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Virus Puts New Twist on the 'Micro-Wedding'

Couples are opting for few guests (or none) in social distancing event known as a 'minimony'

(Newser) - Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the "minimony." Rather than wait, they're getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe social distance as other guests join... More »

NY Governor: Now There's 'No Excuse' Not to Get Married

Cuomo gives OK for couples to get marriage license remotely, have ceremony via video

(Newser) - New York state has nearly 243,000 coronavirus cases , with almost 14,000 deaths as of Monday—but Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't want these troubling times to stop anyone from tying the knot. Cuomo on Saturday announced an executive order for this "disaster emergency" that allows marriage licenses... More »

The Virus Nixed Their Wedding Plans. Then a Pal Stepped Up

Friend married NYC couple on sidewalk from his 4th-floor apartment window

(Newser) - There hasn't been much uplifting news during the coronavirus outbreak, but there was at least one bright spot amid the pandemic last week in New York City. NBC News reports on the plight of 28-year-old Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler, 38, who'd planned on getting married in October... More »

You Won't See Gay Ads on Hallmark Anymore

The network bows to pressure from conservative group

(Newser) - Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured same-sex couples, including two brides kissing, the AP reports. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a... More »

Texas Has a Problematic Wedding Crasher on It Hands

Police say woman has stolen gifts at least 6 times in Texas county

(Newser) - A woman has been crashing weddings in Texas and she's been taking a lot more than free drinks, police say. The Comal County Sheriff's Office says that the woman has been sneaking into weddings in and around the county by posing as a guest and then stealing gifts... More »

Post-BMAs, a Surprise Celeb Wedding in Vegas

Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner marry Wednesday after Billboard Music Awards

(Newser) - Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and now … Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. These are all couples who wed in Las Vegas' Little White Wedding Chapel, with that last couple joining the list on Wednesday night. People reports the 29-year-old singer and the 23-year-old Game ... More »

'We Do Things in Twos:' Twin Sisters Marrying Twin Brothers

Krissie and Kassie Bevier and Zack and Nick Lewan had first date, got engaged together

(Newser) - Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time, and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend. Identical twins Krissie and Kassie Bevier will marry Zack and Nick Lewan in Grass Lake on Aug. 3 and 4, the... More »

Laura Prepon Gets Married

'OITNB' actress, Ben Foster finally tie the knot

(Newser) - Orange Is the New Black actress Laura Prepon is the new wife of Ben Foster, reports People . Prepon posted a photo of the newlyweds on Sunday to Instagram , with the caption "Just Married! Thank you for all the love and support. Wishing all of us the good stuff!"... More »

For Your Wedding, Get Showered With ... Pizza

Domino's makes it possible

(Newser) - Why ask your wedding guests for a toaster when you could request a large pepperoni pizza with extra cheese? Thanks to Domino's Pizza, engaged couples can now do just that. The company has just introduced the Domino's Wedding Registry which allows couples to register for gift cards ranging... More »

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 »

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