics people!


Traveling Wedding Circus

This couple isn’t legally married, but have had over 30 weddings. They’ve been traveling the world in an old RV, thoughtfully named Peggy.  In over a year, they’ve been to 19 countries and celebrated their “marriage” 28 times and now they’re about to do it five more times in Myrtle Beach. Says the groom, “It’s about experiencing the local traditions and cultures.”

I’m not sure what “traditions” they think they’re going to find in the wasteland that is Myrtle Beach.  It’s a east coast capital for poor, drunk college kids on Spring Break and white trash on vacation. Nothing says “I love you” like a sunburned mugshot and a forty.

Mazel tov!

You can keep up with the couples’ travels on their blog, 2people1life.com


Married with Vikings

I can only copy and paste this article. I have no words.

“Two Vikings have laid down their swords to become witnesses at a history-loving couple’s wedding in York.

Leanne Malpas, 25, and 31-year-old Alan Johnson, from Southport, asked the Jorvik Viking Centre if it could provide a couple of warriors when they tied the knot at the city’s Register Office.

Sigwulf and Bruni, aka Neil Tattersal and Emma Boast, who took part in a wedding re-enactment during the Viking Festival earlier this year, were happy to oblige. They wore full regalia as they presented the wedding rings and read a traditional Viking verse during the ceremony.

Leanne said she and Alan had come to York for their first holiday together two years ago, during which they had visited the Viking Centre, and so the city was a natural choice of location for their wedding.

“Having just the two of us and our Viking witnesses will make it extra special, unique and personal to us,” she said, adding that they would spend their honeymoon in the city, during which they would visit more museums.

Arrrghh!


Klingon Wedding

Great Britain held their first ever Klingon wedding at the Star Trek convention last week. Over 17,000 Trekkies flocked to London’s ExCel centre for the Convention, including one happy couple. They were inspired by an episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” in which Klingon character Worf marries science officer Jadzia Dax in a traditional Klingon ceremony.
Wondering what the ceremony looked like? Apparently the bride wore a floor-length red robe with a diamante headdress, matching her fiancee. Prosthetic foreheads with deep wrinkles and stringy black manes completed the look.

They walked down the aisle to three bangs of a gong. The altar was decorated with screens and a throne made from animal bone and hide. The celebrant conducted the wedding ceremony in English and included some phrases in Klingon.  In fact, they exchanged part of their vows in Klingon, which is a guttural-sounding language similar to Welsh.

And no, the ceremony is not binding – the couple still had to be married legally in a civil ceremony.
 


Wedding for Sale

Ah, the Kim Kardashian dilemma.  You’ve got second thoughts about getting married, but the whole ordeal has cost so much time and money you’re too afraid to cancel.  Never fear, the wedding industry has a new solution for that!

A Washington startup called Bridal Brokerage is helping ex-couples effectively sell their wedding to happy ones. The group  matches couples looking to sell a wedding with those wanting to buy one.

“People come to us knowing that they may not get exactly what their dream wedding is, and they’re willing to make that sacrifice to be able to get it at a discount,” says founder Lauren Byrne. The company makes their money by taking a cut depending on the date, cost and location of the wedding.

The only problem so far is that the demand far outpaces the supply.  While over 600 couples have expressed interest in buying a wedding, only 4 couples have given theirs up for sale. Bridal Brokerage aims to help out ex-couples by lessening the blow of their financial loss from canceling the event.  Their pre-paid plans are simply transferred to another flexible couple waiting for a place, time and date.

It’s not a bad idea, considering weddings make up a $40 billion industry in the United States, and more than 250,000 weddings are cancelled a year.   If you cancel too close to the big day, you’re unlikely to get most of your money back from the vendors but you might find a couple to swoop in and save you some cash.

Check them out at www.bridalbrokerage.com