Friday, January 20, 2006

WEDDING FATIGUE? The Indianapolis Star runs an amusing piece about the tendency of newlyweds to put off finalizing their wedding albums:
Like many brides-to-be, Solomon, Lorrain and Frerking spent months planning every detail of their weddings. But when it came time for the final task -- completing their commemorative photo albums -- they lost the will to complete the task. Some newlyweds blame their hectic schedules, others a nagging quest for perfection. Whatever a couple's excuse may be, the phenomenon is so common that it's hard to find a wedding photographer who hasn't seen a marriage end before the wedding album was completed.
Okay, that part's not so amusing.
Many couples assume that with the help of scanners, color printers and software programs like Photoshop, they can and should achieve professional-looking albums without paying the experts. But they forget to consider how long it might take. Blair says many brides pick up their negatives, thinking they'll teach themselves to make perfect prints.
Read the whole thing here.

Friday, January 06, 2006

PROPOSAL MISTAKES WABC in New York brings us a list of what it calls the five most common proposal mistakes. Among them:
2. It's not about you Planning a proposal he or she will love is all about tailoring your approach to what will surprise and delight the person being asked, not what you envision to be the ultimate scenario. Opposites often do attract, and if you are gregarious and your sweetie is very private, popping the question in front of a crowd may mortify her. Her focus will be on everyone staring her down, not the sparkly stone you're offering. (If you're not sure what she'd prefer, reread mistake #1. Maybe you need to spend more time together!)

3. Too complicated Attempt an elaborate proposal at your own risk. Like weddings and love itself, popping the question is far from an exact science. Is a plan that hinges on an event (or series of events) happening on cue worth the stress of obsessing about it? If something as simple as a traffic jam or rainstorm can totally ruin your plan, scrap it. Remember, you need to be relaxed and as "in the moment" as she is.