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Jennifer Hudson Says "I Do" To Having Her Dogs In Her Wedding Party!
Date: March 31, 2009 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Attire & Bridal Party & Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Etiquette & Family & Funny & Pets & Planning & Unique Ideas

As if further proof is needed that it's not just wacky dog lovers who are indulging in the trend to include their pets in the most important day of their lives, Jennifer Hudson has jumped on the pet wagon too!

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning star has announced that she is planning on including her 3 dogs, Oscar, Grammy and Dreamgirl, in her upcoming wedding to Harvard Law grad and reality show star David Otunga.

An increasing number of modern couples, like Jennifer and David, are treating their pets as part of their family or their best friends so it is only right that their pet should be given a starring role in their wedding day. From personal experience I have found that some dogs at weddings turn out to be better behaved than the human wedding guests!

According to People.com Jennifer is already thinking of possible roles for her dogs.

"Oscar might be the ring bearer. We’ll send them down the aisle with a little tux or something, a little dress."

If you too are considering including a pet in your wedding check out my blog for unique tips on how to dress them, roles for pets in your wedding, important things to consider beforehand and ideas on how to ensure they don't steal the limelight from you on your wedding day for all the wrong reasons!

Have fun with your wedding planning!

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78 Free Wedding Tips And Book

As you plan your wedding you will receive advice from just about everyone. Friends and family have a million and one tips to pass on, in fact here at Wedaholic I have been offering tips galore. For example tips on wedding djs, getting guests to mingle, giving a great speech and tipping wedding suppliers to name just a few!

To give you a flavour of what to expect I have copied the types of wedding tips you will receive below:

Sample Tip 1 :

At the reception hall, fill baskets in the bathroom with miniature hand lotions, breath mints, hair sprays, and hair gels for emergency touch-ups. You may also want to put out a basket with a few inexpensive pairs of pantyhose and
some clear nail polish.

"Thanks for all the tips..and for making them genuinely "free".... the tips I found most helpful of your's were about etiquette ... it helps to remind brides of other people's feelings when they are getting caught up in their own! And that idea about giving framed pictures to the parents is one I will definately do! Blessings!" - Suzanne, US

Sample Tip 2 :

Don’t forget grandparents and other relatives who may feel “left out” during the preparations before the wedding. Take a camera along when you are shopping for your dress or looking at flowers.

Send pictures with a quick note that says, “Here’s me rubbing my feet after trying on shoes that were murder!” Or “Aunt Joan, the flowers were beautiful, but I wish you could have been there.”

"Just wanted to thank you for all of the wonderful tips! I enjoy reading them every week!! I will use you're advice throughout the planning of my wedding and on the big day! Thanks again" - Dan

Sample Tip 3 :

For bridesmaids' dresses, consider separates, especially if you have attendants whose sizes and shapes vary widely. Skip the bridal stores and check out department stores for evening skirts and separate tops that are made of luxurious fabrics and trimmed with beading or embroidered details.

"Dear Emily your tips have been very helpful to me in planning for my wedding thank you for all of your help, looking forward to receiving other tips from you. Best Regards" - Cornelia, US


Unique Wedding Tips And A Chance To Win A $100,000 Dream Wedding
Date: May 10, 2007 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Budgeting & Celebrity Weddings & Contests & Etiquette & Honeymoon & Planning & Reviews & Shows & TV Shows

How would you like to win the $100,000 wedding of your dreams? Interested? Then check out GetMarried.com. They are giving away this fabulous prize - a dream wedding with a value totaling over $100,000. They will cover the cost of wedding party apparel, the venue, the cake, catering, flowers, tables, chairs and linens, photography and the honeymoon. All you have to do to enter their $100,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway is to register at their website, it’s that straightforward. It's free to enter, so what have you got to lose!

I really recommend that you also try and catch GetMarried on WE tv (if you miss the show on TV on Sunday you can catch up with the latest episode on their website). I enjoyed watching last Sunday’s fourth episode which was packed full of useful tips and advice. My favorite parts of the show were when celebrity event planner Preston Bailey (he organized Donald and Melania Trump’s glamorous wedding in 2005) shared his unique and inspirational ideas for wedding venue décor and etiquette guru Peggy Post answered the top 5 wedding etiquette questions. I think that GetMarried gives great wedding fashion advice as well as some fabulous ideas to help you plan your wedding. If you missed last Sunday’s episode check it out here.

Happy viewing and good luck with the $100,000 Wedding Giveaway - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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Key Bridal Fashion Trends From The Runways Of Fashion Week In New York
Date: April 25, 2007 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Attire & Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Dresses & Industry News & Unique Ideas

If you are having trouble finding your dream wedding dress then why not have a look at these. Last week at New York's Bridal Fashion Week top US designers presented their latest bridal gown creations. The newest trends amongst these gowns included lots of dramatic poufs and layers, high empire waists (very flattering) and stunning gowns inspired by red carpet glamour.

Vera Wang’s bridal collection featured fishtail and one-shouldered gowns, 40’s inspired glamorous dresses and a unique minimalist capri panted pajama suit (which I personally think is cute but not suitable for a bride on her wedding day!). Wang’s distinctive creations also offered eye-catching back details such as dramatic trains, floral appliqués and intricate pleating.

Amongst the superstar designers displaying their work at New York's Bridal Fashion Week was Monique Lhuillier, who famously dressed Britney Spears on her wedding day. According to ETonline.com Monique’s favorite trend for bridal gowns this season are colored sashes, usually in silver or a muted color to accentuate the bride’s waist.

Keep up-to-date with bridal gown trends and take a look for yourself.

One of the much anticipated highlights of New York's Bridal Fashion Week was the unveiling of the "Kirstie Kelly For Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings" inaugural collection. Designer Kirstie Kelly produced her very own themed wedding gowns inspired by classic Disney heroines including Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Band Jasmine. The dresses, priced between $1,100 and $3,500, are said to be designed to be perfect for any princess on her wedding day. Take a look at the collection and see whether any of the Disney princess styles appeal to you.

Happy dress hunting!

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Liz Hurley To Change Wedding Outfit 13 Times!
Date: September 03, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Attire & Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Ceremonies & Destination Weddings & Dresses & Funny & Traditions & Customs & Unique Ideas

For most brides picking out one wedding dress is a difficult task. With so many styles and colors of wedding gowns on offer, it makes choosing one probably the most difficult decision you have to make when planning your wedding. It surprises me therefore that Elizabeth Hurley is planning 13 different wedding outfits for her upcoming nuptials!

According to Grazia Magazine actress, model and fashion-designer Liz has ended months of speculation by revealing that she and her fiancé, businessman Arun Nayar, are due to get married “very soon”. The couple, who have been together since January 2003, are planning two wedding ceremonies. The first will be an intimate wedding at Liz’s hometown in Gloucestershire and the other will be a 3 day wedding event in Arun’s native India.

Liz is to select 3 outfits for her English countryside wedding, one for the morning, one for the wedding ceremony and the third for the wedding party. For the Indian ceremony she is rumored to be considering 10 changes of outfits during the 3 day wedding party. Earlier this year Liz was reported to be unable to make a decision as to which of her designer friends she should ask to make her wedding dress. Grazia reports that she has now chosen her friend, Donatella Versace, to design several gowns for her English country wedding. Liz has not yet revealed what style of wedding dress she favors but she has commented that she thinks her age precludes her from wearing a Cinderella-style dress.

“She won’t be wearing a full on wedding dress because she is worried it’s not appropriate for someone her age, but the idea is to have different outfits for the morning, for the ceremony and the party,” a source told Grazia magazine.

Liz also plans to wear traditional Indian dresses for the second wedding ceremony. She told the Daily Mirror,

“I love the pomp and color associated with Indian weddings”.

At least Liz will not have to worry about how she will budget for her many wedding outfits - the couple have negotiated a $3.76 million deal with a magazine to photograph their nuptials!

