Pre-Wedding “Shadow Weddings” Commit You to Each Other’s Dark Sides Before You Tie the Knot. Who’s In? 

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This week, there has been a bunch of talk on this idea of the “shadow wedding.” We saw it on Jezebel and we saw it on Good Morning America and we poked around the actual Shadow Wedding website. (Because this isn’t a general thing that people are just kinda doing, you see—it is a particular service provided by a particular couple who have set up a particular shop in order to sling the shadow wedding.)

This is basically the deal with the shadow wedding:

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Study: When Household Chores Aren’t Equally Divided Among Newlyweds, Women Will Be Unhappy, Men Will Shrug Shoulders 

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So somehow we hadn’t seen this, but this spring, a bunch of researchers at the University of Illinois examined 220 couples who had been married for less than two years, asking them, basically, 1) how they perceived male and female household duties, and 2) how it has come to be that they actually divide those household duties. They found that:

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8 Helpful Tips for Working With Your Tailor to Alter Your Wedding Dress 

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We have heard so many nightmare stories about wedding-dress alterations here at PW—but thankfully, we’d have to say that the wedding-dress-tailor-to-the-rescue stories probably outweigh the scary ones. Anyone who has had just the right change made to a dress—or seen a few miracles unfold on shows like Say Yes to the Dress—know what these talented people can pull off, and that they seriously can save the day.

But working with your tailor or seamstress effectively to alter your wedding dress—whether it’s just bringing up the hem so you don’t trip down the aisle or basically redesigning the dress—relies, just like any other wedding vendor, both on communicating exactly what it is you want and making sure that this person is the right person to do it.

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We Are In Love With This Philly Florist’s Paper Bridal Bouquets

Photo by Courtney Apple

Photo by Courtney Apple

When Philly florist Anna Coy first started her company, To Hold & To Have, last year, she was mostly making bridal bouquets out of fabrics, crystals and other embellishments—but one day at a bridal show, a couple asked if she could make flowers out of the pages of a book. “They wanted the paper roses to be the standout for their ‘love story’-themed wedding,” she says, “and we were all so happy with the outcome, I knew there was something special there.”

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There Is a Surprise Kate Spade Bridal Sale Happening Right Now!  

These look just about perfect for dancing during your reception, don't they? Well luckily, Kate Spade's Flambe flats are now $69 instead of $125.

These look just about perfect for dancing during your reception, don’t they? Well luckily, Kate Spade’s Flambe flats are now $69 instead of $125.

Brides: We have just been alerted to the fact that there is a surprise Kate Spade sale going on right now that covers all matter of adorable things for your wedding! It’s happening through 11:59pm on Thursday, July 17th, stuff is up to 75 percent off, and all you have to do is enter in your email address and zip code to get to it.

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Bernie Robbins Is Holding an Upgrade Event to Cure All That Diamond Envy 

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Once upon a time, one of my friends got engaged, and her ring featured a sizable diamond surrounded by a diamond halo. (This is even before halos were such a thing, too.) Within the year, both of her fiancé’s brothers’ wives had added a halo to their engagement rings.

Diamond envy is real, people. And your new ring has probably inspired it in someone. Know who it is? Tell them about the diamond upgrade event that Bernie Robbins is holding this weekend.

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