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Men Spending More on Engagement Rings

According to recent statistics from Chillisauce, Christmas Eve is the most popular date of the year for marriage proposals, and it seems that hopeful partners are spending more than ever on engagement rings.

Wedding site The Knot has released the results of its ‘2015 Jewelry & Engagement Study’, surveying more than 12,000 US brides and 1,200 US grooms between 2014 and 2015 to uncover proposal trends in the US.

The survey revealed that ring budgets are bigger than ever, with men spending an average of $5,978 on the right bling. They’re also being more upfront about the price, with 68% of women aware of how much their partner spent on the ring.

Diamonds remain the number-one engagement stone of choice (84% of women received a diamond ring), although 8% of brides-to-be received a non-diamond precious stone engagement ring – up from 6% in 2013. The trendiest engagement ring setting is the halo, which tripled from 7% in 2011 to 22% in 2015. Eighty-five percent of men would rather buy a smaller, better quality diamond than a larger stone of lesser quality.

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The majority of brides (67%) had researched rings before getting engaged, with 80 percent of men claiming that their partner had dropped hints about the style they wanted.

According to the men surveyed, it takes an average of 4.8 months to research and 3.6 months to find the perfect engagement ring, and more than three-quarters of men (77%) asked for parental permission before popping the question.

When it comes to the proposal itself, the act is increasingly social, with 45% of grooms proposing in a public place. Forty-one per cent of men even had a photographer or videographer capture the proposal as it happened.

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Five royal family wedding cake slices up for auction

boxed slice of wedding cake

Slices from the cakes of five British royal weddings dating back up to 42 years have been put up for auction — accompanied by a health warning that they are “not suitable for consumption”.

The slices were collected by Queen Elizabeth II’s late chauffeur Leonard Massey, who kept them in the original packaging offered to wedding guests with monograms to celebrate the unions.

Most recent is a slice of brandy-infused fruit cake from the 2011 wedding of Prince William and his wife Kate, which has a guide price of $600-$800.

A slice from the 1981 cake from the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Diana, is expected to fetch the most with a guide price of $1,000-$2,000.

The oldest is from the 1973 wedding of Princess Anne, the queen’s second child and only daughter, to Mark Phillips.

Royal Wedding cake

The couple’s entire wedding cake was said to be five-feet six-inches tall (168 centimetres), the same height as the princess.

Also on sale are slices of cakes from the weddings of Prince Andrew and his now ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in 1986, and Prince Charles and his second wife Camilla in 2005.

The cakes will be sold at Julien’s Auctions on June 27 in Beverly Hills.

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Royal couple’s wedding cake slice sells for $6,000

 slice of wedding cake

A wedding cake slice from the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been sold at an auction in Beverly Hills for $6,000.

Auctioneer Julien’s of Beverly Hills had expected the cake to raise just $2,000 at most. But it was eventually snapped up by Gee Chuang, co-founder and CEO of Listia.com, for nearly four times as much.

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Royal Wedding cake

The cake is presented in a special collector’s tin, engraved with the words “William & Catherine 29 April 2011” and wrapped in greaseproof paper, the same way samples of the cake were handed out to guests of the royal wedding. The box comes with an official wedding card and blank invitation.

Chuang purchased the cake as a way to promote his startup Listia.com, a marketplace for members to exchange goods, without exchanging money.

Fiona Cairns

In April of next year, when the couple marks their fourth wedding anniversary, Chuang says he plans to give away the slice on the site.

Created by baker Fiona Cairns, the eight-tiered cake was covered in 900 sugar flowers, and consisted of 17 individual fruit cakes. The cake was the centerpiece for the wedding and was the result of 5 weeks’ worth of labor.

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W South Beach Unveils $1 Million Wedding Package

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In what could go down as one of the most extravagant hotel wedding packages ever, the W South Beach has created a ‘Million-Dollar Wedding.’

As its name suggests, this one’s not for penny pinchers. If you literally have a million-dollar wedding budget and are looking for a one-stop shop, wedding planners over at the W South Beach in Miami have created a package described as the “ultimate in wedding extravagance.”

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So what exactly does a million-dollar wedding involve?