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Fancy Owning Madonna's Wedding Tiara?
Date: September 01, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Attire & Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Funny & Insurance & Jewelry & Shopping & Unique Ideas

I’ve mentioned before to you how you can pick up some real bargains for your wedding on eBay. Well the latest “bargain” item on their website is Madonna’s wedding tiara - it’s a snip at a mere US $225,000!

Madonna has donated the diamond tiara which she wore for her December 2000 wedding to Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Scotland to raise money for charity.

The tiara, was originally bought by Madonna from exclusive jewelers Asprey of London. It dates back to the Edwardian era (1910’s) and is made up of 765 diamonds with a weight of approximately 78 carats. It can be converted into a fringed necklace by removing the top swag pieces. They will even throw the monogrammed green presentation box in for free!

The proceeds from the sale, which ends today at 18:00:00 PDT, will go to the charitable Kazanjian Foundation, which funds projects to help disadvantaged kids.

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How To Plan A Second Wedding

My sister announced at the weekend that she is getting remarried. This will be her second marriage. My family and I are so excited for her that she has found love again and that she is brave enough to put her faith in the institution of marriage after an acrimonious divorce.

All the wedding talk at her engagement announcement party got me thinking about planning a wedding second time around. It is a totally different scenario to organizing your first wedding - you are older (usually this is the case - I think Britney Spears’ two weddings within nine months of each other is quite unique), wiser and will have more experience of your expectations not just for your second wedding day but also your second marriage!

Whether it is due to divorce or death of a spouse increasing numbers of people are making a trip of the aisle for a second time. According to WeddingGazette.com 4 out of every 10 weddings nowadays are second marriages for one or both partners. According to the US Census Bureau one-third of couples getting married in the USA have been married before and every year nearly one million American women marry for the second time. You are in good company if you are planning on saying “I do” for the second time - Madonna, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and more recently Pamela Anderson have all enjoyed a second trip down the aisle.

If you too are thinking about taking the plunge again then here are some top tips and advice for making your encore wedding even more unique and memorable than your first.

Announcing Your Engagement

If you have children

♥ Once you are engaged the first people you should tell are your children. You definitely need their approval of your future nuptials before you can start making any plans.

♥ You should inform your children of your engagement as soon as possible so that they have plenty of time to adjust to the idea. We are bombarded by the media, particularly by television shows such as "The Brady Bunch", with images of perfectly blended stepfamilies. Of course there will be tears and turbulence as your family unit changes size with your second wedding but becoming a proper united family is not an unattainable feat - it just needs time and perseverance!

♥ You should definitely let your children decide for themselves if they want to participate in your second wedding.

If you are a widow or widower

♥ If your first spouse died then you will need to be sensitive to your deceased spouse's families' feelings. Out of respect for the family you should let them know in person (if you have children by your deceased spouse and remain in constant contact with the family) or by letter (if you have become distant from them and are not used to telephoning them or seeing them in person) that you are remarrying.

♥ Whether or not you invite your deceased spouse's family to your second wedding is a very delicate etiquette issue. If your children (their grandchildren) are participating in your wedding then consider whether they would enjoy attending so that they could see this. Use your own judgment as to whether you think it would stir up too many sad memories for them (and you). Second weddings do present social and emotional issues such as this - it comes with the territory I'm afraid!

If you are divorced

♥ If you are divorced without children then there is no need for you to mention your second marriage to your ex-spouse unless you are on good terms with them and keep in touch with each others news.

♥ If you are divorced with children then you must let your ex-spouse know about your upcoming nuptials. If your children are old enough then you can ask if they would prefer to tell their parent about your second wedding or if they want you to break the happy news. You should try to let your ex-spouse know as soon as possible after you have told your children about your engagement, so that your children do not have to keep it a secret and will free to discuss your upcoming wedding openly.

♥ If you are not on speaking terms with your ex then you could put your news in a letter to them and mention that you have explained it to your children and that your wish is for your children to be a part of your wedding day. Although as co-parent you don’t need permission for your own children to participate in your wedding ceremony, it would make things easier all round if your ex-spouse was consulted at an early stage so that any objections could be aired and discussed and you could guarantee their full co-operation with your upcoming wedding plans.

Organizing your second wedding

When it comes to organizing a second wedding many couples choose to spend less time planning the wedding event than they did first time round and more time enjoying the run up to their wedding day. Second weddings are usually smaller and more intimate but there are no rules if you want a repeat of your first extravagant wedding. Some brides, (such as my sister) who had only a very small wedding first time round, enjoy the thought of an elaborate second wedding. My sister admits that this time round she knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day as she has attended innumerous weddings since her first wedding 12 years ago.

The advantages of organizing a wedding second time around are:

♥ You know the pitfalls and what could go wrong as you have probably experienced a few with your first wedding.

♥ You have a better idea of what style and theme of wedding you want as you have more experience of weddings you have attended over the years.

♥ You are free to create any kind of wedding you and your partner want - be as creative as you want (so long as your budget allows it!).

♥ You can invite who you want to your wedding this time round without the restrictions of having parents impose their choice of guests on you.

♥ Hopefully you are in a better financial position than you were when you first got married so you might be able to afford all of the luxury extras for your second wedding that were not within your first wedding budget.

According to Vibride.com Dee Merz, a wedding consultant with Everlasting Memories in California, says that she enjoys organizing second weddings.

“The brides know themselves better as women and they rarely break a sweat when making decisions. Grooms play a much bigger role in the planning, and every choice is geared to reflecting the couple’s unique personalities.”

Top tips when organizing your second wedding:

Venue

♥ You can host your wedding anywhere second time around, there is so much choice. I know many bride and grooms who have remarried for the second or third time in a church. Just because you are a divorcee does not automatically mean that you must remarry in a Registry Office or at other licensed premises and have a civil ceremony. If it is important to you, your partner and your family to have a religious ceremony then enquire of your local church about their policy for second marriages - some churches are stricter than others. With second marriages becoming increasingly common most ministers will understand your situation and will help you to reach a solution if you have your heart set on a religious wedding ceremony.

♥ Destination weddings have become increasingly popular for second marriages, particularly those with children as the ceremony can be incorporated into a fun family holiday!

♥ Bear in mind that it would be in bad taste to host your second wedding in the same location as your first wedding!

Legal requirements

♥ It goes without saying that in order to remarry you will need to supply the registrar with either a decree absolute proving that you are legally divorced from your first spouse, or a death certificate if you are widowed. Make sure that your paperwork is in order well in advance of applying for your marriage license.

♥ In a second marriage where children are involved ensure that you seek appropriate legal advice with regard to financial and inheritance aspects of your union and guardianship issues.

Vows

♥ Vows for a second wedding are another emotive issue which need delicate handling. Of course you promised to "love, honor and respect for all eternity" your first spouse so what do the words really mean if "eternity" turned out to be just a couple of years! The important thing with wedding vows is that you say them with confidence and believe them yourself at the time of saying them to the person you have chosen to marry.

♥ If you are looking for alternative ideas for wedding vows for your second wedding Idotaketwo.com has some unique wordings which could help you.

Wedding traditions for a second wedding

♥ The tradition of having a wedding cake is the same for a second wedding. However, according to Vibride.com throwing the bouquet, wearing a garter and throwing confetti are not proper etiquette for a second wedding. I have seen all of these things done at second and third weddings so I think it is just a case of do whatever feels right for you on your wedding day.

♥ You probably already have an album full of photos from your first wedding that you rarely look at nowadays but don't let this put you off having a photographer at your second wedding. Of course you will want a record of your second wedding, especially if it is the first wedding for one of you.

♥ When it comes to the question of walking up the aisle you might think it improper to ask your Father or whomever gave you away at your first wedding but there are no etiquette rules about this for second weddings. You can walk up the aisle alone, on the arm of your Father, Mother, Brother or even child if you want.

