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‘We hold out hope for a little more time’: Dying man’s wish to marry his bride comes true

Wedding Global News

A Calgary couple discovered what love at first sight feels like. A beautiful wedding made it official this week. But their 'happily ever after' won't be as long as they had hoped for.
'A Calgary couple discovered what love at first sight feels like. A beautiful wedding made it official this week. But their \'happily ever after\' won't be as long as they had hoped for.'

A Closer Look at The Strip's Famous Wedding Industry

Wedding AskMen

A Closer Look at The Strip's Famous Wedding Industry
'What Its Really Like to Get Married in Las Vegas As I make my way through the door to escape the sweltering afternoon heat, I walk past the small front patio, littered with half-consumed cans of Budweiser, still dripping with fresh condensation that suggests they hadn’t been sitting in the desert sun for very long. This isn’t a frat house or a backyard barbecue, though. I’m at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas and I’m here to witness an Elvis-themed wedding ceremony. RELATED: How to Propose to Her It’s only 1 p.m. but the chapel lobby is already full. I spot two women in white and a smattering of men in tuxedos. I quickly learn that there’s one wedding in session already and two parties waiting in line to walk down the aisle next. The ceremony only takes fifteen minutes – no muss, no fuss, but a surprising amount of emotions, or so I’m told. I meet with Rod Musum, the Vice President at Graceland, who promptly whisks me into the chapel to witness the second wedding of the day. They officiate anywhere between five to ten ceremonies per day, he tells me, and despite the endearingly campy nature of the proceedings, there’s rarely a ceremony that goes by without a plethora of emotions and a few happy tears shed. GettyImages An Influx of Millenials “We’ve started to see a lot more millennials in the past three to five years and I think that’s attributed to a few different things,” Rod says. “Millenials are very experiential and I think the Las Vegas chapel wedding experience is something unique to write home about.” GettyImages Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world, Rod tells me. Anyone from anywhere around the world who wants to have a wedding and doesn’t want to invest thousands of dollars for a wedding but who still wants a unique experience tend to book far in advance and take the planning seriously. Across the city, you can get married starting at $199 and can go all the way up to $1000 depending on location and experience. Not a Booze-Fueled Sitcom Episode The chapel business in itself is not cheesy – it’s an emotionally driven, fun and intimate experience. “I think back in the ‘90s and early 2000s, especially with the Britney Spears experience in the middle of the night and what you see in The Hangover , that pop culture representation is a complete misconception. It just doesn’t happen in Vegas. The chapels are not even open late into the night – they used to be open 24/7 but that was years and years ago. Now you can only get a marriage license up to midnight.” Warner Bros. / MovieStillsDB It wasn’t always the unique, emotion-fueled experience though. The fact that ceremonies must be booked in advance doesn’t stop couples from getting creative. Dee Dee Duffy has been in the wedding industry for over sixteen years. As the owner of Graceland Wedding Chapel, she’s seen her fair share of wild incidents and when she heard me speaking to Rod she rushed in to share her own version of a Las Vegas-based sitcom. “This beautiful girl comes in… she was wearing a gorgeous white trench coat and just looked like a total class act,” she starts, her eyes glimmering with mischief as this nugget unfolds. “It was just her and her fiance, and the minister. All I remember is that she said she wanted to start with the doors closed.” During a ceremony, the bride is inside the chapel already, the music starts and she walks down the aisle. That way there’s a sense of privacy from the main entrance. “For some reason, she just wanted to be behind the doors. So the music starts, I open the doors, she takes off her trench coat – and she is butt-naked walking down the aisle! By that time it was too late for us to do anything and most of our officiants, then, were real ministers. This minister’s eyes almost popped out of his head!” Dee Dee says that reputation persists, and although the Las Vegas chapel industry reputation is changing, they still get all kinds of crazy requests, including handfuls of couples asking if they would marry them in the nude. “We don’t do that!” Dee Dee urges. A Shift in Priorities Rod and I make our way back to the main chapel and watch a spirited couple say their vows, while it’s broadcasted on Facebook Live for friends and family from afar to witness online. A lot has changed for the wedding business, Rod tells me, as we watch the couple dance to the tune of Viva Las Vegas, and not just the fact that each ceremony is live streamed on Facebook. “In 2018, there were 75,000 marriage licenses issued in the city of Las Vegas, which is significantly down year over year,” he says. “Millenials are just not getting married – they’re traveling and looking for memorable experiences instead.” While Las Vegas as a whole may be down by 20,000 marriage licenses over the past ten years, millennials are still coming more and more to the chapels – but not necessarily to get legally hitched. “Millenials have been coming in to do an Elvis-themed committal or a ‘just for fun’ wedding, be it couples or groups of friends.” Rod says, “They come in, get dressed up and anticipate the full Las Vegas experience – just without the legally binding contract.” GettyImages Many millennial couples also will come to elope. A lot of couples at Graceland opt to surprise their friends and families by bringing them out to Las Vegas on vacation and don’t clue them into the wedding experience until they’re en route to the chapel itself. According to Rod, that’s the best way to do it. He suggests booking a service late in the day (because you know you’ll be out late the night before, let’s be real). “I promise you, when millenials do it and get into it, when they get back home they will say the Elvis-themed ceremony was the highlight of their trip – unless of course they won a jackpot on the strip. It’s just unique and fun, whether it’s two people or thirty people.” As Rod walks me out, we watch from the side as the newlyweds and their friends excitedly file out of the chapel, pick up their still-chilled cans of Budweiser from the patio and shuffle into various town cars and limos to keep the celebration of love going into the evening. Viva Las Vegas! You Might Also Dig: \t How to Plan a Bachelor Party \t The Perfect Proposal \t Las Vegas Nightlife'

