Wedding Bells

Congratulations and best wishes to all of you who have been married recently or are in the process of planning a June or summer wedding.

According to a May 10 article by Chris Jaeger in Wedding Business Today, brides and grooms have major decisions to make as they plan their weddings. Jaeger quotes statistics gathered by The Knot from their 4th annual survey of nearly 19,000 recent U.S. brides that June continues to be the most popular wedding month. Check out Jaeger’s article for other interesting wedding statistics, such as the average cost of a wedding (excluding the honeymoon), as well as the average ages of the bride and groom and the cost of the reception venue, the photographer, and the reception band and/or DJ. If you’ve married in the last few years, you may want to compare your wedding’s cost to the average expenses quoted.

I think you’ll find the article engaging, whether you’re planning a casual wedding on a beach in Saint Thomas or a formal black-tie affair in New York City.  One interesting tidbit I gleaned from the statistics Jaeger shared was that “on average, Nebraska and Iowa brides still have the largest number of wedding guests (213 and 200, respectively).”  If you are weighing the pros and cons of various colors to determine a color palette for your upcoming wedding, The Knot survey respondents reported purple was “in” with 1 out of 5 brides (21%) choosing it!

One of the decisions that you will make as a couple is how you both would like to be addressed once you have tied the knot. Please take a few moments to fill out the preferred name and title information on the Update Your Record link found on the UI Division of Alumni Records web site at You can also take this opportunity to make sure our residence and business address records are correct for both of you, and to update us on any other important developments in your lives.   And please feel free to let us know if there is anything we can be doing to serve you better.

It is always a pleasure to learn of these happy milestones in the lives of UI graduates and friends. Again, our warmest congratulations on your marriage.  Best wishes for a long and rewarding life together.

Thank you!

Susan E. Sweeney
Alumni Records Manager

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