NPR: Welcome to the wedding boom. How couples are handling the busiest season in 40 years

NPR: Welcome to the wedding boom. How couples are handling the busiest season in 40 years. “It’s not only the number of weddings that’s up this year; The Wedding Report estimates spending per wedding will also jump 15%. The wedding site ‘the Knot’ is projecting a 25% increase. Part of that is due to inflation and higher labor costs. That’s scaring some couples into shrinking their shindigs, but plenty of others are planning bashes bigger than ever. One sample cocktail napkin on display, sums up the sentiment: ‘We waited an extra year for this. Party accordingly.’”

It’s Nice That: The Al-Ameen archive preserves a precious insight into joyful Palestinian wedding culture between the 1960s-90s

It’s Nice That: The Al-Ameen archive preserves a precious insight into joyful Palestinian wedding culture between the 1960s-90s. “Raya Manaa is a Palestinian photographer based between Istanbul and Palestine. She grew up in a Palestinian village in upper Galilee called Majd Al-Kurum. One of the oldest olive trees in Palestine grows in this village. It is around 4,000-5,000 years old, Raya tells It’s Nice That. Thus ‘Majd Al-Kurum’ translates as ‘Glory of the Grove’. The wistful way Raya recalls the village of her childhood continues as she begins to tell us the story of her father’s photo archive.”

Bridal Bliss: After Meeting Online During Quarantine, Cheri And Tracey Said ‘I Do’ In A Museum A Year Later (Essence)

Essence: Bridal Bliss: After Meeting Online During Quarantine, Cheri And Tracey Said ‘I Do’ In A Museum A Year Later. “Thinking back to how Cheri met Tracey, she looks at is as “luck” — beginner’s luck, specifically. She was dipping her toe in the online dating pool for the first time. The pandemic had just taken a hold of everyday life and she knew that quarantining in her new home of Philadelphia (where she’d relocated for work) without any handsome prospects to interact with for an unidentified period of time would be unpleasant. Soon after creating a profile on Match.com, she connected with New Jersey-based Tracey and life changed — not just because of the virus.”

Hudson Star-Observer: Growing small venues with love, new website provides backyard connections for microweddings

Hudson Star-Observer: Growing small venues with love, new website provides backyard connections for microweddings. “The website is a nationwide venture, and the two welcome potential sites from anywhere in the country. To begin, they’re focusing on the St. Croix Valley and Twin Cities area, as that’s where they’re from. Currently the site has six backyard sites available. The microweddings, an increasingly popular trend in the wedding industry, does not include all the aspects of traditional large venue weddings.” This is very, very new, not much here yet.

Wildfires: Cambridgeshire archive saves couple’s wedding album (BBC)

BBC: Wildfires: Cambridgeshire archive saves couple’s wedding album . “An American couple whose 1960s wedding album was destroyed by wildfire have rediscovered their photos in archives held by an English council. Chris and Lindy Date, who married in Cambridgeshire in 1963, lost their home when fires swept through California in August 2020…. The council had been given the archive by a photographic company in the 1980s.”

Washington Post: Nursing home staffers attended a 300-person superspreader wedding. Now six residents have died.

Washington Post: Nursing home staffers attended a 300-person superspreader wedding. Now six residents have died.. “Last month, more than 300 people packed into a wedding near rural Ritzville, Wash., defying state restrictions. Authorities later traced more than a dozen coronavirus cases and two outbreaks to the ceremony — and warned the fallout would probably get worse. Now, health officials say the wedding also included some guests whose job is caring for among the most vulnerable to coronavirus: nursing-home residents. At least six residents have now died of covid-19 at two nursing homes where staffers tested positive for the virus after attending the wedding, the local department announced in a Thursday news release.”

New York Times: $15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests

New York Times: $15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests. “Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate a wedding inside a cavernous hall in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood earlier this month, dancing and singing with hardly a mask in sight. The wedding was meticulously planned, and so were efforts to conceal it from the authorities, who said that the organizers would be fined $15,000 for violating public health restrictions.”

An Ohio wedding left dozens with the coronavirus, including the bride and groom: ‘It starts to take a toll on you’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: An Ohio wedding left dozens with the coronavirus, including the bride and groom: ‘It starts to take a toll on you’. “When Mikayla Bishop began walking down the aisle in October, the bride immediately noticed that even though she had provided masks, almost no one was wearing one. ‘I’m walking down the aisle,’ she told WLWT this week.’We can’t do anything now.’ Now, more than two weeks later, she said, 32 of the 83 guests at her Cincinnati-area wedding have tested positive for the coronavirus, including three of the couple’s grandparents. Bishop and her husband, Anthony, also contracted the virus, she told the TV station.”

BirminghamLive: Couple whose wedding was cancelled by coronavirus THREE times finally marry

BirminghamLive: Couple whose wedding was cancelled by coronavirus THREE times finally marry. “The coronavirus crisis has left the wedding industry on its knees, with many a couple’s hopes of a dream day hitting the skids. But a Leicestershire couple, who planned their big day in Birmingham, at the city’s gorgeous Botanical Gardens, have now wed, reports LeicestershireLive.”

Los Angeles Times: Super-spreading wedding party demonstrates COVID-19 risk posed by holiday gatherings

Los Angeles Times: Super-spreading wedding party demonstrates COVID-19 risk posed by holiday gatherings. “If you want to know why public health officials are so nervous about how much worse the COVID-19 pandemic will get as the holiday season unfolds, consider what happened after a single, smallish wedding reception that took place this summer in rural Maine. Only 55 people attended the Aug. 7 reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket. But one of those guests arrived with a coronavirus infection. Over the next 38 days, the virus spread to 176 other people. Seven of them died. None of the victims who lost their lives had attended the party.”

Ancestry: Ancestry® Debuts World’s Largest, Searchable Digital Archive of Newspaper Published Historical Wedding Announcements

Ancestry: Ancestry® Debuts World’s Largest, Searchable Digital Archive of Newspaper Published Historical Wedding Announcements . “Today, Ancestry is excited to launch the first phase of the Newspapers.com™ Marriage Index collection, powered by cutting-edge technology. We trained machine learning algorithms to comb through more than 600 million pages of digitized newspapers to extract and identify key names, relationships and other facts from marriage and engagement announcements in historical newspapers via text classification.”

AJC: Top White House aide hosted lavish Atlanta wedding in May despite virus restrictions

AJC: Top White House aide hosted lavish Atlanta wedding in May despite virus restrictions. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows hosted a lavish wedding for his daughter in Atlanta this May, despite a statewide order and city of Atlanta guidelines that banned gatherings of more than 10 people to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The wedding took place May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Midtown Atlanta. The 70 or so guests, including U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, donned tuxedos and ball gowns for the indoor affair, but no masks, as Meadows walked his daughter, Haley, down the aisle through a path of soft white flower petals.”

Washington Post: Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.

Washington Post: Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.. “Only about 65 close family members and friends were on the guest list for a bride and groom’s rustic wedding celebration in a small Maine town in early August. But the nuptials began an outbreak now traced to more than 175 reported novel coronavirus infections and also to the deaths of seven people, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.”