Archive for April, 2010

‘Kick Ass’ Star Aaron Johnson Bags a Cougar Bride

Monday, April 26th, 2010

According to research, cougar hunting is becoming the favorite pastime for the men ages 18-26.  Hell, even Hollywood is getting into the act. Just look at 19-year-old ‘Kick Ass’ star Aaron Johnson. He recently announced his engagement to 43-year-old, mother of two, Sam Taylor-Wood.

Sam Taylor Wood showed off her engagement ring last Thursday night in London. She is engaged to movie star Aaron Johnson

Sam Taylor Wood showed off her engagement ring last Thursday night in London. She is engaged to movie star Aaron Johnson

The couple started dating 18 months ago after she divorced Jay Jopling, but the engagement wasn’t announced until last Thursday, April 22nd when she showed off her engagement ring at an event in London.

How to Make Her Feel Comfortable with Your Bachelor Party

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
The bachelor party: the ultimate trust test

The bachelor party: the ultimate trust test

By Becky Thomas, Weddingistas

No matter how confident and trusting a girl is, there is always that little fear about what will go on at her fiancé’s bachelor party. It certainly doesn’t help with movies like The Hangover, which consist of quickie weddings to strippers, Mike Tyson’s tiger, and a missing tooth and groom. But, there is something you can do to get your girl to relax about your big night out.

First, talk to her about it. Try to really understand what she is worried about. Maybe she doesn’t trust your crazy cousin Brian and the trouble that seems to follow him. Or maybe the thought of you hanging around strippers completely creeps her out. Whether or not her fears are valid doesn’t matter. It just matters that you talk to her about them and try to get her to relax. Tell her that while Brian can be crazy at times, you will have a lot of other sensible friends to keep him in check. And if a strip club is in your future, explain to her that you won’t be touchy feely and that it is more of a tradition than anything. (Be forewarned, while I didn’t care if my fiancé went to a strip club, some girls just can’t get past this. Find out how she really feels and you might need some time to have her get used to the idea).

Do you really want to be on the other end of this call?

Do you really want to be on the other end of this call?

Then don’t talk about it again. Seriously. She doesn’t want to know that for your “last night of freedom”  you plan on getting wrecked with your friends in Las Vegas. That will only make her more nervous about what is to come. If you play it cool (and tell your friends to do the same), chances are she won’t think it is that big of a deal and will be less concerned.

Call her. It might take a bit of your pride, but why not give her a call (just one) at some point of the night to let her know that you are a.) still alive b.) still coherent enough to dial c.) thinking of her.  Try to not be in a bar at the time so all she hears is “Pour Some Sugar on Me” in the background. Keep it light, upbeat and quick. Then go about your night.

Limit pictures. I don’t find too many guys bringing their camera out to the bar, so this might be easy. But in the day and age where a picture can end up on Facebook in a matter of seconds, try to keep it PG. You don’t want your poor fiancé sitting at home on Facebook and find you in between two cocktail waitresses making faces. It’s just poor taste really.

The best thing I can say is to be honest and upfront with her. She will be more upset if she found out you went somewhere you said you weren’t. You don’t want an angry bridezilla on your hands!

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Becky Thomas is the co-founder of the wedding blog Weddingistas, where they provide all types of wedding information and advice. Becky also co-owns Weddingistas, LLC a wedding planning group that specialized in sensibly chic events.

No More Objections: Earth-Friendly, Guy-Friendly Wedding Bands

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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By Guest Blogger: BrilliantEarth.com

It’s just one of those things. Society has decreed that the act of marriage be solemnized by the exchange of wedding rings. Not that this tradition is beyond critique. In fact, in honor of Earth Day, the next time you attend a wedding ceremony (not yours), you might even consider voicing an objection—not to the marriage, but to the rings.

Standing up and clearing your throat, you’d have at least two good points to make. First off, why must it be jewelry? Couldn’t something a tad more guy-friendly—or at least gender-neutral—be the object of exchange? And second, has anyone out there, anyone at all, stopped to consider the environmental consequences of this ring exchange?

Your first point would be self-evident. For a lot of guys, it’s difficult to get hyped up about jewelry. Your second point would require some elaboration. Something along the following lines would suffice: Rings are made of precious metals and gemstones, and mining for those materials can be devastating for the environment. Gold mining is a particularly dirty process, releasing toxic chemicals like mercury and cyanide into the environment and generating about 20 tons of mine waste for every gold ring. On top of this, in many countries around the world, mining for precious gemstones and metals is fueling civil conflicts and leading to all sorts of human rights abuses, from worker exploitation to child labor.

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Happy Earth Day from BrilliantEarth.com & The Man Registry

Should you manage to complete your rant without first being dragged out of the room, congratulations. But we think that both you, and the unfortunate groom, could avoid this unpleasant scenario by first checking out Brilliant Earth—the leading provider of ethical origin jewelry. We use only recycled gold and platinum in our wedding rings, thereby avoiding the need for dirty mining. In addition, our diamonds and gemstones are all conflict-free and originate from sources adhering to the highest labor and environmental standards. We are certain that our wide selection of eco-friendly jewelry will address the concerns of even the most environmentally-ardent wedding ring critics.

But what about that other objection to wedding rings: guy-friendliness? At Brilliant Earth, we are careful to be guy-friendly, as well as eco-friendly. We’ve helped many a marriage-bound lad to select a wedding band that suits his preferences and needs. We find that guys can get pumped about wedding bands, just as girls often get ecstatic about their wedding rings. In our experience, we’ve learned that the issue is not so much the band itself, but that jewelry tends to be described in terms that appeal mostly to ladies.

