Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Zuckerberg marries his longtime girlfriend

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Most of the time, planning a wedding pounces tons of worries and headaches to couples due to the escalating cost of wedding essentials, thus, they think marriage as a burden and not a blessing, well especially men,who thought marriage is nothing but a trap!

But wait...did you know that you can actually have a beautiful and memorable wedding without spending a fortune? That's exactly what's in the mind of the 35th richest person in the world when he tied the knot last Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of the largest social networking site in the world--Facebook, wed his longtime Chinese girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in an event that looks like an Afternoon Tea Party  (although pronounced "cocktail party" in American culture) at the backyard of his mansion in Palo Alto, California.

The wedding took place a day after Facebook made its IPO (initial public offering), making it a public company now. Zuckerberg and Chan had been in a relationship for 9 years now since meeting at Harvard campus in 2003. She moved in with Zuckerberg in his Palo Alto home sometime in 2009.

Priscilla Chan revealed years before in an interview that she met Zuckerberg while on a line going to the bathroom at Harvard campus in 2003. She graduated with a degree in Biology at Harvard while Zuckerberg dropped out when Facebook was launched in 2004. Priscilla pursued Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco where she graduated this summer 2012.
Following their wedding on May 19, 2012, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, changed his Facebook status from single to "married Priscilla Chan".

The Facebook big boss, well despite his billions, is very famous with his frugality and often compared to the 3rd richest person in the world, Warren Buffet, so his wedding last May 19, 2012 was only a very simple and exclusive family affair attended only by their closest friends and relatives. The guests said they were not even alerted it was a wedding they would be attending, most of them thought Zuckerberg invited them to a graduation party of Priscilla Chan.

The affair had less than 100 guests only and held at the backyard of Zuckerberg's mansion in Palo Alto, California. Priscilla wore a simple column sheath gown created for her by a little known designer, Claire Pettibone. The ivory gown featured a laser cut with floral lace overlay and adorned with matte sequins lined in silk, the gown is only worth $4,700.00, a suprising tag price considering the financial status of the groom. But of course Mark Zuckerberg is known with his frugal lifestyle, his mansion is even below the status of a billionaire.

The mansion of Mark Zuckerberg in Palo Alto, California where the simple wedding took place

Their wedding implies simplicity and the reception is even a cocktail party and not a full meal or a sit-down reception. The menu at their reception includes: Sushi and Chocolates from the budget-friendly restaurants in Palo Alto. The low-key nuptials epitomized the personalities of the newlyweds--they are both frugal who maintained a simple lifestyle.

According to Hello!Magazine, it only took four months to plan their wedding quietly without any glitches and away from the prying eye of the public, Zuckerberg kept it a secret and did not reveal the plan to anybody, not even to his closest friends. See?Even the Facebook founder did not put details of his plans on his wall. LOL! 

This very intimate wedding affair will teach us a lesson that staging a wedding extravaganza is not a practical idea anymore. You can have a memorable and exciting wedding without spending a fortune. Look, if Mark Zuckerberg, a highly successful inventor and currently the 35th richest person in the planet with $17.5 billion net worth of assets, refused to splurge and spend extravagantly on his wedding how much more the ordinary people living only on meager salary?

It's no surprise why Mark Zuckerberg easily made billions (just take note how he managed to live in a very simple lifestyle) but planning your wedding without anybody in your circle detecting, is truly genius! And what a wise-spender man, he could have stage a carnival affair on his wedding day, but he opted to keep it low-key and very simple, a good example, considering all people in the planet wanted to organize a grand wedding affair.

According to Forbes magazine, the very low-key ceremony of Zuckerberg and Chan would surely set a new trend and style in wedding --- a backyard cocktail reception, simple yet stylish and memorable.

Practicality wise, a wedding should only be an intimate affair and not a broadway show attended by all people in the surrounding. I salute you Mr. billionaire! Now, I am more convinced and inspired to have an Afternoon Tea Reception when I get married---less burden, less clutters, less expenses. hehehe! Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg!

Get tips on how to organize a simple and yet stylish wedding in my PRACTICAL WEDDING GUIDE blog

Sources:
Forbes Magazine
Hello!Magazine
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