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Why Not Get Married At Home Like Jay Mcgraw &Amp; Erica Dahm Feb 19

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Submitted by: Chris Morton

A Strange Coule?

Sometimes the unlikliest couples are the ones most likely to walk down the aisle. Take, for instance, Jay McGraw the oldest son of talk show host and self-help author Dr. Phil McGraw and Playboy model Erica Dahm who were married on August 12, 2006. Jay, an author of his own self-help books for teenagers, met Erica while they were working on Renovate My Family, a reality show on the Fox Network.

Who would have thought that a writer and a Playboy model would end up being a good match?


The wedding was held at Jay’s parents home in Beverly Hills. One of the large rooms was draped in thirty feet of sheer fabric covered in crystals to create the white chapel back drop. The couple wrote their own vows and exchanged them in front of a modest crowd of 70 friends and family members. Jay’s father served as his best man while Erica’s sisters they are triplets stood beside her at the altar.

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Onwards to the Hotel

After the ceremony, the couple headed to a hotel for an incredible reception for over 400 guests.

Of course, you don’t have to marry a Playboy model to learn something from their example. Actually, their wedding story illustrates that you don’t have to say your vows in a church in order to have a beautiful wedding.

Even though your home is probably not as stunning or as enormous as the McGraws’, it could still serve as a perfect location for your wedding. With some decorations and material from any craft store, you could transform your average living room into a romantic setting fit for a ceremony. And if you’re not sold on using your home because it’s too small, too full of pets, or has too little parking, you could always use the home of a friend or family member.

Backyard Tips

If you’re getting married during good weather months, then you might want to consider having your wedding in your backyard. Arches, tables, chairs, aisle runners, and other elements can all be rented, so don’t worry if your backyard’s seating and d cor are limited. Plus, if you start planning early, you could hire a landscaper (probably for a fraction of the cost of renting a church) to add some bushes, trees, or flowers to the yard to create a beautiful look in time for the big day.

The good thing about a backyard wedding is that the location can double as a reception hall. You could have a down-to-earth barbecue (catered, of course) under the stars.

If you like the idea of getting married in a house but not your house, then there is another alternative. Some cities have designated historical houses that are being preserved as tourist attractions. Many of these homes are available for special events, including weddings. To find out if you have a historical home in your area, contact your local tourism information center.

As Jay and Erica have shown, you don’t have to travel far from home in order to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

About the Author: Chris Morton ran hotels and restaurants for 17 years – catering for 100’s of weddings. His wife Sue is a wedding planner with 10 year’s experience. Together they have established

to provide unbiased help for brides and grooms.


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