♥ The decision of whether to have attendants at your second wedding is, again, entirely up to you. There are no rules about this. Guests usually expect at least a couple of attendants at second weddings. Don't worry if you want to ask your friends or family to repeat the performance they gave as attendants at your first wedding. It is not seen as unlucky to ask the same attendants who stood by you at your first wedding to stand by you at your second wedding. A friend of mine has been Best Man at both of his brother's weddings.

♥ Bridal Showers are still appropriate for second weddings. You probably have new friends since you first married and they will want to help you celebrate your impending nuptials regardless of whether or not you have done it all before. You can choose to have a more moderate bridal shower if you prefer.

Involving Children in a Second Wedding

If you and/or your partner have children from your own relationship or from previous relationships then you will undoubtedly want them to participate in your wedding plans. The best way to make children feel involved in the whole process of organising a second wedding is to include them in the wedding planning. It is not just you who is getting remarried, so too are your children!

Whilst your choice of spouse has been your decision you should allow your children some say in your wedding planning. Discuss with them their thoughts on your second wedding and ask them how they would like to be involved. You should refer to it as "our" wedding day rather than solely yours and your partner's.

According to Jill Curtis, author of "How to Get Married Again: A Guide to Second Weddings" (available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk) she says,

"My research showed that children not included in at least part of the ceremony often find it more difficult to accept the stepparent. One dilemma may be for a child who thinks her "other" parent may well feel left out and not want the child to take part in a second wedding ceremony. Will it be seen as a betrayal? Or acceptance of the new stepparent?"

Make your children feel wanted and needed by giving them a role in your wedding day. Here are some ideas for ways to include them in your second wedding:

♥ Try to include something symbolic within your wedding ceremony which will signify to all present that you, your partner and your children coming together as a unified family.

♥ Some couples present their children with rings during the wedding ceremony.

♥ It is becoming increasingly popular to include a family vow after the bride and groom's vows during the wedding ceremony where children join the bride and groom to recite some words and have their new blended family blessed.

♥ Daughters can act as maids-of-honor or flower girls.

♥ Sons can stand as "best men", ushers or ring bearers.

♥ Ask your/your partner's children to walk you down the aisle and give you away.

♥ As a family stand at the altar and light a unity candle together.

♥ Ask children to be in charge of the guestbook.

♥ If they are confident speakers they could make a special toast during the wedding reception.

♥ Offer them the chance to give a reading during the wedding ceremony.

Some additional points to remember:

♥ Whatever role you or your children choose for your second wedding make sure that they are comfortable with it.

♥ Ask a family member to keep an eye on your children on your wedding day if you anticipate that you will be too distracted to keep a watchful eye on them.

♥ Remember that your wedding day marks a new beginning for your children too and it can be confusing for them, whether they are 3 years old or 15 years old.

Jill Curtis says,

"A wedding is a landmark in any family and those adults and children who have been burned by the fallout of an earlier divorce or death of a parent will be particularly sensitive to the meaning of the occasion. With some planning, a lot of discussion, and a little bit of luck, it will be a day memories are made of."

♥ If you are divorced you might find that your children have always had a secret fantasy that you and your ex would get back together again. Your second wedding will put an end to this hope so treat your child sensitively.

♥ If your split from your ex-spouse was acrimonious your impending second wedding might stir up painful memories for your children. I know that my 10 year old nephew worries that he will see his Mum be hurt again (bless him!). The best thing you can do as a parent about to embark on a second wedding is to reassure your child that this is a different situation, you are different, you are stronger and the person you are marrying is your soulmate who you want to share your life with.

To compare or not to compare?

♥ Try not to compare your second wedding to your first wedding. My sister has already begun to start sentences with “At my first wedding we had this/we did this…”. This is a definite no-go area for anyone planning their encore wedding. Your fiancé, his family and also your own family and friends do not want to be reminded of your first wedding. This wedding which you are planning now is a unique occasion and should be treated as such, not judged against your first trip up the aisle.

♥ It is an undeniable fact that guests who were present at your first wedding will compare it with your second wedding. I hold my own hands up and admit I have done it myself when I have attended first and second weddings. There is no way to prevent your guests from doing this so you should just come to terms with it before your wedding day.

♥ Don't go overboard trying to plan your second wedding to be a polar opposite of your first wedding. At the end of the day so long as you and your partner are happy with your wedding plans and do everything you can to ensure your guests enjoyment then you can't do more than that. Inevitably there will be similarities between the two weddings - besides everything else they will both involve rings, vows and celebrations of some sort!

♥ With your wedding speeches it is usual for the Best Man, Father of the Bride, Groom and even the Bride to make a reference to the lives of the bride and groom before they met and traditionally some reference to exes would be made. Tread very carefully here! It would be seen to be in poor taste if your first stab at marriage is referred to at your second wedding. You don't want to make your guests, your new partner or your children feel uncomfortable on your wedding day.

Footing the bill for a second wedding

With second weddings where the bride has been married before it is normal for the bride and groom to split the costs of the wedding between them. You should definitely not expect either set of parents to pay towards your second wedding. If it is the bride’s first wedding but the groom’s second, then you will probably find that the bride’s parents will want to contribute towards the wedding costs. It is also quite common for one or both sets of parents to offer financial help towards the wedding costs. In this case you should weigh up whether you want to accept their kind offer as financial input being given by parents can sometimes equate to organizational input being expected with your wedding. One of the main advantages of paying for your own wedding of course is that you are free to make your own decisions when planning the wedding without having input from your parents.

If you are paying for the wedding yourselves then you should create an affordable wedding budget and stick to it. As with any wedding it is possible to have your dream wedding at an affordable cost, but I think this is the case more so with second weddings as you do not need to pull out all of the stops. Second weddings for brides are more about starting a new life with your new husband than about having the expensive dress, breathtaking table ceterpieces, stylish wedding favors and other wedding paraphernalia. That being said, if you can afford it then why not go ahead and organize the extravagant wedding you have always dreamt of!

Invitations

♥ As mentioned, it is completely up to you and your partner whether you choose to have a small wedding attended only by immediate family and close friends or a larger wedding inviting everyone who is important to you both.

♥ Inviting an ex-spouse to your second wedding is thought to be bad form. It depends on your personal circumstances whether or not you want to invite your ex to your wedding. Demi Moore invited Bruce Willis to her nuptials with Ashton Kutcher and at her wedding earlier this month Pamela Anderson asked new husband Kid Rock’s ex Tamara Mellon to be her bridesmaid! If your ex-spouse is a co-parent of your children then your children might feel more at ease at the wedding if they too are invited. You should do what you and your fiancé feel comfortable with - it is your wedding day!

If you and your partner are hosting your own second wedding then the invitation should be worded along the lines of:


Hannah Hopkins
and
Muir Mackintosh
Request the pleasure of your company
At their wedding
On Saturday, the tenth of September
At three o'clock at
St Paul’s Memorial Church
Cupar
Followed by dinner and dancing at
The Old Course Hotel
St Andrews

If it is the bride’s first wedding and her parents are contributing financially towards it then you might prefer that they host the wedding, in which case the invitation could read as follows:


Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Thompson
Request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding of their daughter
Hannah Hopkins
to
Muir Mackintosh
On Saturday, the tenth of September
At three o'clock at
St Paul’s Memorial Church
Cupar
Followed by dinner and dancing at
The Old Course Hotel
St Andrews

If you have children you might like to include their names on the invitations or even have them named as hosts of the wedding (this would make them feel very included and very special!).

Paul and Mark Hopkins
Request the pleasure of your company
At the wedding of their Mother
Hannah Hopkins
to
Muir Mackintosh
On Saturday, the tenth of September
At three o'clock at
St Paul’s Memorial Church
Cupar
Followed by dinner and dancing at
The Old Course Hotel
St Andrews

Check out Weddings.about.com for more ideas and inspiration for wording invitations for your second wedding.

