Governor’s Daughter Returns $15K Wedding Gift

Merlin_18012851_image_982wGovernor Robert McDonnell of Virginia has been under some serious investigation in recent months from his family being offered so many expensive and free gifts from those who have endorsed his campaign. In the state of Virginia, it is required that any gift given to the state’s first family worth over $50 must be made aware to Federal Officials. While his wife has accepted countless gifts to improve her public appearance, new reports are claiming his daughter returned a check for $15,000 given to her as a wedding gift.

The check came from one of Governor McDonnell’s biggest endorsers, Jonnie Williams, who has given the family thousands of dollars in gifts already. Upon the federal investigation, McDonnell has hired a private legal team to return all the funds back to Williams. However, Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli stated otherwise saying that the governor will not be reimbursing Williams as the $18,000 in gifts has included already used vacations, dinners, and private jet travel, all of which are things that cannot be given back.

Upon word that both of the Governor’s daughter’s were engaged, rumors began swirling that a majority of the wedding festivities would be funded by Williams’ company which manufactures nutritional supplements. Cuccinelli gained word that both the Governor’s daughters returned their wedding checks, both for $15,000 and he stated that he was pleased the Governor finally took some initiative.

Financial Obligation Of Being A Bridesmaid

Pink-Bridesmaids-Dresses-500x333Regardless whether it is their second, third, or first, weddings reign supreme in the biggest life celebrations. As soon as the future groom pops the question, it is then the future bride’s duty to propose to her best friends on whether or not they will be her bridesmaid. However, in some instances, bridesmaids end up turning down the offer due to the overall cost which includes accessories, the dress, gifts, and travel. For some serial bridesmaids, they can collect “bridesmaid debt,” due to the overall estimation for a standard bridesmaid being $1,695.

The standard receipt for a bridesmaid according to www.Mint.com:

Dress – $150

Travel [wedding, shower, bachelorette party] - $300 each

Gifts – $200

Soraya Jollon, a New York based wedding planner, explains, “The majority of bridesmaids are happy to buy a dress. If a bride has historically been the type to figure out exactly what each person owes when the bill arrives at a group dinner, she may ruffle some feathers if she insists that her friends buy a $500 dress and matching shoes.” However, a bridesmaid will typically put up with the bride because every wedding is usually stereotypical, and nothing that happens is something you have not heard of before.

The culture of a wedding is to be expensive, and the hardest thing for a bridesmaid is making sure your bride will understand if some things are a little too pricey. As a bridesmaid, it is important to voice anything financial so you do not end up screwing yourself over in the end with debt or cause drama between the bridal party.

‘Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids’ Begins Filming New Season

51oIdzgbtaL._SX500_Small towns all over the nation have been going crazy over filming for TLC’s original show, Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids. The show was a spinoff of TLC’s other original program, Say Yes To The Dress for the brides. The concept revolves around a bridal shop where bridal parties visit the store searching for the perfect bridesmaid’s dresses. It always proves to be very dramatic and emotional because someone always ends up breaking down into a crying mess in either joy or frustration.

The next season has filmed episodes for bridal parties in Cincinnati, Nashville, and a few military families scattered all over the nation. While the show gets its ratings for the drama, the show still provides good entertainment when some trips to the bridal shops run smoothly. It also helps future brides see what they could possibly be in for, so there are even some life lessons to be learned.

Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids has proven that picking your bridesmaids is not a process to just skip over and look at all your potential picks. It is amazing what some of these sisters and friends can act like when they are put in a dress that was not their first pick. Regardless, it is kind of inevitable that there will be some form of drama regardless if you are watching it on television or actually bridesmaid dress shopping. The show airs on TLC almost every day and usually in marathon form and it fluctuates between the original show with wedding dress shopping to the bridesmaids episodes.

It’s a Party Dress, Not a Uniform- Why it’s Important For Bridesmaids to Be Comfortable

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As every little girl grows up, they ultimately envision their perfect wedding at one point in their life or another. They have the perfect dress, the perfect husband, but then something they do not look into until they’re older; bridesmaid’s dresses.

