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3 Surprising Secrets to a Long Marriage

Here is a wonderful article from Next Avenue I PBS for anyone interested in advice on love and marriage. We encourage you to visit this website often to get great advice articles on a variety of topics. Although we are known for our elegant, affordable event tent rentals we feel it is important to surf the web to find great websites like this one and share articles that resonate with us and hope with you.

Older couples share their lessons to living happily ever after
By Karl Pillemer | November 18, 2014

(The article previously appeared on The Legacy Project.)

In our society, we have a paradox. Most people want to get married and there is considerable research evidence that marriage has a range of benefits. But too often, the joy that accompanies the wedding celebration turns sour, and nearly half of couples who stand at the altar in hopeful excitement find themselves starting over after the trauma of divorce.
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10 Unspoken Marriage Rules

Stick to these guidelines, even though you didn’t vow to at your wedding

By Dawn Papandrea for Woman’s Day

Every married person knows to be faithful, stay truthful and be there for her partner through good times and bad—they’re in the wedding vows, after all. But most seasoned couples would admit that some unspoken rules are vital for getting past rough patches and growing stronger as a couple. Here, experts share 10 of the less apparent (but just as important) marriage rules to live by.

1. Don’t criticize your partner’s parents or friends.

You know how it is—your family can tick you off but no one else had dare speak ill of them. That’s why you should tread carefully with your in-laws and your husband’s dearest friends. “Even when he’s venting to you, your contributions can put him on the defensive,” explains LeslieBeth Wish, EdD, a Florida-based psychologist and licensed clinical social worker. “When you take position A, you prompt your partner to take position B.” Instead, says Dr. Wish, put yourself in his position so that you can empathize with him.

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13 Wedding Horror Stories That’ll Make You Happy You’re Single

When “I do” takes a nasty turn.

In honor of Friday the 13th we thought we would re-post and article from Buzz Feed. This is only to show you that even though your covered in snow on the New Hampshire Seacoast and it will take days just to make it to Portsmouth, Exeter or Manchester your wedding will never be this bad. Unless of course you are getting married in January or February of this year. If that is the case we would love to hear how a little yankee inginuity and New Hampshire know how made your wedding day the best day of your life.

Kayla Yandoli
BuzzFeed Contributor

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share with us the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to them at a wedding. Here are the painful results.

1. Submitted by Jennamagpie.

At my brother’s wedding I was told repeatedly to make sure my brother ate breakfast because he has a nasty habit of skipping meals to the point of fainting. I was so caught up in making sure HE was fine, I forgot to eat anything myself. Which is why, at the crucial “I do” moment in the vows, the video shows everyone gasping as a thundering thump cracked through the air and my brother sprinted away from his bride. He wasn’t leaving her at the altar; he was trying to help me off the floor that I collapsed onto. What made it worse? I grabbed a pair of silk Looney Tunesboxers to wear under my dress in an effort to stay warm, so my first words into the microphone were: “Sh%t, did everyone just see my f*#%ing knickers?” I needed 12 stitches and bled all over the bride’s dress, the altar, and the organ.

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Unique Wedding Sites in Portsmouth New Hampshire

Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden: 154 Market St., Portsmouth, 603-436-8221, *A National Historic Landmark; Georgian mansion with private terraced formal gardens and newly-renovated “warehouse” rental available for weddings and functions. Located near the Hilton Garden Inn/Downtown Portsmouth (100 High St., 603-431-1499, and the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel (250 Market St., 603-431-2300,

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion: 375 Little Harbor Rd., Portsmouth, 603-436-6607,  *A National Historic Landmark overlooking the picturesque inland waterways of Little Harbor. Grounds and Coolidge Center available for event rental. Located down the road from Little Harbor Chapel (seasonal, 603-436-4902). For information about weddings at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, please call the state office at 603-271-3556.