Bridal Attire for Second Weddings

The most important thing for any bride on her wedding day whether it is her first, second or even eighth wedding (à la Elizabeth Taylor!) is that she feels comfortable, confident, relaxed and, most importantly, beautiful. No matter how many times someone has been married they always want to feel and look like a princess on their special day!

As an encore bride you should not feel restricted about your choice of wedding attire. Old traditions used to point second time brides away from full length gowns, veils and the wearing of ivory or white for their subsequent nuptials but this is no longer the case. You can choose any color or style you wish so long as it suits your age and flatters your figure. If you are a mature encore bride then you are unlikely to want to wear a Cinderella ball gown; you might prefer to choose a simple yet elegant sheath dress, suit or a less formal wedding gown and accessorize with a hat, decorative headpiece or tiara rather than a full veil. According to Nina Callaway of About Weddings,

“Most brides getting remarried have already had their "Princess in a white dress" moment the first time around, and so opt for a more mature look such as a brocade suit or a simple cocktail dress. However, if you eloped the first time, or simply want to have that Princess moment again, there's no reason why you can't. In fact, as divorce and remarriage becomes an evermore regular part of our society, the possibilities for what a second wedding dress can be are endless”.

To help you decide what style of wedding attire is appropriate for your second wedding you should first decide what type of wedding ceremony you are having. Are you having a traditional church wedding, outdoors wedding, destination or beach wedding? If, like Pamela Anderson, you choose to have your second wedding aboard a yacht anchored off of St Tropez, then this will dictate your style of wedding attire (in her case a white string bikini - not every encore brides' first choice I’m sure!).

Wedding Gifts for a Second Wedding

One of the main questions which crops up amongst brides, grooms and also wedding guests, is whether it is acceptable to ask for wedding gifts from guests at your second wedding. This is particularly pertinent if you have invited family and friends who already bought you a gift for your first wedding.

Wedding etiquette states that buying a gift for a couple who are getting married for the second time is definitely not mandatory. Wedding gifts are traditionally given to help a couple set up home together. Nowadays most couples live together before they walk down the aisle and so already have an established household with the requisite amount of crockery, toasters and wine glasses.

You should definitely consider registering for wedding gifts as the majority of your guests will want to buy you a gift (especially if it is a first wedding for one of you). Although typical wedding gifts may not be appropriate for a second wedding, you could consider registering for fun gifts such as equipment for a shared hobby (I attended a second wedding where the bride put golf clubs and lessons on her wedding wish list so that she could share her new husband’s love of the game!), artwork, sculptures or ornaments, a selection of fine wines, vouchers for activity days out (perfect if you have children you can share these with), plants for your garden or a donation to be made to a charity of your choice.

Keep in mind that some of your invited guests might well have been generous with their first wedding gifts to you, so if you are planning to register or ask for gifts then don’t feel hard done by if they choose not to buy you a gift or only buy you a small token gift. Surely the most important thing is that they choose to share your special day!

Personally I would have no problem buying a gift for a couple whose wedding I was invited to, even if I had already bought a gift for their previous wedding (though if it was the same two people remarrying then I would probably only buy a token gift). In my sister’s case she and her fiancé are already talking about their honeymoon which will include my two young nephews, so I suggested to her that she register for travel gift vouchers. There is a great article at Honeymoons.about.com which explains how honeymoon registry websites work. By using one of the free websites mentioned in the article you can list all of your honeymoon expenses including airfares, accommodation costs, excursions, meals, spa treatments, spending cash and even luggage on a website which is accessible to your wedding guests. This means that your guests can purchase whatever aspect or make whatever contribution towards your honeymoon they wish. If, like my sister, this idea appeals to you then you might also want to take a look at Weddingmiles.com where you can set up a registry for your guests to buy you frequent flyer miles to put towards your honeymoon or future travel once you are married.

Honeymoon Plans

Whilst many newlyweds enjoy some time to themselves on their honeymoons, it is becoming more common for couples to include their children in their honeymoon plans after a second wedding. The honeymoon presents a perfect opportunity for blended families to spend time together and share bonding experiences.

As mentioned, my sister intends on taking her two children on her honeymoon (it was her fiancé's idea!). My youngest nephew is obsessed with elephants so my sister has already mentioned that they are considering all going on a safari holiday in Africa - what a perfect way to kick-start their new life together as a family. I am sure they will share lots of great memories from the trip and get to know each other even better!

If you are lucky enough to get a second chance at marriage then I think you should ignore the statistics that say that the chances of a second marriage ending in divorce are 60% compared to 50% of first marriages. Inevitably you will be apprehensive about saying "I do" for the second time but let your hope and optimism shine through for your second wedding. Have confidence in the fact that you are a different person from the one who got married the first time - you are older and wiser second time around.

Resources I recommend for planning your encore wedding:

1,001 Ways to have a Dazzling Second Wedding by Sharon Naylor available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

This guidebook is perfect for women planning their second weddings. It provides the most current and applicable how-to's on such touchy subjects as: gown choice, family participation, guest diplomacy, gifts, bridal party choices, invitation wording, reception planning, religious requirements, and legalities.

Listen to this discussion about the etiquette of getting married again? Questions include what do you wear and do you have a present list? She discusses this topic with Sandra Boler consulting editor of Brides Magazine and journalist Eve Pollard.

Read this New York Times article on on how couples are embracing second weddings as wholeheartedly as first their one. Written by MarcS. Fischler, it offers an excellent insight into the whole subject of encore weddings.

More second wedding websites to check out:

Take2weddings.com - Offers marriage advice and inspirations from how to tell your children you are getting married the second time around to choosing your dress.
Idotaketwo.com - All the second wedding ideas you'll need to plan your remarriage! Leave questions on the second wedding forum and an expert will respond with an answer.
Brideagain.com - Bride Again is designed for the encore bride. It is targeted to women over 30 who have been married at least one before, have children from a previous marriage or are marrying someone with children and are currently planning to be remarried.
Encorebridemagazine.com - Thoughts, suggestions, reflections, and opinions For re-wedding brides.

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Kelly Rowland's Wedding Faux Pas
Date: July 12, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & Magazines

Calling off your wedding must be one of the most difficult things you might do in life. It is inevitably a highly emotional time when you probably feel a combination of huge relief mixed with horrible guilt and some regret. Imagine then how Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland must have felt last year when she called off her wedding only to appear days later on the cover of one of America's widest circulating wedding magazines in a wedding dress - how embarrassing!

Kelly was planning her wedding to Dallas Cowboys American football player Roy Williams last year when they decided to call off the impending nuptials because they both felt they were too young and not ready for marriage. This would have been fine but for the fact that Kelly was the cover girl in the April/May 2005 issue of American magazine Modern Bride and it was due to be released just days later!

According to The Sun Newspaper Kelly explains: "Our timing couldn't have been worse. That issue of Modern Bride had just come out. I was so embarrassed. For weeks I would walk past the newsstand at the speed of light, my hat pulled down." In the wedding magazine article Kelly talked about her wedding plans. She discussed how her Aunt Tina (Beyonce's mother) was designing her bespoke wedding gown and how she planned for all of the guests to participate in the wedding ceremony by placing flowers in a circle for her and Roy to stand inside while they were married. What a difficult time it must have been for her anyway without her abandoned wedding plans becoming public knowledge - I do feel sorry for her. Perhaps next time she will think twice about discussing her wedding plans and modelling a wedding dress for a magazine photo shoot!

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Winner of Nicole Kidman's Bouquet Made To Hand It Over
Date: July 11, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Flower & Decorations & Funny

The wedding guest who caught Nicole Kidman's wedding bouquet had to leave her prized possession behind when she discovered that she was not permitted to fly out of Australia carrying plants.

