Talk About an Age Gap!

You hear many times about older men marrying much younger women. But this headline sure sparked my interest: Man, 24, weds 82-year-old bride. Ok, why did he marry someone 58 years older than him? "I've always liked mature ladies." And he also "admired his new wife's zest for life, and emphasised how special she was to him." Oh. I see. "I don't care what other people say." Apparently not! I sense this is one  flaming hot love affair, as the senior citizen bride says coyly, "There is going to … [Read more...]

Stamp Marriage with an Expiration Date?

Some red-haired chick named Gabriele Pauli , who drives a motorcycle and has been married twice, is running for office in Germany. One of her brilliant ideas is that marriage should expire after seven years. "The basic approach is wrong ... many marriages last just because people believe they are safe," she told reporters. "My suggestion is that marriages expire after seven years." Her opposition says things like, "She is diametrically contradicting our Christian, ethical values," and … [Read more...]

Redbook on Marriage: 8 Things No One Told You

"Let's face it, marriage is not for the faint of heart," warns Redbook, in an article titled 8 Things No One Tells You About Marriage. "You want to believe your pure love for each other will pull you through. And it does. But it ain't always pretty." However, the article continues, "Sometimes it's the least romantic parts of marriage that have the most to teach you about yourself, your partner, and the nature of love." If you are about to walk down the isle, or are newly married, this is an … [Read more...]

Alteration Tips for your Wedding Gown

Alterations.com says that you should "give as much importance to your wedding dress alterationsas you gave to its buying." It is rare to find a dress that fits perfectly without alterations, but with professional help your wedding dress will look as if it was tailor-made for you! Here are some tips that I thought sounded practical: Buy your wedding gown well in advance, in case it needs time consuming alterations in multiple layers of slips and petticoats. Bridal dress shops will … [Read more...]

How much is your daughter worth?

Kyra is 14 1/2 years old, loves the outdoors, is bright and funny and prepared to be a good wife. Her bride price is $27,995.  Ashlee is 15 years old, into sports, clothes, jewelry and current pop music, yet is looking for a mature man to start her life with and raise a family. Her bride price is $37,500. Kristin is 16 and dreams of becoming an actress. She has a wild streak and her parents think she spends too much time with boys-- she needs a husband to settle down and help her achevie her … [Read more...]

A wedding and a lesson in Peace

"A week ago I was invited to a Jewish wedding. As a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, this would have been my first, and I was ambivalent about attending the ceremony. So many questions flooded my mind: how would they react if they knew that I was a Muslim?" Rami Assali describes his experience at his first Jewish wedding and reaches the conclusion that Muslims, Jews, and Christians too, share many similar values and traditions, as reflected in the wedding ceremony. Read his story here. … [Read more...]

So now marriage makes you greedy…

Two sociologists who have published a paper called "Marriage: the Good, the Bad, and the Greedy." They reached the conclusion that married people are more "greedy" than single people because they "spend less time than singles calling, writing, and visiting with their friends, neighbors, and extended family." They did note that once married couples have children, their social interaction and support network actually increases, although you might think it would be the opposite. To me the … [Read more...]

Jenna Bush: A presidential wedding

If Jenna Bush decides to get married in the White House, it will be the tenth such wedding, following the likes of Tricia Nixon, Alice Roosevelt, and Maria Monroe. Wondering what her wedding might be like?  Some conjecture that, with Dad being the president and all, it will be a White House wedding. Others speculate that the family might chose a Texas ranch or Bush family property on the East coast. "If Jenna got married in the White House, it would be a tremendous boost to (President … [Read more...]

Marriage Lessons for the Spineless Wimp

"Lying is essential to a happy and stable marriage. The high divorce rate today is entirely due to this stupid modern fad of total honesty between spouses." If you appreciate Oscar Wilde-ish humor of this sort, you may enjoy reading Peter Laurie's article, "ON THE OTHER HAND: Marriage lessons." Marriage lesson No 1 is:  "Spineless wimps have a better chance of survival." Lesson No 2 is the one about lying.  The third rule is, "A stupid gift is worse than no gift at all." And rule number 4 … [Read more...]

The bride wore red

Red Wedding Dress

I love, love, love the color red, but unless you're getting married in the Orient, it just seems the wrong color for a wedding gown. Check out these gorgeous *red* gowns here and here and let me know if you agree or disagree that, although I'd love to wear them any other day, they just don't say, "Hello, I'm a bride." … [Read more...]