Oh yes...the dreaded wedding budget. Trying to figure out who to invite, what to serve for dinner, choosing between top shelf and house brands at your bar, videography, the dress...these things can all be a bit overwhelming if you don't have a royal family budget. Of course, first you should start with a number: the amount you are able to spend. Then, write down a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. Then, together decide what will work within the budget you set to still give you the wedding of your dreams. To start you off, here are a few areas where you should splurge, and a few things you can save on and still have the night of your life.
Videography isn't what it used to be. These days, couples are splurging for full-on Hollywood movie-trailer style videos that have been edited before the reception even begins! If you aren't ready to commit half your budget for a same day edit, and really aren't into the idea of using Uncle Marty's shaking home movie as your
- Lover.ly | Love + Sex – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
Oh yes...the dreaded wedding budget. Trying to figure out who to invite, what to serve for dinner, choosing between top shelf and house brands at your bar, videography, the dress...these things can all be a bit overwhelming if you don't have a royal family budget. Of course, first you should start with a number: the amount you are able to spend. Then, write down a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. Then, together decide what will work within the budget you set to still give you the wedding of your dreams. To start you off, here are a few areas where you should splurge, and a few things you can save on and still have the night of your life.Read More »from To Splurge or to Save: Figuring Out How to Cut the Budget Where it Won't Really Matter
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How can we hold his character (so geniously portrayed by the late and great actor James Gandolfini) in any esteem when it comes to relationships or marriage?
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Gandolfini's monster of a mobster may have been flawed, but there was nothing he loved more than his family. He may not have known how to express that love, but the audience felt it and I personally think that is what made the character so relatable to millions of fans of the series.There are lessons to be learned from Mr. Soprano, some of them firmly tongue in cheek and others less so.
1. Marriage is work. Sure, Ben Affleck may have popularized the phrase at this year's Oscars, but: did any couple truly live the maxim that marriage - and staying together through thick and thin -
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Your accessory attachment
"Our bed is pretty much overtaken with pillows, and she wants me to stack them neatly on the chair every night. Also, if I take a nap, she'll sometimes even pull a pillow out from under me because she says the pillow is 'not for sleeping.' Then why is it on the bed?" - Dave W., 37, Savannah, GA
Your media multi-tasking
"Listen, I'm not into The Real Housewives, but I am into my wife, so I'll agree to watch the show with her. But I mean, one show. She's switching channels so often, and then, when I ask a question, she looks at me like I'm a moron. Somehow, she's managed to follow three storylines perfectly while I can't even keep up with what channel we're on!" - Chad C., 41, Seattle, WA
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Dear Em & Lo,
So, I think that I just might (fingers, eyes, everything but legs crossed) get cozy with a guy I've been crushing on forever. We're friends, but frequently get a bit romantic when we hang out and naughty-text once in a while. I would love to have a relationship with him.
He's funny, adorable, and we get along so well. Then there's the problem… He's HOT. I'm talking smoke show. Super muscular and athletic, cute face, perfect teeth - the whole shebang. All of my friends think he's a babe.
However, I am not physically perfect. Far from it. Don't get me wrong, I think I'm quite pretty, but I have lost 140 pounds, and had a baby. So basically my body is WRECKED. I really need a tummy tuck (or three), but I can't afford it and insurance doesn't cover it. And no, it's not like a little pooch. It's a big ol' deal.
I usually have great confidence in the sack because the few guys I've been with had their own body-quirks, too. I look pretty decent with clothes on, but I'm afraid
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Don't get me wrong, important topics promote important discussion. Kurt Soller's NY Mag piece brings up a legitimate concern: namely that men should be as vested and informed about their non-work lives as women are. But somehow his overall premise - that he, and most men, are painfully untrained (emotionally and logistically) for this sort of involvement -
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
Going out on a date can be so overrated. The restaurant can be expensive, the movie even more so. It might rain or you might not get a cab. Plus, it takes valuable time to get ready and get out there that you might otherwise spend getting closer to that special someone. Instead, why not spend an extra special night in the comfort of your home, and get the romance of night on the town, by having an at-home date night! Pick out your favorite movie and plan the entire evening around it - including your meal, decor, and outfit. There are actually many more options for a romantic and fun night in than you might expect. Click through for 7 ideas for at-home date nights! -By Jacinda Boneau
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- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 12:01 PM EDT
The Knight of Wands card suggests that proposals or ideas could come out of the blue, and you may need to think fast on your feet or improvise. This could be an opportunity to add spark or zest to your love life or relationship or to follow through on romantic plans. You might feel lost or crazy in love. Things could go too far or too fast, however, especially if one of you is unable to keep up with the changes.
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