Don’t Be “That Girl”- The 10 Ugliest Wedding Dresses We’ve Ever Seen

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There’s nothing wrong with “thinking outside of the box”, but when it comes to your wedding dress, it’s always good to keep in mind that while your memories might fade, your wedding photos are forever. That being said, here are 10 of the worst wedding dresses we’ve ever seen.

In case you plan on throwing away every dress the next day…

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If your dog needs a new toy the day after your wedding…

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In case you plan on sinking, you can stay afloat!

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Everyone could use a piece of abstract art in their home…the day after their wedding

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In case you’re afraid of getting lost in the dark…

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No. Just No.

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In case you need a tulle canopy for your bed…

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Maybe your home could use an artificial coral reef after your get married…

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And we leave you with this.

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Bad Dress Etiquette: Are You A Good Bridesmaid?

So your best girlfriend since Kindergarten is getting married. If you haven’t been included in the selection process, you’re likely being emailed a link to the terrible bridesmaid dress she’s requesting you wear to the festivities.
Is there any way to get around wearing that awful thing or do you suck it up and swallow your pride? After all, you’ll only have to wear that dress once.

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There are some instances where it’s okay to speak up about your dress. The bride should take into account that unless all of her friends are Stepford Wives, no two women are going to look exactly the same. The style of dress chosen for the bridesmaids should be equally flattering on all shapes. That being said, if your dress doesn’t flatter your figure, it’s perfectly fine to speak up. I mean, there are

Another reason to speak up is cost. It can be downright expensive being a bridesmaid. It can cost up to $1,000.00 for a bridesmaid to attend the wedding. If the dress the bride selected is a little above your price range, it’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about a less expensive, but equally tasteful option.
You’ll want to remember that when addressing any issues with the bride, that you don’t want to be confrontational. Keeping a calm head is more likely to yield results after all!

In situations when your grievance is not about function or finance, it may not be appropriate to complain about your dress to the bride. If you’re just not digging the color of the dress or the ruffles on the bust, then you may be out of luck. When dealing with your friends, sometimes you need to bite the bullet and take one for the team. Your dear friend will (hopefully) only be marrying once, so this is the last time you’ll have to look at that dress.

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Bacon Themed Wedding Wins Newlyweds a Honeymoon

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A recent pork lovers contest found a newlywed couple having a bacon themed wedding that won them a honeymoon to the pork capital of the world: Baltimore, MD. The couple had everything from bacon wrapped bouquets to throwing bacon bits at the end of the ceremony instead of rice. Not all newlyweds envision their dream wedding to be covered in bacon, and if you’re stressed out about wedding planning there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your big day goes as smoothly as possible.

Your wedding can be one of the most hectic moments that you and your partner will experience together. In many cases the bride gets so caught up in making sure that the wedding is picture perfect that they begin to lose the value of why they’re planning a wedding in the first place. There are a lot of decisions that the groom takes no part in, depending on the type of relationship you have. Trying to plan a wedding that is for the both of you will help eliminate much of the stress that wedding planning can bring into a relationship. You must remember every day to value your partner, and not to get lost in your wedding plans. A wedding is just for the day, a marriage is for a lifetime. Ensuring that you continue to do the things you did before the wedding plans as a couple will help keep you both happy.

Ask for help, weddings can be fun to plan if you allow for others to help you when you need it. There will be times that decisions will be made without both the bride and groom, and these are the moments where you can call your friends and family and have fun with your decision making. While allowing others to partake in your wedding, usually the bridal party and in laws, it will give your wedding day more value to those who aren’t getting married that day. This will also alleviate some of the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. In addition, having help gives you the security that you aren’t handling everything on your own when your partner is unavailable.

A major thing to always remember when planning your wedding is to keep an open mind and open heart. There will be times where the idea you’ve had in your mind just won’t work out the way you want it to, and by remaining open-minded you will automatically reduce the stress of having everything done a certain way. It’s great to have a specific idea of how you want your wedding to look like and your wedding day to go, however life is unexpected and it would be silly to put all your coins in one bag. Always have a plan B, this way if something does happen you’re already prepared for it. Being nervous and stressed out is normal, but having your heart and mind set on one thing that may or may not work can lead to disaster. For instance, are you planning an outdoor wedding? You should definitely have a plan B in case the weather doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped.

Always remember that this wedding is to celebrate the love between you and your future lifelong partner, try not to turn against each other while planning this big day. Continue to show each other love and appreciation. A happy marriage starts with a happy and healthy relationship. This can and will get crazy during the time that your wedding is being planned, particularly when it comes to picking out custom bridesmaid dresses, so just make sure to not get crazy on each other, unless it’s in a good way. The smoothest and best part of a wedding will ultimately be with the bride and groom’s happiness.

