That was my reaction to what I am about to share with you, ladies and gentlemen—so much so, that I may have even said it out loud in my office.
I have told you all quite a few times before that personally—so we’re just talking me, here—I am not a fan of the First Look (to be henceforth know as the FL). Obviously, whatever fits your emotional satisfaction and scheduling logistics is exactly what you should do, and I have absolutely no doubt that you will be deliriously happy no matter what you opt for—but some people are for the FL and some people aren’t, and I’m not.
We know, of course, that celebs seem to be extra into the whole secret-marriage thing these days—but it’s not often the sort of thing you hear on a Thursday morning!
But lo and behold, guys, today we awake to hear that this country’s royal wedding has at last taken place: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have tied the knot after nine years, six babies, one really impressive engagement ring, and two years of betrothal.
Well, as is so often the case when a certain, I don’t know—fad? Meme? Pop-culture phenomenon?—takes over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it somehow seeps into the wedding world, too.
And I feel like really, just last week, I was thinking to myself that it was about time we saw the ALS ice bucket challenge engage in some way with the wedding world. Maybe a couple who held the cause close to their hearts would do the challenge after saying their vows? Or maybe, there’d be a proposal.
Ding ding ding! At long last, people, we have an ice bucket challenge proposal, and it’s pretty cute. I enjoy both that he sneakily and successfully gets on his knee just two inches behind her (and seems pretty pleased with having gotten away with it)—and that he goes ahead and pours the bucket over her head, anyway. Fun!
We have a feeling a lot of people are going to be vigorously nodding their heads in agreement at one of science’s most recent declarations: People who are frequently sailing high on marijuana tend to be happy and relaxed, and happy and relaxed people just don’t fight too much.
It’s the hypothesized conclusion drawn by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who studied 634 couples over nine years of marriage, and found that couples who were frequent pot smokers had a significantly lower incidence of domestic violence.
Welp, we’ve talked here about couples crowdfunding weddings recently—and now this week we have been introduced to a couple who is determined to not pay a dime for their wedding or honeymoon via as many corporate sponsorships as they can collect.
We’ve definitely heard about this sort of thing going on—couples receiving free loot or services for the weddings via some sort of barter or trade—but this might be the first time we’ve come across a couple looking to do the whole shebang this way.
They’re offering sponsoring companies everything from signage at the ceremony to having their logo sewn onto the bride’s dress (!) via their website SponsorOurWedding.com, which, goodness. Not my cup of tea, this whole thing—but “to each their own” is certainly never more true than when it comes to people and their weddings.
When recent groom Kyle King, who happens to be a video editor, received some 3,000 pictures from his wedding photographer, he started to edit them into albums to share with friends and family online. But when he noticed that the pictures had been shot at such a rapid pace by their photog, he got an idea for something different to do with them.
So using his editing skills, he strung them all together in chronological order, set the whole thing to music, and lo and behold: He ended up with a very different kind of wedding video.
Is that not the most fun thing ever? I mean, I personally don’t think it replaces a traditional wedding video with audio and all of that—totally different vibe and practical purpose—but I think this is delightful, and a seriously awesome way to quickly share not only your wedding photos, but a true snapshot (ha!) of what the day was like.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. King finds himself with a new side business—or even a new career!—just a little bit down the line.
If only you had this research in college, amiright?
New numbers in a recent study showed that 32 percent of the marriages being looked at had begun with what one might call a hookup. (Or at least, it had begun with what the now-married people vaguely refer to as a hookup, which we can only assume means it was not an overly meaningful first date during which the stars aligned and they Lady-and-the-Tramped some spaghetti as fireworks went off in the background.)