We’ve therefore decided to describe our major wedding band styles in language that guys may appreciate more. The daunting task of selecting wedding bands doesn’t have to be just about choosing the perfect beveled edge or matte finish. Instead, why not choose a ring that brings to mind an expensive, high performance, luxury automobile? A basic rule of advertising is to associate your product with things your customers like. So, we’ve shamelessly taken the liberty of associating each of our ring styles with “equivalents” in the world of sports, booze, and cars. Let us know if you have any objections.

BrilliantEarth makes it easy for you guys by breaking ring styles into manly categories

BrilliantEarth.com makes it easy for you guys by breaking ring styles down into manly categories below:


Classic Bands

Standard Description: Unsurpassed quality and elegant design. For a classic look, try our Comfort Fit Wedding Ring, featuring a rounded inside edge for increased comfort. Another excellent option is our Beveled Edge Matte Wedding Ring with Grooves, featuring a soft matte finish balanced with two high-polished grooves and light-catching beveled edges.

Sports, booze, and automobiles: Guys appreciating our classic bands may also know how to appreciate the 1961 New York Yankees, featuring the famous home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle; a glass of scotch whiskey, single malt, no ice added; or a spin in a Ferrari 250, the legendary Ferrari convertible featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – using veggie-oil diesel, of course.

Nature-Themed Bands

Standard Description: Make your ring a constant reminder of your shared commitment to the environment. For instance, our Equinox Ring with Beveled Edges is an intriguing band featuring the smooth lines of a wave balanced with two high polished grooves and light-catching beveled edges. Or, take a look at our River Ring, a distinctive band that comes with a hammered, matte-finish center; two high polished grooves; and light-catching beveled edges.

Sports, booze, and automobiles: Fans of these rings may also be fans of Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing; pinot noir, the light, silky red wine featuring flavors of berries and spices; and the Toyota Prius, the most successful hybrid vehicle on the road, averaging 50 miles per gallon.

Modern Bands
Standard Description: Progressive styles, perfect for the forward-thinking couple. For a modern look, try our Beveled Edge Matte Wedding Ring. A handsome band with contemporary detail, this distinctive ring features a soft matte finish balanced with two polished beveled edges. Or, try our Flat Matte Comfort Fit Wedding Ring, featuring a matte, brushed finish and a stylish, modern look.

Sports, booze, and automobiles: Guys drawn to our modern bands may also have a soft spot for the Chicago Bulls of 1995-1996, led to 72 wins by Michael Jordan, the man who modernized and defined the present era of NBA basketball; any alcoholic beverage with Red Bull, the high-powered energy drink; and the Chevrolet Volt, the promising electric vehicle on which GM is staking its future.

Antique-Style Bands
Standard Description: Vintage look, reminiscent of a romantic era. An outstanding antique-style option is our Wide Antique Scroll Ring, a handsome, antique-style ring featuring a high-polish center balanced by two rows of engraved scrolls on either side. Another good choice is our Milgrain Wedding Ring, which features fine milgrain detailing along the edges for a refined finish.

Sports, booze, and automobiles:  Fondness for our antique-style bands goes hand-in-hand with fondness for the Chicago Cubs of 1908, the last Cubs team to win the World Series; a pint of Guinness, the dark Irish beer with a tradition dating back to the 1700s; and the Mini Cooper, the popular small car with an old-fashioned, boxy, British design.

Glamorous Bands
Standard Description: For those who believe that glamour need not come at great human or environmental cost. A superb option is our Brushed Diamond Ring with Polished Edges. This stylish, modern band features a brushed center set with six evenly-spaced round diamonds.

Sports, booze, and automobiles:  Those opting for a glamorous band may also be enthusiastic about the New England Patriots, winners of three Super Bowls in the past decade and headed up by quarterback Tom Brady, married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen; vodka martinis, shaken not stirred, James-Bond style; and the Tesla Roadster, the all-electric luxury convertible able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds, silently.

5 Unique Cufflink Sets for the Groom

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The right pair of cufflinks will complete any groom or groomsman’s wedding day look. And with hundreds of thousands of options available online, finding the right set is sure to be a daunting task.  Because of this, I’ve handpicked five personal favorites for you to consider. Before you buy just any old average set, I urge you to stop and take a look at these unique options.

All five sets showcased below are available over at The Man Registry. Each comes in its own customized case and is guaranteed to be a conversation-starter.

Thermometer Cufflinks

Thermometer Cufflinks

Thermometer Cufflinks: For the grilling aficionado in your life comes this pair of temperature reading cufflinks (that actually work). You can also customize their case at no additional cost. Get them now.

Skull and Crossbones Cufflinks

Skull and Crossbones Cufflinks

Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks with Personalized Case: If the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow is on your shopping list, look no further than this trendy option. Get them now.

Stick Shift Cufflinks

Stick Shift Cufflinks

Stick Shift Cufflinks with Personalized Case: – Mechanic by day, Mr. GQ by night. He’ll love this stylish set of gear-shifter cuff links. Get them now.

Four Aces Cufflinks

Four Aces Cufflinks

Aces Cufflink Set with Personalized Case: With this set, he’ll always have a set of Aces up his sleeve. Great for poker players or just lovers of luck in general. Get them now.

Superman Cufflinks

Superman Cufflinks

Superman Cufflinks with Personalized Case: Does your Best Man think he’s Super Man? Make it official with this awesome cuff link set that would make the real Man of Steel jealous. Get them now.

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A Bride + Her Father’s Evolution of Dance Medley

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Here’s yet another video of a seemingly normal wedding dance turning comedic halfway through. This one involves a bride and her father going Evolution of Dance halfway through their dance. It’s worth a look..

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