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This summer, some Nashville flavor came to Illinois in a pretty unique way. No, I'm not talking about that "Nashville Hot" chicken (though that's picking up steam in the north as well), but my sister's country wedding. Though she grew up in Illinois as I did, Nashville has always been in her sights, and that's where she ended up. But for her wedding, she was back up north for a barn wedding in Hebron, Illinois. What was unusually cool is where some of the decor came from... not just from City of Nashville, but from the television series. After a six season run across ABC and CMT, Nashville came to an end this summer, which meant that the time had come for the production to wrap things up with a three-day "Set Decoration Public Sale." Actor Charles Esten even shared a video preview of the event some months back, and as luck would have it, decorations that may have dressed the set when Rayna Jaymes (Connie Brtitton) and Deacon Claybourne (Esten) tied the not wound up as part of the atmosphere for a real-life wedding.

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Fast food restaurants may not be seen as inherently romantic, but one popular chain continues to prove it's got a place in the wedding industry. In fact, it's convinced a lot of couples to say "yo quiero" in addition to "I do."

Last February, Taco Bell announced that it would offer the option of hosting weddings at its Las Vegas flagship Cantina location. At the time, it seemed more like a kooky marketing stunt to promote the two-story store on the Strip, complete with alcoholic drinks and themed merchandise. But it now looks like couples actually want to tie the knot there. Although 33% of weddings take place in a religious institution, Taco Bell might as well be a house of worship for many young people. In fact, the Las Vegas Cantina location has welcomed 60 couples to make their partnerships official in the last year. Throughout 2017, the restaurant hosted an average of more than one wedding per week. They've got another 25 in the works already over the next year. One couple traveled all the way from China just to be married at the Cantina.

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I'll fully admit to being a Craver - a loyal follower of the delicious sliders served-up at White Castle. Apparently there's some folks who are a lot more hardcore than I - and for more than a decade, there have been more than 75 "Craver weddings" held at various locations across the country. Now, White Castle is making it a bit more official, and they're launching their first national wedding contest to award one happy couple the ultimate Royal Wedding in Las Vegas and a luxurious five-night honeymoon in Belgium. Want to get married at White Castle in Las Vegas? If you're craving marriage, then this one is for you...

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the knotWhile parenting is where THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine is rooted, there is a distinct connection between parenthood and nuptuals for my wife and I. As some of you may know, our first daughter, Adalyn was born on our 10th wedding anniversary. Aside from perhaps Luke Skywalker making the perfect shot at the end of Star Wars, I can't think of another example of more perfect timing. Exactly one decade prior to becoming "The Rock Father," I was having my first dance with my new bride. Funny enough, the wedding party entered the reception to John Williams' "Throne Room/End Titles" from Star Wars, but our first dance was to the Tony Bennett version of "The Way You Look Tonight" - a song I'd actually perform myself on 2004's Remakes & Sequels EP by Saturday Action Theatre (very "emo"). So what are newlyweds dancing to in 2017? To find out, here's a look at what was popular last year, as provided by the folks at The Knot, who gathered data while putting together their 10th Annual "Real Weddings" Study. Here's the list...

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