Evelyn White, a retirement village manager, was invited to Australia's wedding of the year in Sydney last month as she is best friends with Keith Urban's mother Marienne. When Nicole tossed her elegant bouquet of fresh peonies, white roses and gardenias from a balcony during the wedding reception it missed a group of female guests waiting to catch it and landed at Evelyn's feet! Evelyn told The New Zeland Herald "What can a girl do when it falls at her feet?". After picking the bouquet up, Evelyn realised that Australian biosecurity rules would make it impossible for her to travel home to New Zealand with the bouquet. Reluctantly she offered individual flowers to the other wedding guests and eventually handed over what remained of her stunning souvenir to her friend Marienne Urban and country singer Keith's father, Bob.

According to The New Zeland Herald Evelyn commented that the celebrity nuptials had been "a moment to treasure for the rest of your life." Despite the fact that she had to relinquish the bouquet Evelyn said that the Tiffany clock, which Nicole and Keith gave to each of their guests, was a beautiful reminder of the wedding day.

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Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban's Wedding Keepsakes On eBay!
Date: July 04, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Wedding favors are traditionally supposed to be a token of appreciation from the newlywed couple to their guests to thank them for sharing their special day with them. Usually guests are given a precious keepsake that allows them to treasure the memory of that wedding day. It is hard for me to believe therefore that a guest who attended Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding in Sydney 2 weeks ago has now put the wedding favor they received from the couple up for auction on eBay!

Nicole and Keith presented each of their guests with a Tiffany desk clock valued at $512 each, on the back of which they had inscribed "A moment in time, 25th June 2006, Nicole and Keith". According to The Herald Sun one of these beautiful Tiffany wedding favors, along with a collection of other mementos from the wedding including the book of ceremonies, the menu from the wedding reception and a piece of their wedding cake, appeared for sale on eBay.

It is unbelievable that someone who Nicole and Keith chose to include in their exclusive wedding day is trying to make some money out of it! Wasn't attending one of this year's top showbiz weddings enough for them?

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Australia's Wedding Of The Year – Nicole And Keith Say “I Do”
Date: June 25, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban exchanged wedding vows today in a twilight ceremony at Cardinal Cerruti Memorial Chapel at St Patrick's Estate in Manly, Sydney. The gothic-style sandstone church was set on a cliff top overlooking Manly beach and the Pacific Ocean – very dramatic!

Keith, who arrived at the beachside suburb of Manly in a blue four-wheel drive vehicle, wore a black suit, white vest and black tie with a white rose on his lapel.

The majority of the 230 guests attending the black-tie wedding were Australian friends and family. Amongst them were celebrities including Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Baz Luhrmann, Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng, Murdoch's Sydney-based son Lachlan and his wife, model Sarah O'Hare. The wedding guests were ferried from their luxury Sydney hotel to the Chapel in a convoy of luxury sedans and minibuses.

The Chapel and marquee where the reception was being held were decorated with a cornucopia of beautiful flowers including white freesias, gardenias, lilies and orchids – typically generous of Nicole and Keith is the fact that these were later donated to the Sydney Children's Hospital.

The wedding party arrived at the Chapel in a convoy of cream Rolls-Royce wedding cars. It was made up of Nicole’s sister Antonia, as maid of Honor, Isabella, 13, Nicole’s adopted daughter with ex-husband Tom Cruise, and Antonia's daughter, Lucia, who was a flower girl. Standing by Keith at the altar were his brother Shane, who acted as best man and his good friend Marlon Holden, as usher. Nicole’s adopted son Connor, 11, was also expected to act as an usher.

Nicole arrived at the church for the candlelit ceremony accompanied by her father Antony as the sun went down, waving and smiling to the crowds from her cream Rolls Royce limousine. As predicted, she was wearing an elegant ivory-colored empire-waisted wedding gown, reportedly designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, and this was set off by the simple yet elegant posy of white roses which she carried. The stunning bride wore her hair flowing around her shoulders and adorned her ears with drop pearl earrings. Nicole chose to wear a sheer veil which she kept on throughout the ceremony until she finally lifted it to say her wedding vows. A guest from the wedding told People "Nicole cried all the way to the church in the car and then she cried all during the ceremony and had to wipe her eyes under the veil. It was the most emotional and beautiful ceremony. Nicole looked ethereal with her veil floating, like a vision in white. ... Keith cried when he looked at her.”

The traditional Roman Catholic ceremony was officiated by Father Paul Coleman, a Jesuit priest who has been a Kidman family friend for more than 30 years. The wedding ceremony was said to have lasted 35 minutes and included gospel readings, a lecture to the couple on the secret of keeping their love alive and a string quartet from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was expected to perform also. As the church bells chimed at 6.25pm the crowds of fans and paparazzi outside the Chapel cheered as this signaled that Nicole and Keith had exchanged their vows.

The reception kicked off shortly after 7pm as the newlyweds and their guests moved into the dramatically floodlit white marquee which was erected on the lawn of the St. Patrick's Estate. There the guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and champagne as jazz music played. For the wedding meal the guests were expected to dine on tuna as part of entree, a choice of Tasmanian Atlantic salmon or lamb for the main course with baby carrots and a celeriac and potato mash on the side and a raspberry and mascarpone dessert to finish the meal off.

As for entertainment at the reception Hugh Jackman (who as well as being a great actor is also an acclaimed Broadway musical star) and Crowded House's Neil Finn were expected to perform. Nicole had been kept in the dark as to what to expect for the evening entertainment as Keith was keen to surprise her. He reportedly planned to serenade his new wife with a selection of songs from his latest album, Be Here - he favored the love song 'Making Memories Of Us' as it is said to perfectly capture his feelings towards Nicole.

Security for the wedding was planned months in advance and it certainly looks as if the well-laid plans paid off. Police, black-suited security guards and a high wire fence ensured that the wedding did not fall prey to any uninvited guests.

According to People Nicole and Keith released a statement with an official wedding photograph to the waiting media stating, "We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes.”

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ChantChooses A Wedding Dress Fit For A Princess
Date: June 22, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

I am impressed to hear that ChantHoughton, winner of Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, has chosen none other than Elizabeth Emanuel to create her wedding dress. Designer Emanuel became famous for creating Princess Diana's wedding dress in 1981. The ivory silk and taffeta wedding dress became famous for its 25ft train and bodice which was hand-sewn with 10,000 pearls and sequins.

It is quite a choice for 22 year old Chant- 5 months ago she was an unknown promotions girl from Essex and now she is having a bespoke designer wedding dress made for her. Emanuel’s new label Art of Being will make Chantelle's dress.

Chantis due to walk up the aisle with fellow Big Brother housemate, Ordinary Boys singer, Samuel Preston, 24, this summer. According to The Sun the loved-up couple have booked picturesque Stock Brook Country Club in Essex as their wedding reception venue. It looks, from their choice of swanky wedding reception venue and wedding dress designer, that their wedding will be a classy affair. That will suit Preston as he was recently heard commenting that he would rather die than have an over-the-top wedding like Jordan and Peter Andre’s pink extravaganza!

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Nicole Kidman's Sunset Wedding Plans
Date: June 10, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Nicole Kidman is heading back home to Sydney, Australia for her upcoming wedding. The oscar winning actress and her country singing fiance Keith Urban have busily been making preparations in anticipation of their June 25th wedding.

The Hollywood couple have arranged to have their wedding in the evening in the hope that the darkness will prevent the paparazzi from obtaining aerial photos of their nuptials. The couple have supposedly booked up every local helicopter to deter paparazzi from flying overhead. Security and traffic plans are already being put in place by Sydney's police force to prevent a crowd and media frenzy. The couple have asked all wedding suppliers, including chefs, stylists and helicopter pilots, to sign confidentiality contracts to ensure that no details about their wedding will be leaked to the media.

