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Wedding and Marriage Advice January 5, 2009

Posted by Jill Renee in : Jewelry , trackback

As a wedding approaches, planning often becomes frenetic. Problems emerge that need to be resolved and time quickly slips away. Meanwhile, thoughts about life spent together after the wedding are placed on the back burner. Planning a wedding and reception can be stressful, even if you’ve delegated a majority of the tasks to friends. Plus, there never seems to be enough time to take care of everything. But, it’s still important to remember that once you return home from your honeymoon, life resumes. And this time, that life is intimately linked with your spouse.

Below, we’ll discuss the wedding and reception, including the choice between a big event or small affair. We’ll also provide some advice for enjoying the honeymoon and returning home to build a lasting marriage.

Big Wedding Or Small?

Big weddings have always been popular. Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a wedding to draw several hundred people. Family, friends, distant relatives, and even minor acquaintances were invited to share the experience and celebrate the marriage. However, times have changed. While large events are still popular, smaller affairs are becoming common. They’re more intimate and are designed to draw the people who play a significant role in either partner’s life. Neither choice is the right one. Selecting between a big or small wedding is a matter of catering to each partner’s preference.

Managing The Cost

Weddings are expensive. Today, the average wedding costs $25,000. And the bigger the event, the more expensive it is. Also, more couples are contributing to that cost than ever. Before planning any part of the wedding or reception, the engaged couple should agree on a budget. Not only will this keep the cost under control, but it’s a great opportunity to practice fiscal responsibility together. Plus, by creating a budget, both partners can establish reasonable savings goals in preparation for the wedding.

Planning And Enjoying Your Honeymoon

Traditionally, the planning of the honeymoon has been the responsibility of the man. However, just as men have begun taking an active role in the planning of a wedding, both partners should work together to plan their honeymoon. That includes agreeing on a suitable destination, activities to enjoy, the duration of the honeymoon, and where to stay. Arranging the details together makes it a team effort and ensures that both partners will have a great time.

Building A Successful Marriage

Eventually, the honeymoon ends and the married couple returns home. That’s when life together truly begins. Most couples who have been married for decades claim that a successful relationship is built upon a few basic principles. They include a willingness to compromise, communicate, and support and respect each other.

Of course, developing these traits within the context of a marriage is easier said than done. This is especially true for newlyweds. Often, they’ve lived the majority of their life without having to rely upon a partner. Being married turns that lifestyle upside down. It takes time and patience to cultivate the qualities that make a marriage successful. When long-married couples talk about the amount of hard work involved in building a lasting marriage, this is what they’re referring to.

Love For A Lifetime

A wedding is always exciting because it holds the promise for a loving, lifelong marriage. Two people, once strangers, combine to form a single team. Over time, that attachment and commitment to each other continues to grow, making them all but inseparable. For some, having children and raising a family is a natural extension of that love and respect. For others, a life shared together without children may be preferred. In either case, from the wedding to the honeymoon and beyond, a lifelong union is possible.


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