If you ever thought wedding planners were a waste of money and a huge headache, you'll love this NY Times article about them. Sure, there are good ones out there (if you have any suggestions, feel free to list them in the comments), but there are many horror stories, like a couple who went through two "planzillas" (including one whose planning was turning their wedding into a million-dollar affair) until finding one they could tolerate. Our advice: See how much the catering manager of the venue you're planning your event is willing to take on. And then rope in an understanding, super patient friend or relative who is Type A enough to want to help you out. And if you have any other advice, let us know!
And onto the NY Times weddings announcements:
- There are 42 announcements
- The youngest bride is 23, the oldest bride is 63
- The youngest groom is 24, the oldest groom is 73
- There are eighteen photographs of couples, one bride-only photograph, and the Vows couple's photographs
- The Vows column groom was wowed when he saw his future bride exit a yellow cab: "I thought, ‘Wow, she’s incredibly gorgeous.' Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I think I know her!’”
- MTA connection: One bride is a crime analyst at the MTA, the groom is maintains subway signals for NYC Transit.
- One couple met when they were on a youth swimming team.
- One bride is the senior New York finance consultant for Senator Barack Obama and her groom is the deputy commissioner of the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit.
- One groom is the executive director of NYC Wireless, the nonprofit that puts wifi into public spaces.
- One bride's grandfather is the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith; her groom just got his doctorate in economics from Harvard.
- Late NY Giants owner Wellington Mara's granddaughter got married.
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