Bridesmaid’s dresses have plagued women for years and become the ritual that could formally be titled “How Bad Do I Look in This?” Where does the history of bridesmaids dresses turn sour? It could be the invention of taffeta, or the invention of any fabric that makes a noise as your walk. However, as the decades of weddings go by, it is always the bride that makes the final decision on what you’ll be wearing in the photos she’ll carry around for a lifetime, but why have these dresses allowed fashion to take an 80’s step back? Because it’s the bride’s wedding, not yours.

However, there has been a shift in the atmosphere, and brides are beginning to show a little more sympathy for their bridal party. As many women know, bridesmaid’s dresses are one of the key staples in the wedding process. As many colors and cuts have been generically used, and the population of taffeta declining; designers are beginning to show trendier looks. These new looks are displaying more flexible cuts, new color combinations, and they are carrying some amazing designer labels on the neck.

This poses the next problem, the price of bridesmaid’s dresses. If one has ever seen bridesmaids, in the pivotal food poisoning scene at the bridal store that had many rolling on the floor laughing, there is more to it than just horrible food from a back alley Mexican restaurant. It was about the fact that these women could not agree on the cost of a dress! For the brides reading this; let your designated handlers (i.e. bridesmaids) have about 55% of the decision in what they will be wearing for close to 24 hours. These dresses, according to fact, need to get your bridesmaids through chasing after what you cannot find (cell phone, ring, champagne glass), thousands of photos, and dancing all night long at the reception. So, please, for all the brides out there, think about your bridesmaids because in the end, these dresses are not meant for any other event besides that full day. Let the gals have a little leeway in their dresses. Of course, you still determine the color, and you cannot have them upstage you, but find the happy medium, because no one needs the extra stress of an unhappy bridesmaid. So, take a moment and put on the bridesmaids shoes, even though the whole point was that you did not have to, and try to understand that they want their custom bridesmaid dress to be a party dress just like yours. They don’t want to be wearing a uniform.

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.

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.

T-Rex Chasing Wedding Party in Photo Goes Viral

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Last week, photographer Quinn Miller posted this picture on his Facebook page with the title “things got real crazy at this wedding”. Miller is a photographer and was trying to please the groom, who is an avid dinosaur lover. The picture was then posted to Reddit by one of the bride’s sorority sisters where it quickly went viral. Miller gave the bridal party specific instructions to genuinely run away from the superimposed T-Rex behind them and to look scared. The bride and groom, as well as their bridal party, were said to have been very fun and cooperative and that’s partly why the photo came out so great. The couple, who is currently away on their honeymoon, does not have any phone or internet access and therefore have no idea that their wedding picture has gained so much attention. This will be a nice surprise for both of them upon their return.

Finding a good wedding photographer can seem like a daunting task. As we posted last week, wedding photos have the potential to go horribly wrong. It’s important that prior to hiring a wedding photographer, you take a look at their portfolio and make sure that you can see their talent through the photos they have taken in the past. If the photographer doesn’t have a portfolio, you may want to re-consider hiring them. Most established photographers have a volume of work that they can showcase because they are proud of the photos that they’ve taken. Be wary of any photographer who doesn’t have work that they can show you because it usually means that they’re new and merely trying to build their portfolio and you shouldn’t let them use your wedding to do so.

If the photographer you’re planning on using doesn’t have a portfolio, they shouldn’t be charging you to photograph your wedding. It’s okay to take a chance on an amateur photographer that you know is very talented, but they should not be charging you because they are going to be able to use your wedding photos to bring in new business once the occasion is over. This tactic is good for couples who do not have a large budget and are trying to cut down on expenses when they can. If you are going to try and enlist someone to photograph your wedding for free, make sure that you trust them and that you’ve seen that they are a capable photographer in one way or another, despite that fact that they do not have a portfolio. This can be a great way to not only help out someone who is trying to come up in the photography industry, but it’s a sure fire way to help you save money when it comes to planning your wedding.

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!