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    These Big Day Moments Are What Weddings Are All About

    Your wedding ceremony is the very heart of your wedding. It’s full of some of the most meaningful moments -- walking down the aisle to your beloved and seeing his or her reaction for the first time, reciting your vows, and (finally) being pronounced newlyweds -- and there is no greater source of inspiration than a real wedding. We adore each and every one of the real wedding ceremonies featured on Lover.ly, but we’ve managed to choose a few awe-inspiring favorites. Take a peek!

    This Taboo-Busting Ad Is Reinventing 'Happily Ever After' In India

    Widowed and divorced women have historically been shunned in areas of India. So imagine the nation's surprise when jeweler Tanishq celebrated a second marriage in its new ad.

    The spot (watch above) features a beautiful bride having a playful moment with her daughter after bridesmaids help her adjust her jewelry. At the ceremony, we see the hunky groom struck with love for both his new wife and stepdaughter.

    The little girl feels excluded during the actual marriage rites, however, so stepdad invites her to join them. She later asks if she can call him "Daddy."

    AdWeek reports that India has been "mesmerized" by the ad. The trade outlet called the commercial "revolutionary" and "crazy bold."

    Tanishq is possibly the first to introduce remarriage in Indian advertising, India business outlet Livemint wrote.

    "[Viewers] may not be going through the same thing in their life, but the ad makes a bold, progressive, statement and people like to be associated with brands that make such statements," Arun Iyer, national creative director of the ad agency Lowe Lintas, told Livemint.

    YouTube watchers applauded the ad for breaking taboos and for using a model with a darker skin tone than is customary in commercials there.

    Marriage Rate Declines To Historic Low, Study Finds

    A new report released Thursday by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Marriage and Family Research found that the U.S. marriage rate is 31.1, or 31 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women. That means for every 1,000 unmarried women in the U.S., 31 of those previously single women tied the knot in the last year. For comparison, in 1920, the national marriage rate was 92.3.

    Meanwhile, the average age at women's first marriage is 27 years old, its highest point in over a century.

    In 2011, the Pew Research Center found that 51 percent of Americans were married, compared to 72 percent in 1960. However, rates of cohabiting couples are rising -- according to private research company Demographic Intelligence, less than half a million couples were cohabiting in 1960, compared to 7.5 million in 2010.

    Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum offered a reason for declining marriage rates: cultural "rules" now compel couples to wait to marry until they have reached upper-class status. Pew researcher D'Vera Cohn told HuffPost in 2011 that the decline could be due to more acceptable living arrangements, including unmarried cohabitation.

    Signs You've Met Your Prince Charming

    He's everything you've ever wanted. He's handsome, smart, witty, charming, and your friends and family adore him. He arrives on time and calls when he says he's going to call. He's successful and ambitious but knows how to relax and prioritize the things that matter most. He never gets angry. He always compliments you and tells you how beautiful you are. He's emotionally articulate and isn't afraid to show you his true feelings. As soon as you met him, you had that undeniable sense that he's The One. He completely gets you and sometimes even completes your sentences. Your chemistry is off-the-charts, you're always excited to see him, and he still makes your heart flutter, even after a year of dating. The moment he proposed, you said "yes" and never had a moment of doubt about your decision to marry him. You have that feeling of knowing, the one that everyone said would be a sign that you've met your Prince Charming. When you're with him, he makes you feel alive and beautiful. When you're away from him, it's like you're missing your other half. He's everything you've ever wanted, and more.

    Okay, stop the press. The above paragraph is a fantasy. It was fun to write, but that guy -- the perfect package, the one who's ambitious and emotionally articulate and gorgeous -- doesn't actually exist. And if he happens to embody all three of those qualities, I guarantee you that he has other "imperfections". Because, let's face it, we're all human. We're all imperfect. We all come through the birth canal with foibles and unattractive qualities. When we're searching for "The One", we first have to let go of the idea that one person exists who will fulfill all of our requirements for a marriage partner. We have to relinquish the dysfunctional, societally-induced message that when you meet the right person you'll "just know" and you won't experience a moment of doubt. And we certainly have to redefine real love from a feeling that makes you complete (thank you, Hollywood, Disney, and Jerry Maguire, for perpetuating this damaging belief), to a choice, an intention, and an act of will (thank you, M. Scott Peck, for this healthy definition of love).

