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Weddings, Funerals Banned in North Korea

At least until the next ruling party congress is over

(Newser) - Heading to North Korea for a wedding this week? Better put that on hold—the nation's leader, Kim Jong-un, has banned all weddings, funerals, and movement in and out of Pyongyang ahead of a rare ruling party congress, the Independent reports. What's more, anyone arrested before the 7th... More »

Cops: Serial Wedding Crasher Ripping Off Bridal Suites

Arrest warrant out for 50-year-old woman accused of stealing from bridal parties

(Newser) - Southern California authorities have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for a 50-year-old wedding "guest" who has slipped into bridal suites at about a half-dozen ceremonies and lifted cash, credit cards, and checks while the real guests were celebrating with the bride and groom, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.... More »

Why One Couple Is Getting Married 38 Times

California pair scrapped the more traditional approach

(Newser) - It's one of the more interesting wedding ideas to make headlines in a while, but it's more precise to call it a weddingS idea. Californians Cheetah Platt, 30, and Rhiann Woodyard, 32, scrapped the traditional notion of spending their money on one ceremony and decided to travel the... More »

Here's How Much We Spend to Get Married

The Knot survey finds the average wedding cost $31,213 in 2014

(Newser) - In what some are calling one sign of an improving economy, if at the expense of newlyweds, a new survey by The Knot finds that the average cost of a US wedding jumped to $31,213 last year, marking a five-year high when adjusted for inflation. In its eighth report,... More »

10 Most Popular Wedding 'First Dance' Songs

Etta James is No. 1 on Spotify ranking

(Newser) - This happens to be one of the top weekends of the year for weddings, notes Business Insider , which picks up on new rankings from Spotify of the most popular first-dance songs. And the winners are:
  1. "At Last," Etta James
  2. "I Won't Give Up," Jason Mraz
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Down With Wedding Gifts

Matthew Yglesias thinks we should give graduation gifts instead

(Newser) - The custom of giving wedding presents began when people were getting married quite young, likely broke, and in possession of few household goods—so why are we still giving them today? If anything, many of today's married couples are merging two households and have too much stuff. The tradition... More »

Child Stars Who Became Child Brides

Kim Kardashian's first nuptials lasted an impressive 4 years

(Newser) - They were young and famous, then young and hitched—and, in most cases, young and divorced. Here's a list of child celebs turned child brides, courtesy of Fox News :
  • Drew Barrymore: The actress bailed on two engagements before the age of 18. She married a bar owner in 1994,
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Groom Gets 6 Years for Starting Fire at Own Wedding

Max Kay lit curtains on fire after being refused more booze

(Newser) - A British groom will be enjoying a six-year honeymoon by himself, in prison. Real estate developer Max Kay, 37, started a fire at his own wedding party after hotel staff refused to let him extend a bar tab, reports SkyNews . Kay waited until the early morning hours after the squabble... More »

South Korean Men Must Take Marriage Classes

... at least when marrying a foreign bride

(Newser) - Men in South Korea who wish to marry a foreign woman are now required to enroll in courses designed to teach them how to be a good husband to a non-Korean bride, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The mandatory lessons come on the heels of a surge in failed marriages... More »

Google's Latest Plan: Woo Brides

Who needs a wedding planner when you have Google?

(Newser) - Google has already enmeshed itself in your email , your mapping needs , your book collection … why not your wedding as well? The search giant announced Google for Weddings yesterday on its official blog . Wedding planners, watch out: The site will allow users to do everything from organizing guests lists and... More »

Funeral Homes the New Spot for Weddings

If you can get over the creep factor, they're cheaper and just as classy

(Newser) - Til death do us part, indeed: Funeral homes across the country are opening their doors to events centered around the living, from weddings to holiday parties, reports USA Today . It may seem a wee bit creepy, but as far as venues go, it's cheaper, and often just as classy. The... More »

Hong Kong McDonald's Offers McWeddings

'Would you like a bride with that?'

(Newser) - Hong Kong couples can now celebrate their union at McDonald's, reports CNN . Starting in January, several branches will offer wedding packages complete with baked apple pie wedding cakes, party favors, bridesmaid dresses made of balloons (you read that right) and, presumably, the sweet, sweet smell of a Big Mac. Booze... More »

Businesses Catering to Gay Marriages Blossom

Same-sex couples are forging new ground in weddings

(Newser) - With gay marriage comes new questions—about issues bridal magazines typically don't address. Questions like where a woman can find a tuxedo and which partner should walk down the aisle. As more brides marry brides and grooms marry grooms, new businesses and publications addressing those questions are popping up, and... More »

WTF Trend: Diapers for Brides

Won't that be fun to deal with at the end of the night?

(Newser) - Dancing at your wedding while wearing a wet, dirty diaper: Doesn’t that sound like every bride’s dream come true? Despite how bizarre and gross it seems, apparently there is a market for bridal diapers, Courtney Dunlop discovered. Sure, some dresses take a lot of time and effort to... More »

14 Famous Wedding Singers

None of them are in your budget...

(Newser) - Why in the world would Elton John want to be at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding —and vice versa? It may remain a mystery for the ages, but as you ponder it, the Daily Beast offers up 13 more celebrity wedding singers:
  • Paula Abdul and more: The erstwhile American Idol
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Trump Peeved at Cheap Weddings Near His Course

He wants to raise prices for ceremonies at city park

(Newser) - Everyone loves a bargain—everyone except Donald Trump. The owner of the ritzy Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., isn't happy that the city charges couples under a grand to get married at a small park right behind his course's clubhouse—where a wedding can cost $150,... More »

NY Senator Diane Savino Wins Over Internet

She may be on gay marriage's losing side, but she's a viral video sensation

(Newser) - The New York state senate voted down gay marriage yesterday, but the debate created a big winner on the losing side: viral video darling Diane Savino, who's taking the blogosphere by storm. "Savino for President 2016!" Lindsay Robertson writes for Jezebel . In just over 7 minutes, the Staten... More »

How to Tell If Your Wedding Band Hates You

Led Zeppelin and Van Halen are not good signs

(Newser) - The Dexter Lake Club Band is a fixture at a certain type of New York-area wedding. Guests leave exclaiming over how good the music was—if the happy couple and their entourage have behaved in a way that suits the musicians. If they haven't, and what the band members the... More »

Khloé Kardashian Weds Lamar Odom

(Newser) - In a rousing triumph for opposite marriage, reality-TV personality Khloé Kardashian and Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom tied the knot today, about a month after they first met. Sisters/co-stars Kim and Kourtney were the maids of honor, and the guests included Lakers coach Phil Jackson. The bride wore Vera... More »

Fie on the Office Wedding

Jim and Pam are the height of bland

(Newser) - After 5 years of the will-they-or-won't-they dance, Jim and Pam of The Office will tie the knot in the Oct. 8 episode, and the prenuptial PR blitz has sent one blogger around the bend. "We're already sick of these two insufferable lovebirds," enemy of drawn-out romance Brian Moylan... More »

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