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Guest Post: Brides Tell All in Latest David’s Bridal “Whats on Brides’ Minds” Survey

Guest Post: Brides Tell All in Latest David's Bridal "Whats on Brides' Minds" Survey

Photo: Awake Photography

While June marks the most traditional time of year to be married, this survey proves that the modern bride is anything but traditional – saying “okay” to former pre-marital taboos like buying a home and starting a family, fitting in one last fling before the ring or choosing a more comedic emcee to deliver the Best Man speech.  And an important note for those who will be attending as guests – don’t fret if you’re flying solo the day of, as 52 percent of recently married brides had guests hook up at their weddings.

First comes real estate, then comes marriage?

Back in the day, there was a perceived order on how a couple should start their lives together.  A big white wedding, setting up a home together and THEN having a baby.  But times have changed.  Although it may make our grandparents cringe, the modern bride believes it is okay to do things a bit “out of order.”

When asked what they thought was acceptable before marriage, brides proved they were less than traditional with 93 percent saying things that were once thought of as being taboo are now okay.

  • Living Single: A whopping 82 percent said living together before saying “I do” was totally fine.
  • Real Estate Partners: If you are living together, what about buying a home? Not a problem before tying the knot according to 56 percent of women.
  • Banking Buddies: Having a joint checking account prior to marching down the aisle is supported by 45 percent of brides.
  • Consummation Appreciation: 72 percent said having sex before marriage is acceptable.
  • Newborn Before Nuptials: 38 percent of respondents supported the idea of baby carriages before marriage.

Name Recognition

But fear not – the modern bride has not abandoned all traditions; most brides are saying “I do” to taking their husbands’ names.

  • 71 percent of brides have or will be taking their partner’s last name after the wedding, and another 17 percent will hyphenate her name.

A girl may dream about her wedding, but it’s the fantasies that are more fun!  According to the David’s Bridal “What’s On Brides’ Minds” survey, brides and brides-to-be can have a bit of a scandalous side…

Final Rendezvous Before “I Do”

Before she walks down the aisle, would the bride have one last romantic fling before the ring? According to the survey, many would if they could!

  • So who would they want to canoodle with? 44 percent of survey respondents said they would love a chance to be with their celebrity crush, while 17 percent admitted to wanting one last fling with their ex! Even more shocking…5 percent of women (GASP!) would pick the best man for their last hurrah!

A Celeb Toast with the Most

Let’s be honest – the best man’s speech can make or break the wedding reception.  One bad toast can set the mood for the rest of the night, so why not ensure a speech that has everyone in stitches?  If they had their pick, brides would love a celebrity funny man to deliver the big toast, with the most requested best men as follows:

  • Comedy vet Will Ferrell got the most love with 34 percent of the vote!
  • Coming in a close second, seasoned award show host Neil Patrick Harris snagged 26 percent of the votes.
  • Rounding out the list were “sexiest man alive” Adam Levine* with 20 percent, “Tonight Show” leading man Jimmy Fallon with 15 percent and movie heartthrob Chris Pine with 5 percent.

(*remember, 5 percent of women would want their last fling with the Best Man.  Hmmm…)

Love on the Dance Floor

Okay single ladies – rumor has it that the best place to meet someone is at a wedding, so if you are still looking for “the one,” RSVP “yes” this summer.  Attending someone’s nuptials might be a more effective way to couple up than online dating.  Maybe the next invitation will be for you “plus guest!”

  • A majority of respondents (52%) said they had guests “hook up” at their wedding. Love is in the air!

For more information on David’s Bridal and the brand’s wedding resources, visit www.davidsbridal.com.

Sip With Style: Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Sip With Style: Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Photos: Straw Envy

Just in time for wedding season, a new beverage accessory company debuts a collection of sparkly sippers that are perfect for bridal party gifts or even bachelorette party. Straw Envy creates sparkly, reusable drinking straws that are not just straws but accessories for fashionable drinks! With a variety of dazzling colors and crystal embellishments, Straw Envy sippers are a classy way to stand out in a crowd during your bachelorette celebrations. At $29, they make a stylish gift that won’t break your budget!

Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

Swag Bag Sweetness!

Bridal Gifts Favors Skincare

We at Weddings in Houston firmly believe that take-home treats shouldn’t be just for wedding guests. That’s why we put so much love—and LOTS of good stuff—into our exclusive I Do! Bridal Soiree swag bags! We want to thank the exceptional brands and vendors who contributed gifts and goodies to the swag bags our brides took home from the fabulous I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Greenleaf Gifts
Not only did Greenleaf’s First Blush and Gardenia Fragrance Votives have us totally swooning with delight over their soft, romantic scents, but their packaging was pretty much perfection. Love the idea of these for visiting guests’ hotel rooms, amenity baskets, and reception powder rooms and dressing rooms. Don’t you? #weddingfavor #guestroomamenity #homefragrance #bridesmaidgift

Thymes
Infused with jasmine, rose, hyacinth, lily of the valley and other divine floral fragrances, Thymes’ Goldleaf Foaming Bath Powder is our new favorite soak-time ritual. Did we mention it leaves our skin feeling like silk and smelling like Heaven après-bath? #bridesmaidgift #spabasket #bathandbody #fragrance

Kate Somerville
When the amazing Kate Somerville offers to treat you to a skincare treatment, you’d best take her up on it. I Do! Brides: Make sure to schedule your complimentary Kate Somerville DermaQuench Treatment at Neiman Marcus…TODAY! #bridalbeauty #bridesmaidbeauty #skincare #ideserveit

Nothing Bundt Cakes
So. Freakin.’ Delicious. Once you take one bite of a Nothing Bundt Cakes Red Velvet, White-Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate or Lemon cake, drizzled and basically filled with decadent frosting, you’re a fan for life. And they make wedding cakes, too! #bundtcake #weddingcake #desserttable #ideserveit

Tiff’s Treats
Cookies make us happy. So we kinda figured they’d make y’all happy, too. And Tiff’s Treats knows how to make a cookie that’d make anyone happy. ‘Nuff said. ENJOY!
#weddingfavors #cookies #desserttable #coupon

Last but most definitely not least, we’d like to give a big ol’ Weddings in Houston shout out to Save-On Crafts for the gorgeous romance-red Sola Flowers adorning our I Do! Bridal Soiree “Bride” name tags. These natural-tapioca-fiber flowers aren’t just beautiful, they’re versatile, eco-friendly and absolutely awesome for DIY wedding decor, favor packages and other fun stuff. Check ’em out!

Casting Call: New MTV Bridesmaids Show

MTV Casting Call

Are you—or is anyone you know—a bridesmaid for more than one 2012 or 2013 wedding? MTV wants to know! The cable network is casting a new show, “Always A Bridesmaid,” and is on the hunt for gals who’ve got multiple b-maid obligations that range from elegant and over-the-top to casual and low-key. If you are between 18 and 28 years old and are involved in several bridal parties for 2012/2013 weddings, email MTV your contact info, a video summary of your situation and a recent photo. Who knows? That bevy of bridesmaid dresses, party invites and planning chores (not to mention your natural charm) may just land you on TV!