The Coolest Way To Film Your Wedding Proposal

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If you’re still raving about drone photography as the latest innovation in wedding photography, here’s something more cutting edge for you — the Ring Cam.

While couples thus far have had to rely on family members or friends to capture that precious moment of getting down on one knee, the Ring Cam makes sure that your documentation can get more up close and personal — the camera is built into the engagement ring box itself. What this means is that couples can now capture that moment of surprise directly from the perspective of the ring itself.

Couples who are fascinated by the idea would be happy to know that this innovative technology does not come at a hefty price tag — the Ring Cam is available for a three-week rent for just US$100. The service provider will also throw in professional editing services for just US$200 more.

With a size as inconspicuous as a pinhole camera, it is likely that the person on the receiving end of the proposal might not even notice that the Ring Cam is there. How’s that for a real and in-your-face (pun intended) proposal for you?

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Average Cost of US Weddings Hits New High

The 2014 Real Weddings Survey conducted by US-based The Knot found that the average cost of US weddings has climbed to a new high of about US$31,213, up from US$29,858 in 2013. The most expensive wedding was, unsurprisingly, recorded in Manhattan, costing US$76,328. On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest wedding was in Utah, at just US$15,257.

A notable trend was that while the average cost of weddings have increased, the guest list, on the other hand, appears to have shrunk as compared to before. This means that US couples are inviting less people, but spending more to impress each and every one of them. Rebecca Dolgin, editor-in-chief of The Knot said, “People want their guests to have this amazing experience. So they’re inviting fewer of them, but really going all out with them.”

Perhaps reflecting a more buoyant economic outlook in the US compared to the downturn of previous years, The Knot’s survey found that majority of couples (45%) went over budget with their weddings. Another 23% of couples surveyed did not set a budget for their weddings. The remaining 26% and 6% stayed on or below budget respectively.

US couples also commonly received help from their family to pay for their weddings. Couples who paid entirely on their own remained a minority, at just 12%. On average, couples contributed 43% of the budget, the bride’s parents 43%, the groom’s parents 12 percent% and others accounted for the remaining 2%.

Read the full survey findings on The Knot.

Not Your Usual Bridal Salon

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For those of you who are expecting soothing pastel colours and floral scents when you step into a bridal salon, you will be surprised by Mociun White, a not-so-usual bridal salon in Brooklyn, New York.

Mociun White is the brainchild of designer Caitlin Mociun, who was inspired to set up her store after a trip to the bridal salon with a friend. “There were little vases of white flowers and rococo furniture, and it smelled like potpourri — it felt like a little girl’s dream, not the dream of an adult woman who’s really into design,” she recalls. Instead, she says, “I wanted a beautiful space that was cool architecturally.”

Indeed, Mociun has created a visually engaging and adventurous space for her bridal salon. Instead of a subdued palette that is commonly found in bridal salons, she has opted for pops of vibrant colours on the railings, complemented with ables made with Archer Modern, a Bec Brittain chandelier and loop lights by Lucas Peet.

The sartorial choices available are of course, non-traditional as well — the collection consists of coloured wedding dresses (in for example, lemon yellow) and separates that her clients can mix and match as well. Last but not least, she has also curated a tasteful selection of made-to-order ceramics and houseware for brides who are putting together a wedding registry.

As brides become more sophisticated and conscious of what they want, it’s about time that bridal services catch up on these specialised needs. We say, Mociun White is definitely making a good move ahead.

Read the original article at the New York Times.

The untraditional venue for wedding-related events: Supermarts

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In December 2014, an American couple said “I do” in an unlikely location: the frozen food aisle of Costco in California.

The choice of venue held a very important significance for Robert and Meredith Bonilla, who met one year ago in that very aisle while shopping, according to news outlet Huffington Post. On the wedding day, the aisle was lined with poinsettias and the couple exchanged vows while standing on wooden pallets.

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Costco, it seems, isn’t only untraditional venue for romantic gestures in the U.S.. In September 2013, a man used a flash mob to propose to his boyfriend in Home Depot while one couple tied the knot in the frame department at IKEA in June 2013 and another couple got married at Best Buy on Black Friday in 2009.

In Singapore, the country’s largest supermart NTUC FairPrice has become the location for pre-wedding photo shoots. According to local media reports, over 30 couples held their wedding shoots at FairPrice stores in 2013 – more than double compared to the previous year.

Nigeria’s Elite Splurge on Luxury Weddings

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Thinking about luxury weddings, Nigeria comes across as an unlikely destination. But the country, which is home to the majority of West Africa’s billionaires thanks to its oil reserves, gas, telecom and rising entertainment industry, has emerged as a lucrative industry for luxury weddings as well. The biggest tell-tale sign? Nigeria has the world’s second fastest growing rate of champagne consumption, just behind France.

Funke Bucknor, founder of Nigeria’s leading wedding and events company, Zapphaire events said, “Our core clientèle is mainly made up of millionaires. They will not hesitate to spend the money in order to get what they want. If they need to fly in an artist from America, or a decorator from Dubai or London, they will do so.”

While traditionally Nigerian families only recognise the traditional wedding, modern couples are now increasingly opting to throw two or even three weddings, which includes a Western-style wedding and a destination wedding to nearby locations such as Dubai, Seychelles and the Maldives.

The average Nigerian wedding can easily involve more than 1,000 guests, with the numbers for bigger weddings going up to 3,000. According to event planner Elohor Aisien, food and drinks are served during the wedding from 2pm all the way to midnight.

Nigerian couples also spare no expenses in the other components of their weddings. Starting from their outfits, Nigerian brides favour Elie Saab and Vera Wang while grooms look to Tom Ford for their wedding look. Elohor had once organised a wedding for a Nigerian royalty, who was not allowed to leave the house one month prior to the wedding in accordance with traditional customs. As a result, Elohor flew into London with a model to fit her wedding dresses. Needless to say, no pennies are saved for other finer details such as flowers, tableware and decorations, as couples do not hesitate to import their desired items from overseas if they so wish to. Couples are also known to splurge on wedding favours with their guests, with one couple even going as far as to provide all their guests with their wedding attire.

The above is testament to the conspicuous spending of Nigeria’s new-rich — they are unafraid to let people know they have arrived, and would even compete among themselves to see who is able to spend more. Event decorator Weruche Majekodunmi revealed that she had organised several weddings, which had a budget of more than US$2 million over the past few years.

But such lavish spending in the country where many still live around the poverty line is not all bad, as Weruche will have you know. “The weddings keep our economy going. Normally the rich Nigerians will spend their money abroad, whenever they go shopping. Thanks to the wedding industry the money is being invested back into our economy. Jobs of caterers, tailors, carpenters and upholsterers are being sustained. Prior to these major weddings, the profession of make-up artist wasn’t even considered a full-time job.”

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Read the original article at Forbes.