Whether you're a comic-book fiend, Potter head, novelist, or just love reading, books are easy props to show your personality in an engagement photo shoot. As it's National Library Week, we're especially partial to shoots that take place amongst the stacks, but local bookstores, secondhand shops, or comic-book stores also make quaint literary locations to take your pre-"I do" pictures. Just grab your preferred page-turners, find a cozy spot with your honey, and let the photographer do the rest. If you're in need of some inspiration, check out these too-cute e-shoots for bookworms!
Newlywed Hugh Hefner turns 87 today! Bachelor no more, he tied the knot on New Year's Eve with his 60-years-younger fiancée, Crystal Harris, whom he's dated for nearly four years. The pair called off their 2011 nuptials just days before the big day, but after reuniting in 2011, Crystal is officially Hugh's wife No. 3 — third time's a charm? Crystal isn't the first young Playboy Playmate Hef has been romantically linked to, and I'm sure she won't be the last. Since his divorce from first wife Mildred Williams in 1959, the magazine mogul has been with many well-endowed lady friends, sometimes two or more at a time! See some of the Playmates Hef has been paired up with over the past five decades.
The Talk cohost Sara Gilbert announced her engagement to Linda Perry today on the show. Linda — a singer, songwriter, and producer — orchestrated a proposal picnic complete with a surprise musical performance of their song (The Cure's "Love Song") and T-shirts with the question printed on them, which Sara called "the most amazing proposal ever."
Jesse joins other gay celebrities who are engaged or married to their partners, including Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson who announced his engagement to Justin Mikita last Fall. Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni wanted to wait until same-sex marriage was legal in New York to get married, and after having their wish granted in 2011 they married in May. Another celebrity to take advantage of the legalization of gay marriage in New York was Michael Kors, who married his longtime partner, Lance LePere in 2011. See some of our other favorite engaged and married gay celebrities now!
Happy National Proposal Day! And if my Facebook feed is any indication, I'm not surprised. Each engagement story is unique, from the location to the ring to the level of creativity, but when is a proposal too little or too much of a good thing? Well, let's look to Hollywood for answers, because if anyone knows how to do a proposal, then it's the masterminds behind romantic comedies, right? Or no? I'll let you decide. I've rounded up 10 proposal ideas from flicks funny, sweet, and sentimental, so tell me: are these down-on-one-knee moments worthy of the real world, or just the "reel" world?
Stop and smell the roses — today is the first day of Spring! The most romantic season kicks off with National Proposal Day, which is also today. And if you need any convincing that Spring is the season of love, then look no further than these très dreamy and affectionate engagement shoots. Glean inspiration for your own springtime prewedding photo session with these sunny snaps complete with cherry blossoms, canoe rides, floral crowns, and park picnics.
Starting a life as husband and wife is an exhilarating time — the celebrating, the planning, and of course the gifts! But what if you and your fiancé are on different pages? Check out the answer in this special wedding season Ask Savvy question, which will be answered by SavvySugar and a very savvy bride. Submit your questions in our Ask Savvy group.
I am newly engaged and thrilled to start the planning process. My Maid of Honor has generously offered to throw us an engagement party to kick off the celebration and I'm beyond excited to register for gifts. Unfortunately, my fiancé quickly threw a wrench in the equation — he doesn't think we need to register! In his mind, we have everything that we need and thinks it's ridiculous to ask people to spend money on us. As someone who has "always been a bridesmaid, never the bride," I've been looking forward to having my time in the spotlight and picking out each and every wedding gift with care — there are still certain things we are missing in order to start our life together as husband and wife. How can I convince him that we're not being greedy by registering for wedding gifts?
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We've been dating for the past one and a half year and sometime back he just blurted out on the phone that he wants to marry me . . . though I did not like the way he did it, I said yes because I do love him. Later I did give him hints that I love romantic proposals (I think every girl deserves one . . . been dreaming about it since I was a kid). But he keeps going down on one knee every time we meet. It's become like a routine thing to do, and we have a long distance relationship now and he does ask often. Don't know what to do. I told him that you only propose once properly, cried over it. I may be overreacting, but whenever I think about it, I get all choked up. I told him on face that little gestures make me happy. I don't want a fancy over the top proposal, but a simple romantic one. And he's like tell me what you want and I'll do it exactly. That pissed me off. I cried and also told him that he ruined the surprise element of a proposal. I am just upset that I am never going to have a good proposal. Plus he did not do anything for our first anniversary either.
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This weekend The Five-Year Engagement hits theaters, and you don't have to be engaged to relate to the relationship ups and downs Tom and Violet (played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) go through over the course of the film as they struggle to make it to the altar. But if you are taking part in this wedding season either as one half of a betrothed couple, as a bridesmaid, or as a family member to a bride-to-be, there are some tips to glean from the rom-com. Check out these proposal and engagement dos and don'ts from The Five-Year Engagement now! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
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When it comes to planning a wedding these days, there are an endless number of resources for getting advice and inspiration. But sometimes the best tips and tricks come not from the experts, but from the brides who've been there. Over here at our very women-friendly Sugar HQ offices, we've got a whole lot of recent brides and current brides-to-be to help with everything from etiquette questions to first-dance songs. After all, they know from experience how tricky it can be to plan a big day. So we're kicking off a new Sugar Bride Guide series featuring an inside look at the weddings of our own Sugar editors. First up, feel the love with their romantic proposal stories! And share yours in the comments!
You’ve said yes, slipped on the ring, and called your family and best friends to share the news. But come Monday morning, it’s time to tell the people you spend 40-plus hours a week with about your newly-engaged status.
Sharing the news with your closest work buddies is a no-brainer; they’ll be excited for you, and may even be invited to the wedding. But even co-workers you’re not close to will need to know at least the bare minimum about your impending nuptials. Getting married involves taking time off, leaving during the day for fittings and appointments, and often changing your name and address — all developments your co-workers and boss should be aware of.
- The size of your office: In a smaller office, it’s important that you fill everyone in on your news right away. If you only work with 10 people, and two of them find out a day later than everyone else, count on some hurt feelings.
- Your work environment: Is your office a small, tightly knit group that you regularly have drinks with after hours? Or a more formal, professional team that rarely discusses personal info? Let the vibe at work determine how you decide to announce your news.
- Any not-yet-engaged gals on your team: You shouldn’t pretend your engagement is no biggie just because your co-worker’s BF hasn’t popped the question yet. But if she’s been complaining for months about wishing he would just DO it already, you’ll want to be sensitive — make sure your excitement doesn’t turn into gloating or smugness.
- The length of your engagement: If you’re in for a quick engagement and your wedding date is already fast approaching, you’ll need to let your co-workers know ASAP. If your big day is a year or two away, it may be OK to take your time filling in more peripheral co-workers.
- How big of an impact the wedding will have on your job: Are you the manager of a large team, elbow-deep in a big project, or responsible for tasks no one else can do? If so, you might even want to consider giving your co-workers a rough time line for when you’ll be out, and keep them abreast of any time off you’ll be taking for appointments.