4 myths about being an older bride (aka where's my Life Alert registry gift?!)

By the time I get married, 40 will be staring me in the face. This isn't very old when it comes to first marriages, but it is older than the average in the U.S. I anticipated that it would be a little different getting married later in life (what with the Ensure cocktails and shuffle board reception), but it is taking some surprising turns. Here are some myths about being an older bride that I have discovered…

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This minimalist Philly wedding proves that simple is CHIC

We decided to do an old school Champagne and Cake reception immediately following the wedding in the same space, the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel. The chapel is a decorated, NY-style loft space and you simply show up. We hired musicians on our own as live music was not included. The wedding and reception was ninety minutes total at 3:00pm. Only twenty-six people were in attendance.

Two families become one at this intimate microwedding in Chicago

Dora and Joel were married in Chicago. They originally planned on getting married in Hawaii, but with one daughter about to leave for the military and another about to leave for college, they decided to move their wedding date up and do it in a new shmancy hotel in the Wicker Park neighborhood, The Robey Hotel.

They were married on the top floor with great views and a little rain. Thankfully, their brilliant smiles and Dora's gorgeous dress kept the day shining and lovely. Immerse yourself in this intimate microwedding that blended two families…

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Travel through Tatooine, Middle Earth, Westeros & more at this pop culture travel-themed wedding (with April Fools pranks!)

Our geekdom runs deep and we're known to throw themed parties, so settling on a single fandom felt forced for an event of this magnitude. Instead, we decided to put a little bit of everything we love together for a truly unique experience. For a while, though, nothing fit together. Plus, we were annoyed by traditions that felt were “expected.” So, we identified what really mattered: bringing the people we love together and staying true to ourselves.

Then something clicked for our theme: inspired by a wall in our home covered in fictional maps. We chose a Pop Culture Travel theme!

Journey to the center of the Earth at this Iceland volcano wedding 700 feet down!

Southern Australian couple, Petra and Jan, decided that their bucket list included a two-day Iceland volcano wedding with their three sons joining them as guests. They wanted to be the first to marry somewhere unforgettable in Iceland, inside a VOLCANO. They were married 700 feet down into the Earth. Just wait until you hear the whole story to the center of the Earth…