Wedding Videographer Scammed 150 Newlywed Couples

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Jesse Clark, owner of SureShot Portraits LLC was taken to court this week when Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a civil lawsuit stating that he had taken money from over 150 newlywed couples and never provided them with video footage of their wedding. He has been ordered to pay $500,000 in damages. Supposedly, Clark would take the money from the couple and then hold the footage hostage if they didn’t remove internet complaints, and would often never deliver anything and never give a refund. It’s important that as a couple, you avoid these types of business owners if you can help it, which in most cases you can. SureShot Portraits has an F rating from the Better Business Bureau and by doing a little online research you can easily tell that they are a vendor you’d want to avoid hiring. Make sure that before you hire any vendors for you wedding, unless you know them personally or have had a friend or family member recommend them that you take the time to do a little research before you trust them to render any services pertaining to your wedding.

There are a lot of people who try to capitalize on the wedding industry who aren’t professional and have little to no wedding experience. The stress of planning a wedding can often cause people to hire vendors on a whim without conducting thorough research. That being said, it’s imperative that when you begin to plan your wedding you get recommendations from your friends and family first when it comes to the videographer, photographer, caterer, custom wedding dress designer, and more. If your friends and family have no sound recommendations then it’s time to start using the internet as a resource. Make sure that every vendor you consider hiring has a good online reputation and doesn’t have any negative reviews online. Additionally, don’t be afraid to get quotes from multiple vendors and compare prices in order to decrease the amount of money that you spend. A lot of people tend to have the misconception that the most expensive vendors are the best vendors and this simply isn’t the case. In order to pick the best vendor, it’s important to get the word of mouth recommendations of your friends and family first, and then take to the internet if you need to do so.

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Mother of Five Loses $23k Wedding Ring at Garage Sale

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A California resident by the name of Racquel Cloutier gave birth to her fifth child this week, and prior to going into labor she placed her wedding ring into a wooden jewelry box for safe keeping. Her husband, in an attempt to get rid of excess materials from the home prior to his wife’s return, accidentally sold the wooden box in a garage sale for ten dollars. The ring was valued at $23,000 and Cloutier is offering a reward to whoever can return the ring to her. The couple suspects that whoever bought the jewelry box has no idea that the wedding ring is inside of it. The happy mother of five is hoping that whoever has the ring will come forward once they realize it’s in their possession. Wedding rings are an invaluable keepsake and should always be kept in a safe place. The stress of going through labor is enough to make someone lose just about anything, and accidents like can be avoided with a little planning. When it comes to finding the perfect wedding ring, one of the number one things to keep in mind is that insurance is a must especially should something like this happen. If you are unsure how to go about getting insurance for your wedding ring, there are local agents everywhere who can help you out.

Finding a great wedding ring is more than just a trip to the jeweler. For men, it’s important to communicate with their significant other as far as design and material are concerned. This may seem like a quick way to ruin a big surprise, but by being communicative you can avoid disappointment and a potential argument. This is particularly important if you are planning on getting a wedding ring or a custom wedding dress that is costly. It’s better to talk openly about your partner’s preferences rather than spend a lot of money on something that they may not like. Another good practice is to look at more than one jewelry shop and study up about the different diamond grades so that you have a good understanding and knowledge about what you’re actually purchasing. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting ripped off or purchasing a low quality diamond with a high quality price tag. Diamonds aren’t something that people buy everyday so it’s to be expected that you’ll have to do a little research before making this kind of purchase. Beyond buying a wedding ring, always remember the reason for the gesture in the first place. Couples can get caught up in the details and stress of planning a wedding to the point of forgetting the real reason for all of the planning. Your wedding day, and the wedding planning process is something that you will remember for the rest of your life so always keep sight of your intentions and don’t get overwhelmed by material obligations.

John Travolta Crashes Weekend Wedding in Georgia

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John Travolta traveled to Georgia last week in order to have his pilots license renewed and while he was there he met a couple that was to be wed the following day. The three were all out together at a bar, and shared drinks and stories. The next day, Travolta surprised the couple by showing up at their wedding in jeans and a baseball cap. Despite his attire, the couple was thrilled, and the bride, groom and bridal part all took pictures with Travolta. This is not the first time that John Travolta has crashed a wedding. In 1977 he and Robin Williams walked in on a ceremony in Santa Barbara. The seasoned wedding crasher gave the lucky couple a memorable experience that made their big day even more special than it would have originally been.

