February 8, 2012
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IN THE NEWS The Independent Bride 2012
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WEDDING STATS Number Of U.S. Marriages (2009): 2,077,000 Median Age Brides: 26.5 Median Age Groom: 28 Percentage Of Married Adults: 51 Same Sex Marriages: 150,000 Highest Divorce Rate By State: NV, AK, WY Top Wedding Song (2011): “Marry Me” (Train) Favorite First Dance Songs: “Everything I Do (I Do For You)” “Wonderful Tonight” “At Last” Average Number Of Guests: 157 Most Popular Wedding Dinners: 1. Chicken 2. Beef 3. Salmon 4. Vegetarian 5. Ethnic Most Popular Toast: “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” (Shakespeare) Most Popular Baby Names: Boys: Aiden, Jackson, Mason, Liam, Jacob, Jayden, Ethan, Noah, Lucas, Logan Girls: Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Lily, Chloe, Madison, Emily, Abigail Average Wedding Cost Per Guest: $81 Most Popular Wedding Movies: 1. The Hangover 2. The Princess Bride 3. Wedding Crashers 4. The Wedding Date 5. Father Of The Bride (the original) Average Length Of First Marriage: 8 years. Top Five Wedding Dress Trends: 1. Ruffles 2. 50s styles 3. Asymmetrical seams 4. Flower Power 5. Bows
Kira in a Romona Keveza Gown from Bridal Reflections. $4,495. Jewelry also from Bridal Reflections. www.bridalreflections.com.
Anniversary Gifts By Year: First: Paper Second: Cotton Third: Leather Fourth: Flowers (Geraniums) Fifth: Wood 10th: Tin, Aluminum 20th: China 25th: Silver