Singer Sara Bareilles Helps 2 Couples Stage Amazing Proposals in New Music Video


If you didn't love Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles already (or hadn't heard of her), her new incredibly sweet music video will warm your heart. In preparation for the video for her single "I Choose You," she helped two couples create the most memorable proposals. As you'll see in the video below, Matt and Aly responded to Bareilles' facebook request to "Let me help you plan the best engagement ever." After pleading their cases, the singer worked with them to be a part of their proposals. Even without the help of Bareilles, these proposals would have been amazing (Matt built dioramas out of Post-Its for pete's sake!), but seeing the reactions of the ladies' getting proposed to will make you tear up. Watch now!

What would you have done if Sara Bareilles was a part of your proposal?

--Mara Betsch

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Coming Soon: I Found the Gown Wedding Dress Sweepstakes


It's hard enough finding the perfect wedding dress, but finding one that's affordable can be even harder. That's why Rick and Leslie DeAngelo opened their bridal boutique VOWS in Watertown, Massachusetts. The make it their goal to bring beautiful, discounted designer gowns to all the budget-conscious brides out there. Scouring liquidation sales and store closeouts to find the best deals on the most popular dress brands, the DeAngelos are pros at helping you get your wedding day look for less.

This new season starts off with a bang! The first episode features VOWS annual "Gown Rush," where hundreds of brides fight over 800 stunning gowns. The lucky ones who find gold coins sewn into their dresses will get their gowns for FREE!

And good news for brides-to-be who can't be at the "Gown Rush" event! Beginning on April 25, I Found the Gown viewers can enter online all season long for a chance to win their very own dream dress!

Watch I Found the Gown, premiering April 25 @ 10/9c, and check back on tlc.com for more details about the sweepstakes.

-- Mara Betsch

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Watch: A Sweet Lip-Dub Proposal With 80 Of The Bride's Closest Friends


Vancouver, Canada, resident Alex Chuang wanted to do something really special to propose to his girlfriend of seven years. So he got together 80 of her closest friends and family, and created a super special lip-dub to Stefano's song "Yes to Love." The cute video features Susie's friends holding up photos from the couple's relationship, and posters urging her to just "say yes." 

On the big night, Alex told her that he was taking her to a private screening of "Captain America 2," but when the couple got to the theater, Chuang surprised her with the video.

Check out how it went below!

And don't miss more wedding wonderfulness every Friday on Say Yes To The Dress, starting at 9/8 c. 

Tears! Homeless Veteran Gets Dream Wedding


Ryan Sexton is no different from many Army veterans returning from the front lines. After years of serving his country abroad, he came home to find little financial and psychological support. More than 58,000 veterans are currently homeless, and many of them suffer from mental health issues.

Things were fine for a while, but then he lost his job, and had nowhere to turn to, so he and his fiancé Lea Lutman moved in with a friend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. And then, this past October, the friend was kicked out of their apartment, and they were forced find alternative housing. 

Thankfully, Sexton, who did two tours in Iraq, was able to appeal to his local community service group for housing. They were granted housing through TLC, a transitional living center program that operates through the Lebanon VA medical Center. Lea, Ryan, and their 2-year-old daughter Rylee were able to move into a house in the neighborhood. 

But then they had a wedding to attend to. And with scant resources, no idea how to plan it. Thankfully, local community businesses stepped in to make sure the couple would have a great experience. A local bridal salon donated a wedding dress to Lea, but bridal shop owner Janell Berté wanted to make sure other areas were covered for the couple. So she reached out to others in the wedding community, and asked for donations. A baker donated a wedding cake, and a local jeweler even donated the wedding bands and engagement ring. Flowers, photography, and the DJ all came free, as well. 

And the icing on the cake? An interfaith minister officiated the ceremony free of charge. “I’m not brave enough to go into the military, so this is my way of saying thank you,” said Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton.

“I am humbled and extremely appreciative of everyone who has gone above and beyond to put this on,” said Sexton, of the kind deeds from everyone. "I still can’t really believe it.”

For more great bridal stories, don't miss #Brideday, every Friday starting at 9/8 c. 

"My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" Returns!