It’s no big surprise that not everyone can have a celebrity drop in at their wedding but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do in order to ensure that your wedding turns out to be the most memorable day of your life. Having a ceremony that includes your friends and family is usually enough of a reason to make your wedding day one of the most special experiences that you will ever have. The venue also plays a big role in how memorable your wedding day will be. That being said, it’s important to take extra care when determining which venue to hold your wedding at. Through the decor, venue, and landscape you can create nearly any type of atmosphere you want.

It’s also important to take advantage of the wedding menu planning to the best of your ability. Make sure that when you are planning the menu, you take into account everything that you want your wedding to entail. If you have a specific theme, you can use the menu in order to highlight the theme and make sure that your guests are well fed and happy. The menu can often be one of the biggest highlights of the wedding so it’s important to take great care when it comes to planning out the food that you intend to serve.

Pay special attention to the attire at your wedding because you will be photographed in pictures that will be around for the rest of your life. Make sure that if you are wearing a custom wedding dress and having your bridesmaids wear custom bridesmaid dresses that you choose a designer with an impeccable reputation. The dresses should fit perfectly and at the same time appear well made and be comfortable. The wedding photos are one of the most important aspects when it comes to building life long memories and therefore it’s important that you make wise choices when it comes to your wedding attire.

Sean Parker Pays 2.5 Million to Wed in an Environmentally Sensitive Location

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Big Sur is located on the central coast of California, and refers to the area where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful location is not an ideal spot for having a wedding, as the terrain is rough and there are many endangered plants and animals that could be sensitive to the presence of a large group of people. For Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and former Facebook president, none of this seemed to matter. Parker has just paid 2.5 million dollars to appease the California Coastal Commission in exchange for being able to follow through with his wedding plans.

Parker commissioned and went through with major construction plans in the area before the Commission caught wind of what was going on. Once the plans were already in motion, the Commission couldn’t stop the construction. Parker has already built a small village in the beautiful coastal region. Rather than demand that he tear down the structure, they settled with Parker who was said to have been very cooperative and kind. Parker has also agreed to develop a mobile app that brings awareness to the environmental issues that the region faces. The dismantling of the construction will be overseen by environmental professionals in order to ensure that the local community and the region are not disturbed. The wedding took place last weekend and was said to have cost nearly 15 million dollars.

This type of wedding budget is obviously not typical, and if you are looking to have a beautiful wedding in a lush location, you can do so without being a billionaire. The fact that Parker chose such a sensitive location and had to build his own village in order to sustain the people who were in attendance speaks volumes to the convenience of the location. It’s important that when you are choosing a wedding destination, you are practical about the money that you’ll need to spend in order to accommodate your wedding party. Destination weddings can be tricky and many people find that some of their closest friends and family are not able to attend the event due to the inconvenience of travel and/or being able to afford accommodations. Always keep in mind other peoples budgets, especially when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Your wedding day is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and therefore you want to take every measure possible in order to ensure that your closest loved ones are in attendance, even if that means cutting back on the money that they will have to spend in order to be in attendance on your big day.

Man Proposed to Girlfriend on Vine, Girlfriend Responds on Twitter

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In the latest social media wedding proposal, Los Angeles business consultant Curt Buthman proposed to his girlfriend by posting a video of himself popping the big question on Vine. Vine is one of the newer social media platforms that enables you to take short videos of things and post them onto the outlet to share with your friends, family and co-workers. As if this type of wedding proposal weren’t impersonal enough, Buthman’s girlfriend responded “Yes!” to the proposal on Twitter! You’d think this was all one giant hoax, and that the couple must have had a “real” or more intimate proposal beforehand, but alas it was all done through social media. The proposal and response alone prove that this couple is meant to be together.

Despite the impersonal nature of using social media to propose to your loved one, the gesture is also loaded with the subcontext of needing attention and wanting to get married for the wrong reasons. You can only hope that if someone proposes on social media that their intentions are pure and that they are marrying you for the right reasons. A lot of proposals go south even when they aren’t mal-intended, so when it comes to proposing to your loved one try, at all costs, to avoid doing so over a social media outlet. The primary purpose of social media is to connect to a larger audience. A wedding proposal is an intimate and personal gesture that is symbolic of how you will spend the rest of your life. That being said, it’s very important to carefully examine the way in which you are planning to propose and perhaps keep social media as a non-option from the very beginning.

