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...]

Destination Wedding & Honeymoon travel: Advice from a Travel Agent

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Planning a destination wedding with lots of people involved can be daunting. Even planning a honeymoon for two can have its headaches.  Travel agent Jennifer Doncsecz of travelbyvip.com is known for her travel savvy and insider perspective on under-the-radar destinations. Here, she shares her best advice on planning a get-away, via Martha Stewart Weddings. How is working with a travel agent beneficial when booking a destination wedding? When you book a block of hotel rooms directly or with … [Read more...]

Do Vendors Charge More for Weddings than Other Events?

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You may have heard that vendors automatically hike up prices when they hear the word "Wedding." So is it really true that you pay twice the amount for a wedding cake than you would for a birthday cake that's exactly the same in every way? Choice, the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia, investigated whether higher quotes do indeed go hand in hand with the W-word. (But such things go on everywhere, including the US and UK...) The Experiment: Businesses were selected in Melbourne and … [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...]

Bridal Shower Activity: Notes to the Bride

Bridal showers. You really gotta plan ahead, otherwise you end up sitting around watching the bride opening an endless array of gifts like spatulas and tea towels. So if you're looking for a fun yet meaningful activity, try these cute "Notes for the Bride-To-Be" from Atlanta-based Inkspot Workshop. As reported by WeddedBits, guests write words of wisdom, ranging from "Never go to bed angry" to "Ask before deleting his favorite show from your TiVo," on the cards and present them to the … [Read more...]

Why are you still single?

That headline caught my eye! Even though I am married, I have a single sister and many single friends! so I read with interest this ivillage article called "5 Love Mistakes that Are Keeping You Single". I thought Sherry Amatenstein's advice was sensible, and if you can't seem to find true love, her commentary might give you the help you need to make a change.  "If one or two sound familiar," she says, "Don't beat yourself up.  Just recognize that you deserve better and commit to making a … [Read more...]