Posts Tagged ‘Chris Easter’

Your Burning Proposal Questions: Answered

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

What are this year’s hottest engagement ring trends?

Should I ask for her parents blessing?

Do I need to have a friend hide in the bushes and record the proposal?

I was thrilled to join today’s From “I Will” To “I Do” Google Hangout and help answer these questions and more. If you missed it earlier, you can watch the entire video here:

Big thanks to Anne Chertoff, Sarah Pease and Josh Holland for taking part!

Gents, what advice did you find most helpful? Let us know in the comment section below.

How to Propose Perfectly This Engagement Season

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Engagement season has arrived. If you’re thinking about getting down on one knee and popping the question this holiday season, this video of yesterday’s Google Hangout is a must-watch. Our own Chris Easter teamed up with “The Proposal Planner” Sarah Pease, wedding expert Anne Chertoff, Robbins Brothers and Bradley Productions to provide invaluable tips for planning the perfect marriage proposal. Enjoy!

What’s your biggest proposal question? If it wasn’t answered in the video, post a comment below and we’ll give our response!

Our Google+ Hangout Series for Grooms is Ready to Launch!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

If you’re one of the more than 1 million men planning on popping the question this fall, congrats! You’ve got a lot riding on this decision and we want you to get it right. From ring shopping to asking for her parents’ blessings to arranging the perfect proposal, you’ll need to be as prepared as possible, so join us tomorrow for The Groom’s Guide to Getting Engaged Google+ Hangout on Air. This is the debut of our Hangout On Air series for grooms and is a must-see event for any guy with marriage on his mind.

The live Hangout On Air broadcast will air from 1:00-1:30pm EDT tomorrow, Tues., August 20th. You can RSVP here through your Google+ profile.

The Proposal

About The Groom’s Guide to Weddings Hangout On Air Series: Hosted by groom expert  Chris Easter, the Groom’s Guide Hangout On Air series will dissect a new topic each Tuesday.  Chris will be joined by popular bloggers and industry experts, who will break down the do’s and don’ts of wedding planning. Tomorrow’s guests are Sarah Pease from Brilliant Event Planning and Tracey Lyles & Shulie Lo from Robbins Brothers.

About Google+ Hangouts On Air:  With Google+ Hangout On Air broadcasts, you can learn from experts, see what interesting people have to say and take part in discussions based on your interests and hobbies. All you need to get started is a Google+ profile, which you can create here.

What are the most important questions a groom needs to consider when planning a proposal? Post a comment below and we may answer it during the Hangout!

Expert Forum: Joint Bachelor(ette) Parties?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Bachelor and bachelorette parties are known as rites of passage for grooms and brides. These “last nights out” offer a great opportunity to have one last bash with close friends before walking down the aisle. While typically thought of as guys’ and girls’ nights only, a growing trend has couples bucking the norm and planning joint parties

We pulled together some of our favorite wedding experts to see if this concept passes the sniff test.

joint bachelor(ette) beach party

More and more couples are choosing to do a coed bachelor(ette) party. How do you feel about this trend? Should the groom and bride have separate “last nights out” or are you on board with the idea of joint parties?

Chris Easter (Co-Founder,
Twitter: @chriseaster
Google Plus: +Chris

With couples getting married at old ages, it doesn’t surprise me to see this trend growing. I think it’s all about personal preference and lifestyle. If the couple has put their hard partying days behind them, I don’t see anything wrong with a night or weekend outing with their closest friends to celebrate the end of single life. Remember, there’s no official rule book for these types of parties. To each their own.

Ian (Author, A Groom’s Diary)
Twitter: @agroomsdiary

Grooms: If your wife-to-be demands this idea, run. Now.
Brides: If your husband-to-be accepts this idea, run. Now.

She’s a psycho or he’s a pushover. No exceptions.

This idea might be the only wedding trend worse than the unity candle.

(I’d write more but I’ve got to get ready for my buddy’s bachelor party tonight.  We’re going to make him drink three pints of generic brand vodka, force him to gamble his nest-egg and then take pictures of strippers dancing over his lifeless corpse, just like he always dreamed we would.)  (And his marriage will be better for it.)

