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Rustic chic weddings are not going anywhere… except to the farm!

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Rustic weddings have been popular for a while and the trend for country chic is not going away. Where once brides and grooms dreamt of luxurious hotels, these days it is all about hay bales.

Barns are popular venues, as are farm houses. Barns are in fact so much in demand that they outstrip reception halls in terms of popularity. In certain locales, farmers and landowners are cashing in on the trend by re-purposing their barns and giving their property a spit and polish to appeal to the wedding market. Some have found a lucrative revenue source by adding “glamping” facilities so that guests can have the country experience without any of the inconvenience!

2016 Wedding Trends & Spending Habits. Findings, Facts & Figures.

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The 2016 American Wedding Study was recently released and there were some very interesting findings.

For one thing, engaged couples are far more likely to spend their own money to get the wedding of their dreams. Just under two-thirds either pay for the wedding themselves or contribute money towards it.

Because of their financial and personal involvement, couples want a wedding to reflect their personalities. Couples are turning to the media, both traditional and online, to look for inspiration. 72 percent turns to Pinterest and just over a third check out Instagram for ideas.

Weird Wedding Gifts

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Giving gifts can be a hard task. That’s particularly true for weddings. If a couple has a registry then sure, finding something they like is easy — but only if you can afford it. Unfortunately some couples treat a registry like a lottery and load it with expensive items. At other times, you don’t get round to shopping before all the registry gifts have been bought. Some couples prefer cash — hey, everyone appreciates money! That can be tricky, especially if you are on a budget.

We have all read horror stories of couples writing nasty notes complaining about gifts or the size of the cash donation they received. The truth is, nobody you invite to your wedding has to give you anything but their company. Gifts are customary, sure, but they are not obligatory.

Having said that, some gifts are just plain odd. We’ve rounded by some of the strangest ones received by couples on their wedding day.

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Popular Wedding Destinations

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Are you considering a destination wedding? Destination weddings have a lot to recommend them. They are often cheaper than marrying at home; you’re likely to have fewer guests, making an intimate and budget-friendly wedding easier to achieve; and you’ve got the honeymoon and wedding all in one, again saving money, but also stress.

Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas are the most popular spots for destination weddings, but Iceland, Canada and Italy are quickly gaining ground as couples look of something different. Let’s have a brief look at what’s on offer in each of these locales.

Bahamas

The Bahamas may be the closest thing to Paradise on earth. What’s so great about it? Well, there are 700 islands surrounded by warm, clear water perfect for scuba and snorkeling along with pristine beaches. There are also has ancient ruins; markets; spas; world-class dining and much more. The Bahamas offers both high-end luxury resorts as well as more intimate venues off the beaten track. Plus this island group is just a short plane ride from Miami.

Celebrities on Love And Marriage

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Everybody has an opinion on marriage… and celebrities are not shy about sharing their. We’ve rounded up fifteen of the funniest, best and most inspirational celebrity quotes about marriage.

Good Advice

Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.
Will Ferrell

Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
Dr Joyce Brothers

The key to staying together is making sure you guys like each other and need each other.
Chris Rock

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Most Popular Wedding Trends

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Like everything else in life, how we style weddings changes with time. While ostentatious, celebrity-inspired over-the-top weddings ruled for many years, these have fallen out of fashion.

Here are ten of the hottest wedding trends of 2016.

Smaller, intimate weddings

It’s not the quantity of guests that’s important, but the quality. While it can be hard cutting the wedding guest list down to a reasonable size, more and more couples are opting to restrict their special day to the people they love the most. Smaller numbers can mean a less expensive wedding, but not if you follow wedding trend number 2 — personalization.

Terrible Reasons to Get Married

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Getting married is a big deal. Think about it — you are choosing a person with whom to spend your life. That’s not a decision that should be taken lightly.

We all know that there are people who do. These people enter into marriage with the idea that if it doesn’t work out they can always get a divorce. This is definitely the wrong mindset to have. Granted, you may not know what spouse will be like in twenty years time, but if you are not getting married “for better or for worse” then why exactly are you?

Think about this carefully: why are you getting married? You’ll probably answer because you are in love.

But why else? If it is one of the following reasons, we strongly recommend getting counselling before heading down the aisle.

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Post-wedding depression

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It may surprise you to hear, but the post-wedding blues are fairly common. You might think couples would be glad to be finished with the stress of planning their big day and many are, but others find themselves at a bit of a loss after all the frantic decision making, excitement and attention.

If you are the kind of person who gets a bit down after Christmas or a holiday, then it is possible you will suffer from the post-wedding blues too. However, we have 8 tips to help you get over the hump. Here they are!

1. Talk to one another

If you are feeling sad, talk to your new spouse about it. He or she might feel the same way. Be sure to stress that you are not unhappy to be married, but that it is the build-up to the wedding that you’re missing.

Wedding Disasters

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Weddings, eh? Your wedding day is a special occasion, so you’ll want it to be perfect. It won’t be. Things will go wrong — they may even go horribly wrong. The trick is accept that now and remember that the marriage is more important than the wedding. Besides, no matter what disaster befalls — from missing wedding rings to inebriated guests — it’s unlikely that half the guests will be murdered to the strains of The Rains of Castamere’. Well, probably not — Game of Thrones is very popular, after all.

As they say, into every life a little rain must fall. Here’s a round-up of some funny, and some tragic, wedding day disasters.

Mmm… cake…

A guy I know went to a wedding and got drunk and ate the inside of the wedding cake. He was a chef so I guess he figured out a way to (with the help of someone else) tilt the cake and eat the majority of the inside so the only thing that remained was the hard fondant shell. When the bride and groom went to cut the cake there was hardly any cake inside left.

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