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The Pricier The Engagement Ring, The Shorter The Marriage: Study

October 8th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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According to research conducted by Emory University, couples who spent more on engagement rings and weddings were more likely to divorce than those who opted for less expensive options.

In a survey conducted on 3,000 married folks, researchers found that men who spent between $500 and $2,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times less likely to wind up divorced than those who spent $2,000 to $4,000. The same study revealed that women whose wedding costs exceeded $20,000 were 3.5 times more likely to end up divorced than those who spent $5,000 to $10,000.

Interestingly, the study went on to reveal that skimming when it comes to purchasing an engagement ring also decreased the chances of a couple living happily ever after. Men who shelled out less than $500 on engagement rings also experienced higher divorce rates. Couples who spent less than $1,000 on their weddings decreased the chances of divorce.  Though bigger guest lists generally equate to a pricier wedding ceremony, the study also found that having more weddings guests led to longer marriages.

Coordinators of the study believe that the link between divorce rates and costly weddings and engagement rings had to do with brides and grooms wanting to create the perfect wedding day—even if they aren’t in the position to afford the costs. As for what’s pushing couples to place this unnecessary pressure on themselves, researchers are blaming the bridal industry.

“In 1959, Bride’s recommended that couples set aside two months to prepare for their wedding and published a checklist with 22 tasks for them to complete. By the 1990s, the magazine recommended 12 months of wedding preparation and published a checklist with 44 tasks to complete.”

Researchers also point out that there’s not much evidence that supports the wedding industry’s underlying message that extravagant ceremonies equate to positive marital outcomes.

“The wedding industry has consistently sought to link wedding spending with long-lasting marriages,” Emory University economic professors Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon wrote.

According to The Knot, the average wedding costs about $30,000. Things that make you go hmmm…

Is This Seat Taken? Celebrity Wedding Crashers

September 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The day you get married may be the most important day of your life. And what was a special day for some lucky ordinary folk turned into an even more memorable occasion when these celebrity wedding crashers popped up out of nowhere.

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Beyonce and Jay Z

After Beyonce wrapped up her successful “On The Run” tour with her hubby Jay Z here in the U.S., the couple took some much needed time off for a little rest and relaxation before gearing up for the European leg of the tour. They have been unwinding in Italy and the “Drunk In Love” singer stumbled upon a wedding after walking into a local church in Portofino. Even though she was severely underdressed with her bikini, sheer wrap and straw hat on, Beyonce happily obliged and took photos with the surprised bride and groom.

Scorned Husband Posts Angry Ad Selling Cheating Wife’s Wedding Dress

June 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We’ve heard of quite a few stories over the years where an angry wife took to the Internet to expose her cheating husband. But this story has a bit of a different twist. An Australian newlywed by the name of Dan recently took to Gum Tree (similar to Craigslist) to resell his wife’s wedding dress in a post titled, “Wedding Dress for Bride Seeking Eventual Infidelity.” Judging by the post, the poor guy discovered that his wife of two years cheated (or planned to cheat) with his best friend! The posting reads:

“Due to be married soon? Not planning on staying faithful? Want to sleep with one of your soon-to-be husband’s closest friends? Then THIS is the wedding dress for you.

This stunning, tuille swathed, ivory bridal gown has a proven track record of producing an adulterous, deceitful, double-crossing and traitorous ‘soulmate.’

A one of a kind garment designed by Benedict Arnold, believed to be derived from the very cloth Judas Iscariot himself wore to the Garden of Gethsemane to betray the only son of God – Jesus Christ.

This harlot-sized ensemble will make you the envy of your trampish posse on your fraudulent wedding day.

As an added bonus, this dress gives you the ‘entitlement’ to legally obtain over half of your husband-to-be’s worldly possessions.

This dress is guaranteed to provide you with approximately two years of reasonable wedded mediocrity before the complete and utter disintegration of your relationship due to your extramarital promiscuity.

Cosmetically, the garment is in better condition than the marriage – not looking for much. Make an offer.”

Since the post was first made on June 8, it has been viewed close to 200,000 times; however, the dress has yet to be sold. Poor thing.


“We Covered By The Blood” “Baby Train Bride” Responds To Criticisms

June 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last week we told you about the Tennessee bride who walked down the aisle with her one month old baby on the train of her Vera Wang wedding dress. We posted the photo, hoping that it was a photoshopped image, a joke for the internet.

But sadly it was not. And the bride, Shona Carter-Brooks took to Facebook to defend her decision.

She wrote:

“People questioning what we do, commenting all negative, and just doing the most. We good though we covered by the Blood which never loose its power. So to the media, radio, news and whomever else wanting to talk about what WE do here you go:

 Media Media I see how it works regardless the situation or purpose people gone have something negative to say!

The answer is we do what we want, when we want, as long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gona continue to be fine.”

And as the criticism kept coming in, Carter-Brooks took to her Facebook page again.

