Prince William and fiancé Kate Middleton proved that they are determined to go against Royal tradition and declined to use their long time family wedding cake designers from Andrew Davidson’s bakery. The Andrew Davidson Bakery has baked big wedding cakes for the Royal family for nearly forty years, including all four of the Queen’s children, up until now.
On a side note, did you know that the Royal family doesn’t have to bother with wedding cake prices? Andrew Davidson’s students, who took six weeks to bake Charles and Diana’s wedding cake, did so for free. The five-tiered towering wedding cake was one of 23 cakes chosen from various wedding cake bakeries for their wedding, all of which were created free of charge.
The reason the couple declined to use the traditional bakery is due to the fact that Kate is taking a hands on approach to planning her wedding, and intends to put her own unique stamp on it instead of using Buckingham Palace courtiers. In fact, it’s been rumored that the couple has been using this approach in all aspects of their wedding, including the design of her wedding gown.
Regardless of which cake designer Prince William and Kate Middleton choose, I don’t doubt that it will be absolutely stunning and representative of their unique style and taste.
This 24.78-carat "fancy intense pink" diamond just sold for $46 million at a Swiss auction, making it the most expensive jewel ever sold. [via BBC News]
Check out this new Mashable article, How To Tastefully Use Social Media at Your Wedding.
"As social media becomes more and more a part of our lives, etiquette failures can occur when there are so few precedents.
"A wedding day is the perfect example of this. You want to share your special day with your social circle, especially those who can’t attend, but where do you draw the line?
"We’ve talked to experts in the wedding industry and a recent bride to try and establish the ground rules for tastefully using social media at your wedding."
See what their experts had to say here.
We've had a lot to say in the past about how technology and social media can be used in sweetly celebratory and inclusive ways (live video feeds, for example) and how they can be used in ways that is completely inappropriate (like Twittering at the altar), and we feel thrilled to see pretty much eye-to-eye with Mashable on this. A good read!
It took Laura Handland 40 friends, 6 hours and 600 loafs of bread, but for her mother-in-law's 50th birthday she got her into the Guinness Book of World Records... for the world's largest toast mosaic.
BBC News has an incredible video of the gift, and the reasonaing behind it, here.
Do you have especially fond memories of your 9th birthday party under the golden arches? Then McDonald's Hong Kong has the wedding package of your dreams!
The package has all the details to attract a wedding banquet cynic or a Golden Arches obsessive: a baked apple pie wedding cake, dress made out of party balloons, kiddie party favors for guests, and of course, catering by McDonald’s.
Alcohol is banned to make sure there won’t be drunk party guests acting inappropriately at the family venue, so newly weds will have to toast their union with soft drinks instead.
The cost will be a few thousand Hong Kong dollars, depending on what guests order on the spot. It’s unlikely that the couple will be able to book the entire restaurant for their wedding, but at that price, who cares if there are babies screaming in the booth next doors?
Plus, a Happy Meal can make a wonderful keepsake for your guests! [via CNN International]
It all reminds us of the couple who married at the Taco Bell, and when marriage hit Starbucks not once, but twice!
Did you get married yesterday? If so, you weren't alone!
According to numerologists the "row of perfect tens" created by yesterday's date made it a very lucky day. To take advantage of the good fortune, couples around the world tied the knot in record numbers.
The latest in public wedding proposals involves the gentleman taking his beloved to a movie, where his fake iPhone ad played during the trailers. It might be the best of the viral-proposal bunch — really sweet, and damn impressive.
Most of us know people with negative associations with marriage because their parents fought a lot, or got divorced. But what about people who are scared to marry because their parents' marriage was too perfect?
Meet Benjie Goodhart: he's in a long-term relationship that he pursued and is the father of a 2-year-old. Now his girlfriend wants to "make it official," but he's dragging his feet because his parents' marriage was too good:
"I know how self-pitying and lame that sounds. I am entirely aware of my own good fortune in being raised in a family filled with love and laughter. But the fact remained that I was terrified of getting married because my parents had done it so well. I felt like an emotional freak. Not so, according to Christine Northam, a relationship counsellor with Relate. "It's like having a terribly clever elder brother at school – it sets a competitive standard," she says. "It's a normal anxiety about a big change, and you've got the added pressure of wanting an idealised version of your parents' relationship."...It seems such anxiety is not uncommon. "As much as it's hard to cope with parents being imperfect, cheating, splitting," says therapist Tracey Cox, "it is sometimes harder to be presented with the ideal happy marriage." Avy Joseph is a cognitive behavioural therapist and founder of CityMinds. "It's quite common for people to put pressure on themselves," he says, "if they've grown up in an environment where, in their view, things have been perfect."
Read more about the cheerfully-named Benjie Goodhart and his predicament here.
So, no matter what, is it inevitable for us to compare our marriages to our parents? And is that fair? Or good?
In the London Borough of Barnet, mother-in-law jokes have been outlawed due to their "offensively sexist" nature.
A 12-page booklet, "Cultural awareness: General Problems," highlighting this new law states: “Humor can be incredibly culture-specific, and is very open to misinterpretation or even offense [sic] by other cultures. And don’t forget when you don’t know what people are laughing at, it is very easy to imagine that they are laughing at you... British mother-in-law jokes, as well as offensively sexist in their own right, can also be seen as offensive on the grounds that they disrespect elders or parents.”
We're all for fighting anything "offensively sexist" in nature, but come on! Really!?!
Read more: The Top 5 Causes of Wedding-Related Family Drama, 4 Mother of the Bride Shopping Tips and Storing Your Bridal Gown
Did you check out this week's Altarcations, over at Gawker? No? Well you missed an especially cranky Phyllis Nefler, which is always kind of fun.
She starts off with a list of gripes about recent weddings she's attended, and has some ideas on how to save some money that really tickled us:
"Is there anything more ephemeral to spend a week's salary on than giant flower centerpieces that make dinner table conversation an impossibility? No one will notice their loss except your best friend's snobby mom, and she's found fifty other faults already."
After a somewhat lengthy intro she segues into this week's couples who were featured in The New York Times, starting with 80's star Kelly McGillis (The Accused, Top Gun, Witness). This week she married longtime partner Malanie Leis (above, with McGillis wearing the scarf).
Nefler could not let the occasion slip by without cracking, "Does that make Top Gun the most famous movie in which both romantic leads are gay?" Zing!
There's plenty more, so read this week's Altarcations here.