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What You Should Know Before You Get Married

Choosing to marry someone is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, which is why we’ve previously let you in on the 9 secrets a healthy couple shouldn’t keep from each other if they plan to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship. These are the things you should share with each other in order to determine compatibility … things like faith, attitudes about money and the desire (or non-desire) to have kids. But what happens after you say “I do”? Do you have any clue what you’re in for? Keep reading »

Cash & Coupling: How To Establish A Wedding Budget

If you have been engaged for more than five minutes, you’ve probably purchased every current bridal magazine and dog-eared the pages with ideas you swear someone thought up just for you. Before you look at pictures of another celebrity wedding and set your sights on a dress only Beyonce could afford, you need to have a serious talk with your fiancé. This, my friend, is the “How the hell are we going to pay for this?” talk. Maybe you’re assuming your parents are going to foot the entire bill. If they are, lucky you! But chances are, both sets of parents have some assumptions of their own, and you need to know who’s expecting to pay – or not pay – for what. For advice on how to determine this combined wedding budget, The Frisky talked to Aimee Manis, author of 52 Things Brides On A Budget Should Know. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why Did She Have To Marry Him?

When I got married, one of my oldest friends wrote on her card, “I am so glad you married someone so cool!” When she got married a year later, luckily I felt the same way. I know we’ll be friends for a long time, because I think she married someone that brings out the best in her, and she’s making happy life choices as a result.

I wish all of my friends fell into this category. Keep reading »

Cash & Coupling: How To Plan A Honeymoon On A Budget

Looking back on my wedding planning, I realize how many of my decisions were to make other people happy. My day was special and I felt like the star of the show, but I had to make sure that I stayed in budget so my dad wouldn’t have an aneurysm, that the menu wouldn’t trigger any allergic reactions from my guests, and that the band’s play list would make for a party to remember. But when it came to the honeymoon, there was nobody to think of except me and my new husband, and the closer we got to the wedding, the more I couldn’t wait to get out of town. Endless time for sex, zero calls about headcounts, and did I mention tons of sex? I totally began to understand why people elope. Keep reading »

I Was Engaged To A Man With Commitment Phobia

When I met the cute blue-eyed surfer who lived in my apartment building—we’ll call him Max—we clicked immediately. I’m a workaholic by nature, but I set aside my writing while he and I stayed up until dawn in fits of side-splitting giggles, thumbing through photo albums, playing music and talking—about everything. Politics, religion, sex—nothing was off limits. He even told me about his ex-girlfriend. She was eight years his senior and ready for marriage and a family. At 25, he wasn’t.
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Girl Talk: Should You Mercy-Kill A Dead-End Relationship?

Bad Band. Jew Joker. Sandwich. The Brute. AwwMike. Babycheese. My laundry list of discarded loves reads like a storyboard of comic book villains, each nickname a clue as to their respective fatal flaws. Anyone who knows me well knows I have a history of dating men who are wildly inappropriate for me. It’s been a quirk I myself was willing to accept, further proof of my fun-loving, devil-may-care spirit (this despite the days and weeks of sobbing and agonizing over wholly ridiculous relationships when they inevitably ended). Keep reading »

Is Your Marriage Different Than Your Mother’s?

I was always pretty resistant to marriage, but—because I looked up to my mother so much, because we were so close, and because I felt that she presented to me such a healthy version of both motherhood and long-term love—I ached for a traditional family. Now I’m almost 30, I recently celebrated my three-year wedding anniversary, and my husband and I are trying to have children.

This worries me. Keep reading »

She’s Got The Gown, Now She Needs The Groom

Lisa Linehan, 35, is getting married on February 15, 2011.

Most of the wedding’s details are already set — she’s picked out the venue, chosen a DJ, and narrowed her gown possibilities to four lucky finalists. There’s just one thing missing: the husband-to-be.

Lisa, a singer-songwriter, has neither a fiance nor a long-term boyfriend. She intends to find her soul mate through what she’s calling “Project Husband,” a venture sponsored by Dallas’s local CW affiliate. She’s even written a song about it — “I Want to Get Married.” Read more Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Maid Of Honor Is Blowing Off My Bachelorette Party”

I grew up and went to school on the east coast but now live in California. I recently got engaged and was thrilled to ask my best friend from college, who now lives in Maryland, to be my maid of honor. Because all my bridesmaids are scattered across the U.S. and the majority of my bridesmaids are on the east coast, I decided to have my bachelorette party in NYC (where one of my bridesmaids lives) over Labor Day weekend so that they wouldn’t be burdened to fly out to California. My sister from California and I booked our tickets back in June. Recently, my MOH emailed me to tell me that she doesn’t think she can make it because she’s breastfeeding her newborn and doesn’t think it would be a good idea to stay overnight in NYC. While I understand her situation, it really bothered me that she is just coming to me now. I don’t think that I could — nor do I want— to plan my own bachelorette party and I really don’t want to burden the other girls with that. Her backing out of the party = no party because no one else has planned anything. I tried to talk to her about how I was feeling and I got the impression that she thought this was beneath her because she was a “new mom” with “more important things” to worry about. I’m really saddened by the entire thing and wonder if I should still keep her as a maid of honor. What do you think? — Sad Bride

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Girl Talk: I Fought With A Priest About “Commitment” And Then Cried

Here is a list of people who really, really, really want to see me engaged:

  • Me. (Obviously.)
  • My boyfriend, who is saving money for an engagement ring. (Although you probably know more about that than I do.)
  • My mother. (Who, every time she sees him, badgers offers to help him pick the aforementioned ring out.)
  • A Roman Catholic priest whom I was seated next to at my girl friend’s wedding this weekend.

Now. Guess which person made me burst into tears on Saturday night, snatch my purse, and storm off in a blind rage? Keep reading »

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