“FB family & friends we are outstanding! See we not weary in well doing, for in due season this too shall pass! We rejoicing for we’re too driven to be drowned, victorious to be defeated, and content for God is able! We love you all for your support, love and encouraging words.” 

Later she joked with her new husband, that she was was glad they are not celebrities and then wrote “oops got fans, guess we is!”

She concluded her statements, suggesting that all the naysayers “get a life.”


Girl… Yes thank God He, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are watching over your little girl because anything could have happened to her on the ground, from dust flying up and getting into her eye, to her falling out of the “well secured” harness. Clearly, Carter-Brooks hasn’t seen the error of her ways; but really the fact that you carried your flowers, inanimate objects, in your hands, while your baby was being dragged across the floor, shows just how far off your priorities were that day.

There are more pictures from the day below.

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And here’s the precious baby girl where she’s supposed to be, in her parent’s arms.

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Source: Facebook


WTF?! Bride Literally Drags Her Baby Down The Aisle

May 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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With this picture and the video of the bridal party from yesterday, it’s clear that we’re living in a time of disorder and disarray.

Today, I was scrolling down my Facbook feed when I saw just the top of this picture and the caption one of my friends had included, “What is going on?” Like I said, I had only seen the top of the picture so I didn’t immediately see the problem until I looked a it further down.

Honey, your eyes do no deceive you that is a baby, an infant at the very bottom on the train of her dress and she is dragging that poor child down the aisle on what appears to be her wedding day.

Shame on it all!

I don’t have to tell y’all this is all types of inappropriate/borderline abusive. Aside form that I just don’t understand it. I can understand how one person might have thought this was ok but who were the people who cosigned and let her walk down the aisle like this? What gives?

My only hope that this was somehow photoshopped.

But tell me what you think of this picture? If you have a caption, feel free to include it. FYI, “No Child Left Behind” has already been taken.

Babyface Changes Wedding Venue Last Minute To Protest Sultan Of Brunei’s Criminal Code That Punishes Gays By Stoning Them To Death

May 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in February, we told you that Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was engaged to marry long-time girlfriend, Nicole Patenburg. According to TMZ, the couple’s wedding was scheduled to take place this Saturday at the Hotel Bel-Air, but in an interesting turn of events, the ten-time Grammy Award-winning musician decided to change the wedding venue last-minute.

The shocking venue switch is a part of a huge boycott, in which celebrities, gay rights groups and ordinary citizens are participating in to protest against the hotel’s owner, Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the Sultan of Brunei. He also owns the Beverly Hills Hotel.The protest is in response to a new Sharia-based criminal code in his home country, which will be implemented over the next few years. According to TIME, the code will “punish gay people with death by stoning.” Ironically, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers a variety of pricey same-sex wedding packages. Protestors say the Sultan’s actions are extremely offensive and utterly hypocritical.

It’s unclear where Babyface has decided to move his wedding, but sources say the wedding is definitely still on and will be held at a different venue in Beverly Hills. Interesting enough, it’s reported that Babyface isn’t the only celeb who pulled out of holding an event at one of the landmark hotels owned by the Sultan in recent weeks. Kim Kardashian was also reportedly scheduled to hold her bridal shower last weekend at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but decided to move it to another location.

Study Reveals The Astonishingly Hefty Price Tag That Comes With Being A Wedding Guest

April 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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American Express study reveals the high cost of being a wedding guest.

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Wedding season is upon us. And while we’re already aware of the hefty price tag that comes with planning a wedding, who knew being a mere guest at a ceremony of love could be so expensive?

According to a recent study conducted by American Express, the average cost of attending a wedding is $592, which is up 75 percent from just two years ago. And catch this: that total isn’t even counting the gift. If the study is correct, then guests are spending nearly $600 per wedding on pre-wedding shindigs, hotels, personal grooming, clothing, transportation and accessories alone. But wait, that’s not all. The study also states that on average, a wedding guest will shell out $109 on a wedding gift and that figure doubles if the person getting married is a close relative.

As for members of the wedding party, the study reveals that on average, these lovely folks will spend $618.

“Weddings can be expensive, whether you’re tying the knot or attending as a guest,” said David Rabkin, senior vice president of Consumer Lending Products for American Express. “While careful spending continues to be the trend for 2014, consumers on both sides of the equation will shell out more.”

The study was conducted online from a random sampling of 1,503 adults. The results have a margin error of plus or minus 2.5. Apparently love does cost…a lot!

The Reason Why White Wedding Dresses Are Going Out Of Style

April 18th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

This Bridal Fashion Week, we noticed something that we hadn’t seen before. Nearly all the designers showing new collections forgo the traditional stark white-colored dresses for shades of champagne, eggshell and ecru– to name a few. Essentially white is being phased out for a variety of reasons, and we had to get to the bottom of it.

On the eve of the new year, actress Kaley Cuoco wore a bubblegum pink custom Vera Wang gown for her wedding to Ryan Sweeting. As bold as the dress was, she was just one of the many women opting to wear a color other than white– and it paid off. Many will say stark white doesn’t photograph well or is limited, but we think there’s something more to it.

