It’s in the back of every bride’s mind: “What if it rains on our wedding day? The day will be ruined, all plans will shift, it won’t be what I have always imagined” and so on. Relax. Even if you picked the sunniest of sunny locales, there’s still always a chance of precipitation. Example? I …

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Home décor is important; it can have an effect on your self-image, stress levels, and overall mental health. If you’re moving in with your new spouse for the first time after the wedding, you’ll both have to determine how to combine two distinct styles. Taking the time to consider each other’s design ideas will ensure …

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Buying a house is the biggest investment you’re probably ever going to make, and you can certainly make your budget stretch if you buy one that needs some extra loving care. Before you take the plunge for a fixer, though, some honest assessments are in order. There are no right or wrong answers to the …

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diamond engagement ring

Aussie couples! Have you started shopping around to buy a diamond engagement ring in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney? You’re ready to pop the question and, hopefully, spend the rest of your life with your beloved. You vow to make him or her as happy as they can be and cater to their every whim. Sounds …

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Why Do I Need Wedding Insurance? Many people ask if there’s really any need for wedding insurance. Others have little or no idea what wedding insurance really is. We hope our guide can help you navigate the topic of wedding insurance so you’re prepared to make the right decision on whether it is the right …

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living together before marriage

Living Together Before Getting Married. What You Need To Know. It’s really easy to get caught up in a new relationship and rush to get married, but by moving in together first you can test the waters and make sure that you still get along. You can also find out whether those little habits that you …

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The DJ’s played the last record, the last dance has been danced, the honeymoon’s officially over, and the chaotic whirlwind of events has finally come to an end. What’s next on the agenda? Here’s some things to keep in mind when life goes back to normal. Practice gratitude. Take some time to smell the roses, …

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matrimonial home

Marriage is a celebrated event that offers so many exciting future prospects, a major one being settling down and raising a family. One of the first steps after tying the knot for many couples is to search for the perfect matrimonial home. Here’s a few special tips to keep in mind when scoping out prospective …

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money and marriage

  Engaged couples often spend hours and hours planning their wedding day. Details such as the invitations, cake and guest list take on considerable importance. Much research is done and options weighed all in the quest of orchestrating a “perfect” event. As couples plan this spectacular day, are they also planning for all the days …

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wedding guest list

Wedding planning is, well, let’s call it “uniquely stressful.” Despite the many stresses that come with planning a wedding, you don’t want to look back on this special time and wish you had enjoyed it more and otherwise “experienced the moment” instead of freaking out all the time. With that in mind, let’s take a look at …

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losing weight for wedding

Every girl wants to look her best on her wedding day. You’ll have your hair fixed to perfection, makeup done to make you look and feel like a Hollywood star, and you’ll want to lose some weight to look your absolute best. Most people shy away from the thought of losing weight because they don’t even know where to …

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greys anatomy wedding

Wedding planning can be equal parts intoxicating and stressful. Details, decisions, and projects can fill every free moment for months. But always remember that your engagement is not only a time for planning your wedding day—it is also a time to prepare for marriage! The things you’ll want to discuss during your engagement vary depending …

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No two marriages are alike. Yours will be an ever-evolving combination of the unique interests, passions, values, and personality quirks that you and your partner bring to your relationship. However, there are eight things that all successful marriages have in common. Patience is not included in the list, but patience is key as you discover …

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  As your wedding day gets closer, you’re scheduling consultations and makeup trials, and scrolling for hours through Pinterest in search of that perfect hairstyle. But don’t make the mistake of relying only on foundation and hairspray to guarantee the perfect look. In the months and weeks leading up to your long-awaited appearance at the …

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We’ve all heard the wedding day horror stories. Stress, tension, and drama are the three wicked stepsisters of your fairytale affair, but it’s your day and your kingdom—banish them forever with these five simple tips.  1. Make your own rules  Lay all the old traditions on the table, sit down with your partner, and go …

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers, and if you are a lady looking to take your relationship to the next level V-Day gives you ample opportunity. It might seem a little cliché, but when a gal pops the question it puts a whole new spin on the experience. If you’re the girl asking the question, why …

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Alright, so you fell in love, swapped rings, promised to stand beside your lover for all of your days, laid out on the sand for a week, and now you’re home and you’re starting to think you may have hitched yourself to an alien. Everything about this strange and attractive person is weirder and less …

