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There are actually a ton of really terrible wedding songs

For those in their late twenties and beyond, summertime means the height of wedding season, and there are a few fatal mistakes you must avoid: don’t buy outside the registry (unless its cash), don’t bring an uninvited plus-one, and don’t wear white no matter how good you look in it.

Even if all the weddings start to blend together after a while, more and more couples are making painstakingly detailed choices to make sure their special days don’t fall prey to some of the most painful nuptial cliches -- i.e., crappy music.

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The staff at FiveThirtyEight asked readers last year for their favorite songs for weddings, thus establishing their Ultimate Wedding Playlist. From these findings, FiveThirtyEight this year has rounded up what appear to be the most banned songs across the board for many marrying couples.

After talks with two dozen DJs who have worked upwards of 200 weddings, it was revealed that “The Chicken Dance,” quite possibly one of the first modern songs to ever walk that fine line between being quirky and making you want to light yourself on fire, was the most banned, with 23.1 percent of weddings saying nay to the song and its accompanying jig.

The second most banned is DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide” at 22.5 percent; Macarena comes in third with 17.6 percent. Rounding out the top five are the “Cupid Shuffle” and the one-and-only “YMCA” from your favorite politically incorrect 1970’s disco group, the Village People.

Other artists getting banned include Taylor Swift with “Shake It Off,” Justin Timberlake with “SexyBack,” and Nelly with “Hot in Herre.” Check out the full list -- which is longer than you’d think -- here.

In some strange twist of sanity, Queen made the list with “Bohemian Rhapsody.” If you have marrying friends who banned this musical masterpiece from their weddings, listen to it below in an act of defiance and ever-lasting love.

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publi le lundi 17 juillet 06:38, aucun commentaire.

Royal Wedding Crisis

Not all royal weddings go off without a hitch.

Prince Ernst-August Jr. of Hanover — whose stepmother is Princess Caroline of Monaco — is set to wed Russian-born, Czech-raised Ekaterina Malysheva in a massive televised religious ceremony on Saturday, part of 10 days of planned festivities expected to draw dozens of young royals and aristocrats.

But the groom’s father has thrown a series wrench into things.

On Monday, Prince Ernst-August V, head of the now-deposed royal House of Hanover in Germany and brother-in-law to Monaco’s Prince Albert, announced formal opposition to the marriage based on a very simple premise: He wants his castles back, along with family property deeded over to his son between 2004-2006.

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Princess Caroline of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover

The 33-year old London-based investment banker and the 30-year old fashion designer, who have been together for eight years, were engaged on a family vacation in Greece last summer. The bride, who designs skintight lamé catsuits, has opted for a traditional wedding route, and even her choice of a Sandra Mansour gown has been publicized for months.

Ernst Sr., who is still married to Caroline despite the couple’s longtime separation and his numerous scandals, told German newspaper Handelsblatt he opposes the marriage and is motivated by his desire to preserve family property, especially lands in Lower Saxony.

“The decision was not easy for me because it concerns my son,” he told the newspaper. “But I am constrained to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries.” Through his lawyers, the twice-married, 63-year-old noble — who is cousin to Queen Elizabeth — has asked his son to return property passed over a decade ago when he arranged his own tax matters. At the time, Ernst-August’s wealth was estimated as high as $250 million; estimates valued the property as worth in excess of $100 million.

“I continue to hope that my son will eventually think of the best interests of our family and yield,” he said. “I am ready for discussion and reconciliation.”

Curiously, opposing a marriage seems a Hanoverian family trait. Ernst-August Sr.’s own father (Ernst-August IV) opposed his son’s marriage to first wife Chantal, a Swiss commoner.

While casting high drama over the nuptials — and potentially causing a split in the family line — Ernst-August Sr.’s opposition isn’t expected to interrupt this weekend’s parade.

Royal watchers expect the groom’s half-sister, 16-year old Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the daughter of Princess Caroline, to be prominent among attendees, which should also include younger members of the Monégasque royals and aristocratic houses that enjoy close friendly ties with both Ernst-August Jr. and his younger brother, Christian, 31.