Kara Horner (Blogger & Media Director,
Twitter: @TMR_Kara

While it may be tempting to for a tight-knit group of friends to have a co-ed bachelor(ette) party, I think it’s important for both the bride and groom to schedule some quality girls-only and guys-only time before the big day arrives. It can be a great opportunity to bond with your bridesmaids and groomsmen before the wedding, especially if you don’t often have the chance to get the whole group together due to busy schedules or family life or being spread out across the country. Once you’re a married couple, you’ll likely go out with friends together the majority of the time, so it’s nice to maintain a few separate interests and hang out individually with the guys or girls every now and then.

James Bennett (Founder, Firefly Bachelor Party Planning)
Twitter: @firefly_events

As Bachelor and Bachelorette party planners we don’t think that joint parties are a matter of ‘should’. The Co-ed party isn’t going to be a great idea for every couple. But it can be every bit as fun as the individually celebrated parties. However, our recommendation is to always take elements from both scenarios. Plan an activity for the boys and girls separately the meet up and do something as a large group. You’re still celebrating your friendship and placing focus on the bride or groom individually. But allowing for large group antics. The ultimate goal of a bachelor/ette party is to celebrate the huge step your friend is taking in the manner that fits your friend.

Darren Younge (Founder, Well-Groomed)
Twitter: @wellgrmd

I don’t have a problem with co-ed bachelor(ette) parties, especially if the couple genuinely gets along with each others friends. You’ll have to mix and mingle for the rest of your lives, might as well start now. Besides, who doesn’t love one big party? If you do decide to go your separate ways for your party, skip the stripper/bar/casino scene, which will only lead to trouble. Just ask A. C. Slater and that Doritos girl. Instead, take a road trip to do some outdoorsy, sporty guy thing or have a golf weekend. It really doesn’t matter what you and the guys do, as long as you don’t find yourself with some strange girl’s panties on your head at the end of the night.

Shulie Lo (Social Maven, Robbins Brothers)
Twitter: @RobbinsBrothers

No. No. No. Nope. Not going to happen. The bachelor(ette) party is the last time that you can bond with your friends. The last hurrah. You have the rest of your married life with your husband to look forward to, so why not go out with a bang with your best friends? Your entourage. It’s not about not trusting your significant other with strippers (which should be a red flag), but more about bonding with the girls (or guys) that have been with you every step of the way. Even if you have a lot of mutual friends that would love to celebrate together, you may have some friends that want to participate in some sisterly bonding. If you feel that you must have a joined party and celebrate together, you could always throw a third event. Perhaps a low-key “We’re Getting Married!” party.

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What’s your take on joint bachelor(ette) parties? Post a comment below with your thoughts.

Expert Forum: Which Band or Singer Would Play Your Wedding Reception?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

When it comes to your wedding reception entertainment, decisions can be tough. You want to find a band or DJ that caters to your taste but can also entertain your diverse guests. Wouldn’t the decision be much easier if you could just pick your favorite band or singer to perform?

We pulled together a group of our favorite wedding experts to talk about this intriguing concept.

frank sinatra wearing hat

‘Ol Blue Eyes was a popular pick amongst our experts

If you could choose one band or singer (past or present) to play your wedding reception, who would it be and why?

Chris Easter (Co-Founder,
Twitter: @chriseaster

1 word: Psy.

Just kidding. As much as I’d love to see grandma trying to do the Gangnam Style dance moves, I think I’d have to go with something a little more sane. Frank Sinatra is an easy choice here, but I want to differentiate myself from the panel. To me, Bruno Mars is one of the top contemporary blends of great singer and performer. Hearing his take on some of our favorite songs would be fascinating and he’d definitely have no issue getting people out on the dance floor. The only rule is that he’d have to bring his killer backup band.

Anne Chertoff (Wedding Editor)
Twitter: @AnneChertoff

I think Frank Sinatra would be great at a wedding. He could totally MC the reception — conversing with the guests between songs. And who wouldn’t love a crooning Sinatra singing their first dance and parent dance songs.  For dancing, he may not have a lot of songs to get the party moving, but that’s what after parties are for!

