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Marriage Matters: Articles About Getting Married

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Steps to getting married - Making sure you will all pull in the same direction!

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  • How much does the average wedding cost?
    The cost of a wedding should not influence getting married but finding out the cost of our wedding plans is one of the steps to get married that we all must take. In this article we describe average costs, what others have done, and low cost weddings.
  • A Challenge to the Definition of Marriage
    A Challenge to the Definition of Marriage This is a question that is on a lot of people’s mind recently, as gay and lesbian couples have been demanding the right to marry, if they choose. Marriage as...
  • A Venerable Tradition The History of Marriage
    A Venerable Tradition: The History of Marriage The history of marriage has its origins as least as far back as antiquity and evidence of marriage traditions and ceremonies have existed among people...
  • About the Journal
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  • How To Get Married In 5 Easy Steps
    Step 1. Find a partner that you love, enjoy the company of, and want to spend a lifetime living with. This is of vital importance because I know it seems obvious but in any article about this subject it is necessary to start at the beginning and this step is certainly vital for anyone asking "how to get married". Be sure that you do not overlook or by-pass this step, and the four others we give you in this article.
  • All About Marriage Contracts
    All About Marriage Contracts A marriage contract is a legally-binding document between two people. The people involved can be either about to be married or may already be married to each other. If...
  • All About Traditional Wedding Vows
    All About Traditional Wedding Vows By definition, a vow is a “solemn promise”. Traditional wedding vows, then are the set of solemn promises that each member of a married couple makes to the other on...
  • Ancient Roman Marriage
    Ancient Roman Marriage We know that ancient Romans got married, but were ancient Roman marriages similar to how we view marriage today? Read on to learn more about this fascinating subject. Ancient...
  • Marriage Proposal Ideas
    Marriage Proposal Ideas - All important ideas on how to pop the question. The first step to getting married.
  • Wedding Cake Toppers: Ideas and Suggestions
    Wedding Cake Toppers: Ideas and Suggestions that will make your wedding cake special.
  • Bride Dolls
    Bride Dolls. These ornamants can be given successfully to many brides who will just love to keep them after the wedding.
  • Place Card Holders
    Place Card Holders: Discussed and recommendations given.
  • Why Wedding Congratulations Cards Are the Preferred Gift for Many Couples
    Wedding Congratulations Cards Are the Preferred Gift for Most Couples. Unless You Have a Special Idea they are a better gift idea than risking giving a disappointing gift. We explian why this is a fact.
  • Mens White Gold Wedding Bands
    Men's White Gold wedding bands and why they are so popular and such a classicwedding ring style choice.
  • Five Steps To Create a Great Speech for a Wedding
    Some great thoughts for you, to assist you to give a great wedding speech for your bride an groom, not to mention what the guests are hoping for.
  • The Steps in Arranging a Your Wedding
    How to arrange a wedding.

An Hour By Hour Planning Guide For The Wedding Day

If you have just become engaged, you will need to start planning your wedding right away. You may be surprised how far in advance venues and vendors must be booked in advance of your wedding date. The following tips will outline the work ahead for you to plan out the perfect wedding.

Premarital Counseling Tip

Regardless of whether you are going into a wedding with issues or have the perfect relationship, seek out premarital counseling. Counseling can help increase the chance of having a successful marriage and will teach you a lot of tips that you can put into practice before, during, and after your wedding.

Picking Bridesmaids for the Ceremony

Pick bridesmaids that can be buddies for the children in the ceremony. Give them a care package with healthy treats, water, books, paper and crayons. All this can be used as a distraction when traveling between venues, or while waiting for pictures to be taken. Doing this will keep the children occupied, while still having them accessible.

Pay Attention to the Groom's Role

Even though many pre-wedding traditions are focused around the bride, be sure to include some for the groom. He plays a pretty important part to the day and you are going to want to have some photos done of the time that he and his groomsmen get ready for the big day.

What Must the Bride Do?

Brides should learn to make decisions right along with the groom during the planning of the wedding. This will give you great practice as a couple learning to make decisions together. Even if the groom (or bride) says they do not want to help plan, ask for their opinions anyhow. You will be glad you did.

Weddings can be stressful events, especially if you have not done the proper amount of research and planning. Make your life easier by taking advice from people who have been there. It's nice to avoid mistakes that others in your shoes have made. You will cut down on your financial burden, as well as your stress.