This Terrifying Bride Is Only Joking Except When She's Not

Caity Weaver · 09/19/13 09:30AM

Everyone has a friend—a terrifying, beautiful friend—who wields humor the way ranchers wield cattle prods; who jokes, and teases, and Just kidding!s her underlings ("BFFs!") toward the cliff-edge of nervous breakdown; whose sadism is impossible to fight against because it's just a joke, why can't you take a joke? Sometimes, that friend gets married.

Bride Allegedly Steals $72,000 in Wedding Gifts

Mandy Oaklander · 04/21/13 04:07PM

A husband is suing his wife of barely a week for stealing $72,000 worth of wedding gifts, according to the New York Post. She allegedly kept the $24,000 two-carat diamond engagement ring, snatched a pile of cash and checks on her way out, and absconded with two gold necklaces, three diamond necklaces, a gold bracelet, and a gold ring.

Reasons Why You Cannot Be a Bridesmaid

Caity Weaver · 10/03/12 05:05PM

This morning a tipster forwarded us an email from a future bride laying out some ground rules for her prospective bridesmaids.

Paralyzed Bride Finally Getting Married

Maureen O'Connor · 07/18/11 03:55PM

Remember Rachelle Friedman, the aerobics instructor whose bridesmaids pushed her into a swimming pool, resulting in paralysis and an inability to marry, lest her fiance's income push her over the limit for Medicaid? After a year of physical therapy and a series of charitable donations, she is finally getting married. The AP reports:

How to Use Twitter to Find a Mail Order Bride

Adrian Chen · 07/14/11 12:47PM

Here's a fascinating Twitter account: @AforeignBride. "Sending tweets out for men who are looking for a foreign bride…" It just features links to profiles of women from all over the world who have signed up for mail-order bride sites like (specializing in the Phillipines) and Elena's Models (specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe).

New York Isn't Quite Ready for Gay Marriage

Brian Moylan · 07/05/11 02:03PM

Today is the first day that gay New Yorkers can apply for a marriage license. Congrats! Too bad the City Clerk's online form for a marriage license still insists on a "bride" and "groom." Um, how is that supposed to work?

Get to Know Courtney Stodden, Child Bride of That 51-Year-Old Guy From Lost

Seth Abramovitch · 06/23/11 12:36AM

Love is a weird thing: You never quite know when and where cupid's arrow might strike. Take, for example, the recent nuptials of Doug Hutchison, a 51-year-old actor best known for a recurring role on Lost, to (allegedly) 16-year-old Courtney Stodden. Stodden is an aspiring everything from Ocean Shores, Washington, an area of the country one reader colorfully describes for us as "a morbid, destitute shithole of a coastal village masquerading as some kind of 'tourist destination.'" (Stodden was Miss Ocean Shores 2009.)

Things I Hate About Weddings

Brian Moylan · 04/28/11 10:55PM

With the royal wedding just hours away and the resultant media coverage as frenzied as a pack of screeching women at a bachelorette party, we're all thinking a lot about weddings at the moment. I decided that I hate weddings, and here are some of the reasons why.

Worst Bridesmaid Prank Ever Leaves Bride Paraplegic and Unmarried

Maureen O'Connor · 11/17/10 05:57PM

Rachelle Friedman's bridesmaids pushed her into a pool's shallow end, breaking her neck and leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. Now she can't marry her fiance because their combined income would cause her to lose her Medicaid benefits.

How I Learned to Love Watching Wedding Shows on TV

Scott Green · 03/26/10 09:45AM

I was deeply in love with my girlfriend and couldn't see spending my life with anyone else, so it was time to prove it, by listening for hours about which shade of white our wedding tablecloths should be.

A Brawl In A Bridal Shop

Elaine Moran · 03/10/10 01:47PM

Ah, the preparations for a wedding. For these families, the preparations include shirtless men spitting, throwing punches, and hitting each other with mannequins in wedding gowns. Surely every girl hopes that her own special day will be this memorable!

The Most Elaborate Booty Call Ever

Ravi Somaiya · 11/23/09 07:13AM

Men in England have a new plan for getting laid. They go to India, marry women, tell them they'll bring them back soon (but that they should have lots of sex first) then fly home, abandon them and stop calling.

Behold the Majesty of the New Conde Nast

Hamilton Nolan · 11/02/09 04:12PM

A tipster writes: "Where the big Cookie logo used to be (now scraped off) at the 8th floor elevator landing here at 4 Times Sq. is now just a post-it that says 'BRIDES'." Majestic close-up photo below!

A Day of Reckoning at Conde Nast

Hamilton Nolan · 10/19/09 03:13PM

We hear Wired had its own round of editorial layoffs today. What's going on at Conde Nast? A very bad Monday. In a very bad month. Let's review:

Flacks Love This Businessweek Deal

Hamilton Nolan · 10/14/09 01:07PM

In your overstuffed Wednesday media column: a PR man cheers Bloomberg's latest purchase, Calvin Trillin says crotchety things, the New Yorker hires(!) somebody, Brides loses advertisers, and the Washington Post poaches from HuffPo, for a change.