Kara Horner (Blogger & Media Director,
Twitter: @TMR_Kara

There are so many amazing bands to choose from that it really depends on the couple’s favorite bands and the style of their wedding. For the cocktail hour or a more casual or boho-style wedding, I’d go with The Lumineers. The band offers a fun, folksy and romantic vibe that’s sure to entertain your guests, and songs like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” are great for weddings. For a band that’s sure to please crowds of all generations, it’s tough to beat The Rolling Stones. They offer a great mix of both slower and up-tempo music. A classic song such as “Wild Horses” is a great pick for the first dance and hits like “Sympathy for the Devil” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” will keep your guests on the dance floor all night long.

Brian Leahy (Author, The Groom Says)
Twitter: @TheGroomSays

No question — our choice entertainment would be the late and great Mr. James Joseph Brown. (I might have gone with the Parliament, but they’re generally too funkadelic for the old folks.) So what if James is a little out there and does PCP between sets? So what if he steals my mother-in-law’s shawl and wears it like a cape for the remainder of the evening? That’s what makes him James-effing-Brown. (“HA!”)

If the band or performer or DJ you’ve selected doesn’t have the energy to get butts on the dance floor, then that reception is a sinking ship that cannot be saved. But as soon as Mr. Brown jumps into “Get Up Offa That Thing,” even your rhythmless aunt with the bum knee is gonna shake a leg — her good leg, that is. And look, we’ll just all agree to turn away when James closes the evening with “Sex Machine”… and sings it directly to your grandmother.

Emma Arendoski (Founder, Emmaline Bride)
Twitter: @EmmalineBride

If I could choose one band or singer (past or present) to play my wedding reception, it would be Frank Sinatra.  At the risk of sounding cliché, it would be pretty amazing to hear Ol’ Blue Eyes himself crooning The Way You Look Tonight and It Had to Be You.  A style of music that encourages guests of all ages to get up and dance is always a plus… and classic, timeless tunes never go out of style.

Ian (Author, A Groom’s Diary)
Twitter: @agroomsdiary

The challenge of any band at a wedding is that it limits the genre of music that can be played. Even a great rock singers would have trouble doing a Michael Jackson cover. And it is for this reason that many couples end up hiring a DJ, so they can hear all of their favorite artists.  That balance is tough to replicate and tough to overcome…

With one exception.

The easy selection for my one artist for a wedding would be Bob Carlisle.

Many of you are probably saying, “Who is Bob Carlisle?” And the rest of you are probably saying, “Ian–are those your real calves?”  And to answer the second part first, yes, they are.  But while you may not know the name Bob Carlisle, you absolutely know his smash hit, Butterfly Kisses.

Much in the way that you should not be allowed to get married if you don’t break off in the middle of your first dance and start into a hilarious–and totally un-cliched–choreographed pop dance routine, no wedding should be deprived of this magical, and in no way creepy song.

It is the embodiment of a daughter’s love for his daughter, and we shouldn’t be turned off by the fact that it is completely uncomfortable and awful.  He loves his daughter.  I mean–it is really sweet!  “One part woman, the other part girl.” That’s totally what normal dads say!  And they always write songs about “sticking” things “all up in” their daughters!  Much in the way that this loving father, who is not allowed within 500 feet of an elementary school, “deserves” “a hug every morning and Butterfly Kisses at night”, your wedding deserves this amazing song to be played live!

Marta Block (Editorial Director,
Twitter: @Gigmasters

I’ve been vocally and publicly in love with David Bowie since I was thirteen years old, but I don’t think I’d want the Thin White Duke to play at my wedding. For one thing, it would be sort of awkward for my husband when I tried to leave the reception with the entertainment. Instead, I think I’d chose the Stray Cats! What? For starters, I was a teen in the 1980s, so their music is part of the soundtrack of my life. More importantly though, The Stray Cats is what any good wedding band is, they’re versatile. They can play any sort of music and make it their own. For me the most important things in wedding music are versatility, showmanship, and dancing. Stray Cats definitely fit the bill.

Now it’s your turn to answer the question. Take to the comment section and tell us your dream choice for wedding entertainment.

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