These 5 Hobbies Will Strengthen Your Relationship

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Jillian Kramer

THESE 5 HOBBIES WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

In any relationship, it’s important to enjoy time apart to pursue the things you individually love. But our experts say that creating shared experiences, via hobbies, can bond a couple together in incredible ways.

“Having shared interests and hobbies means that you will be spending intentional time together doing things you both enjoy,” explains Lesli Doares, marriage coach and author of Blueprint For A Lasting Marriage. “It isn’t about running the house or dealing with the dog. It’s about having fun together on a regular basis.”

Sharing experiences that have nothing to do with chores or mundane everyday life build a deep connection between a couple. “When you’re doing enjoyable things together, it creates positive interactions and happy memories that protect your relationship from the boring and the difficult,” Doares explains. “And the more positive experiences you have together, the stronger the relationship foundation becomes.” Read the rest of this entry »

15 Dumb Things You’re Doing That Hurt Your Marriage

Gnall 4Most couples fight are over little things, but these kinds of squabbles often mask bigger problems.

By Kate Storey

FEB 2, 2016

You know that feeling when you can sense a fight coming on with your partner? You get that knot in your stomach, your blood starts to boil, and your mind races. It’s okay to embrace the battle, according to relationship experts Dr. Judith Wright and Dr. Bob Wright — as long as you know what you’re really fighting about.

“Fighting is so good because your relationship is about growing and becoming the very best person you can become. Fights are one of your best tools for learning,” Judith tells GoodHousekeeping.com. “They’re servicing a lot of your unconscious gunk. They’re bringing problems up to the service. They’re letting you know what you care about, what you really desire, what you really yearn for deep inside. They’re teaching you so much.”

The married Chicago-based team wrote a book on the topic, Heart of the Fight, out February 2. They break down the 15 most common fights — and what they really say about your relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Really Good Love Advice from 6 Totally Unexpected Experts

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Christina Poletto

Sometimes your squad (or your shrink) doesn’t have the answers. But your hairstylist might. Or your accountant. These professionals get a unique look inside relationships and what keeps ’em rock solid. That’s why we asked a few unexpected experts to give us their best advice. Listen up, folks—this could be game-changing!

  1. A FINANCIAL PLANNER ON…TRUST

“Get comfortable with disclosure. Lay your cards out on the table and be transparent about short- and long-term goals and anything else that could impact your partner. When there’s nothing to hide, you can get to trust so much quicker.” —Shannah Compton Game, certified financial planner, yourmillennialmoney.com Read the rest of this entry »

The Ultimate Wedding Day Photo Checklist

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Lisette Mejia

 

HANGING DRESS

Whether it’s hanging in front of a window or from a bedpost, the dress deserves to be captured in its full glory.

BRIDESMAIDS GETTING READY

A good photographer knows that plenty of special moments arise when bridesmaids get ready together.

MAID OF HONOR ZIPPING UP THE BRIDE

It’s one of the last finishing touches before the bride says “I do” and an important duty of being her right-hand gal. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Survive Wedding Season When You’re the Perpetual Bridesmaid

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Elizabeth Mitchell

 

Ugh, it’s like, don’t your friends realize you have a life too!? Obviously, you’re super excited for them and you’d never in a million years miss the opportunity to stand by their side as a bridesmaid on their wedding day, but seriously, if you have to buy another bridesmaid dress you’ll never actually wear again (despite what the bride says), you might scream! Well that, and the fact that your bank account is taking a major hit too. Besides saving up and grinning and bearing the whole dress thing though, here are seven other ways to survive wedding season when you feel like you’re the perpetual bridesmaid, courtesy of the professional bridesmaid herself, Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything You Need to Know About Throwing a Backyard Wedding

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Kate McKenna

SAVE MONEY ON THE VENUE

Perhaps the most attractive reason for having a backyard wedding is the fact that they can be so budget-friendly. “Maybe [couples] feel as if they can spend their money elsewhere and can achieve their Pinterest goals, rather than spending money on a [conventional] venue space,” said Sarah Campbell, owner and wedding planner at Pollyanna Events. Saving money on renting a traditional venue can free up a large chunk of the budget for things like decor, rentals, and catering.

 

GET CREATIVE

Backyard weddings also open up a lot of room for creativity. As Campbell said, “The possibilities are endless.” Couples can play up the main features of the backyard space, like a large tree or a great view. To really make your wedding one of a kind, incorporate unique pieces like china or antique pieces of furniture from the house.

