9 November

Is It OK To Keep The Ring?

If you feel like slamming your head on a table if one more person utters the name “Kardashian,” then we apologize in advance for this post. However, to be clear, this post is not really about her, per-se. We are merely using her actions as segue to discuss a touchy and somewhat controversial topic that we feel needs to be aired out: giving back the ring.

We’ve talked before about what it means to take off the ring (and we appreciate all your contributions to the topic), but now Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries has brought up another subject. What happens after a marriage ends, long or short, and the two parties involved must divide the assets. One major piece in this puzzle is the engagement ring. In Kim’s case, a 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring — no pocket change.

Last Tuesday on her blog, Kim announced that she would donate all the money from her wedding gifts to the non-profit Dream Foundation. However, she made no mention of her intentions with the ring.

Shortly afterwards, on ABC’s Good Morning America, Kris Jenner, her mother and manager, was asked what motherly advice she had for Kim about the ring.

“I hate an Indian giver,” said Jenner. “It’s a gift. Keep your gift.”

While Kim may be satisfied with this advice, FOX Chicago News investigated the topic further by consulting an etiquette expert on the subject. Dan Post-Senning, the co-author of the latest edition of Emily’s Post’s Etiquette and great-grandson of Emily Post, said that it’s not so black and white.

Although Kardashian has the legal rights to the ring, the marriage only lasted 72 days, therefore the classy thing to do would be to give back the ring.

“When a marriage ends so shortly it’s an unfortunate thing and it’s perfectly natural for there to be confusion and mixed emotions and even some uncertainty about the best ways to behave in these situations,” Post-Senning told FOX. “As is always the case the true test of grace and poise is when you’re confronted with an awkward situation and in some ways this really is an opportunity for people to rise above.”

While we agree with Post-Senning about this particular situation, we want to know what you think. What is the case with a longer marriage? We believe that if both parties involved are cordial than it would be appropriate for the woman to keep the ring, but then again, we’re certain people have varying opinions. However, we’d love to hear them.

Is it OK to keep the ring? Tell us what you think!

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4 November

Top 10 Shortest Celebrity Marriages

Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos

Whether you saw it coming or not, Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries after a short 72 days of marriage was shocking. It feels like yesterday that the world was tweeting, blogging, and gossiping non-stop about every detail of her extravagant wedding. Heck, we even got caught the bug.

Although many people have their own opinions about the unfortunate events, it seems we will never officially know the truth about what happened between the couple. Kim released a statement to the public on Monday saying that filming her wedding may not have been the best decision, but it is who she is.

Well Kim, your family may be the number one family on television, but there are a few ahead of you on the list for shortest celebrity weddings.

Here are the top 10 shortest celebrity weddings. We don’t know if ‘sad’ or ‘pathetic’ is the best word to describe these, but we do know that 6 hours is a lot more shocking than 72 days. Hope that takes the edge off a bit, Kim.

6 hours
Rudpolph Valentino and Jean Acker

November 5, 1919

1 day
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun

April 1, 1945

1 day
Zsa Zsa Gabor and Felipe De Alba

April 13, 1983

2 days, 7 hours
Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander

January 2, 2004

8 days
Michelle Phillips and Dennis Hopper

October 31, 1970

9 Days
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman

November 14, 1998

9 days
Cher and Greg Allman

June 30, 1975

2 weeks
Mario Lopez and Ali Landry

April 24, 2004

2 weeks
Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds

January 1, 2008

29 days
Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas

March 20, 1994

31 August

Kim Kardashian's Wedding Ring

You may already be sick with jealously (or just plain sick) over the caliber of Kim Kardashian’s wedding festivities, but as Kim continues to celebrate the affair in NYC, we’re going to celebrate, or least marvel at, her jewels!

Most of us have seen Kim’s engagement ring from Kris Humphries — the show-stopping 20.5 carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring that features a 16.5 emerald cut center stone flanked by two-carat trapezoids. (See Gemvara’s Glacier Ring for a similar, and much less expensive, version).

Now Kim has a massive wedding band to go with it. Her wedding band, also designed by Lorraine Schwartz, is made of platinum and encrusted with 12 carats worth of diamonds. However, the most shocking aspect it of all is that Kim is wearing both of the rings on the same finger, resulting in a grand total of 32.5 carats of diamonds!

Jewelry expert Michael O’Connor commented on Kim’s ring saying, “Kim chose a diamond eternity band set in platinum by Lorraine Schwartz, approximately 12 carats, with an estimated price tag of $60,000 USD. Kim clearly wanted the best quality wedding ring, and since the diamonds are set in platinum the setting won’t fade or tarnish — making it the perfect symbol of enduring love!”

What do you think of Kim wearing her engagement ring and wedding band on the same finger? Although it is customary, do you think it’s overkill for her two massive rocks?