    'Parenthood' Finale Wedding Stays True To Real Life

    There's nothing like art that really imitates life, and Tuesday's season finale of NBC's "Parenthood" nailed it big-time with Crosby and Jasmine's wedding. The episode scored so many "just like in real life" moments that we think the producers must have been eavesdropping at a bridal convention. Here are the gems we spotted; any you think we missed?

    "Let's just do it, no big planning involved." A perennial favorite -- the quaint idea that a wedding is merely a ceremonial marker to the larger event of committing to spending the rest of your life with someone -- "keeping it simple" should be the mantra. Yeah, right. And then the families chime in. In the fictional Braverman clan, Jasmine and Crosby's proclamation triggered an emergency family wedding with Pappa Bear Zeek doling out assignments with the rigor and finesse of a Marine drill sergeant.

    "We'll do it in the backyard and keep it small."
    Your cherished moment should be borne witness to, right? Of course! But how many witnesses does it take to record a moment? The Braverman affair was small until Jasmine's mother invited the 17-member church choir, bringing the wedding guest list up to 57 from 40. But the choir sure sounded lovely as the bride came down the aisle.

    The drunken wedding party guy.
    We celebrate weddings with dance, drink and high spirits -- for the most part. Let's face it, like every other one of life's milestones -- birthdays, graduations, births, deaths -- someone may grow morose when forced to examine and measure their own life. The end result is that (it must be written somewhere) at every wedding, at least one guest will overindulge on self-reflection and generally winds up drunk and face down in the planter. In the "Parenthood" case, Billy the best man passed out before he delivered his wedding toast to the bride and groom and shortly after sister Sarah declines his slurry offer to "get out of here and make magic."

    Somebody gets lucky.
    Yep, it happens more often than you think. Weddings are the mile-high club of land-based parties. Sex is just in the air. At the Braverman wedding, teenage Drew and his girlfriend Amy shed their virginity while the party dances on outside the bedroom window.

    At the end of the day, the bride looks beautiful, everyone remembers having a good time, and the season finale gets great ratings.

    The 8 Worst Things You Can Do As A Wedding Guest

    Yes, even before you arrive at the wedding ceremony, you can make mistakes that can drive an engaged couple crazy. Luckily, it's pretty easy to avoid committing these offenses.

    Send in your response card late -- or not at all.

    If you receive a wedding invitation with a response card, make note of the reply-by date. It's usually a few days to a few weeks before couples have to give their final head counts to venues and caterers. If you don't return the card, expect a call (or a text or an email) from the couple or a member of the wedding party. It may not seem like a huge deal for them to get in touch with you, but it's a pain because you're likely not the only guest who couldn't bear to write your name, check a box, and drop an already stamped envelope in a mailbox with four to six weeks' notice.

    See more: If you don't believe in marriage, is it okay to do this to married people?

    Change your response after the reply-by date.

    Brides get it -- things come up. But you should understand that your plate may already be paid for. It's not so egregious to alter your response before the RSVP date (just don't change again!).

    Forget to fill out your name on the response card.

    Most couples know to number the backs of their response cards and have each number correspond with a particular guest they've invited (on the off-chance that person neglects to write his or her name on the card). But not all couples do the numbering trick, and the process of elimination can't help if multiple guests return blank cards.

    Send a wedding gift without a card, or without signing the card.

    For the same reason, this is confusing. Registry items purchased online don't tend to list the gift-giver's return address. The couple probably would love to thank you for the thoughtful gift, but how can they if they don't know it was you who sent it?

    Send a wedding gift to an address the couple didn't select.

    My friend specified that wedding gifts should be sent to her and her fiance's shared home address. One guest thought she had a better idea: Send it to the bride's parents' home as was the norm in the past -- except the bride's parents moved. The gift almost didn't ever make it to the couple because of issues with setting up the forwarding address (it arrived eventually, worse for wear).

    Ask to bring a guest.

    If you're friendly with a soul other than the bride or groom at an upcoming wedding, don't ask for a plus-one. To stay within budget, the couple may have decided that unattached folks with other friends at the wedding don't get dates. If you won't be happy going solo, don't go to the wedding. The same rule applies to asking to bring children. If you can't or don't want to get a babysitter, decline the wedding invitation. If the couple absolutely wants you there, they may ask why you can't make it and offer to allow you to bring a date or your kids -- feel free to take them up on it if they do. But in most cases, it's better not to bring this up if they don't.

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