CONSIDER ADDITIONAL COSTS

While you won’t have to pay to rent a venue, backyard weddings require renting almost everything else for your big day. From seating to dinnerware and beyond, the rentals can add up. Plus, Campbell said, they might incur additional delivery costs, depending where the home is located. You’ll also want to look into parking permits for guests and caterers, as well as any noise restrictions that may be in place in your neighborhood.

MIND YOUR SIZE LIMIT

One of the biggest reasons for choosing a backyard wedding is to keep the event intimate, and Campbell noted that “couples are focusing more on being surround by their close family and friends, rather than having a huge wedding.” Make sure you’re realistic about the number of guests your space can accommodate, and decide if you’re willing to make some sacrifices to the guest list if necessary.

GET ORGANIZED

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s a great idea to hire a wedding planner, because they “have the experience in doing a variety of weddings and may have some insight to problems you may not have known could exist,” said Campbell.

The most important part of any wedding is to stay organized, so you can feel relaxed and enjoy the big day when it arrives.

“I think if your I’s are dotted, your T’s are crossed and you are surrounded by your closest family and friends, nothing else matters.”

HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

Of course, backyard weddings come with some challenges. As with any outdoor wedding, you’ll need to arrange a contingency plan if the weather takes a turn. Traditional venue spaces often already have these plans in place and are “large enough to host your entire wedding indoors when bad weather occurs,” said Campbell. “That is usually not an option with weddings that are done at home.” If the backyard is big enough, consider renting a tent or heat lamps, depending on the season.

5 LITTLE WEDDING DETAILS THAT CAN LEAD TO BLOWOUT FIGHTS

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Jillian Kramer

 

There’s a saying that the devil is in the details. And when it comes to wedding planning fights, that saying couldn’t be truer. “While you may argue about the big things, like the budget or venue, you’re likely going to bicker most often about the little things,” warns Amy Nichols, owner of and co-founder of The Poppy Group. “Recognizing early that even the small things require cooperation and consideration will help the wedding planning process flow much more easily.”

With that in mind, here are five little things that can lead to big wedding fights, and how to solve — or better yet, avoid — each one. Read the rest of this entry »

9 THINGS THAT BORE WEDDING GUESTS TO DEATH

Sperry Tents Diamond Isle. CAM00099You can’t please everyone! When it comes to weddings especially, this statement couldn’t be truer. No matter how hard you try or what precautions you take, there are bound to be a few yawn-inducing moments in every big day (yes, even at the best of them).

So what tends to bore guests to tears then? We went straight to the source to find out. Moral of the story: anything that requires people to pay attention without eating or socializing for too long won’t win the crowd.

  1. TONS OF TRADITIONAL DANCES

“The billion dances they do! The first dance, father daughter, mother son, grandparents, money dance, bridal party dance, etc., etc. Usually by the time they’re done my buzz has already worn off.” — Candace 

2. SLIDESHOWS

“I feel bad even saying this, but I think wedding slideshows are so boring. They keep me entertained for the first minute or two. After that though I kind of zone out and stop paying attention. Most go on for far too long, and you can tell other guests have lost interest too. Keep it short and sweet if you’re going to do it.” —Deena Read the rest of this entry »

5 People You Don’t Have to Invite to Your Wedding

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6/2/2016

Deciding who makes the guest list is no easy thing (seriously, we don’t envy you). But making an already tough task even more difficult, says Sarah Glick, wedding planner at Brilliant Event Planning in New York City, “is the unspoken social expectation that anyone and everyone you interact with on a daily basis needs to be invited — read: your boss, your coworkers, the dog walker.” She’s here to tell you that’s not the case, and give you five guests you can strike from your list, stat.

  1. YOUR BOSS.

Glick admits that everyone feels like they have to invite their bosses in order to avoid awkward in-office situations. “Plus, there’s the whole they control your job dynamic and, let’s face it, we want our bosses to like us,” she says. “But if you are only inviting your boss because you feel morally obligated, I would be willing to bet that your boss is only attending because they feel that it would be rude if they didn’t. Do yourselves both a favor and skip the invite; your boss will (silently) thank you.” Read the rest of this entry »

If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!

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6 EASY WAYS TO MAKE THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE HAPPY

Yes, we know it’s your big day and it’s all about you, but keep in mind that your wedding is a big moment for mom too. While it’s not your job to appease her, you can keep the peace and get her involved without sacrificing your sanity or vision. From allowing her to invite a few of her friends to simply asking for her opinion on certain things, here are six ways to make the mother of the bride happy as a clam. Read the rest of this entry »