A newlywed nurse gave CPR in her wedding gown to a woman who had fallen unconscious. Julie Stroyne Nixon was approaching the hotel where her reception was being held in Pittsburgh, USA with her new husband, Andrew Nixon when she heard someone call out: “Does anyone know CPR? Is anyone a doctor?”
Without hesitation, Julie rushed to the woman’s side, giving her CPR while an ambulance was called. “My nursing instincts just took over,” said Julie. “To be honest I don’t remember running. I just threw my purse and my flowers and just went into action. While it was happening, I wasn’t thinking much about my dress getting ripped or how funny it must have looked to see a bride run into action in her wedding dress, I’m just happy someone in the medical field was passing by.”
Julie managed to restore the woman’s pulse after a couple of minutes, and stayed with her while an ambulance arrived. The couple then joined friends back at their reception to share the unusual reason for their delay.
Julie’s new husband, Andrew, said: “I’ve known her since she was 15 and seeing what she did Saturday night didn’t surprise me at all,” Nixon said. “I’m very proud to call her my wife.”
New research has shown the average spend on weddings in Britain. Ocean Finance has looked at the median spend of weddings in the UK. Median figures are different to average spends as they adjust themselves to account for very expensive weddings, meaning that the final figure is closer to a true portrait od wedding spending in Britain.
This true average figure for wedding expenditure is £8,000. However, the survey also found that 1 in 10 Britons in the past five years has spent between £19,000 to £30,000 on their big day. 35 to 44-year olds were in the age group most likely to spend more on their wedding.
The research also looked into how couples saved for their wedding, with 52% responding that they paid for their big day with money they had saved up. They were also asked about pre-wedding stress, with the biggest pressure being keeping wedding costs down, which was felt by 37.2% of the respondents. Wedding day fears were also addressed, with the biggest worry at 36.3% of people being bad weather.
A couple from Nottinghamshire, UK have spent thousands on a social media wedding. Zoe Anastasi and Will Diggins were married on the 16 June, and as part of their wedding preparations, budgeted for social media management.
The couple reportedly paid around £6,500 to the Derby-based Social Media Weddings to create and manage various online channels, as well as photographers, technicians and copywriters. Social media channels included a Pinterest account, public Twitter and Instagram page, live video coverage on Persicope, a private Facebook page for friends and family, and people to oversee all the accounts before, during and after the couple’s big day.
Zoe said that the coverage would mean that family and friends abroad wouldn’t miss out and “feel part of the wedding even though they can’t make it to the actual wedding”.
Will also mentioned the connected nature of social media: “It’s a great way for people to see to see important events in your life, not for bragging purposes, but if you have someone who you haven’t seen for ages, technology used the right way can be great. It might come across that we’re a bit attention seeking, but it isn’t about that.”
Are there really only 10 types of wedding? This is the question raised by the recent publication of a Guardian article into “identikit weddings”, where the author chronicles her experiences of wedding planning after recently becoming engaged.
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article is tongue in cheek, but as with any type of satire, there is a ring of truth about it. The types of wedding up for cheeky commentary are: Pinterest weddings (where everything looks like a Pinterest board come to life), barn weddings, the boho hipster wedding, and the neverending pre-celebrations of the American wedding.
Whatever stage of your wedding planning you are at, this article and the comments accompanying it is a good reminder to have a bit of humour and perspective about the whole process.
A 38-year old man proposed to his girlfriend in secret over 5 months. Ray Smith, from Grimsby, UK, was thinking of unusual ways to propose to his pregnant girlfriend, Claire Bramley, when inspiration struck. He played with idea of proposing to her in a hot air balloon and read up on flash mobs, but settled on his project of taking photos of the couple every day for 5 months with a “will you marry me?” message hidden in each one.
Telling his girlfriend that he was taking pictures for their future baby, the idea still wasn’t without challenges: “I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse. Sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one – one with the card and one without.”
Smith took a total of 148 photos. His project culminated on Christmas day, when Claire was shown a video compilation of the photos. Happily, she accepted the proposal: “I was totally surprised, but in hindsight it’s exactly the kind of thing he does…I said yes straight away, I didn’t need to think about it, she said.