'We deserve this day like everybody else': LGBTQ couple marries to cap off Pride month in Edmonton

Wedding Edmonton Journal

Longtime LGBTQ activist Marni Panas said she hoped her outdoor wedding in Griesbach Sunday afternoon would provide visibility and hope for the “bruised” community. If the amount of bystanders out for an afternoon stroll who took a seat on a bench at
'Longtime LGBTQ activist Marni Panas said she hoped her outdoor wedding in Griesbach Sunday afternoon would provide visibility and hope for the \'bruised\' community. Read More'

KNOW SHOWS: What's on in Regina, June 27-July 3

Wedding Regina Leader-Post

A rockabilly Reverend, a bridezilla, and Elvis revived (sort of): The characters you'll meet this week in Regina.
'Reverend Horton Heat brings its rockabilly sound to The Exchange on June 27. Bloodshot Bill, The Delta Bombers and The Hooten Hallers are also part of this Rockabilly Invasion. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at theexchangelive.ca, Vintage Vinyl and Madame Yes. Read More'

Here come the debts!

Wedding Toronto Sun

Weddings are expensive – and we’re not talking just for the bride and groom. It’s pricey to be a guest, and absolutely outrageous to be in a wedding party. Trying to be Insta-worthy, along with the fear of missing out (FOMO), has millennials racking
'Weddings are expensive – and we’re not talking just for the bride and groom. It’s pricey to be a guest, and absolutely outrageous to be in a wedding party. Read More'