Their ceremony, which is believed to be a traditional Catholic ceremony, is due to begin at sunset at North Sydney's Mary MacKillop chapel. Nicole has attended the chapel before with her parents. Since divorcing Tom Cruise in 2001, who she wed in a Scientology ceremony, Nicole has returned to her Catholic roots and has been attending Mass regularly. According to the Daily Telegraph, Nicole and Keith chose this chapel because of its limited access by both air and road for uninvited guests! The couple have agreed with media publications that they will release two photos of the wedding and a short piece of video footage so long as the paparazzi respect their privacy during their wedding ceremony.

This wedding is set to be one of the showbiz weddings of the year with a guest list that includes many international A-listers. The couple have been trying to keep their wedding plans top secret - so secret that even the guests don't know what to expect yet! They have asked their 200 guests to book into a five-star Sydney hotel and they will then be given further instructions about the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and star-studded wedding reception.

Nicole will be wearing a custom-made Balenciaga wedding gown. She will certainly not have to worry about having a bad hair day on her special day as she has arranged to fly her personal hairdresser and make-up artist to Sydney from New York.

It has not been confirmed but it is thought that Nicole's adopted daughter Isabella and her sister Antonia will be her maids of honor, whilst Keith will have his brother Shane stand by him as his best man. Celebrity chef Luke Mangan is rumoured to be in charge of the wedding catering for the star-studded event, whilst the wedding entertainment will be handled by none other than Bette Midler! Nicole and Keith begged Bette (who is not your typical wedding singer!) to perform her hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" for them at their wedding. A source close to the couple told the British newspaper The Sun, "It is Nicole and Keith's special song. Bette and Nicole are very close. They were both born in Hawaii, so they have a lot in common".

After the wedding festivities the newlyweds are jetting off to Fiji to relax and enjoy a week long honeymoon at the exclusive Wakaya Island Resort. It will be a well-deserved break for the hardworking couple. At present Nicole is on her way back to Sydney after finishing filming on her latest movie in New York. She is due to have a stopover in Shanghai for an appearance at the Shanghai Film Festival on June 13th to promote her upcoming film, The Lady From Shanghai. Meanwhile Keith made a surprise appearance on Wednesday at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville for a live performance with country duo Brooks & Dunn.

The loved up couple have decided against signing a pre-nuptial agreement. They are obviously not interested at all in the material benefits of getting married as they have asked that instead of wedding gifts, guests should donate money to charity instead. What a kind and generous couple - obviously all they need is each other!

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Ben Affleck's Baby Bro Weds
Date: June 06, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Actor Casey Affleck tied the knot with his girlfriend Summer Phoenix in a small private ceremony in Savannah, Georgia at the weekend.

Casey, 30, is the younger brother of Ben Affleck and Summer, 28, is the younger sister of actors Joaquin and the late River Phoenix. It was Joaquin who first introduced Casey to Summer after the two of them became friends in 1995 whilst filming "To Die For". Casey took time out from playing the male lead in brother Ben's directorial debut film "Gone Baby, Gone" to marry his girlfriend of 6 years. Ben took time out from shooting on Friday night when he and wife Jennifer Garner flew down to Savannah for the weekend nuptials.

The newlyweds, who have been engaged since Christmas 2003, share a love of politics, animal rights, veganism and their two year old son Indiana August.

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Ask Ex-Idol To Sing For Their Wedding
Date: June 03, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Not everyone can afford to ask an American Idol runner-up to sing at their wedding but that is exactly what Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have done! They became huge fans of Katharine McPhee during the recent series of Pop Idol so have asked her to sing at their upcoming wedding.

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Katie Holmes Shapes Up To Be A "Buff Bride" For Her Wedding To Tom Cruise
Date: May 31, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & Lose Weight

Katie Holmes has been seeking help on how to get rid of her post-baby bulge before her wedding to Tom Cruise. As well as receiving tips from her celebrity friend Victoria Beckham on how to regain her figure after giving birth, new mum Katie has also sought out help from a company called Buff Brides.

Buff Brides run training programmes to help brides-to-be get in shape for their big day. The original concept comes from the book "Buff Brides" written by Sue Fleming. Sue Fleming says that,

“Brides-to-be are the most committed clients I’ve ever had. They’re motivated, they’re focused, they’re ready. In this society, we’ve been brought up to believe that the most important occasion of a woman’s life is her wedding. On that day, all eyes are on the bride.”

Its not just Katie Holmes who is anxious about her pre-wedding figure. Many brides-to-be are worried about looking their best on their wedding day and also want to be in great shape for their honeymoon. Buff Brides provides them with wedding workout guides in the run up to their big day through a 24 week fitness program or a 12 week crash course training program. Last year the Discovery Network made a reality show based on the "Buff Brides" book and fitness program. Television cameras charted the progress of several brides-to-be as they transformed their wobbly bits in anticipation of their wedding day!

If you, like Katie, need some extra tips on shaping up before your wedding then have a look at Buffbrides.com.

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Vote For Which Wedding Dress Angelina Should Wear!
Date: May 22, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

If you consider yourself to be a fashion expert why not take a look at Usmagazine.com and vote for which wedding dress you think Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes and other celebrities should wear at their upcoming nuptials!

Designers have chosen two dresses for each of the celebrity bride-to-be's to suit their individual hair colouring, complexion, body type and most importantly their personalities!

Although these beautiful designer creations are probably out of most bride's price range, take a look and see which styles the expert Hollywood design team have selected for these stars.

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Tyra's Celebrity Wedding Tips
Date: May 14, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & TV Shows

To find out how you can get married celebrity style on a budget tune in to the Tyra Banks Show this Tuesday 16th May. Tyra shows you how to have "Weddings for Less".

The show investigates why Americans spend $72 billion a year on weddings and Tyra gives you ideas on how to cut your wedding costs.

If you too have cut out a picture of Pink's wedding dress and have been trying to find a match for a budget price then tune in as Tyra will be showcasing Pink's wedding gown, alongside other celebrities' bridal gowns, at a fraction of the original designer prices.

Witness to what lengths a prospective bride will go to win $15,000 in Tyra's bridal giveaway. Plus Tyra surprises one financially challenged couple with the fantasy Vegas wedding of their dreams!

For show times in your area go to www.TyraShow.WarnerBros.com.

Perhaps Tyra will be taking note herself of some of the wedding suppliers details as things get more serious between her and boyfriend Tyler Perry. The cute couple have been dating for a couple of months and Tyra has been overheard mentioning that when she and Tyler have a child they will have to call it Ty-Ty! It sounds like wedding bells may not be far off for the 32 year old ex-model and host of "America's Next Top Model"!

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Preston And ChantBook Their August Wedding Reception in Essex
Date: May 03, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings

News has it that Big Brother 7 will start earlier in May than anticipated, which is great for all UK fans of this hit reality show!

Other Big Brother news is that Preston and Chantfrom the last celebrity show are still heading for a wedding in August. This follows news that they have been able to book a date at the Stock Brook Country Club in Essex due to a cancellation. The happy couple have hired the huge banqueting suite, garden room, patio and lawn for a reception for up to 250 guests. The site states that for a Saturday this will cost £3000, £1500 for Friday and Sunday and £800 for Monday through to Thursday.

I found this quote on Ananova:

"Chantwanted class and was thrilled when the booking became available. She is getting used to the finer things in life and this place delivers."
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Kelly Brooks and Billy Zane's Get Set For A Big Fat Greek Wedding!
Date: May 03, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings

Whilst filming the new steamy thriller Three, Kelly Brook and Titanic star Billy Zane fell for each other and have announced that they are planning a Greek Island wedding. Zane's mum is Greek and he lived there for four years, so although he has never been to a proper traditional Greek wedding, being able to speak fluent Greek will be a huge advantage in planning his own.

No wedding date has been set but Brook 26, said

"We haven't set a date yet but when we do we'll let everyone know."