To speak on the subject, we asked experts in the field of wedding gowns about the transition from white dresses to colorful options.

See what they had to say at 

Straight From His Mouth: Do Men Care About Being Invited To Their Friends’ Weddings?

April 14th, 2014 - By RealGoesRight
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Almost five years ago, a friend (we’ll call him Jason) I’ve known since high school asked me if I would be the best man in his wedding. I didn’t hesitate to accept. Because we’d been friends for so long, I knew him well enough to know I probably wasn’t his first choice (we’ll get to that in a second), but in any event, I was excited that he asked. His wedding signified a couple of firsts for my life at that point. It’d be the first time I ever attended a wedding that actually happened with someone I was friends with, while obviously being the first wedding I attended as someone’s best man.

Part of the reason I was puzzled about why Jason asked me to be the best man is because Jason and I had a mutual friend (we’ll call him Calvin) he could’ve asked. Jason and Calvin had known each other their entire lives. I mean, “playing in the sandbox, played football as young kids, whole families knew each other,” whole lives. Jason was also the godfather to Calvin’s daughter. Calvin seemed like an easy choice.

After Jason asked me to be the best man in his wedding, Calvin called me a week or so later and asked if I was attending Jason’s wedding. I, without even considering the weirdness of the random call or question, answered in the affirmative. I told Calvin that Jason had asked me to be the best man and I was trying to get everything together so that I’d be able to fly down and fulfill my duties. Calvin got noticeably quiet after I broke the news to him. It was at that moment he told me he wasn’t going to Jason’s wedding. In fact, he hadn’t even been invited. Apparently, Jason and Calvin had had a falling out, having to do with Jason’s fiance, and Calvin “wasn’t allowed” to come to the wedding. Instead of of Jason taking up for Calvin, apparently, he did nothing. Calvin took umbrage with Jason’s lack of action on his behalf.

Obviously I was taken aback by what Calvin told me. I immediately phoned Jason and told him what Calvin said. I told him I felt awkward, because they’d been friends since childbirth and all of us had been friends since high school. We all went to college in Tallahassee and were roommates for the three years I lived there. We’d carried each other during the worst times and celebrated way beyond any of our limits during our best times. I told Jason that whatever issue he’d had with Calvin he needed to settle up, because I didn’t want this to be something that got held against him or me based on a misunderstanding. Jason told me not to worry about it and that whatever Calvin had told me wasn’t really the issue. He wanted me to be the best man, that’s why he asked me. And that was the end of that.

Or, so I thought.

Fast forward to the day of Jason’s wedding and who shows up after the nuptials are said and the couples are joined together in holy matrimony? Calvin. In his work clothes. I watched Calvin walk past all the guests, up between the aisles, and damn near up to the podium to give me a dap. “Just wanted to say what’s up bruh. Hadn’t seen you in a while and I didn’t know the next time you were going to be in town.” I gave Calvin dap and asked if he was going to talk to Jason. I’m not sure if he did.

In short, the answer to the question is yes. Men care if they’re not invited to a close friend’s wedding and if the relationship warrants it, they care if they’re the best man or not, too.


Kelly Rowland Finally Confirms Engagement: “Um, It Happened On Skype”

December 17th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kelly Rowland

After dodging the tirade of engagement questions that have been hurled at her for the past couple of weeks, Kelly Rowland finally broke down and admitted to what we already knew: She’s engaged to her longtime boyfriend and manager, Tim Witherspoon. If you recall, engagement rumors about Kelly and Tim resurfaced a few weeks ago when she appeared in an Instagram video donning a huge rock on her wedding finger.

The “X Factor” judge shyly confirmed her engagement to her buddy Queen Latifah during a recent appearance on the “Queen Latifah Show.”

“He put a ring on it,” the “Dirty Laundry” singer finally confessed, holding up her left hand.

Her admission prompted the audience to go wild and Queen to release a big smile. Apparently the two have been engaged for years, but only Kelly’s closest friends—including Queen—knew about.

“Yes, it’s official. It’s been awhile. We’ve kept it very, very low for years to be completely honest,” the 32-year-old beauty continued.”

As for how Tim popped the question, Kelly adorably confessed that the proposal occurred while she and Tim were miles away from each other.

“Um, it happened on Skype,” said Kelly. “It actually happened on Skype. He asked me first on Skype and I was like, ‘We’re so far away from each other.’ I was in like Bulgaria somewhere. It was so late and I remember, we were both honestly, just starring at each other and he asked me.”

The former Destiny’s Child singer went on to say that without even having to think about it, she instantly agreed to marry her love bug.

“It was just that simple to say, ‘Yes.’ I have my best friend to ride through life with. He really is my best friend.”

Of course, now that she has openly admitted to being engaged, nosy folks like us are wondering when the wedding will be. But we won’t jump the gun. Instead, we’ll just offer our congrats!!!

Watch Kelly’s interview on the next page.