For Gaza grooms, crippling debt overshadows marital bliss

Asia & Pacific 05/23/19, 00:55

Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order to get married and start a family. These days, the 31-year-old construction worker is on the run, hiding from police in a tiny rental apartment and unable to repay the money he borrowed.Abu Serdanah is ...

New report offers 14-country snapshot of wedding traditions

Europe 05/01/19, 06:00

In much of Europe and North America, September and October are peak months to get married. In Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, wedding guests are familiar with la hora loca, a wild late-night wedding party with masks, noisemakers and costumes.More than two-thirds of U.S. couples still seek a parent ...

Vera Wang, Reem Acra: Highlights from NY bridal fashion week

New York 04/16/19, 08:55

There was a church wedding with a Madonna soundtrack, a sit-down tea at a fancy Midtown hotel, and yards and yards of tulle and trains at April bridal fashion week in New York.Several dozen designers hosted the media and buyers for appointments or put together runway shows and presentations for ...

Japan’s emperor and empress celebrate 60 years of marriage

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 02:35

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne. The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament remembered as a "love match." Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future emperor to wed a ...

Top wedding trends, from tulle turbans to carbon neutrality

U.S. 04/02/19, 08:11

When Ashley Yore and Derek Ultican were planning their wedding, the question of the garter and bouquet tosses didn't come up."It just wasn't something I ever wanted to do," said the 33-year-old Yore, who lives in Tampa, Florida. "Maybe because a lot of our friends are married already. We're just ...

For Venezuela’s 1 percent, a lavish wedding amid crisis

World 03/25/19, 10:43

It was the sort of celebration that's become rare in troubled Venezuela: a lavish destination wedding of two young entrepreneurs at a dude ranch on the country's vast tropical plains, a region known for its rugged cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle — and where camps like this one cater ...

Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau to ex-CEO Ghosn

Europe 02/07/19, 04:50

Carmaker Renault has alerted French authorities to a 50,000-euro gift from the chateau of Versailles to its former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the chateau allowed Ghosn to host his wedding reception on its grounds in exchange for Renault's donations to the Versailles estate, resplendent ...

Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

U.S. 12/18/18, 18:34

Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds—a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—argued in federal court Tuesday, Dec. 18, that the state is punishing him again over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 12/06/18, 21:42

An exiled Tibetan lights candles in front of her house in India as Tibetans mark the death anniversary of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism to which the Dalai Lama belongs. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a South Korean provincial governor is escorted ...

Beyond The Cake: Wedding desserts trend toward fun, variety

Business 12/04/18, 09:30

While the big, traditional wedding cake shows no signs of going away, many couples are also including an array of sweet little bites at their receptions.It's an opportunity for newlyweds to show who they are, says Jennifer Cress, digital director at Martha Stewart Weddings."We're seeing many couples include sweets that ...

Many couples say ‘I do’ to Zero-Waste weddings

Europe 12/04/18, 08:56

To protect the environment, many couples are saying "I do" to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food.The goal is to recycle, reuse, compost and otherwise keep anything from becoming trash in a landfill. Whether or not couples succeed in reaching ...

Newlywed couple dies in helicopter crash less than 2 hours after their wedding

U.S. 11/05/18, 09:55

A young couple in Texas died in a helicopter crash shortly after the pair got married. Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman had been married only about 90 minutes when the Bell 206B helicopter in which they were traveling went down early Sunday morning near the Byler family ranch, the groom's grandfather, William Byler, told ...

Meghan’s wedding gown to be displayed at Windsor Castle

Europe 10/25/18, 19:29

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has described how she worked with designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy to create a "timeless" wedding gown for her wedding to Prince Harry earlier this year.Harry and the former Meghan Markle recorded their memories of the wedding for an audio commentary that is part ...

Lavish wedding tests new Mexico government austerity pledge

World 10/05/18, 00:11

It was a lovely wedding, officiated by an archbishop, with designer dresses, palatial decorations and a huge convention-center reception. But for Mexico's austerity-minded president-elect, it was likely the last image in the world he wanted one of his closest advisers projecting, and it quickly drew criticism.The beaming newlyweds, Cesar Yanez ...

Meghan reveals ‘something blue’ she wore at royal wedding

Entertainment 09/23/18, 12:28

It's an old tradition that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, and the Duchess of Sussex followed at least part of that when she married Prince Harry.The former Meghan Markle has revealed in a television documentary that she had ...

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