Pre-wedding, couples are entitled to separate four-night stays — one for the bride and the other for the groom — in advance of the big day, as well as a seaplane excursion and a yacht dinner.

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Spa services include a “complexion-boosting boot camp” for brides and ‘grooming’ services for the husband-to-be.

In addition to a wedding dress from Ever After Boutique and custom-designed tux, the package also takes into account post-wedding needs, such as “designer intimates” for night and day.

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Come the big day, the hotel will provide a seated dinner for 175 guests catered by in-house restaurant The Dutch which serves American cuisine and is helmed by celebrity US chef Andrew Carmellini.

A team of photographers, and music — such as a seven-piece band and DJ are also included. Couples also get their own personal ‘Jeeves,’ or butler, to cater to their nearly-every whim and fancy.

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After spending their first night as husband and wife at the hotel’s Penthouse Suite (pictured above), the couple will then jet off for a six-night stay at The Royal Estate at the St. Regis Bora Bora (pictured below).

St Regis Bora Bora Resort

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First Look At Angelina Jolie’s Versace Wedding Dress

 was dressed in a custom couture gown by Italian designer Donatella Versace during her recent wedding to Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie Wedding Dress people

“Congratulations Angelina Jolie! You look sensational in my creation for your special day! Lots of love, DV,” said a tweet from the designer.

Angelina Jolie Wedding Dress

The Atelier Versace creation worn was a custom white satin gown gathered at the bust, while the elongated train was decorated with embroidery of drawings created by her children, which were also reproduced on the veil.

Jolie finished the look with white satin Versace pumps.

Chateau Miraval terrace

The Pitt-Jolie nuptials took place on August 23 in the private chapel on the property of their French wine estate and home, the Chateau Miraval, with photos from the event appearing in this week’s People and Hello! magazines.

Chateau Miraval

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Chanel launches bespoke bridal beauty service

Chanel Makeup

CHANEL has launched a new beauty service for brides at its Covent Garden and Bond Street boutiques in London, designed to help women prepare for the big day. A £90 (approx $150) fee gets you three bridal services — with a choice of wedding makeup consultation or tutorial, and fragrance and skincare consultations — and each service lasts an hour.

“The Chanel bride knows that the key to looking your best on your big day is about looking like yourself at your most beautiful,” explained the brand.

“It is having the confidence to direct your makeup artist or apply your own makeup, whilst relaxing in the knowledge that your skin is glowing and your fragrance carefully chosen”.

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The consultation takes you through four looks (engagement drinks, wedding day, honeymoon and rehearsal dinner), while the tutorial trains you how to do them yourself.

Fragrance and beauty consultations both do exactly what they say on the box, helping you to pick out the perfect products for your big day.

You can record your makeup looks, skincare routine and fragrance notes in the keepsake Chanel Bridal Journal, which comes as part of the package.

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Helipad Wedding on Offer at Famous Dubai Hotel

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Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel has created a wedding package that will turn its helipad 212 meters in the sky into a unique wedding reception venue.

Add-on features with the wedding package include everything from a dramatic entrance aboard an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft — or by terra firma in a Rolls Royce Phantom — to accommodations, beauty, spa treatments and personal training sessions.

Couples can also develop a specially designed, bespoke wedding scent with a perfumer and take private lessons on etiquette and dance.

The Burj Al Arab’s Wedding in the Skies program starts at $55,000.

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Hire a ‘social media wedding concierge ‘ for $3000

luxury wedding selfie

W Hotels will now provide couples with a “social media wedding concierge” at their New York locations to document their ceremonies for a mere $3,000 on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,

“It’s time to say goodbye to shameless wedding selfies and hello to a professional Social Media Wedding Concierge…” reads the press release.

Between creating Vine videos of the couple’s first dance, live-tweeting every line of the groomsman’s speech or telling Facebook friends who haven’t been invited to the wedding the precise moment when the couple says “I do,” the concierge will also curate a unique wedding hashtag and encourage guests to crowdsource content as well.

Online reaction has been swift and merciless to the new service, with critics calling it a step too far in narcissism and a laughable waste of money.

The service also comes with the creation of a wedding blog and a post-wedding Shutterfly photo album complete with a collage of the best tweets and Instagram photos from the day.