How to Not Go Broke as a Groomsman in Your Friend’s Wedding

Wedding AskMen

The Proper Way to Be in the Wedding Party Without Going Broke
'How to Handle the Financial Burden of Being a Groomsman While the man getting married will be thankful to have you as a groomsman, your bank account will not. Being a groomsman (or any part of a wedding party, really) is an expensive duty to take on. From suits, bachelor party expenditures and travel to hotels, wedding gifts and engagement gifts, everything has a price tag attached. That’s not even counting all those unforeseen costs you may encounter if you’re dealing with an extra finicky bride and groom. In fact, a 2016 survey found that groomsmen can pay anywhere between $160 to $2,960 when taking part in a wedding. Basically, it ain’t cheap. RELATED: How to Give a Best Man Speech Another survey of over 1,000 men and women found that groomsmen even spend more than bridesmaids, despite bridesmaids needing to pay additional money for hair, makeup and things like the bridal shower. Personal experience on this topic allows me to find the above factual, having spent over $2000 before even buying a wedding present. Still, even with the expected expenses, the thought of rejecting a friend’s offer to be an important part of the wedding never came about. Yes, the financial strain a wedding will put on your bank account is enough to make a grown man cry, but you want to be there for your friend’s big day and help out in any way that you can — no matter how much that may cost. To help alleviate any pressure that may come about as a groomsman, especially on your wallet, we spoke with Amanda Clayman, Prudential ’s Financial Wellness Advocate and certified financial therapist, to learn the best ways to mitigate the costs you’re about to take on. AskMen: Most people have a general idea of what a therapist is. How does your role as a financial therapist differ from a traditional one? Amanda Clayman: A financial therapist is someone who helps clients explore the cognitive, emotional and relational factors that impact financial behavior and decision making, with the goal of improving overall wellbeing. A psychotherapist works with clients on a range of issues, including some psychiatric disorders, to address obstacles that negatively impact one's functioning and wellbeing. Accepting the offer to be a groomsman is a big task to take on. Aside from the expected expenses that may come about, what might a guy overlook while calculating the total he’s about to shell out? A groomsman might be expected to get a haircut, rent formal shoes to go with a tuxedo, or pony up for a bachelor party to celebrate the groom. Sadly, most of these are things that are not scalable. If you're asked to rent a specific tux and pair of shoes to match the rest of the wedding party, you will need to go along with the group plan. The only places one has much leeway to cut costs would be to try to steer the plan toward a less expensive bachelor party or in the wedding gift. Gearing up for the big day, a groomsman can feel completely overwhelmed as the amount in his bank account continues to decline (especially if it’s his first wedding). What's the best way to deal with that financial stress? Secrecy is fertile soil for shame, so we want to be careful not to treat your financial reality like it's something you need to hide. Be honest and upfront with the groom, even as early as when he asks you to be in the wedding party. Let him know that you want to be there for him, but that you're being careful with your money right now and aren't able to take on a lot of extra costs. Ask him if he has any idea what the costs of the activities will be so that you can start planning. It can help, too, to have another member of the wedding party who knows your situation. This way if there's a group discussion and one groomsman is suggesting a guys weekend in Vegas, you won't feel out on a limb trying to keep the plans local. I also recommend that clients who are in that period of life where they are being invited to multiple weddings a year have a special savings fund for weddings that they contribute to all year. This way, you're prepared when you are asked to be a groomsman, or travel to a destination wedding. People figure weddings cost a lot for the two getting married, but don’t usually think about those involved in the wedding party. Why do weddings bring about such a challenge when it comes to finances? Weddings challenge our finances and financial wellness for two reasons. The first reason is that weddings tend to create tension between two values that are very important to us — how we want to use our money to take care of ourselves and our own goals, and how we want to use money to support our personal relationships. The second reason is that weddings often present themselves as very binary choices: Either we attend and pony up for travel, dress and a gift, or we decline and pay for none of it. It’s like we relinquish all control once we say yes. If you're close enough to the couple to be asked to be part of the wedding party, you can be assured that they would never want their invitation to be a cause of stress. If the financial burden causes hardship, it's better to find a way to be honest and to collaborate on a solution, rather than take on unaffordable debt or drop out of the wedding simply due to cost. You Might Also Dig: \t How to Plan a Bachelor Party \t Top 10 Bachelor Party Destinations \t How to Be a Best Man'

ASK AMY: Anxious bridesmaid feels she ruined a wedding

Wedding Toronto Sun

Dear Amy: My best friend and I have been drifting apart, due to conflicting schedules, but we still always tried to make time for each other. Last year she asked me to be maid of honour for her wedding. I was flattered and very nervous, as I have
'Dear Amy: My best friend and I have been drifting apart, due to conflicting schedules, but we still always tried to make time for each other. Read More'

Is it cold feet? Or something more

Wedding Toronto Sun

Since my late twenties I’ve had the same recurring nightmare: It’s my wedding day and I’m riddled with panic. My dress is ill-fitting, my chest is tight and it feels like I can’t breathe. When I look towards my imaginary fiance, I’m filled with
'Since my late twenties I’ve had the same recurring nightmare: It’s my wedding day and I’m riddled with panic. My dress is ill-fitting, my chest is tight and it feels like I can’t breathe. When I look towards my imaginary fiance, I’m filled with dread. Every fibre in my being tells me I’m making a huge mistake. The wedding march begins to play. I take the first step down the aisle before everything goes dark. Read More'