Another view is that even regular people send engagement/wedding/baby photos and announcements into papers. It's actually one of my favourite sections of the weekend papers to see who has been married etc and what the wedding looked like. Although it was much more interesting when I lived in a small town and recognised names and families etc. Famous people doing it is pretty much exactly the same thing.
Yes, Jillian I agree. We know these people. Even if we have never met them, we know them through TV etc. And I have met Hayley and Arnaud several times. In many show biz marriages ambition gets in the way and is put before love. I cannot imagine these two doing that. Hayley's driving force is not ambition, but her love of music. That she can make a living from it is enough. But I'm also sure that she will always put her husband and family first. That is the right priority.
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Finally, someone got the engagement facts straight.
I think the reason Gerald isn't "confirming" it is because of the deal with Woman's Day. They are the ones with the "rights" to the story at the moment.
And the Woman's Day Facebook page replied to my public question regarding their editor's statement validity....
Hi Joseph, thanks for the note. Woman's Day has confirmed that Hayley Westenra's wedding took place last week in North Canterbury and the story will run in our issue on sale on Monday. Hayley's father Gerald was simply trying to protect the magazine exclusive with his comments. Thanks - the team at Woman's Day NZ
In the scheme of things, that's not really a lot. Plenty of other celebrity weddings have been sold for more than 20 times that amount. For example, the wedding of Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly (Princess Anne's son) was sold to UK Hello magazine for 500 thousand UK pounds.
Given that a catered wedding at a venue generally charges around $110 per head for a basic package of food and drinks, then you add dresses, flowers, venue hire, celebrant, tuxes, accommodation, travel weddings get very expensive quite quickly. I think the average price of a wedding in Australia is $36,000.00. Then everything is more expensive in New Zealand because of the exchange rate.
If Hayley and Arnaud then helped out family with travel and accommodation or had more than a basic set up for their wedding, they would have still had out of pocket expenses on this wedding even with the Woman's Day payment.
So I don't think there's anything over the top about that at all. Make hay while the sun shines, is all I have to say. Why not take advantage of such an opportunity?
I think that making (or more like saving) some money like this is perfectly fine. Doing product promotions and advertising is also perfectly fine. (Just don't take the same approach with the music).
Well, now that we know - congratulations to Hayley and Arnaud. And about time too!
I had a dream last night. I saw a young couple, standing on a paved area, looking out to sea over a low cliff. I somehow knew they were newly married. The girl was in a whitish/cream minidress (quite a tight skirt, not a fuller skirt like Hayley's stage dress as at the Union chapel, but a very similar colour, perhaps less yellow). They looked very happy. I wonder who they were! But whoever, it was a lovely dream.
Which raises the question, where did they go for their honeymoon. Southern Hemisphere obviously.