Governor Langdon House: 143 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, 603-436-3205, *A National Historic Landmark. Expansive lawn behind the mansion shaded by trees, enclosed by hedges and a perennial flower border. 100-foot rose and grape arbor leads to secluded pavilion. Adjacent carriage house with restrooms & catering space. Rental limited to outdoor seasonal use; up to 150 guests. Tours of the 1784 Langdon House may be arranged in advance for function guests.
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The Biggest Wedding Trends for 2015 – Part 2

Get up-to-the-nanosecond news on the latest trends in all things bridal: from canapés to cakes, flowers to favors and invitations to midnight snacks.

The Invitations

Buttons and ribbons and gems. Oh, my! couples will be generating excitement for their celebration by wowing guests with an invitation suite that’s delivered in attention-grabbing style: wrapped in shimmery cellophane; boxed in decorative paper; tied up with ribbon, leather rope or baker’s twine; studded with crystals; or adorned with dried flowers.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Weldon Design

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The Biggest Wedding Trends for 2015

It’s that time of year to read about all the new trends in weddings and there are some great new ones listed here. We see the expanding use of Clear frame tents as a trend for 2015. Take a look at what we have to offer in the way of clear frame tents and give us a call. We are always here to help you make your day as carefree as possible.

Get up-to-the-nanosecond news on the latest trends in all things bridal: from canapés to cakes, flowers to favors and invitations to midnight snacks.

By:Debra Witt

There’s a strong spirit of individualism in the air this new year, with couples keen on infusing their ceremonies and receptions with personality — their own. “Couples want to communicate who they are,” says Allison Laesser-Keck, of Viva La Diva Events in southeast Michigan. “They, of course, want their wedding to be elegant and Magical and still very fun for their guests. But they also want all of the details to reflect who they are as a couple, their tastes. The result is a wedding that feels very personal and unique.” How does all of this individuality come together? In the details, of course! Here are the most noteworthy wedding trends we’ve got our eye on this year.
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Real Brides Share Their Love and Marriage New Year’s Resolutions!

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions so we thought we would share an article with you that does just that. One smart resolution would be to reserve your wedding event venue and if it is going to be outside your tent rental during the month of January. Especially if the wedding will occur during the peak summer months of May, June, July, August and September. Check out all the new ideas available on our website including the brand new clear wedding tents. Give us a call we would be more than happy to discuss any aspect of having your wedding outside on the coast, at a lake or on a vineyard. We have the experience to guide you in the right direction so everything goes off without a hitch.

by Terri Pous

The only thing harder than making a New Year’s resolution is keeping it! While many vow to lose weight, stay in shape, find a job, or some other personal pledge, we wanted to know what real women want to do better for their relationships in 2015. We polled our Facebook followers to see their New Year’s resolutions — and to hopefully help you make a commitment to love and a happy marriage in the new year! Read on to see our favorites, from serious to slightly more lighthearted.

See More: 4 New Year’s Relationship Resolutions Not to Make This Year

“Be more in the moment and spend less time on the phone. Give social media a break to fully enjoy this journey together.” — Jessica R.

“Have a date night for just us once a week! No other friends or family to be invited.” — Danielle G.

“To finally get our photos printed from the wedding (Got them all on USB back in June).” — Krissie S.

“To have no more fights and communicate more.” — Jaime M.

“Better agreement on money and children… and finally decide on a date for our wedding. To stay madly in love the way we are.” — Amber T.

“Trying to stay mentally stable while planning our wedding, working full time and being a full time student!” —Teryn F.

“To put together a beautiful wedding for him.” — Kim P.

“More date nights, and perhaps we’ll finally get to take a honeymoon.” — Alexandria K.

“Getting married to the one I love.” — Sophia K.

Planning a Christmas Wedding

Details, ideas and tips for a wonderful Christmas wedding

By Nina Callaway

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, your family is gathered around you, and the church is already decorated. Why not have a Christmas wedding? Here are ideas and tips to have a fantastic Christmas wedding with all the trimmings.

Wedding Colors:

Red and green are natural colors for a Christmas wedding – It is likely that your church or reception site will already be decorated in red and green for other events and holiday parties. But don’t feel limited to this palate. Other possibilities, which will work with existing decorations, include:

  • silver and white
  • silver and light blue
  • burgundy, forest green, and gold (as long as the existing decorations aren’t too primary)
  • gold and cream

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