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They’re ba-ack! The over-the-top gowns and out of this world weddings of “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” return for an all new season with more bling than ever before.

In the premiere episode, you’ll meet a pair of star-crossed lovers from two feuding Gypsy clans who are determined to marry despite the fact that both of their mothers would rather they have nothing to do with each other. And oh, did we mention the 16-year-old groom is an aspiring jiu-jitsu champ? 

Each week “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” will introduce a new couple, including a Gypsy couple who met online and will meet for the first time on their wedding day; a young Gypsy woman who wants to become the first Romney supermodel; and a Gypsy teen who hopes to become a successful Gypsy rapper. This season also features a double wedding with a pair of Gypsy sisters marrying non-Gypsy fiancés—against their parent’s wishes.  

Don’t miss a single minute of it—“My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” returns April 3 at 9|8 c. 

A Fake Arrest Leads To A Marriage Proposal


Guys, I know you want to surprise your girlfriends with totally shocking, mind-blowing marriage proposals, but remember: your lady should be crying happy tears, not scared tears, when you pop the question.

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Someone should have told that to Matt Van Vliet, who concocted a fake arrest plan to propose to his girlfriend Samantha Labo. You see, Labo and Van Vliet met when they were both arrested at a college party for underage drinking (how romantic). After staying together for four years, Van Vliet decided he wanted to propose, so he called up the arresting officer, and got him in on the act. He and Chief Edward Andersen concocted a plan to have the couple pulled over and arrested again. In the midst of the arrest, Andersen would find the ring on Van Vliet, and that's when the proposal would happen.

And this sounded like a good idea how? 

The couple were on their way to a celebratory graduation dinner with friends when Andersen pulled them over. 

“We got pulled over and the cop was being so rude,” Labo said. “Matt was driving so I asked what we did wrong because we were going the speed limit, and he [Andersen] just gave me a rude remark back and I started crying.”

Andersen pulled the couple out of the car and began cuffing them. “He pretended to put the cuffs on me," explained Van Vliet. "And as he was patting me down, he took the ring out of my pocket and asked me what it was.” Van Vliet then walked over to Labo and got down on one knee, and proposed to her. 

“I was like, ‘Wait, is this really happening right now?’ I thought I was dreaming,” Labo said of the shocking ordeal. “It was just amazing. I went from being completely terrified to completely happy.”

Well, that's certainly one way to do it! The couple are planning on getting married next August--hopefully without police incident. 

Say Yes to Seth Meyers


Syttd-seth-myers-300x200When Say Yes to the Dress returns, one bride is going to get the surprise of her life: a visit from comedian Seth Meyers!

The Saturday Night Live alum -- who's taking over NBC's Late Night on February 24 -- became acquainted with Shealynn Casserly, an Army medic, when he visited her at Walter Reed, a hospital for injured veterans, while she was recovering from an injury she got from a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

Through a program at Walter Reed that allows patients to meet a celebrity of their choice, Shealynn got a special introduction to Seth Meyers. It was an unforgettable experience -- but things are about to get even more exciting for her. Engaged and shopping for her wedding dress at Kleinfeld, Shealynn's going to be saying "yes" and "oh, my gosh!"when Seth reveals himself to congratulate her on the engagement -- and on her choice of the perfect dress.

Don't miss this special episode of Say Yes to the Dress when the series returns for its 11th season Friday, February 21 at 9|8c. We predict you'll have stars AND tears in your eyes.

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Should Couples Be Required To Take A Class Before They Say "I Do"?


The state of Colorado doesn't want couples rushing into marriage without, apparently, knowing exactly what they're getting into. Which is why there's a measure on the Colorado state ballot that would require all engaged couples to complete ten hours of pre-marriage counseling and classes before they could legally be wed. 

It's not entirely unheard of: In the Catholic faith, couples can opt into what's called Pre-Cana, which offers a similar course-like structure. Couples cover everything from children to finances to career and questions of spirituality. 

The ballot measure was put forth by a California-based group called Kids Against Divorce, which is, yes, hoping to prevent more future divorces. For every divorce in a couple's past, they'd get additional hours of classes. Second marriages would warrant 20 hours of classes (though if a person's spouse had died, they'd be exempt from the extra coursework). A third marriage would require 30 hours. 