Photo Credit: David Wright / StarTraksphoto.com

24 August

Wedding Wednesday Showdown: Kim vs. Kate

Kim Kardashian and her (now) husband, Kris Humphries, may not have royal privileges, but taking a look at their wedding this past Saturday it sure seems like they do. In a spectacle that has been said to rival the real royal wedding that took place back in April, there is no doubt that both couples went all out for their weddings, but who did it better? Take a look at our comparisons and vote for your favorite in the Kim vs. Kate wedding showdown.

The dress:

On Kate Middleton’s big day she donned a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The white silk dress with detailed Chantilly lace sleeves was designed to emulate an opening flower and included a train almost nine feet long. For her reception Kate wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished waistband, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Kim Kardashian wore not one, but three wedding dresses all custom-designed by Vera Wang. People Magazine reports that the first gown had a full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and train. The second (apparently her favorite) was a Georgette mermaid dress with hand-pieced Chantilly lace on the bodice and a skirt of hand-cut organza petals and Chantilly lace motifs. The final gown was a bias-cut, crepe-back, satin gown with a circle skirt.

The jewels:

Kate wore Queen Elizabeth II’s jewels, including her dazzling drop earrings. She also borrowed a 1936 Cartier tiara from the monarch.

Kim wore $10 million of exclusive Lorriane Schwartz jewels, that included large drop earrings and a diamond encrusted necklace worn as a headpiece (could she have been channeling Kate?). Kim and Kris also exchanged Lorriane Schwartz wedding bands.

The coverage and the big bucks:

The royal wedding was broadcast worldwide on major television networks with many TV specials to follow. CBS also reported that the royal family spent an estimated $34 million on the wedding and that was after some budgeting (Charles and Diana’s wedding came to a whopping $110 million!).

On the other hand, Kim and Kris kept all details of their wedding top-secret… in order to make money. It is reported that the couple made (not spent!) $17.9 million on their wedding. Along with all the freebies the couple received (venue, wedding rings, champagne, and the dresses) the couple also sold their wedding footage to E! for $15 million for a two-part, four-hour special to air in October. Their wedding photos were sold to People for $2.5 million, the engagement announcements to People were $300,000, sale of bridal-shower photos to OK! came to $100,000 and they were paid to have the bachelorette party at Tao Las Vegas for $50,000.

The guest list:

The royal wedding brought Europe’s elite and many celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John. The Independent reports 1,900 guests were in attendance.

Eva Longoria, Carmelo Anthony, Venus and Serena Williams, and Lindsay Lohan were among the 440 guests who attended the Kardashian-Humphries wedding.

So, who did it best in the two biggest weddings of the year? Cast your vote below.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images, David Gabber / PR Photos

21 August

Kim's Weekend Wedding Recap

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are married! While we won’t get to see the wedding in it’s entirety until October when the four-hour E! special airs, sources People Magazine and Us Weekly have revealed some of the elaborate details.

Kim (30) and New Jersey Nets player Kris (26) said, “I do” on Saturday evening in front of 440 guests at Montecito, California’s Sotto II Monte, a private estate reportedly owned by Google exec Eric Schmidt.

Among the 440 guests were Ryan Seacrest, Demi Lovato, Carmelo Anthony, Lindsay Lohan, Venus and Serena Williams, Vera Wang, Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria, Sugar Ray Leonard and Brody Jenner.

The estate was decorated in a sea of black and white, the theme of the wedding. The guests were even instructed to wear black and white. Kim’s stepfather, Bruce Jenner walked her down the aisle as she wore an ivory, custom-designed Vera Wang gown with “full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and train,” according to People. Kim also wore a headpiece for a veil and Guiseppe Zanotti shoes.

Kris wore a white peak lapel tuxedo jacket and black pants with a white tuxedo shirt and white bow tie, all by Ermenegildo Zegna. The groomsmen also wore tuxes by Zegna with black peak lapel jackets, white shirts, and black silk bow ties.

Kim’s two sisters, Kourtney and Khole, were co-maids of honor and both wore white dresses. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, as well as Humphries’ sister Kaela were bridesmaids. Kourtney’s son Mason Disick was the ring bearer.

The alter at the estate was designed to be a huge cross of Swarovski crystals. The couple both wrote their own vows and exchanged rings by Lorranie Schwartz, who also designed Kim’s engagement ring.

The reception to follow continued the black and white theme. Kim changed twice during the night, both into Vera Wang ivory gowns with a Judith Leiber clutch.  Kris also changed to into a tux to match his groomsmen.

The reception was catered by Wolfgang Puck, the wedding cake was from Hansen’s bakery and Perrier Jouet supplied the champagne. Robin Thick sang “Angels” for the couple’s first dance reports Us Weekly and there were also performances by Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Oddly enough, despite all the extravagant details, the New York post reports that the couple actually made money from their wedding. NYPost estimates that the couple made $17.9 million off the affair just from saying, “I do.” Talk about a fairy tale wedding!

Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos