Archive for the ‘The Future’ Category

Planning Your Financial Future

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Planning Your Financial Future

Selecting the right bank is not difficult if you know what to look for, and this is often one of the decisions newlyweds have to make immediately following marriage.
 
In choosing a financial institution, (more…)

Recipe For a Successful Marriage

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Recipe For a Successful Marriage

 

Ingredients:

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Encore Weddings and Reaffirmations

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Encore Weddings and Reaffirmations

Not too long ago, encore brides wore a pink suit and wed in the clerk’s office in City Hall. Understandably, since so many weddings taking place around the country are second or subsequent marriages, the rules for “proper” behavior have (more…)

Weddings and Divorced Parents

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Weddings and Divorced Parents

 
If your parents are divorced, several difficult decisions must be made in order to accommodate both parents.
 

Your invitations

The parent with whom you have been living the longest should issue the invitation. The other parent is not mentioned. However, if both parents agree, the invitations may be in both names.
 

Introducing future in-laws to each other

Protocol dictates that the first introduction should be to the parent with whom you have been living, followed a week or so later by a visit with your other parent.
 

Seating at the ceremony

The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty. The bride’s father, after walking the bride down the aisle, sits with his present wife and parents in the third row. The groom’s family follows a similar seating arrangement.
 

Giving the bride away

Unless you are personally estranged from your father, it is he who walks you down the aisle and gives you away.
 

The receiving line

Traditionally, the bride’s mother stands in the receiving line and her father mingles with the guests. However, if you want both parents in the line, separate your divorced parents with the stepparents or grandparents to eliminate confusion among the guests. If you are serving a sit-down dinner, assign separate tables for each of your parents and their spouses.
 
 

Pre Marriage Counseling

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Pre Marriage Counseling

It is natural to experience some fear before “tying the knot” – marriage is an important decision. A great way to help assure lifelong success is pre-marriage counseling. Whether your goal is to get to know one another better or be as prepared as possible, counseling is a good investment in your future.
 
Sometimes people need help resolving old relationship hurts, or managing step children and blended family concerns. Addressing these issues before marriage prepares you for a complete life together. Give one another the gift of security and comfort and enjoy your love forever.
 
 

Blending Two Families

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Blending Two Families

 
For all their joy, weddings are sometimes charged with potentially explosive situations, namely the feelings of divorced parents, stepparents and children-either yours or your groom’s.
 
Include the children in all appropriate prenuptial planning and festivities. Be sensitive to their reactions. No matter what the relationship is (more…)

Avoiding Stress

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Avoiding Stress

As anyone who has ever been through a wedding can tell you, the months leading up to your big day can be a time of stress as well as happiness… there’s so much to (more…)

12 Tips for a Strong Marriage

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

12 Tips for a Strong Marriage

 

  1. Support one another’s goals and achievements.
  2. Respect each other.
  3. Take time to share dreams and goals on a regular basis with your spouse.
  4. Consider daily dialogue as a means of improving your communication.
  5. Laugh together at least once a day.
  6. Be honest.
  7. Fight fair.
  8. Be willing to forgive.
  9. Remember kindness towards each other is a great gift.
  10. Share your daily expectations.
  11. Make decisions about finances, disciplining the children, chores, vacations, etc., together
  12. Take time to be alone together working on your intimacy.

 
 

Starting Your Own Family Traditions

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Starting Your Own Family Traditions

 
Using a family tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation can make your wedding more meaningful. Looking to start a family tradition for your wedding that can be passed down to your children and their children?
 

Here are a few ideas:

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Selecting Your Apartment

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

Selecting Your Apartment

You have recently made one of the most important decisions of your lifetime….getting married. Now you must decide what and where your first home together will be. The majority of us today choose to (more…)