Wedding Thank You Notes 101

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Just when you thought you could heave a sigh of relief, there's one more wedding-related task that mustn't be forgotten- writing "thank you" notes for all the gifts you received. After all, your mom will want to everyone to know that you've been brought up properly! But sometimes the task can be a little daunting, especially when it comes to writing "thank you's" for gifts you don't really love, or notes to people you don't really know. But with a little finesse and a few helpful pointers … [Read more...]

Never Too Old to Marry!

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Have you seen this sweet video yet? If not, take two minutes to watch it; I bet it will warm your heart just a little bit! You're never too old to love again! … [Read more...]

Marriage: Signs of Communication Breakdown

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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...]

Mother-in-laws: Keeping the Peace

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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...]

Marriage and Opposite-Sex Friendships

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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

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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...]

Dating Strategies for the Marriage-Minded

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This is a website for brides... and brides-to-be! So if you are single but want to be married, here are the 5 golden rules for evaluating the prospects of long-term marital success. When it comes to making the decision about choosing a life partner, no one wants to make a mistake. Yet, with a divorce rate of close to 50 percent, it appears that many are making serious mistakes in their approach to finding Mr./Ms. Right! If you ask most couples who are engaged why they're getting … [Read more...]

Warning: Marriage May Make You Fat!

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No matter how much effort you put into getting in shape for your wedding, you may find all those pounds returning after the wedding-- and then some! It doesn't seem to matter who you are, says iVillage, even buff and beautiful stars like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Khloe Kardashian have packed on a few pounds after getting married. Why does it happen, and is anyone safe from this frightening condition called marriage? I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how life changes just a bit … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Marry the Wrong Person

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by Dov  Heller Blind love is not the way to choose a spouse. With the divorce rate over 50 percent, too many are apparently making a serious mistake in deciding who to spend the rest of their life with. Here are practical tools for keeping your eyes wide open.  To avoid becoming a "statistic," try to internalize these 10 insights. #1. You pick the wrong person because you expect him/her to change after you're married. The classic mistake. Never marry potential. The golden rule is, … [Read more...]

Making Love Last: Advice from Grandma

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We tend to get so caught up in the merchandising of Valentine's Day that we forget what the holiday is really about: Love. When Erin Bried was interviewing grandmothers for her book, How to Sew a Button (and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew), she asked each one for their secret to making love last, decade after decade. Watch this video to hear the advice of these wise women, each happily married for over 50 years! And if you're looking for more every-day wisdom, you should … [Read more...]