Archive for October, 2010

What the Hell is a Macaroon?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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Every once in a while there’s a wedding trend that leaves those not into weddings scratching their heads and asking “Huh? What is that?”

After talking to some potential grooms, I think the macaroon may fall into that category.  Simply put, a macaroon is a type of cookie. Jewish readers may instantly think of those odd-shaped Passover cookies that come in a tin, but that’s not what your caterer is talking about.

Wedding macaroons are usually small, cake-like cookies with a marshmallow-like or other filling. They come in a variety of colors and have a more sophisticated taste than a cookie or cupcake. Wedding planners, caterers, and pantone-obsessed brides like macaroons because they look so pretty on the plate. Personally, I think they’re yummy, but I’ll admit they’re an acquired taste.

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in serving macaroons as dessert at your wedding, feel free to suggest it to your fiancée as proof that you are, in fact, interested in wedding planning and keeping up with your end of things!

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Have you ever tried a macaroon? Do you plan on having them at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner? Let us know in the comments.

Drinking Games at the Rehearsal Dinner?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

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Today, we dip into the mailbag to answer that ever important rehearsal dinner etiquette question: is it OK to play drinking games? And since today happens to be our guest blogger day over at OneWed.com, we’re sharing our answer here.

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This Just in From the Wedding WTF File

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Explanations? Anyone?

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In Search of a New Word for ‘Married’

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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By Guest Blogger Steve Cooper of Hitched Media

Who wants to be married? Dying sounds more proactive than being married. The word married, whether used as a noun, verb or adjective sounds past tense and settled. Married comes across as boring and evokes no excitement. Dating, on the other hand, is an action word. Dating sounds like things are happening, you sense a future with endless possibilities and dreams around the corner. Married rolls off the tongue with the thud of dirt clods falling on a casket.

Think about this, when you are single and looking you are dating. When you’ve found that special someone and become exclusive to that one person the two of you are still dating. You don’t consider yourself to be dated. That only happens when you put a ring on your finger and become married.  Of course there’s a middle relationship status where you are engaged (again sounding rather stale and settled), but even in that state you and other soon-to-be wedded couples can tell others you’re marrying that special someone at a future date.

It’s clear that marriage needs a language makeover. It needs a new word to describe the maturing connection that couples can only acquire through years of life’s surprises together. Being married is not the end of dating. Being married is the beginning. Married is putting all your dreams into action. Married is creating a family, a home and career. Married is adventure and laughs.

Could Don Draper come up with a better word for 'married'?

Could Don Draper come up with a better word for ‘married’? – yea probably

I’m not Don Draper so I don’t have a new special word that makes being married sound like an amusement park stuffed into a bottle. This is the hand the quirky English language has dealt us. I suppose we should be thankful that most couples refer to themselves as married rather than wedded—the latter having dead phonetically in its pronunciation.

It’s easy to simply blame the English language, but we’ve perpetuated the point that once you get married everything is over. Think about it, growing up nearly all our fairy tales tell us that once the prince and princess finally slay the dragon they get married and “The End.” That’s it. No more adventure or excitement. In the best-case scenario we were left with “Happily Ever After.” Welcome to Snoozeville. If this part of the story was so dazzling it would have been the main attraction, not the departing footnote.

Maybe the answer is in our voice. The great thing about language is that a single word spoken by multiple people can mean anything with difference in tone and delivery. Did you know that James Bond was once married? I bet if he were having a conversation about his married life, you’d want a slice. Conversely, if Lewis Black were ranting on the institution you’d probably head for the door screaming.

Let’s put it in our voice that being married is sexy, happy, adventurous and fun. Let’s all do our best Sean Connery impression when we describe our married life (even though George Lazenby was the Bond who got married). Remember, being married is the payoff for surviving the land mines of dating. Let’s start our stories with the first kiss instead of ending them there. Married may not be a perfect word, but when you bundle all the thrills you and your spouse share throughout the years, married is the best word to describe your love story.

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Steve Cooper is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hitched, a service and lifestyle online magazine for married couples. Steve hosts a weekly podcast with experts covering all topics on married life, from sex and money to in-laws and date nights. You can follow Steve on Google+, Twitter or become a fan of Hitched on Facebook.

Do you have ideas for a new word for ‘married’? Is terminology important? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

In Defense of Wedding Invitations

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
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Is it time to ditch the traditional wedding invitation? OneWed doesn’t think so.

I’m generally seen as a pretty environmentally friendly person. I have a compost in my backyard, all of my light bulbs are CFS, I recycle. I’m also by new means a Luddite. I mean, I work for a website for crying out loud!

But, I have a weakness: paper invitations. I love real, paper wedding invitations. I love the excitement of getting an invitation in the mail. I love the feel of the invitation, the way it tells you about the upcoming invitation. I love that wedding invitations are one way that artists can make a living!

I’m a big fan of Evite and similar sites for everyday gatherings, a potluck, a get together, a kid’s birthday party. I LOVE that OneWed lets guests RSVP directly on your website.

But a wedding is something special, something unique and in this day of text messages, Facebook events and yes, Evites, sending out an actual honest-to-goodness wedding invitation means something. It means it’s a special event, a time to slow down and do things a little differently. It means that you can’t say “Maybe” I’ll be there, you actually have to commit to coming.

So, go green and go high-tech, but don’t ditch the paper invites quite yet.

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Connect with post author Marta Segal Block on Google+ and Twitter.

Brides and grooms, what sort of wedding invitations will you be sending out? Wedding professionals, have you noticed a drop in the number of actual paper invitations sent out? Discuss.

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