If you are unsure about how to propose to your loved one, don’t be afraid to use the internet for inspiration. That isn’t to say that you should use the internet as a means to actually propose. Be careful about the way in which you chose to propose and try to make it as intimate and personal as possible. The only thing worse than a bad proposal is the love of your life rejecting a future with you because of it. It’s well worth the extra effort to go above and beyond when it comes to planning a proposal that your loved one has always dreamed of. In the long run the one thing that is certain is that when it comes to proposing to your loved one you need to put down the app, social media outlet, iPhone, laptop etc. and make it an experience that isn’t reduced to a technological gesture. By doing so, you will ensure a future with the person that you love and end up living a beautiful, happy and healthy life.

Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress to be Sold at Major Auction

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When Elizabeth Taylor was 18 years old she wed Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950 and the dress she wore is going up for auction at Christies in London on June 26. The gown was designed by MGM by designer Helen Rose and is made of 25 yards of satin with a 15 foot train. The dress is expected to go for roughly $75,000 and will draw an international crowd of bidders.

Dresses that were made in the 1950’s have a nostalgic, vintage feel that many skilled designers are able to replicate if you don’t have 75k laying around to purchase Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress. Vintage dresses are great for brides who are having a vintage inspired wedding or for brides who want to have a more conservative look. Dresses that were made in the 50’s are known for being very modest and conservative and this can bring an element of style to many traditional types of weddings or conservative ceremonies.

If you are trying to decide which type of wedding dress is best for your big day, start by using the Internet for inspiration. Browse through different eras of wedding dresses and pick a time period that you feel moved by and go from there. Each era had a different style, cut and overall look and you can even get creative and pull different components from each era that you like the most. Finding inspiration from different eras is a great way to start your wedding dress search if you are at a loss as far as where to start when deciding on a wedding dress.

Finding the perfect custom wedding dress is a wonderful experience that you can enlist your friends to help you with. That being said, find inspiration from your friends who were already married. Ask to look at their wedding dresses and even ask them what their favorite and least favorite aspects of the design and overall fit were. Learning from your friends experiences is a great way to ensure that you make the best decisions when it comes to picking out your own wedding dress.

If you are still unsure about where to start or if you are truly having trouble finding a wedding dress style that you fall in love with, you may want to enlist a custom wedding dress designer who can consult with you to help you find the perfect dress. Once you’ve decided on a wedding dress, you will be able to build the entire theme and motif of the wedding-from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses-around the style of your dress. Finding a wedding dress is a great way to take advantage of your close friendships and is an opportunity to create long lasting memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life.

Dock Collapses at Wedding, Leaving Bridal Party Soaked

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Over the weekend, a wedding in Gainsville, Georgia ended up being one of the most memorable experiences ever, even if for the wrong reasons. A wedding party of 27 people were on the dock at the scenic wedding location when it broke, sending the entire bridal party plunging into the lake below them. One of the bridesmaids suffered from a fractured bone, but other than that nobody was hurts. Onlookers said that you could hear playful screams and shouts and that overall the experience was humorous and livened up the proceedings.   Everyone was said to have dried off, and the wedding and reception went on as planned.

Weddings are a great place to create long lasting memories, and it’s important to remember that if something like this happens to you, not to panic. Panic at a wedding is one of the worst types of emotions to feel due to the fact that A. there’s probably not a whole lot that you can do to change your circumstances and B. you will remember whatever is happening for the rest of your life. There is always more than one way to handle a situation. Over the weekend, this bride had a number of different choices and she chose to not make the worst of an already less-than-ideal situation. Instead of making a big deal, or worse, turning into a “brideszilla”, this bride took the high road and made everyone feel like they were okay, because she was okay.

Making people feel comfortable at your wedding is a huge part to having an successful event. People are sensitive, and can easily pick up on others emotions. If a bride or groom is unhappy on their big day, chances are their “vibes” will wear off on the rest of the party, making everyone noticeably uncomfortable. The more calm, cool and collected you act at your wedding, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone in attendance. The fact of the matter is that when a situation like this one arises, you are presented with a choice. It’s much easier to panic than to take a moment, breathe and make the best of the situation. It helps to prepare yourself mentally for snafus before they happen. Going into your wedding with a mindset of preparedness and confidence that you can handle anything that life throws you will help you to remain strong and more important to remain grateful despite what shortcomings you may experience.

Had this bride freaked out when her entire wedding party fell into the lake, wedding and bridesmaid dresses in tact, she wouldn’t have had the perspective that this was the “best day of her life” and that the experience made her wedding beyond memorable. We can all take a page from this brides book when it comes to making the most out of accidents and moving forward with the plans we have to share with our loved ones on the big day!