A Golden Treasure Found Online – PrimeStyle.com

Like many girls, I had all sorts of ideas and plans about my wedding long before I even met my Mr. Perfect.  Since I wasn't much of a ring girl, I couldn't imagine myself wearing an engagement ring - my thought was to get another piercing in my ear when the time came, and get an engagement earring instead.  Well, as it happened, when the time came, I was up and ready for a proper engagement ring, a classic one, right on my finger.  But now I had to catch up for lost time, for all those years I … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Bouquet: Make it more meaningful!

Americans will buy somewhere in the ballpark of 200 million roses for their Valentine’s sweethearts. While roses are a safe bet, there are many other beautiful flowers with special meaning behind them. To make your offering even more memorable, compose a little note (or even a poem!) describing your feelings and how your loved one is like the lovely flowers you've chosen! About.com Marriage has a super-inclusive, alphabetical list of flowers and their meaning. Check it out here. Here's a … [Read more...]

Marriage: Signs of Communication Breakdown

Lack of communication in relationships seems to be a consistent cause of marital problems. But because a breakdown in communication does not usually happen overnight, there are usually signs of trouble for a while before a real split happens. Here are some symptoms and suggested remedies to heal ailing communication between partners, from Kim Malchuk, motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author (via Hitched). : 1: Short Fuse. This is a warning flag, especially if your spouse is … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

When you are engaged to the love of your life, prenup might seem like a dirty word that no one wants to be the first to say. Unfortunately, with one in three marriages ending in divorce (one in two for second or third marriages), having a prenuptial agreement might be a smart move. Or at least, your parents might think it is! What is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two people about to marry that spells out how assets will be distributed in … [Read more...]

Mother-in-laws: Keeping the Peace

By now you've probably heard about (or even read) the shocking email Heidi Withers received from her mother-in-law-to-be, harping over her lack of taste, manners, and humor.  When Miss Withers had finished reading it she immediately did what many of us would have done: forwarded it to some of her close friends and family to share in the outrage. How dare she, indeed?! feature image credit Unfortunately, instead of keeping it private, one zealous friend spread it all over the internet where … [Read more...]

Father of the Bride Blues

Luckily for me, my dad is totally in touch with his feelings. But according to Meg Meeker, MD, author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, some dads start feeling rather blue as soon as their little girl finds "another man" to spend the rest of her life with. As your wedding looms closer, dad my start to exhibit strange behavior, whether he's more distant, short-tempered, distracted, or anxious. This is because thoughts of your marriage may trigger separation anxiety, qualms about entrusting … [Read more...]

Marriage and Opposite-Sex Friendships

As a single person, you may have close friends of all stripes, and both sexes.  You spend all day at work together, go out for a drink in the evening, meet for a cup of coffee on weekends, attend classes and seminars together. And ironically, after you get married you'll still find yourself spending more time with your friends and coworkers than with your spouse! feature image In addition to that, technology and social media make it easy to maintain friendships even with people you don't … [Read more...]

Planning a Blissful Financial Future

Finances are not always something that's discussed during courtship and engagement.  I mean, who really wants to talk about money when you're enjoying a candle-lit dinner or a walk on the beach? But ensuring a secure financial future together is an important step to creating a secure, happy marriage, and that takes a bit of planning.  Whether you are before of after tying the knot, the experts recommend sitting down together to develop a financial strategy that will help secure the long … [Read more...]

Distinctive Boutonnieres for the Boys!

Nothing like a splash of color on the lapel to dress up on otherwise black-and-white affair! Whatever the color or style of your men's suits, a boutonniere is an eye-catching and attractive addition. Here are some ideas that are both formal and fun! Fresh flowers, ribbon, fabric, crepe paper, berries, herbs, acorns... this little ornament provides a great little outlet for your creative abilities! * All photos compliments of Martha Stewart Weddings * * Dahlia + Polka dot tie = … [Read more...]

10 Innovative Gift Ideas for your Groomsmen (Father-of-the-Bride & Gooms too!)

We all know it's hard to find cool, meaningful, useful gifts for the guys in your life. Ties and watches are always nice, but how many does a guy need, already? If you're looking for a gift for the man-who's-hard-to-please, or the guy-who's-got-everything, we have an amazing array of gift ideas from AmericanBridal for you! * * 1. Personalized MP3 Cooler Bag For the man who likes to celebrate outdoors, this brilliant bag is, quite simply, a portable party! Snacks and music go, great if … [Read more...]