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publi le vendredi 07 juillet 03:17, aucun commentaire.


Sarah Lucero is the Los Angeles-based head make-up artist and global creative director of Stila, the brand most renowned for its Stay All Day Foundations and Convertible Color shades, both befitting of any blushing bride. On a recent visit to London, Bazaar had the opportunity to grill her on all things bridal beauty. Here, she shares some of her top tips...

1. Match your body to your face

This doesn't only mean ensuring your foundation is properly blended below the jawline (although, obviously, do that too). Lucero says that one of her favourite bridal tips is also one she uses on celebrities attending hot Californian red-carpet events.

"I would always suggest making your shoulders and chest match your face," she says. "So that the level of shine on your face matches the gleam across your chest and shoulders – this will prevent you from looking oily in photographs. Instead, you'll look like a Gisele-inspired just-got-back-from-holiday-and-taken-all-your-omegas type of glowy. When people do events in LA, it's very hot and they risk looking shiny but making this a focal point ties it all together and makes you just look really nourished. It's a trick on the eye for sure."

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Try: Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter, £28, which is not oily, and will therefore lessen the risk of ruined veils.

2. Think beyond the portfolio

If you're not brave enough to do your own make-up, Lucero recommends getting to know your make-up artist well in advance of the big day – and allowing her to get to know you as well. "I've met brides before where we've just had coffee and chatted," she says. "She's seen my portfolio and then it's more about feeling it out and seeing my vibe, which is important. Who you're having in that space is important – it's so personal on such a big day. So, I like to meet with them, find their comfort level, and then start thinking about a look for them – even small things like whether she's a contact-lenses wearer or if she's likely to cry on the day."

Lucero recommends having your first trial or meeting two to three months ahead of the wedding – allowing for plenty of time to change your mind over your look.

3. Prepare for the close-ups

Your pre-wedding manicure will no doubt have spruced up your hands by some measure, but many wedding photographs will focus on this area – close-ups of the ring or the cake-cutting ceremony. "Use two pumps of primer for your hands, so when you do these close-ups, your hands don't look dry," says Lucero.

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4. Teeth-whitening tip

This year, Pinterest reported a 71 per cent peak in interest in berry lips for bridal looks and Lucero says she knows why. "It makes your teeth look a lot whiter," she says. "It also eases you into a colour which is a little more bold and is a lot more luxe looking than a basic red. Plus if you have a merlot or navy dress for your bridesmaids or even a bouquet with a dark dahlia or rose in it, it ties the look together to look really chic and polished."

5. Keep sweat at bay

"Blotterrazzi by Beauty Blender is a must-have in my kit," says the make-up artist. "You can put them in your bra to prevent sweating and they're also amazing for blotting off greasy shine when used dry. That should be in every bridal kit for sure and is a big red-carpet trick on hot days in LA too."

6. Keep it monochromatic

The quickest way to end up with a look you will regret in years to come is by pairing mismatched shades. "Sticking to a monochromatic look is very classic – whether it's all warm or all cool," says Lucero. "If your cheeks are different to your lips, it will date the look because something just doesn't sit right. You want to go with a classic, beautiful, enhanced version of yourself which could have been yesterday. Do something that you will look back on and love, not something you will look back on and think 'What is this, a prom photo?'"

7. And in the event of an emergency…

Should your skin protest at the stress and work that goes into organising a wedding, Lucero has a few tips for covering any imperfections that may erupt in the days leading up to the ceremony. "This is where it is good to have a pro," she says. "In my kit I have things which will bond and stick and contain the blemish because if you have a bride who has been picking at it, nothing will stick. Press the concealer on then spread around the edges of the area so it's contained and looks edgeless. Then add a bit of powder and tap it on. You can also use those clear blemish stickers, like the ones by Sarah Chapman or Skyn Iceland which can be applied over it, underneath foundation."

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publi le mercredi 28 juin 07:08, aucun commentaire.

