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Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Is Insistent That I Take His Name If We Marry”

I have been dating a wonderful man for two years and we have been talking about getting married. The only problem is that it’s very important to him that I take his last name. He thinks it would make us feel more like a family and serve as a sign of my devotion to him. If I decided not to take his name, he said it wouldn’t change him wanting to marry me, but it would really hurt him. Prior to this, I had had no intention of changing my name when I got married for a number of reasons, one being that I work in a field (music) where name recognition and networking are very important, another being that I have a strong connection to my father’s family. I feel my last name is a part of my identity and I’m scared to lose that. I don’t want to hurt him since I love him and it’s so important to him, but I also don’t want to make a decision I’d regret for the rest of my life. Is there a way to make both of us happy? Please help! — Mrs. Maiden Name

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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.

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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 »

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