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just engaged checklist

You’re Engaged: What’s Next? Getting engaged is a very exciting milestone in life. Your love has just asked you to spend the rest of your life with them—or, in some cases, you may be the one who has done the asking!—and the answer was yes. This is huge: making the commitment to share the next …

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fiance birthday

How to Make Your Fiancé’s Birthday Unforgettable               Is your girlfriend’s birthday just weeks or days away? On that day, are you thinking of ways to make her birthday exceptionally special so that it remains etched in her mind forever? If so, then you must seriously be looking only at the best gifts. Birthdays are special and more …

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It’s official: sometime in the next twelve months, all eyes will be on you as you walk down that aisle and stand on stage, clad in diamonds and chiffon and hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars of (tight-fitting) satin and tulle. And then, of course, the wedding night and all those days of bikinis and evening gowns …

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wedding ceremony on beach

Marriage is one of the most important events in our lives. It should not be treated as a liability. You must be absolutely sure of a variety of details before marriage. The process of moving in together, sharing real commitment and sharing each others assets can all come as a big shock. So before getting …

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As you plan your wedding, set aside time to be deliberate about discussing finances. Finances are one of the top 10 reasons for divorce, according to love and relationships site YourTango. However, money can’t buy love. Couples who find out they are financially incompatible (rather than just having a lack of money to begin with) …

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classic wedding vows

Wedding vows are meant to be a public declaration of your love for your partner. Due to the meaning and significance of these words, more and more brides and grooms are opting to write their own vows or choose vows that are different from the traditional words you normally recite. Great wedding vows can make …

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Although nearly half of women move in with their partner before marriage, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, that still leaves slightly more than 50 percent who are moving in with their new husband for the first time. Planning a wedding and a …

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change name

If you’re getting married soon and have begun thinking about changing your name, follow these tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Grab a new accordion folder to keep up with applications, instructions and certified copies and read on: Guard Against Identity Theft It isn’t difficult, but the process of changing your name is …

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Getting married not only marks the beginning of a whole new era in a couple’s lives, but is a very busy time. There can be a lot to sort out, including buying their first home, planning for a family and sorting out finances. Efficient financial management is vital for newlyweds. This can make the difference …

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Chris Perry and Kimberlee Drew

There’s no doubt that the media has an influence on public perception. TV shows featuring a certain type of dog inevitably trigger a rise in popularity of that of breed. Shows like CSI or other crime shows on cable TV shape public perception about how crimes should be investigated. Law and Order and E.R. influenced …

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marriage planning money

Money and kids are two major facets of life, especially for couples who plan to marry and share the rest of their lives together. Are you ready? Joint Finances & Disclosure In preparation for marriage, settling finances is paramount. Couples must be open    about their financial histories and future monetary goals. Joining bank and credit …

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Getting married is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life, an unforgettable day where your love is symbolised by a beautiful ceremony for all your family and friends. Of course, at the start, you don’t really want to think about all the legal considerations involved – who does? But it’s important …

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before you say i do

By the time you get engaged, it’s easy to assume that you know just about everything about your spouse-to-be. While you probably know each other pretty well, there are a number of topics that don’t always come up if you’re not intentional about discussing them, and many of these subjects are ones that are crucial …

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honeymoon swimsuit

With the nerves, stress and excitement of your wedding day as a memory to cherish for the rest of your life. The next thing most newly-weds couples minds turn to is their honeymoon. This is where you get to enjoy sheer relaxation, luxury and excitement of your honeymoon with the person you love. Most newly-weds choose to go somewhere …

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It’s no secret that a woman’s wedding day is something she has daydreamed about and looked forward to from a very young age. However, sometimes men have a harder time getting excited about the big day. Even if his undying love and commitment are there, a man may find the wedding planning to be more …

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When you are getting ready to propose to your long-time significant other, there are a number of different things you have to consider. To begin with, you are likely nervous about the situation, even if you’re absolutely sure she’ll say yes! Additionally, you want to make sure you get the timing right, and that the …

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wedding budget

For those of you who just got engaged, CONGRATULATIONS! Tis’ the time to start putting that wedding budget and financial plan together; making sure you have a strong foundation before marriage. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement when you first become engaged. After all, it’s a moment you have probably been …

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selfish people

Selfish people usually don’t stay married long. And if they do, their marriage is fraught with disagreements, heartache, and hostility. Is that what you want in your marriage? Probably not. Your intention for marriage is to grow old with your partner, and live the best life you can live. While that intention is admirable and …

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