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Lavish Weddings

Americans certainly are not the only ones spending crazy money on weddings. The New York Times reports that in post-Taliban Afghanistan, lavish weddings are on the rise. Costs “can run a middle-class Afghan man on average $20,000,” but Afghans who make as little as $350 a year might spend $2000 on a wedding. Yikes! Would you spend five or six times your salary on your wedding?

If you’re wrestling with your wedding budget right now, take a break and watch the video included in the story—you have to see the waiters.

Jennifer Posted by Jennifer on Feb 22, 2008.
Filed under Budget Wedding IdeasPlanning

Bridezillas on a Diet?

The New York Times ran a story on their blog, The Well, with the news that yes, a huge percentage of brides diet before their wedding.

They cited a study of engaged women in which half of the brides-to-be were already of normal weight. “Dr. Neighbors found that 91 percent of the women were worried about their weight, reporting that they wanted to lose weight or were actively trying to prevent weight gain. By comparison, national data show that about 62 percent of similarly aged women have the same concerns.”

articles_altGood grief, what’s wrong with us?

People commenting on the story not only had a lot to say about the pressure to be thin (especially from wedding mags), but also engaged in some debate about whether “bridezilla” is a lighthearted term or a sexist, pejorative one.

Are you on a diet? How do you feel about the term “bridezilla”?

Jennifer Posted by Jennifer on Feb 18, 2008.
Filed under In The NewsTrend Watch

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #4

articles_altLooking for a little spice this Valentine’s Day? May I suggest Vosges Chocolate

Lots of chocolatiers are blending chocolate and spices these days, but Vosges really takes the ball and runs with it—with ingredients like Chinese star anise, wasabi, pumpkin seeds, and truffles dusted with paprika or curry. Gorgeous, intoxicatingly good, but not too girly—these are chocolates my husband loves as much as I do.

articles_altFor Valentine’s, how could you go wrong with one of their wine and chocolate pairings? Or how about a mini wedding cake as a private celebration of your engagement?

As a gift to ourselves, last year my husband and I shared an Aphrodisiac Mini Bar Box which includes two of my favorite combos: the excellent Red Fire Exotic Candy Bar (Mexican ancho & chipotle chillies + Ceylon cinnamon + dark chocolate) and the Naga (sweet Indian curry powder + coconut flakes + deep milk chocolate). We found we both had a new favorite: the Barcelona (hickory smoked almonds + fleur de sel gray sea salt + deep milk chocolate).

articles_altFor wedding favors, I love Vosges’ adorable takeout containers which can include truffles like the Black Pearl (ginger + wasabi + dark chocolate + black sesame seeds). Their two-piece truffle boxes can be customized with your names or message and your choice of ribbon colors. And, you can feel good about Vosges’ green commitment.

p.s. If you’re in New York, Chicago or Las Vegas, be sure to pop in to a Vosges boutique for an Aztec hot chocolate or Red Fire ice cream.

p.p.s. It’s pronounced “vohzh”

At Here Comes The Guide, we’re not just experts on all things wedding: we’re also extremely knowledgeable chocolate connoisseurs. We’ve been tireless chocolate taste-testers for years—eating, judging, then trying just a little bit more to be absolutely sure of our decision. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it was time to impart some of our expertise to you for all your gift-giving needs. And if you need an extra box to give you a little moral support during the wedding planning process, we completely encourage that.

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