Learn the phases every relationship takes and how to get through them.
Dr. Rita DeMaria for YourTango.com
All marital unions are not created equal; but they all go through some predictable stages. The timing may differ, and the way a couple manages the phase they’re in varies widely, but most of the stages happen, to most of us. Understanding the stages gives you the tools you need to move through with your loving union intact. Here ‘s what you need to know.
Sure, being single has its perks—but all the excitement and uncertainty can’t beat the comfort of knowing that the man you’re with is the real deal.
By Brie Schwartz
By Rochelle Bilow for YourTango.com
According to a survey of mental health professionals conducted by YourTango.com, the No. 1 way to divorce-proof your marriage is to improve communication followed by making your spouse a priority — even over kids.
Not surprisingly, “communication problems” is cited as the most common factor (65 percent) that leads to divorce, followed by couples’ inability to resolve conflict (43 percent). The top communication complaints when considering divorce: 70 percent of men blame nagging/complaining, followed by their spouse not expressing sufficient appreciation (60 percent). 83 percent of women cite a lack of validation for their feelings and opinions, followed by their spouse not listening or talking about himself too much (56 percent).
A limo and a few measly sparklers just weren’t flashy enough for these couples’ grand wedding reception exits.
A Paper Airplane Exit
For a retro spin on confetti, this couple gave their guests pre-made paper airplanes to toss as they made their escape.
Photo: Embrace Life Photography / The Knot
George Clooney isn’t the only one—and with good reason.
The ultimate bachelor of Hollywood first met British lawyer Amal Alamuddin when they were working on a Syrian human-rights project. He’s dated many famous women before, but he seems lately to have had a change of heart regarding his privacy.
For example, he’s very anti-Twitter, stating, “I don’t think you need to be that available.” And Amal, a brilliant lawyer, takes him outside of his very public Hollywood realm.
“On an intellectual level, they are equals,” George’s mom, Nina, told the Daily Mail. “That is very important to him. Amal’s world couldn’t be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle.”
Pull out the tissues for these personalized wedding vows.
By The Knot editors
Whether you want to get your guests giggling or grabbing for the Kleenex, penning your promises will truly personalize your wedding. Steal ideas from these self-written vows from couples who crafted custom ones.
Repeat after me…. I love cake, I love Pies, I love cheese. This article by far is the tastiest article I have ever read. Now excuse me while I raid the refrigerator. HONEY, I think I will have desert now!
Fourchette in Clinton has launched a new line to craft wedding cakes out of wheels of cheese. (Photo Courtesy of Meredith Hyland)
by Heather Lee
Photo: Gia Canali
The wedding toasts are an integral part of the reception, just like the first dance and wedding cake cutting. If you and your groom are figuring out the flow of the reception, you should decide in advance when the toasts will be happening and how they will occur. With just a bit of planning, the toasts and speeches very well might become some of your most treasured wedding memories. But who should you ask to offer a toast at the reception? Our etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.
Fact: Wedding flower bouquets are gorgeous. (There’s a reason why tons of brides choose to use them as their big-day splurge!) Though there are some brides-to-be who might want to forego the traditional blooms. For some, it’s the cost, for others, environmental concerns. Some brides have allergies to consider, and others simply love the idea of incorporating more original and sometimes sentimental details. So, whether you’re eco- or budget-conscious or love all-things DIY, check out these unexpected ideas for unconventional wedding flowers.
Humans of New York often takes photographs of everyday New Yorkers and publishes them alongside a quote that encapsulates the subject’s character. Today, the blogger-turned-author Brandon Stanton posted a video about one very special New Yorker, Shirley.