So far, the measure has collected more than 86,000 signatures, though political pundits say its highly unlikely it'll ever pass. Kids Against Divorce is putting forth similar bills in other states around the country. 

What's your take? Should couples be required to complete pre-marriage coursework before they're given permission to walk down the aisle? 

Don't miss more big bridal questions on #BrideDay, every Friday starting at 8/7 c. 

"Dude" Chronicles His Wedding Weight-Loss Via "Dude Wedding Diet"


When we think of diets and weddings, we automatically picture a bride-to-be struggling to get down to her ideal gown size. But guys aren't immune from the urge to shed pounds for their big day. Just ask Mike Metz, the Los Angeles television writer behind the blog Dude Wedding Diet

Mike Metz, chowing down on a protein burger.

Metz proposed to his girlfriend Lindsay this past November, after dating for more than four and a half years. The proposal went well (she said yes!), but then Metz decided that he wanted to get in better shape for the big day. So now he's on a mission to lose 15 pounds by his wedding day in September, and he's launched DWD to chronicle the journey. 

Metz has bigger challenges than most—he's also a food writer with a popular blog called Unemployed Eater. Eating is his life. Which is also why he thought it'd be a good idea to challenge himself to lose weight. And, he stresses, this was his idea, not his fiancé Lindsay's. "She thinks it's ridiculous, but she's supportive. I don't think she thinks it's necessary at all." 

 To make it to his goal weight, and hopefully keep it off, Metz chose a low-carb diet, a sort of modified version of the Atkins Diet, where he's prohibited from eating his Big Three favorites: beer, bread, and sugar. In place of his daily sandwich or two, Metz is now eating tons of salads. His breakfast cereal bowl has been replaced by eggs and protein shakes. But before you picture him in front of plate after plate of wilted salad greens, let Metz reassure you. "This is not a wimpish diet," he writes on the blog. "Yes, I will be severely cutting back on carbs, but it’s my hope to create a, for lack of a better name, dude diet. No frozen dinners. No chewing on cauliflower stems at the movies. This is a manly diet for manly grooms." Got it? 

So how's he doing so far? Three weeks in, and he's already about half way to his goal. But the challenge will be losing the rest of the weight, and keeping it off until the big day. 

"When you're getting married people want to take you out to dinner, and there's a lot of stuff that you can't avoid that's going to get in the way," Metz admits. "But I've just looked at so many photo albums of guys who are suffocated by their suits and I didn't want that." 

And he's likely not alone, though Metz admits there are few guys out there who are quite as vocal about their weight struggles. Which is why he'll be highlighting other grooms who've gone through similar weight loss challenges on his blog. "I think that maybe I'm a little bit more comfortable putting it out there," he says.  

His tips for other guys looking to slim down on their big day? "Try to find the diet or plan that's manageable in some way. For me, I live in L.A., and every restaurant has salad. I can go outside and walk my dog longer, because it fits in with where I live. And everyone I know knows about [my diet rules], and it makes it much easier on me. I think a lot of times guys are afraid to say that they're on a diet, but I think being open about it makes it much easier." 


Would You Get Married In A Televised Ceremony?

On Sunday night, 33 couples were married during the live broadcast of the Grammy Awards, in a ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah, while the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (featuring vocals by Mary Lambert) was playing. Both gay and straight couples were wed in the ceremony—with couples lining the aisles of the auditorium to have a bit of "privacy" for their special moment. 

It seems pretty wild.

Okay, okay, we can't deny, the idea of getting married in front of a global audience has a bit of appeal. Think of all the attention! And in the case of the Grammy mass wedding, at least, the event was meant to make a statement about how all couples—whether gay or straight—are similarly bonded by love and mutual appreciation. At the same time though, it's quite a lot of pressure to put on the big day. 

There've been several televised weddings—most notably via the "Bachelor" franchise (last night, "Bachelor" Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici were also married on television), and, of course, Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries. We all know how well that one turned out. 

What do you think of the televised wedding trend? Is it something you'd want for your big day? Tell us in the comments!

And don't forget to watch all our awesome #Brideday shows, every Friday starting at 8/7 c. 

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