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What To Do If You’re Afraid Of Getting Married

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 »

Win This! A Spot To Compete In Wedding Central’s “If The Shoe Fits … ” Competition

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 »

Girl Talk: I Found Out My Engagement Ring Was Junk

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 »

Mind Of Man: What Actually Happens At A Bachelor Party

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 »

Don’t Call Your Significant Other By A Pet Name And Other Ways You’re Undermining Your Relationship

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 »

Russell Brand And Katy Perry Are Now Husband And Wife

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 »

Woman Can’t Find Decent Man, Decides To Marry Herself

Ever since my engagement ended, I’ve been kind of “meh” on marriage. Not because I haven’t found the “right” person yet, but because I’m just not sold on the whole institution anymore. Chen Wei-yih hasn’t met the right person yet either, but she’s not letting that little fact get in the way of her having the wedding of her dreams — the Taiwanese woman is marrying herself. “My work and experience are in good shape, but I haven’t found a partner, so what can I do?” Chen lamented to reporters. What she can do, apparently, is throw herself a lavish party, hire a photographer, and don a pretty white wedding gown, all to mark the marriage of Chen Wei-yih to Chen Wei-yih. which, naturally, won’t actually be recognized by law. “I’m not anti-marriage,” she says. “I just hope that I can express a different idea within the bounds of a tradition.” My only question: where did she register? [My Fox Orlando] Keep reading »

Save The Date, “Rushmore”-Style

Check out this “Save the Date” wedding video from Austin, TX, couple Hayden and Sean. Depending on how you feel about Wes Anderson’s twee world, this video is either utterly cute or terribly annoying. Regardless, it emulates “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” to a tee. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Unknowingly Bought My Own Engagement Ring

My ex-fiancé made me cry on our first date.

Huddled together in my cramped Manhattan apartment, I learned that Michael graduated from UCLA, knew the lyrics to every Air Supply ballad, and had recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer for the second time. He brushed away my tears while citing his recurring symptoms and chemotherapy schedule. I added “strong” and “brave” to my mental checklist, along with “handsome,” “charming,” “funny,” and “sensitive.” Keep reading »

How I Escaped Polygamy

I pulled the curtain back from the living room window in my small adobe home and stared at the dirt road winding down the little hill into Los Molinos. In the three years I’d been married to Verlan, this was the longest he’d ever been away. How many times in the past four months had I stood here, pretending his silver pickup was on that road headed back to me? Dust would billow high as he drew closer and entered the colony. He would stop at Lucy’s place first, like he always did. He would unload mountains of supplies into the shed and tell the family there hello. Then he’d stop at three more wives’ homes. Just before coming to see me, he would go to Lillie’s house. Read more Keep reading »

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