March 24, 2009

Flowers: not a small minor detail!

Posted in Flowers tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:31 am by aboutabride

What’s your budget for Flowers? $100, $250, $500?

How about $125, 000!?

Made of 90 gemstones, 9 diamonds, 1 star-shaped ruby and orchids galore, this is the most expensive wedding bouquet in the world and it’s in the (Vietnamese) Guinness Book of Records and displayed at the ritzy-ist of all hotels – the Ruby Plaza in Hanoi.

Just thought we’d put budget aside for a couple of seconds to marvel….


k, back to our budget! 🙂


January 8, 2009

If you can’t remember your lines, look to the couple in front of you…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 am by aboutabride

So my previous post was about a couple who married and remarried each other 97 times over the last 20 years….

I had to add this one —- hey, if you are ever on Jeopardy and the category “Wedding Trivia” or “Guinness World Records” come up, you know you are set, thanks to About a Bride! 🙂

It’s almost the beginning of a joke, but it’s real life. How many married couples can an officiant marry at once? Well, initially, the record for the largest vow renewal ceremony was on April 20th, 2008 where 338 couples were married in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, all 338 couples wore their original wedding attire! But with a little more research, I discovered that even that record was surpassed by double that same year, only a couple months before! In Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, there was a vow renewal ceremony for — get this — 624 couples!!!!! That’s over 1200 people just getting married — one has to wonder what the guest seating chart looked like!

This amount of brides beats the “chasing brides” scene in the movie, The Bachelor with Chris O’Donnell or the World’s Famous Bridal Event at Filene’s Basement.

wedding-couple-graphic1Photo Courtesy of Helen Fearne Video Productions

September 25, 2008

Taking it to limit…and then only another 2,000 feet…

Posted in dresses tagged , , , , at 4:23 pm by aboutabride

Obviously, you want to have your wedding and it’s exquisite details to stand out, represent you, make a statement about the love you share and about the forthcoming future. Well, how about a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as a way to say “We are the new Mr. & Mrs.”…

I thought a fun blog for today would be to highlight one of these records. That of, the World’s Longest Wedding Dress Train. Have fun reading but don’t get too many ideas! Some of these trains require bridesmaids and flower girls the size of some entire guest lists! 🙂 Can you say Cha-ching?  (Note: but if you do decide to go for something so wonderfully *drastic*, you definitely will need a consultant!)

Hint, hint.

Feb 18th, 2007: Current Record Holder
The longest wedding dress train measured 4,468 ft (1,362m)and was created by Andreas Evstratiou of the bridal shop, Green Leaf, in Paphos, Cyprus. It took 10 people three months and £8,000 (about $12,000) to make. The bodice alone features 3,000 Swarovski crystals and is worth £3,000 (about $4,500).

So you are thinking…”4400 ft…what else is around that size. Exactly how long is that?” Well, the Empire State Building in New York City (to its pointy antennae tip) is 1,472 ft (448m) high, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada is 1,815 ft (553m) high and the Burj Dubai building in the United Arab Emirates is 2,257 ft (688m) high —- making this wedding dress train a little under TWO TIMES the height (length?) of the tallest building structure in THE WORLD! Crazy, eh?

Were you like me and just saw the train draping around and around down the length of this amazing building?

August 5th, 2006

The previous record holder was a wedding dress train measuring 3,949 ft (1,203.9m) and was made by Cindy Predhomme and France Loridan (both France) for ‘Une Semaine Chrono’ in Caudry, France.
Note: again, this was still taller/longer than the Dubai building!

June 1st, 1996

This wedding dress train measured (at that time!) a record 670 ft (204m). It was made by Hege Lorence and Rolf Rotsett. It was carried by 186 bridesmaids and page boys. It still was competing with the St. Louis Gateway Arch (at 630 ft/192 m!)

Obviously, there can only be one Guiness World Record, but each country can set it’s own regional record. The longest wedding dress in China is found in Guangzhou. The bridegroom had contracted a local tailor to make the 200.8-meter-long dress to echo the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This set a new domestic record, with the previous record at 99 meters.

Here’s a picture.