Chicago Wedding Times – April, 2023

Test Your Pop Music Quotient

Here’s this month’s quiz:

Who is the only singer to be featured in three James Bond movies?

  • Sheena Easton
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Lulu

Bon Jovi had a #1 hit with this song in 1987:

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me
  • Thunderstruck
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Livin’ on a Prayer

Emma Bunton was part of which popular girl group?

  • Spice Girls
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Bangles
  • En Vogue

Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are part of which band?

  • Soundgarden
  • Oasis
  • Pearl Jam
  • Creed

Which singer starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “9 to 5?”

  • Madonna
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Dolly Parton
  • Sarah Brightman

Bono is the lead singer of which band?

  • AC/DC
  • The Who
  • Beck
  • U2

The country artist who wrote the pop hit “Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog)” also wrote one of these songs. Which one?

  • Della and the Dealer
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Whiskey River
  • Ring of Fire

What was Vanilla Ice’s biggest hit?

  • Ice, Ice Baby
  • Ice to the Max
  • Ice Time
  • Play That Funky Music

Which artist had hit records in six different decades?

  • Cher
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Beatles

Which recording artist is NOT among the top three best-selling artists of all time (album sales)?

  • Beatles
  • Miichael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Garth Brooks

We’ll have the answers at the end of this newsletter.

Wedding Wisdom – with a Smile

Poets and song writers have sought to define marriage with the perfect words. But it seems that philosophers and comedians produce the best wedding wisdom. Here are a dozen great truisms of marriage, thanks to our friends at

“After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.” – Hemant Joshi

“Marriage is like a phone call in the night: first the ring, and then you wake up.” – Evelyn Hendrickson

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates

“Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.” – Alan King

“Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.” – Henny Youngman

“Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.” – Anonymous

“I never knew what real happiness was until I got married. And by then it was too late.” – Max Kauffmann

“A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor

“Women hope men will change after marriage but they don’t; men hope women won’t change but they do.” – Bettina Arndt

“Marriage is like a hot bath. Once you get used to it, it’s not so hot.” – Anonymous

“Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven’t been able to find anybody who’ll take what I have to give.” – Cass Daley

“Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.” – Erma Bombeck 

Real Chicago Wedding – Oct. 15, 2022

Samantha Hennessy and Kevin Mell were married in grand style at Joliet’s historic Rialto Square Theatre. Then they celebrated into the night with wedding party introductions from the great Rotunda balcony, dinner in the ornate grand ballroom, then dancing in the Rotunda beneath the breathtaking “Duchess” chandelier., A spectacular night!.

You CAN Survive a Bridezilla (Even If It’s You)… Here’s How

(Hint: the minute you get engaged, forward this article to everyone close to you — your family, your attendants, your friends, EVERYONE!)

(No, this bride wasn’t a Bridezilla)

There’s something magical that happens to a bride when she’s planning a wedding. And we’re not talking about “Disney” magic. It seems, she magically turns into a fire-breathing monster at the slightest obstacle or challenge. And all the charm of being a bride-to-be turns into dread and anxiety over all the work she has to do. Here are some tips for helping your friendly neighborhood Bridezilla through her ordeal.

Be a shoulder to cry on. Often, a frantic bride just needs to let all of her frustrations out. She’s not attacking you personally, and you need to understand that. If she’s furious at someone else for something they’re doing — or not doing — perhaps you can be a go-between, to diffuse the conflict. If she’s beside herself because she needs someone to help her shop for something, offer to help her. Be solution-oriented, not problem-oriented. The best question you can ask her is, “How can I help?” Then she’ll recognize that you’re not the enemy.

A Bridezilla needs no encouragement. Don’t indulge her histrionics. Remain calm and refocus her complaining on solutions to her immediate crises. It’s okay to tell her she’s going overboard about something insignificant, as long as you’re offering to help her with her problem. Remind her that the purpose of a wedding is to marry the love of her life, and everything else is just a big party. 

Help take her mind off of the wedding. Never miss an opportunity to get together with your bride-to-be for a little family fun, or girl fun that has nothing to do with the wedding. It’s a great way to remind her that she’s much more than just a bride-in-waiting. A visit to a spa, or a movie, or her favorite restaurant, will give her a chance to unwind and just be herself for awhile. And she’ll remember that you’re the one who knows the great human being beneath the Bridezilla.

You’re not a whipping boy/girl. There comes a time when even your beloved sister, daughter or best friend can take her frustration too far by abusing everyone who gets near her. But you have no obligation to walk on eggshells, terrified of sending her into her next tantrum. If she’s simply too abusive, tell her, “KNOCK IT OFF!” Be supportive but firm, and tell her you don’t deserve to be treated like that. 

Try to see it from her point of view. Yes, it’s true that if the tablecloths are one shade too dark, it’s the end of the world — at least in her mind — and the world will be forever changed for the worse. Of course, her guests won’t see anything wrong. I wrote a brief piece that appeared in Glamour Magazine. Pass it along to her: “Never lose sight of the fact that, even if the cake collapses, and your Uncle Todd gets drunk and makes a pass at the minister’s wife, and the sprinklers go off in the middle of the ceremony, at the end of the evening, you’re still married. So you win!” The best assurance a bride can receive is the knowledge that her guests are there to celebrate her love, not her decorating skill or color coordination.

As long as you’re supportive, while not surrendering your own personhood, your Bridezilla will eventually turn back into a fairy princess, and she’ll remember how you were beside her for the entire journey, all through the ups and downs, and she’ll be grateful forever.

Okay, here are the answers to our music quiz:

  1. Shirley Bassey sang the themes in three James Bond movies. 
  2. Bon Jovi rocked the world with “Livin on a Prayer.”
  3. Emma Bunton was “Baby Spice” in the Spice Girls.
  4. The Gallagher brothers are the core of Oasis.
  5. Dolly Parton appeared in “9 to 5.” She also wrote and recorded the theme song.
  6. Bono is the front man for U2.
  7. Hoyt Axton wrote “Joy to the World,” and his own country hit “Della and the Dealer.”
  8. Vanilla Ice’s biggest hit was “Ice Ice Baby.”
  9. Cher had hit records in six decades, starting with the 60’s.
  10. Michael Jackson is not one of the three top-selling artists; he’s number six. 

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