Wedding guests include ex-lover Jason Statham, as Kelly says they are still best pals. Though maybe we should take this with a pitch of salt as Jason was gutted when she left him for Zane. In fact Jason was rumoured to say he would "blow his legs off".

For those interested in seeing the film - the story goes that businessman Jack Matson and his sexy wife Jennifer end up morooned on a desert island with boat-hand Manuel played by Juan Pablo Di Pace. You guessed it - in this low budget movie Jennifer and Manual end up getting much too close to the annoyance of Jack! I The movie's tagline is "Three arrive. Only two survive". Check out these stills from the movie here.

Brook, who spends most of her time in a little bikini, admitted it might have been love at first sight but matters of the heart had to be put on the back burner whilst she concentrated on making the movie.

In a nutshell she said:

"Any romance or hanky-panky had to wait until after the movie. It's very much like athletes - you save it for after."

The film opens nationwide in the UK on the May 5th following the premiere yesterday in London's Leicester Square. It will go straight to DVD in the US. Brooks was reported to have wowed fans with a tight fitting teal coloured dress, whilst Zane says he knows he is a very lucky man!

Finally back in December the happy couple commented that a honeymoon destination might be Scotland - one I can definitely recommend!

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Fancy Bungee Jumping 440 Feet For Your Stag Party?
Date: April 29, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & Stag Party & Unique Ideas

Is your future husband looking for great ideas for his stag?

If so, why not get him to participate in a spot of bungee jumping and stock car racing!

This is exactly what Steve Williams, long term caddy to Tiger Woods, did prior to his wedding to Kirsty Millar.

Best man Tiger joined Steve on the Nevis Highwire near the South Island township of Queenstown for the 440 feet jump. They both jumped from a cable car held by 1,247 feet of tension wires spanning the Nevis Valley - eight seconds later they were faced with just a 100 feet gap between the canyon's walls. No wonder this is regarded as one of the world's most incredible challenges for all adventure tourists!

The following day saw Steve and Tiger take part in a 12 lap celebrity stock car race just south of Auckland on the North Island. This was a new experience for Tiger , but not so Steve who when not caddying is a New Zealand champion in modified saloon cars. One can only imagine the small print in their respective insurance policies, when asked about it Tiger stated it had been "taken care of".

Money was raised during the day for the Steve Williams Foundation, to help provide sporting careers for disadvantaged youth.


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Eminem's Second Wedding To Kim Mathers Ends In Divorce
Date: April 25, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & Legal Matters

Eminem's recent wedding was anything but usual. The most unusual thing about it though was his choice of bride - his ex-wife Kim who he famously idealises torturing or killing in his many hit songs including Kim, Bonnie and Clyde, Puke and Stan.

His latest hit single "When I'm gone" which was released prior to news of his impending nuptials, should have given his fans a clue of his changed feelings towards his ex-wife. In the final verse of the song he says, "I walk right up to Kim and kiss her, Tell her I miss her, Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister".

The world's biggest rap star orginally married childhood sweetheart Kim in 1999 but the marriage only lasted 14 months before he flied for divorce and entered into a bitter custody battle over their daughter Hailie, now aged 10.

Fast track seven years and we find that this second marriage didn't delight everyone, his outspoken grandmother Betty Kresli said:

"He needs to think twice about marrying her again, or at least get a pre-nup this time around."

Well Betty will be relieved to know that a prenuptial agreement was signed a week before their January 14 wedding in Rochester Hills! - and so must Eminem as news has it that after just three short months he is filing for divorce again!

Prenuptial agreements don't sound very romantic but for some couples they are essential - are you one of them?

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Showbiz Wedding Plans for Ant
Date: March 05, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

"I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" presenter Ant McPartlin has revealed the extravagant plans for his upcoming nuptials. Millionaire Ant is spending £150,000 on his wedding to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong.

According to the Sun Newspaper Ant has hired out five-star luxury mansion Cliveden House in Berkshire for the ceremony and reception. His plans include a five-course dinner for their guests and the evening will end with a spectacular firework display.

Ant, 30 and Lisa, 29 have been together for 10 years. Ant popped the question to Lisa during a holiday in Dubai in April 2005, when he presented her with a Tiffany engagement ring estimated to be worth £16,000.

Their June wedding is one of the most anticipated showbiz weddings this year with many celebrities expected to be in attendance. Unfortunately Robbie Williams, a close friend of both Ant and Dec, will be unable to attend due to his touring schedule this summer. This will disappoint Ant who had previously said that he would like Robbie to sing at his wedding.

The wedding guests are sure to be entertained anyway by the best-man's speech, as Ant has asked his "I'm A Celebrity" co-host and long-time friend Declan Donnelly to take on this role.

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Elizabeth Hurley's Wedding Dress Dilemma - Gown or Kaftan?
Date: January 20, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Attire & Celebrity Gossip & Celebrity Weddings & Dresses & Stress

It seems Elizabeth Hurley is having trouble finding the right wedding dress! Sound familiar?

She is currently dating Indian business tycoon Arun Nayer and hasn't ruled out wearing a kaftan.

"I might just get married in an Elizabeth Hurley beach kaftan. Jewelled, of course. Hand-beaded in India."

Liz fears that with so many friends in the fashion business it would be a nightmare to try and find something that meets with their approval. I think she is missing the point, surely she should be looking for a wedding dress that makes her happy!

She reckons the easy way out is to make it herself or buy it from Debenhams.

Oh well I'm sure Liz will cope, but isn't funny to see that everyone gets stressed out about their wedding, even when they aren't engaged.

Liz, if you're reading - I recommend you take a read of my article on coping with wedding stress

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Pink's Beach Wedding
Date: January 09, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Pop star Pink has married her long-term love Carey Hart in a sunset beach ceremony in Costa Rica. The singer dressed in a beautiful champagne-coloured halterneck dress tied at the waist with a dramatic black sash, rather than her usual rock chick gear, wed the 30-year-old daredevil biker in front of 100 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, at the Four Seasons resort on the central American country's Papagayo peninsula.

Pink, real name Alecia Moore, and Carey met in 2001 and have been dating on and off ever since. Pink proposed during Carey's race at the Pro 250 event in Mammoth lakes, California last June by holding up a sign that read "Will you marry me?".

Their wedding was as non-traditional as the proposal - they wanted an intimate and non-denominational ceremony. "We're spiritual, but we're not religious," said the groom. "It was about being with our closest friends and family and having a fun, loose party."

The newlyweds honeymoon plan is to head off with their four dogs on a snowboarding holiday.

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Alanis Morissette Favours An iPod Over A Wedding DJ - How About Yourself?
Date: January 07, 2006 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Budgeting & Celebrity Weddings & Music & Dance & Unique Ideas

It is becoming an increasingly common view from couples planning their own wedding on a budget that one of the main moneysaving options is to opt for DIY music rather than hiring a band or wedding DJ. More and more budget conscious brides and grooms are cutting costs of expensive weddings by forgoing the traditional wedding DJ and master of ceremonies, and instead using an Apple iPod. Could this new digital technology make wedding DJs obsolete?

A lot of wedding DJ's really help to create an atmosphere and do offer you the benefit of their many years experience of wedding entertainment. However a lot of couples’ confidence in wedding DJs is waning nowadays as DJs are prone to sitting at a laptop pushing a few buttons and get paid vast amounts of money for doing so. Most couples rightly believe that they could do exactly the same thing themselves and save money.

However, it is not just budget-conscious couples who are opting for iPod music at their weddings, rock star Alanis Morissette, who is engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds, has said during recent interviews that she is interested in using an iPod at her wedding which is due to take place this year. She is amongst a growing number of couples making personal music players a central part of their wedding day.

