Busted Halo
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May 19th, 2009

How Can We Keep Our Wedding Simple?

The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 5

by and Dr. Christine B. Whelan & Fr. Eric Andrews CSP


Episode #5 — How can we keep our wedding simple?

NEXT WEEK: Why can’t we get married to The Beatles?

Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding” here.

Some links to discount wedding gowns

From Christine… “Here’s a link to a great place called VOWS in Newton, MA that has lots of discounted wedding gowns — I looked there myself, actually, and I can tell you there are wonderful dresses: www.bridepower.com… as of my writing this, there are 69 dresses under $500. There are also some wedding dresses on sale at jcrew.com for under $200 as well. Target did a great line of wedding dresses last year, but discontinued them this year, which is a shame.”

Send us your questions!

We encourage you to email us questions, or record a short video with your question and send it to us. If we use your video in a future episode, we will give you a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Send in your questions to weddings@bustedhalo.com and hear Dr. Christine Whelan, author of the Pure Sex, Pure Love column go head to head with Father Eric Andrews, a Paulist priest with more than 15 years of wedding experience as they debate your questions: Why can’t you get married on the beach? Why is the priest being such a jerk? Why do we have to talk about sex during pre-Cana? And many more.

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.

Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

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  • Kathy Wicks

    Goodwill in the Twin Cities has a bridal fair. My daughter-in-law found the perfect one and had it fitted.

  • Megan

    My husband and I worked really hard to keep our wedding simple and true to our Catholic Worker roots. We decided to have a short engagement, which left only enough time to put together the essentials of the wedding. I wore my mother’s wedding dress, we bought our flowers in bulk and constructed all the bouquets and arrangements ourselves, a friend made our cake and another friend took photos.

    Instead of having a fancy designer wedding, we focused on what was really meaningful to us. We wrote the entire wedding liturgy ourselves, using the standard prayers but changing elements that were theologically inappropriate (exclusively masculine language describing God, for example) and making sure that the various parts of the Mass remained true to our tradition while also reflecting what we think are the best parts of our faith.

  • SBike

    I bought my dress on ebay for $135, and I like it. I couldn’t try it on, but if I didn’t fit or I didn’t like it I couldn’t have just bought another one and still been ahead of buying one at a bridal shop.

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