If you think there’s no sign short of a diamond ring that can point to whether you’re headed for marriage or not, think again. Our experts are here to share eight ways you can tell if your relationship will last a lifetime. Continue reading
Is marriage on your horizon? Do you love the Disney theme parks almost as much as you love your fiancé? Imagine this fantasy scenario: It’s your wedding day, and you ride up Main Street U.S.A. in Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage accompanied by bewigged, royal coachmen. A vintage jitney has already deposited your husband-to-be at the Magic Kingdom’s hub. Trumpeters herald your arrival, and your wedding guests stand. You make your way to the altar in a lush garden with the majestic Cinderella Castle rising behind you. Continue reading
Almost a century ago, an Illinois bride cracked open her wedding diary. The thin, white-cloth covered book had empty pages where a bride could record the details of her nuptials. There was a page to describe how the couple met, another to note the engagement, and several to paste in the engagement announcements.
The bride, 18-year-old Marjorie Gotthart, was seemingly unimpressed with the book. She completed only one page – a form designed to resemble a marriage certificate. In big, loopy cursive, she recorded who she married, when, and where. The rest of the pages were empty. Continue reading
Writing your own vows is an incredible way to personalize your wedding ceremony. It’s a chance to tell your story, give guests a peek into what makes your relationship tick, and to share meaningful, sweet words with the person you love. It can also be a pretty challenging task because it’s so intimate — you’re really baring your heart to your fiancé, and you’re doing so in front of your family and friends. The hardest part? Getting started! Thankfully, JP Reynolds, M.Div., celebrity officiant (you might recognize the name from BRIDES Live Wedding), counselor, and author of Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours: Choosing the Right Words for Your Vows, is an all-around ceremony expert, and has shared a few tips for putting together vows that are deep, poignant, and from the heart.
WRITE YOUR VOWS DOWN.
“Your wedding ceremony is an out-of-body experience,” says Reynolds. “You’ll barely remember it (and you’ll be lucky if you remember your own name!), so make sure you’ve got your vows written down instead of trying to memorize them.” You might want to make a few copies, giving one set to your officiant, one to the best man, and one to your wedding planner. Continue reading
Laura Marie Meyers4/1/2016
Bachelorette parties can be a blast, but a large, random group, poorly planned festivities, or an unhappy bride-to-be can turn a fun night into a total disaster. One of the easiest ways to ensure a great time? Think ahead. Learn these common bachelorette party mistakes so that your next round of festivities is all smiles and smooth sailing.
To avoid any hurt feelings, it’s important to go over the guest list with the bride-to-be. When it comes to who should or shouldn’t be invited – from relatives to random friends – she knows best. Plus, she’ll be able to help organize the rooms so that everyone feels comfortable within the group. Continue reading
Gone are the days where a simple text could cause you to doodle your new married name in a notebook — and think that is your forever person. As adults, we need real signs we’re with someone we should marry. So here, our experts divulge five ways to judge you’re dating a guy or gal who means married business.
- YOU CAN COME BACK FROM A FIGHT.
It’s not a good sign of you bicker nonstop. But, when you engage in an argument, you can each recover — and are more open to the other’s needs — you’re in good shape to say “I do,” according to our experts. “Couples often struggle when their partner goes into a more primitive fight-and-flight response,” describes David Klow, LMFT at Skylight Counseling Center in Skokie, Illinois. “If your partner knows how to stay open and present, rather than shut down, then you have good chance of making it through tough times. At the very least, if he or she knows how to call a time out and return later to the conversation, then that is a very good sign.” Continue reading
Charlotte Hilton Andersen
A QUICK CHECK-IN
Whether it’s a call on the drive home from work or a pow-wow in the kitchen as soon as you both walk in, a quick check-in with your spouse will get you both on the same page. ‘Sometimes it is planning coordination for which kid is going where and other times it is catching up on what’s going on in both of our worlds,’ say Melissa and Aaron Sauser, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
LAUGH A LITTLE
Turn on the comedy channel, tell a joke, or buy a cartoon-a-day calendar, and then share the giggles. ‘There is nothing like the unity that comes when you are both laughing together about the same thing at the same time,’ say Amy and Vaughan Nelson, of Lacey, Washington. The key to a great laugh fest? ‘It can’t be at the other person’s expense!’ Amy adds. Continue reading
Spring is here time to start booking those outdoor venues for your tented wedding. New England is the absolute best place to enjoy the beautiful environment on that special day. We are affiliated with almost all of the venues available and could help you find that special location that speaks just to you. Visit our website for some great pictures and information. Remember we are just a phone call away.
Here is a good article on relationship finances and what to do from our friends at self.com. Check it out it is very insightful.
It’s no surprise that money is one of the biggest reasons couples fight, given that it’s a huge factor in determining your stress, happiness, and the kind of life you live in general. But it’s also extremely personal, and sometimes talking to someone about finances can feel almost as intimate as standing in front of them completely naked. But when you’re in a relationship, pushing money talks under the rug is a guaranteed way to stumble over them later, probably at the most inconvenient time. Here, 11 money-related chats every couple needs to have in order to be as blissed out as possible. Continue reading
By Anja Winikka
There’s something special about an outdoor wedding: the unparalleled beauty of a rocky ocean shore, a romantic botanical garden, the warm familiarity of your own backyard. But as gorgeous as these sites are, there’s also a significant amount of legwork and orchestration that goes into planning an alfresco celebration. From the lighting to the loo, here’s how to pull off a flawless tented reception.
Set up camp
Tents can be pitched just about anywhere. Stake one in your favorite park or even outside a gorgeous mansion. Continue reading
Today, creative tent designers (yes, there are such pros) can construct not only tented ballrooms, but also additional structures such as walkways, entrances, anterooms and rotundas to house various components of your reception.
Here are five other things you might not have known about tents, a structure that can allow you to host a wedding just about anywhere:
- A TENT IS NOT A CANOPY.
A tent, with a framework and a center pole, is different from a canopy, which has side poles but no center pole. The advantage of working with a tent is that the ceiling is much higher.
- TENTS ALLOW YOU TO ADD A VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED NUMBER OF CHAMBERS.
You might create an anteroom to showcase your wedding cake at the entrance to your main tent. You could add a tented open-air cigar lounge, filled with sofas and chairs, to your reception. A smaller tent may also be used to house portable toilets to make them more attractive. Continue reading