The way it is done is for the couple to make a playlist of music they would like to hear at their wedding reception and then download it to the iPod. The iPod can then be connected to a PA system. A sound system will need to be rented or borrowed including speakers, amplifiers, cables and a microphone. These sound systems are inexpensive to rent comparative to the cost of hiring a DJ or live band. If you don't own an iPod or know of anyone with one an MP3 DJ program on your laptop can work just as well.

Advantages of using an iPod for your wedding music entertainment:

♫ As mentioned you will be saving money. DJs charge an average of £500 per wedding and a live band can cost up to double this amount. If you already own an iPod then your only cost will be hiring a PA system to play the iPod through. If you don’t already own an iPod or laptop you can spend the money you budgeted for a DJ on treating yourself to a new one.

♫ By being in complete control of the musical entertainment at your wedding reception this allows you to put your own personal stamp on the event. You can choose every song that is played and express yourselves through your choice of music.

♫ As a couple you might well have different taste in music. By using an iPod you can both download your preferred songs so that you can get greater variety than might possibly be available through a DJ.

♫ Choosing to select the music yourself will allow you to control the pace of the evening. Sometimes wedding DJs can make the event seem staged and not so relaxing. You can select different playlists to alter the mood of the evening.

♫ Organising the wedding music yourself is an exciting and innovative idea. By using an iPod you can set a trend and bring a uniqueness to your wedding. Your guests will be sure to be impressed by the novelty of a wedding without a DJ.


Things to consider when using an iPod:

♫ An iPod sound when amplified over large sound systems is usually fine but it is important for you to have a practice session beforehand. If you are renting the sound system equipment ensure that you rent it prior to the wedding date so that you can pre proof the audio setup. This is even more important if you are having your wedding reception outdoors.

♫ Using an iPod can be a money-saving idea as long as you are organised and have some committed friends to help. You will need to arrange who will set up and dismantle the sound system on the wedding day. You will also need to nominate someone to be in charge of the music that can change songs in the event something is not working.

♫ To ensure that the sound system runs smoothly and to keep an eye on the playlist you could perhaps ask a musical or technical whiz amongst your friends, family or wedding attendants to be the unofficial music-watcher. Sometimes there can be a couple of seconds pause between songs so it is important to have someone supervise.

♫ In order to keep the reception flowing smoothly you should consider nominating someone to make announcements and quickly switch the music to enhance various events at the reception (e.g. cutting of the cake, tossing of the bouquet/garter, the first dance, serving of the buffet etc.).

♫ Another point to note is that it will take a little bit of practice to switch between the iPod and a microphone when acting as MC and making announcements and speeches during the dancing. Ensure that whoever has offered to do this task on the wedding day has a practice in advance.

♫ Something to bear in mind is that the person you choose to operate the iPod and thus "DJ" your wedding reception will not be able to undertake any other responsibilities during your wedding. It is a big responsibility and one that might best be shared between a few of your wedding attendants, family members or friends to ease pressure on any one guest. You might well want to release your inner DJ/MC and take on these tasks yourself!

♫ Ensure that you offer your guests choice with your music playlists. There might also be special songs that you should ensure are downloaded prior to the wedding. Select appropriate music for the guests and respond to their requests. You should be prepared to deal with guest’s music requests. If you do not choose to take requests but would prefer to stick to a playlist then this can be left to run with minimum supervision.

♫ An important recommendation is to back up your playlists in case of a technical malfunction. Another idea is to have a backup iPod or laptop or other musical device whereby if the iPod fails to work for some reason (they have been known to freeze) on the actual day then you do have an altnerative source of music rather than reverting to Uncle Tommy playing tunes on the spoons to entertain your guests!

♫ Make sure that you leave the iPod in one place and do not move it around as this can increase the risk of it failing to work.

♫ If you are concerned with the visibility restrictions of an iPod then try a powerbook laptop as its screen is larger and it allows for more audio options.

♫ If you are not having dancing at your wedding event and simply want background music you can simply use an iPod and speakers without having to rent a larger sound system.

♫ If you are at all worried that if you eliminate the DJ the musical entertainment may not go so smoothly look at positive feedback on the internet. You can start to read up about another bride-to-be’s opinions on iPod music at weddings here.

Further Reading On Wedding Music and Songs:
20 Essential Wedding DJ - Choosing the right DJ is crucial and my top tips should help you get it right.
How To Successfully Choose Your Wedding Songs And Music - Whether you choose a live band, a string quartet, a DJ or even an iPod these tips will help you make your choices.
Revealing Five Wedding Song Ideas 5 tips to selecting the best wedding songs you can.

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Discovering Trendy Wedding Venues
Date: December 06, 2005 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings & Venues

Finding a wedding venue can be tough!

I found that once I had found my wedding venue and then subsequently my reception venue everything else seemed to fall into place. I'm not sure if I was just lucky, but it was such a weight off my mind that other decisions didn't seem so difficult.

I could start to picture the whole day and everything seemed so much more real - especially when I had put down the deposits!

One venue that has certainly been pushed into the limelight is Windsor's Guildhall in the UK. I know it well and although TV coverage for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was only of the outside many people around the world are now aware of it.

Come December 21 Sir Elton John and David Furnish will again give further status to this Windsor venue when they are one of the first gay couples in the UK to get wed.

It makes me wonder will brides and grooms start to pick venues based on which celebrities previously got married in them?

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Is There A New Mrs Brad Pitt?
Date: November 02, 2005 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Is it true that with the ink hardly dry on his divorce papers from Jennifer Aniston, Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt has married Angelina Jolie? Read all about it and form your own opinion.

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Christina Aguilera's Wedding Gift to Hurricane Funds
Date: October 21, 2005 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Generous celebrity Christina Aguilera has asked that guests invited to her upcoming wedding to Jordan Bratman donate money to charity rather than buy the newlyweds wedding gifts. Her preferred charities are those which help New Orleans residents who have suffered at the hands of hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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Ashton and Demi's New Marriage Sitcom
Date: October 20, 2005 • Author: Emily • Filed Under: Celebrity Weddings

Ashton Kutcher is producing a new television show for the Fox TV network which is loosely based on the his relationship with Demi, his new wife. The show is about a younger man who marries an older woman and becomes stepfather to her children - sounds familiar! To read more about this click here.

Ashton, 27, and Demi, 42, married last month after dating for two years and their wedding was one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. The couple decided to tie the knot in early September and it took them just a couple of weeks to organise their wedding day. They treated it like a top-secret operation and enlisted the help of their most trusted friends and a crack team of experts.

They married on 24 September 2005 in a traditional Kabbalah evening ceremony at their Beverly Hills Estate in California. The ceremony began with first Ashton and his father walking down the aisle of their living room, closely followed at approximately 9pm by Demi and her 3 daughters. The couple chose a delicate blend of ivory, cream and white for their wedding's colour scheme.

The guests in attendance were 45 of their close family and friends and included Demi's 3 daughters and ex-husband Bruce Willis. Their guest list included celebrities Lucy Liu, James Van Der Beek, Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson. The guests enjoyed a mixture of soft jazz piano music and classical guiter music during Ashton and Demi's fairy tale wedding.

After the formalities were over the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a romantic celebratory dinner party in their magically decorated backyard which was transformed with candlelit glass votives, ivory dahlias, white cymbidium orchids hanging from birch branches and small bags filled with water and wrapped in silver thread.

The catering was courtesy of a Beverly Hills firm who provided mouth-watering appetisers including spicy tuna tartar served on wontons, wasabi caviar with creme fraiche on purple potatoes and seared beef and quince paste with mint served on crostini. The menu for the sit-down dinner included rib-eye roast with red wine shallot sauce, grilled halibut and chicken curry, yukon and sweet potato mash, grilled white and green asparagus, roasted broccoli rabe, sauteed corn and arugula with olive oil, lemon and sea salt. After dinner the guests gathered to watch as Demi and Ashton cut into their huge vanilla cream gateau decorated with chocolate painted circles.

Their low-key intimate and truly elegant wedding went without a hitch.

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