Vow Writing Makes Wedding Planning Seem Like a Piece of Cake

Vows are a very personal experience for a couple, even though they often are spoken before a crowd of people.

I have seen A LOT of different kinds of vows, from short and sweet to long and winding testaments of love. I have also seen couples struggle to pen right words, or to find the courage to speak them.

Often, they are concerned about tears and ‘losing it’ in front of loved ones. But those kind of vows can be the most heartfelt and charming. There’s really nothing to be embarrassed about.

One solution to getting through your vows is do them in a repeat-after-the-officiant style. But if you have your heart set on creating and reading unique vows to read, my advice is always to write your vows down.

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Why personal vows?Personal vows are a wonderful way to express your love on your wedding day. Contained within those vows are the seeds of dreams to come true, and intentions for your married life. For many people, vows are the hallmark of the wedding ceremony. Imprinted in many of a mind is the romantic image of a loving couple looking deeply into one another’s eyes and calmly vowing their love and devotion on their wedding day.

Why then do many brides and grooms find themselves in the not-so-romantic mode of tearing their hair out at the 11th hour trying to transport feelings from their hearts and minds onto a blank piece of paper? Because even though love may come naturally, vow writing or public speaking may not. Writer’s block and performance anxiety about wedding vows are not uncommon. It can be little scary when you think of pouring your heart out on paper, and then speaking it to you beloved in front of everyone you know.

It’s important to realize that personalized vows are meant to provide a sacred moment in which you can express your truest feeling for each other. When you are speaking to one another at the altar, you really do go into an “altered state” and the rest of the world fades away. The vows you speak don’t have to be personally written – rather, you can “borrow” them from other sources. They are not meant to be a theater piece to impress or entertain others. And they should not stress you out! However, if the thought petrifies you, give some thought to how much you each want to speak during the wedding, or if you feel you will be too nervous to utter more than “I do!.”

If you are up for exchanging vows, would you prefer traditional, classic vows, or more modern and personal vows? If you will be married in a traditional religious ceremony, you may be asked to speak classic traditional religious vows. In a non-denominational or interfaith ceremony, you can be more creative. Whenever possible, select an officiant who will support you in expressing vows the way you feel most comfortable and speak with your officiant in advance about where vows fit into your ceremony.

Ways to say I love you. There are many ways to weave vows into your ceremony. For example, your vows can be repeat-after-the-officiant style or they can be read to one another. You can utter them as part of your I dos, or speak them when you exchange rings. You can each decide on different vow, or share the same vows. You can even speak the same vow to one another simultaneously; or you can read from one long vow or statement, with bride and groom alternating lines. If you don’t want to say much, you can include the promises you would like to make in a longer question of intent, to which you only have to answer “I do.” Never try to memorize your vows (unless you are an actor, public speaker, or memory genius). On your wedding day, the mind goes into Wedding La-La Land and short term memory can be short-circuited by nerves. It’s too much to ask of yourself.

Creative and sacred ways to express your commitment. You can find your vows in poetry, popular songs or even greeting cards. You can also source ideas from the faiths or cultures you were born into. For example, from the Jewish tradition you might want to use the soulful line from Song of Solomon, “I am my beloveds, and my beloved it mine” or talk about the concept of soul mates from the Zohar or the Bible. Some couples adapt vows from the 7 Steps (known as Saptapadi) in the Hindu faith, such as “We will share each other’s joys and sorrows with courage and strength.” You can find lovely material from any spiritual tradition and adapt it into your vows.

Write your own vows. If you do want to write your own vows, take a moment to reconnect to the energy and magic that made you want to marry this person, and let the feelings flow. Jot down some notes:

What do you love about this man/woman?

What feeling pour over you when you think of his/her love for you?

What are your hopes and dreams for your married life?

What promises would you like to make?

Next, write a first draft. Begin by sharing why you love him/her (including cute and funny reasons) and letting him/her know how he/she makes you feel. Next, share things you look forward to experiencing together. Sprinkle in promises you would like to make. Summarize by sharing how grateful you are for his/her love and the opportunity to share your lives. Then go through the first draft; edit or add in new thoughts. Don’t be afraid to use humor – if that’s your style. (“I promise never to change the channel when the Yankee’s are on,” for example).

