First thing’s first: I’m sure that Seth Adam Smith is a really, really nice guy. If you’ve seen the pictures on his website and read his writing, it’s clear that Smith has got a kind of earnest, freshly scrubbed All-American handsomeness, along with an intense desire to be a Good Man that one finds in really popular youth pastors. It’s a combination of qualities that is winning and should take him far in life.
But man, I cannot stand his most popular piece of writing. You’ve probably read it. It’s a blog post titled “Marriage Isn’t For You,” and in the last week it’s been linked in a million Facebook timelines, been featured on the Today show, and generally been applauded as a font of wisdom about what marriage should be.
Only: It’s not.
Behold Wedding Crunchers: A massive, juicy trove of information about the New York Times wedding section. Just plug in any keyword and 30 years worth of data about elite couples you love to hate will show up in graph form! Now you can finally quantify what you always suspected about the types of people who makes the cut. (You know, like people with absurd-sounding hyphenated names.) Below, some Philly graphs.
1. Proof that Philadelphia is quite unloved by the Times. In 2013, about 36 announcements contained the word “Philadelphia.” Boston got double. Washington got quadruple. And New York can go play with itself.
2. Penn dominates Drexel and Temple.
3. Nobody has ever used the word “Cheesesteak” in a Times wedding announcement.
The new issue of Philadelphia Wedding, about to hit newsstands this week, features a gorgeous four-page spread documenting the November 2012 nuptials of Maria Papadakis and Brendan Kent, who tied the knot in one of the most glamorous ceremonies Philadelphia has seen in a long time. But today, the newlyweds are headed for divorce. Read more »
The New York Times’ dry notation about Drew Katz’s (son of Inquirer owner Lew Katz) wedding, held at the Breakers in Palm Beach, definitely did not include all the fun details that South Florida gossip site GossipExtra.com and the New York Post have published, like:
• Recognizable faces among the 500-plus guests included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Oprah BFF Gayle King, Newark mayor Cory Booker, bad girl socialite blogger Dori Cooperman, and Steve Hytner, who is best known for playing Kenny Bania on Seinfeld.
• Guests were told to make charitable donations in lieu of gifts. (Classy.)
• Drew’s bride, Rachel, wore Oscar de la Renta.
• There were heart-shaped (awww) fireworks over Palm Beach.
Even if you don’t know who Lew Katz is, a look at Drew’s Twitter feed and Facebook page would tell you the 41-year-old wasn’t having a potluck reception. Besides running his (generous) Cherry Hill-based Drew Katz Foundation, which has donated over $1,000,000 to non-profits since 2003, the ad/media exec is living the life, hanging with the likes of U2′s The Edge and the Dalai Lama.
The New York Times reports: “Rachel Lauren Snyder, the daughter of April J. Snyder and Dr. Robert A. Snyder of Golden Beach, Fla., was married Saturday evening to Drew Alexander Katz, the son of Marjorie J. Katz and Lewis Katz of Cherry Hill, N.J. Rabbi Aaron Krupnick officiated at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., with Rabbi Edwin Farber taking part.”
Rachel Katz is a lawyer for a New York non-profit. Drew Katz is chief executive of Interstate Outdoor Advertising, a Cherry Hill billboard company. And Lewis Katz, of course, is part of the consortium of Philly-area rich guys and wise men who now own the Inky, Daily News, and Philly.com.
20, bored, and sitting alone in a Doubletree Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. What else is a boy to do? Watching a wedding taking place in the hotel’s courtyard, Chalfont native Samuel James Dengel decided to join the fun.
The mother of the bride told police that Dengel was watching the wedding from his room, naked, with his genitals pressed against the window. Another attendee told police that Dengel had a large tattoo on his back and “placed his buttocks against the glass several times and bent over,” according to a police report.
Our colleagues at Bridal Bulletin report:
Well, if you gasped when you heard that theaverage wedding these days costs upwards of $27,000, then prepare to shriek: Apparently, that number in Philadelphia is actually $38,369!
ABC News reports that a recent study done byTheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com declares Philly, actually, to be the eighth most expensive place to get married in the country. (New York is numero uno.) Does that surprise me? No, not necessarily. Does it surprise me that it beats out, say, LA? Yes, definitely. And even Miami, where stuff gets a little flashy.
What’s left to say? Except, you know: Elope.
We’re doing this interview three days after you got married at the Academy of Music. You’re not the honeymooning type?
No, my husband and I work too much. And to be honest, we spent the budget on the wedding. Which was totally worth it. Next year, next year. Read more »