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The world’s longest bridal train

world longest bridal train

A Bucharest fashion house has set a Guinness World Record for the longest bridal train in history, beating the previous record held by a Dutch designer.

It took ten seamstresses 100 days to create the nearly 3km-long ivory train, which billowed high above a main boulevard in Romania’s capital on Tuesday as the bridal dress was displayed from a hot-air balloon, The Telegraph reports.
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The Royal Wedding Perrier Jouet Bottle

Perrier Jouet belle epoque Princier

The royal wedding Perrier Jouet Champagne is the latest limited edition bottle for the Monaco’s Royal Wedding that took place earlier this summer.

The symbolic choice by the Perrier Jouet house was born from a love story between the founder, Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Adèle Jouët over two hundred years ago.

For fans of Prince Albert II, or just lovers of good Champagne, it is now possible to buy one of the bottles.
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Cunard finally says ‘I do’ to weddings

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Cunard Line is to allow its passengers to marry on board for the first time in its 171-year history.

The line will introduce a ‘Weddings at Sea’ program from Spring next year on board all three of its ships, the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Cunard has traditionally held out from the profitable trend of offering weddings at sea, something which isn’t allowed under British law.
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Petra Ecclestone Drops $5 Million On Wedding

 

Petra Ecclestone, 22, married businessman James Stunt, 28, on Saturday in a lavish Italian ceremony that racked up a staggering $5million bill.

Petra, who just bought Candy Spelling’s $85 million Los Angeles mansion, said “I do” in the same Italian castle where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes.

The daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dropped some mad cash on her nuptials, including wine that cost $6500 a bottle!
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Princess Beatrice’s wedding hat sells for £81,100

Princess Beatrice

The flamboyant hat worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s royal wedding has been sold for the princely sum of £81,100 on internet auction site eBay.

Proceeds from the sale of the hat, designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, will be split between two charities: the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and British charity Children in Crisis.

The princess, the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, provided one of the most memorable moments of a dramatic day when she stepped out in the eccentric headwear, likened to a giant pretzel.
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British parliament could become wedding venue

British Parliament Westminster Hall

The buildings housing the British parliament could host wedding receptions and open their restaurants to the public under plans unveiled on Tuesday.

A cross-party committee of lawmakers even suggested that the historic Westminster Hall, where king Charles I was tried and Winston Churchill was laid in state, could be hired out for private functions at £25,000 ($41,000).

The dining terrace alongside the River Thames may also be opened to the public.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco Charlene Wittstock

Prince of Monaco’s wedding

Prince Albert II of Monaco Charlene Wittstock

Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock, his South African swimming champion fiancee, are to get married in Monte Carlo’s millionaire’s playground in a civil ceremony on July 1 followed by a religious ceremony the following day.

Monarchs and heads of state can watch the marriage itself within the palace while 3,500 less privileged guests can watch on a giant screen.

On July 1, a large concert will be offered by the newly-weds on the Port with electro musician/composer Jean-Michel Jarre.
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Lexus, official mark of the Principality of Monaco

Lexus LS600h Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco has awarded a royal warrant to Lexus as Official Supplier to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco.

Confirming his commitment for more environmentally friendly solutions, he has decided to use a Lexus hybrid car at the occasion of his marriage to Miss Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July 2011. This Lexus LS600h has been specially outfitted with the royal flag, “MC 01” license plate and flashing lights.

The prince has long been a supporter of hybrid and electric mobility solutions and offers a massive tax credit to anyone who chooses to buy an electric car.

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The best cruise ships on which to get married

Allure of the Seas wedding

If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist.

Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event.

The travel agency, which specializes in organizing large events at sea ranging from business meetings to theme cruises and reunions, picked ships with between 56 and 2,700 cabins, including the enormous Allure of the Seas.
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Royal Wedding: William and Kate’s Invitation

Royal Wedding Invitation

Gold embossed invitations to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton have been sent out to 1,900 guests.

Gilded invitations issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II began dropping onto doormats this week after being sent out on Wednesday and Thursday, with the monarch’s EIIR cypher die-stamped in gold.

While names of the guests were not released, the list of dignitaries due to attend the wedding on April 29 is likely to meet Kate’s expectations that marrying into the royal family would amount to “quite a daunting prospect.”
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