Speak from the heart: No matter what kind of vows you choose let your sentiments come from the heart. They do not have to be long. Approach them with a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart) and make them real. Those are the best wedding vows.

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publi le samedi 24 juin 05:52, aucun commentaire.

The Swarovski heiress got married, and her wedding was as glittery as you'd expect

When your last name is Swarovski, it kinda goes without saying that your wedding will be decked out in crystals galore. But Victoria Swarovski’s lavish three-day wedding was truly something to behold, and you must see these incredible photos to believe them.

Gemstone heiress Victoria Swarovski married her longtime boyfriend over the weekend, and we are swooning at how beautiful the event was.

For starters, the 23-year-old singer and Swarovski jewelry heiress wore a couture wedding dress with a six-meter train, and we’ve never seen anything quite like it. Swarovski married her boyfriend, property mogul Werner Mürz, in Italy over the weekend, giving new meaning to the term “fairytale wedding.”


According to Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Swarovski and Mürz were married in front of 250 guests at a cathedral near Trieste, Italy, with an elegant reception at a five-star resort in Portopiccolo called Hotel Falisia. And according to the Daily Mail, guests arrived in Italy to a “pasta and love” welcome dinner the night before the wedding, with a farewell brunch the day after.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the venue itself was “decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals,” complete with a stunning five-tier wedding cake with green and white flowers to match the venue’s decor.

Swarovski wore three beautiful gowns for the celebration, but it’s her ceremony dress that we can’t stop swooning over. According to People, she chose a “custom couture wedding gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco that featured all-over Swarovski crystals, paillettes, and laser-cut flowers. It was a classic princess A-line style featuring an opulent skirt and a sheer bodice covered in delicate appliqués along the neckline and sleeves.” The gown had 500,000 Swarovski crystals, a six-meter long train, and reportedly cost more than $1 million!

Swarovski also donned a custom couture glittery red gown later in the evening, looking like the real-life version of the salsa dancer emoji.

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publi le jeudi 22 juin 07:18, aucun commentaire.

Neegaard-Jensen wedding

Kaylena Jensen and Derek Neegaard were united in marriage on May 13, 2017 in front of family and friends at the Dysart United Methodist Church. The 4 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Rev. Linda Butler.

Parents of the bride are Barton & Dawn Jensen of Dysart and parents of the groom are Erika & Dale Kane of Maynard, Iowa and David Neegaard of Mankato, Minnesota.

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The bride is employed as a Community Relations Manager with Senior Housing Management and received her B.A. in Communication Studies from UNI in 2012. The groom is a New Business Install Manager at Aramark and a 2003 graduate of West Central High School. The couple reside in Dysart.

Kaylena wore an off-the-shoulder ivory gown and flowers consisted of light blue hydrangeas and and white rose bouquet. Maid of honor was Savannah Jensen of Dysart (sister of the bride). The bridesmaids included friends of the bride: Paige Huebner of Urbandale; Anne Sherwood of Des Moines; Megan Gross of Harker Heights, TX; Jessica Dunlap of Gardner, KS; and sister of the groom KyLee Lane of Maynard.

Best men for the groom were Jeremy Miller of Cedar Rapids and Cody Benger of Pleasant Hill, both friends of the groom. Groomsmen included: brother Justin Neegaard of Fairbank; friends Jamie Logan of Oelwein and Matt Pohlmann of Marion; and brother Collin Kane of Maynard.

Flower girl was Sophia Miller of Cedar Rapids and ring bearer was Breck Kaiser of Dysart. Personal attendant to the bride was Sarah Johnson of Vinton. Emily Snyder provided vocals with Carol Lorenzen on piano and Marilyn Mehlhaus on organ. Ushers were Tim Rivera and Zech Monarty.

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publi le vendredi 16 juin 06:10, aucun commentaire.

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