In the last two weeks, we’ve discussed 20 things couples should do before they move in together as well as 20 things they should do after they move in together. So, it seemed appropriate to discuss the next step for a lot of those couples: marriage. Specifically, what couples should do before they get married, which shouldn’t be confused with what every woman should do before she gets married. After the jump, 20 things you and your significant other should do together before getting hitched. Keep reading »
I’m back from a girlfriend getaway in paradise. Traveling with a best friend off the beaten path awakened joy in me and soothed my soul, but it also left me wondering: Why can’t I capture that sense of fun and wonder in everyday life? Why do I feel so stuck here in Boston, yet I was free as a bird in Mexico?
One idea: I took off my wedding ring while traveling. I think my naked ring finger gave rise to more open responses and deeper interactions than I would have otherwise experienced. Keep reading »
Leigh Gallagher is a professional comic book artist. His girlfriend’s name is Niki. The two met several years ago at a speed dating event. They’ve been together ever since. Now, Leigh has something important to ask Niki. You know where this is going, right? Yep, he created a multi-panel comic strip and posted it to his blog in order to propose marriage to Niki. It’s very adorable. In the future, will anyone propose to their future spouse in person anymore? Read the whole strip here. Hopefully, she’ll say yes, and Gallagher will give us an update! [The Daily What] Keep reading »
I had always been sure I wanted to get married, and the longer I dated Dean, the more sure I was that he was the right one for me. That is … until I got engaged.
Dean’s proposal wasn’t a surprise. I was too nosy to not know it was happening, and I enthusiastically said yes the moment he asked. However, once it happened (in a sweet and thoughtful way, I should add), I began to feel these nagging questions eating away at me: Did I really want to be married? Would we be any good at it? Keep reading »
Wedding Central knows that planning and paying for the wedding of your dreams can be tiring and expensive. So they’re offering would-be brides the opportunity to compete in the ultimate shoe frenzy competition, in which brides-to-be will race to Madison Square Park in NYC and try to find a specially marked pair of very high-end designer shoes on Nov. 9. The winner will receive a fabulous pair of designer shoes to strut down the aisle on her wedding day, a $5,000 prize pack from Wedding Central Experts, and $5,000 cash towards her dream dress, honeymoon or whatever her heart desires.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away five spots to participate in Wedding Central’s “If the Shoe Fits … ” competition, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us why you want to participate. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, Nov. 5. Participants must provide their own transportation to NYC by Nov. 9. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
Update: The winners of this prize have been contacted. Keep reading »
I’d always been told my engagement ring was special.
“Very high quality,” said my mother-in-law, who bought only high-quality pieces for her collection. “You’re very lucky.”
“You don’t want to know how much I paid for the resetting,” said Joe, my fiance-then-husband.
I didn’t care how much the ring cost, whether it was a hundred bucks or 18 G’s like at Tiffany’s. All I cared was that Joe was finally taking that final step, that after years of disapproval, his family had accepted me. I was finally good enough in his mother’s eyes, and had one of her prized baubles to prove it.
Or so I thought. Keep reading »
Bachelor parties are a little bit like funerals, which are not for the dead but for the living. Bachelor parties are not for the groom; they’re for his male friends. Like a corpse in a coffin, the groom is actually just a kind of living prop. An excuse for a group of men to gather for a night of heavy drinking so they can ask themselves existential questions, like “Is commitment the antithesis of the male identity or its most perfect expression?” Funerals are places to say goodbye to loved ones; they’re ancient rituals that allow us to let go. Likewise, a bachelor party allows a man to break up with what he has known, and prepares him for an adventure that, if pop science is to be believed, has only a 50 percent chance of succeeding. Those are terrible odds, but you can’t win big unless you go all in. Keep reading »
In this interview on PJTV, Dr. Helen Smith interviews Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis, coauthors of Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex: How Changing Your Everyday Habits Will Make You Hot for Each Other All Over Again.
Prior to watching the video, I thought, Eh, another couple of broads with a relationship book, but what they’re saying is actually really interesting — and, I think, spot-on. Keep reading »
Congratulations are in order for the totally adorable Russell Brand and Katy Perry. The two were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony on a tiger reserve in India today! Guests included the couple’s families, Katy’s bestie Rihanna, and 21 camels, elephants and horses. Sounds like a wild time! [TMZ and Dlisted] Keep reading »