Nuptial No-Nos

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

A few days ago, a friend of mine called from her vacation in the Outer Banks to fill me in on some exciting news – her boyfriend proposed on the beach where they first met, making her next in our group of friends to say “I do.” She also warned that I should prepare myself for hours of wedding talk and party planning as soon as she returns home. This won’t be a problem, though, as I am super excited for her and look forward to helping make her day as special as possible. And with the 2014 wedding season in full swing, we shouldn’t have to look too hard for “I do” ideas.

Just this morning I caught a story out of Minnesota about a bridal party’s exceptionally memorable photo shoot. With a scenic lake as the backdrop, members of the bridal party made their way out onto a dock to snap a few pictures before the ceremony. (I’m sure you can imagine what happens next.) Perhaps the dock was old and weathered, or maybe the combined weight of the wedding party – all 22 of them – was too much, but the platform slowly collapsed and dunked nearly everyone on the dock… and I can only imagine how cold a Minnesota lake is this time of the year!

Another recent wedding story emanated out of Tennessee. This time, however, the head-turning factor came by choice, not by accident, when a bride put her own spin on the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” tradition. As the bride walked down the aisle, guests in attendance were shocked to see her 1-month-old daughter attached to her dress! The baby was swaddled in fabric that was secured directly to the train, dragging behind the bride as she walked. An interesting way to include someone in the bridal party, don’t you think?

I’m looking forward to the next get-together with my newly-engaged friend as many congratulations are in order. And although I’ve never orchestrated a wedding myself, I feel confident in offering two bits of information as I help her plan her big day: stay on dry land, and don’t attach anything – or anyone – to your dress.

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