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Parody Film Pokes Fun at Photo-Crazed Wedding Guests

Wedding photographers these days often find themselves competing with guests who spend the whole ceremony shooting photos with smartphones, DSLRs, …

Weddings

12 Things That Are the Maid of Honor’s Responsibility on the Big Day

If your bestie asked you to stand beside her as the maid of honor (hooray!), you’ll want to make sure you know just what you’re expected to do. Most of your duties will be leading up to the “I dos,” such as throwing a bridal shower or coordinating bachelorette party.<p>However, there are still tons of …

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

Self-help

A Wedding Cake So Easy You Can Actually Make It Yourself

My sister got married a few months ago, and on the day of her wedding, I was tasked with various last-minute, maid of honor duties. For the wedding …

How to NOT Marry the Wrong Person

Women everywhere are blogging and talking about Alain de Botton's article in the <i>New York Times</i>, "Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person." After reading and re-reading his piece I feel that it is yet another doom and gloom commentary on marriage. His belief the "choosing whom to commit ourselves to is …

The Ultimate Devil's Food Cake

I dreamt about chocolate cake the other night.<p>Chocolate cake plagues me unlike any other baking project. There are so many versions, from buttermilk to cocoa to flourless. Until now I’ve been sticking with my go-to recipe (from the back of the Hershey’s box), but can one person ever be satisfied …

12 gorgeous plus-size wedding dresses —all under $500

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress can be totally stressful, not to mention expensive — especially when you’re a bride trying to work a budget. …

6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private

NEW YORK (AP) — Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know?<p>Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh. Review …

The Best Marriage Advice EVER

When Ashley and I got married thirteen years ago, we were young and in love, but we were also pretty clueless (me especially)! Along the way, we've had so many people share wise advice and life experiences with us, which has helped guide our family through good times and hard times.<p>Through the …

18 Wedding Ideas That Will Only Appeal To The Most Awesome Of Couples

There's a good chance that your wedding will be the biggest and best party you'll ever throw. When you think about it that way, it only makes sense to inject as much fun into the big day as humanly possible.<p>Below are 18 wedding ideas that will help transform your wedding from stuffy occasion to …

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18 Things You Can Use For A Card Box At Your Reception

For your guests who come bearing gifts you'll want to create a pretty spot for them to unload your registry picks and honeyfund checks. A cute card …

Processional Playlist; Songs to Walk Down The Aisle To…

Here Comes The Bride…<p>Many brides still want that big <i>Da da da da</i> moment, as the doors open, and they walk down the aisle in their stunning white dress.<p>…

5 Beautiful Night Ceremony Ideas

If you’re planning an evening wedding ceremony and reception, there are so many wonderful ways to make it more impressive and breathtaking. Check out …

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies -- but what about our minds?<p>Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn't just lie in changing our thoughts -- it's also dependent on …

The Day I Realized I Was No Longer The Woman My Husband Wanted

Not too long ago, I was deep in my closet, cleaning out the clutter, when I found an old tin box FULL of letters. Sitting on the floor, I began reading one after another. They were love letters, written to my husband, David.<p>My heart began to sink and my eyes filled with tears as I read sentences …

New Survey Sheds Light On What People Really Want In A Spouse

For the first time in America, single adults outnumber the married.<p>However, despite the decline in marriage rates, new data from the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of those adults who have never married still plan to, and an additional 32 percent are considering it.<p>So what's stopping …

15 Escort Card Ideas You Haven’t Seen All Over Pinterest

We've seen every type of escort card, from the classic hand calligraphed cards to mini potted succulents. To help make your wedding style stand out …

Launching a Website with Squarespace

This is a paid post from an APW sponsor.<p>Not Perfect, But Done<p>There is a common saying about creative endeavors, “It’s never finished, it’s only …

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Why Engaged Couples Are Flocking to Pre-Marital Counseling

<i>Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author. Here she shares how her (happily) engaged clients have benefited from pre-marital counseling.</i><p>*Lisa and Don were four months from their eagerly anticipated wedding day. They loved each other. Perhaps even more importantly …

Better Sex Through Fighting With Your Partner?

"Of <i>course</i>, we fight!" John said, "All couples do -- that's normal!" He looked at me incredulously, as Mary quickly added with a tight smile, "But then we have 'make-up sex.' And that makes things better." Nevertheless, they sought therapy over their concern about the long-term impact of this …

18 Jaw Dropping Wedding Hairstyles

ABOVE IMAGE CREDITS {via Elstile} ~ BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {via Elstile}<p>BELOW IMAGE CREDITS {Photography: Alicia Pyne Photography // via Style Me Pretty}<p>…

9 Wedding Planning Tips Straight from the Pros

Ideas<p>loverly ·<p>One of our favorite activities? Catching up with our wedding vendor pals! And once we’re done gushing over their latest work, we love chatting with them about their best ideas and suggestions for engaged couples. We’ve rounded up nine great planning tips from some of our favorite …