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  • 9 Reasons to Love Weddings when You're Single

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: 9 Reasons to Love Weddings When You're Single

    It's officially wedding season, and whether you're a bride, bridesmaid, or guest, surely many of you are getting in on the "I do" fun in one way or another this year. And while brides are the gals in the spotlight - wearing the crowns at the bachelorette parties and registering for gifts galore - they certainly aren't the only ones enjoying the perks of this nuptial season. In fact, it's a lot less stressful being a guest. Unattached? You don't need a plus-one to take advantage of a friend or family member's big day. Here are nine reasons to love wedding season when you're single and ready to mingle!

    • It's an excuse to dance. It's like a free club with people you know instead of strangers. What beats that?
    • There's an open bar. The alcohol will be flowing, and unlike the bride, you don't have to worry about being sober in front of relatives, awake enough for the "wedding night," and perky the next morning for a flight to
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  • June Book Club: New Releases for Sexy Summer Reading

    POPUGAR Love & SexSource: June Book Club: New Releases For Sexy Summer Reading

    A circus love story, common dating rules debunked, a couple steamy memoirs, and some light romances make up our picks for the June books you've got to check out. Temps are rising, so grab an erotic novel or behind-the-scenes peek at the history of burlesque while you're soaking in the rays at a beach, pool, or park to really heat things up. Click through the Summer reading we can't wait to dive into now!

    • Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America: Leslie Zemeckis, who directed the documentary Behind the Burly Q, takes us back to the beginning of American burlesque with Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America. Take a "peek behind the curtain at the burly show" with loads of backstage photos and intimate interviews with former performers.
    • Secrets of a Webcam Girl: In her memoir Secrets of a Webcam Girl, Annabelle T. Baxter tells her story of how she got into sex work to pay the bills. She gives
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  • Without a Hitch: 8 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Wedding Mishaps

    Source: Without a Hitch: 8 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Wedding Mishaps

    Even if you've gone bridezilla and planned everything in your wedding down to the last detail, accidents can still happen. When unexpected mishaps occur, take a deep breath and try not to blow your top. Meanwhile, to diminish the chances of these awful incidents happening, here's how to prep ahead of time:

    • Detailed contracts: Try to prep for the worst-case scenarios with vendors and other people you hire for the wedding by being diligent when it comes to contracts. For example, if there are food allergies or specific requirements the caterer needs to be aware of, add those requests in the contract.
    • Have a dress rehearsal: Holding a dress rehearsal can help you spot any problems that may come up during the actual wedding - unruly dresses, the clueless bridesmaid missing cues, and more.
    • Create a contact list: Put together important contact information of people involved in the wedding and pass it around so
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  • How to Give a Toast Without Embarrassing Yourself

    POPSUGAR Love & SexPOPSUGAR Love & SexSource: How to Give a Toast Without Embarrassing Yourself

    A good toast will never be the most talked about part of a wedding, but a bad toast will be - for all the wrong reasons. Surely we all remember the scene in Wedding Crashers, when Rachel McAdams's character awkwardly silences the room with her jabs at her sister's money-grubbing tendencies. If you've been asked to stand up and say a few words, don't fret. Just follow these simple tips to make a toast with the most.

    • The first rule: remember it's a toast, not a speech. Make it five minutes at most, preferably shorter.
    • Prepare. Whether you write out your toast or just outline your major points in your head, having an idea of what you're going to say before you raise your glass works wonders.
    • Be funny, but not if you don't want to. Toasts with humorous anecdotes or tasteful jokes are always crowd-pleasers. But if you're not known for your comedy, don't force it. Sincerity goes over just as well.
    • Try not to outshine the
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  • 9 Common Wedding Planning Myths Debunked

    Source: 9 Common Wedding Planning Myths Debunked

    Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and you can end up a stressed-out bridezilla if you make the wrong assumptions about how to smoothly plan a budget-friendly and well-executed big day. There are a lot of elements that go into a wedding, but at the end of the day, you want it to appear effortless. Here to help is wedding planner Laurie Arons, who shares her expert tips on how to make your wedding memorable and enjoyable for your guests, loved ones, and, of course, you and your beloved. Laurie debunks nine of the most common wedding planning myths - check 'em out now!

    • Myth: It's a good idea to mail invitations early, giving guests plenty of time to respond - "If you mail invitations too early, guests often set aside the invite, forget about it or lose it, and end up neglecting to RSVP," Laurie warns. "Or if they do RSVP, their plans can change if there are still a few months to go before the big day. Proper etiquette states four
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  • 11 Common Bachelorette Party Blunders

    POPSUGAR Sex & CultureSource: 11 Common Bachelorette Party Blunders

    Bachelorette parties can be a blast, but a large, random group, poorly planned festivities, or an unhappy bride-to-be can turn a fun night into a total disaster. One of the easiest ways to ensure a great time? Think ahead. Learn these common bachelorette party mistakes so that your next round of festivities is all smiles and smooth sailing.

    • Missing Persons: o avoid any hurt feelings, it's important to go over the guest list with the bride-to-be. When it comes to who should or shouldn't be invited - from relatives to random friends - she knows best. Plus, she'll be able to help organize the rooms so that everyone feels comfortable within the group.
    • Same Old, Same Old: Just because other pals have gone for a wild getaway weekend, that doesn't mean it's the right choice for every bachelorette. Get creative when it comes to which city or venue you'll visit. Cater to the guest of honor's taste: if she loves the water, try a
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  • 5 Ways to Revive Your Relationship

    POPSUGAR Sex & CultureSource: 5 Ways to Revive Your Relationship

    The conversation? Unremarkable. The sex? Less frequent. The terms of endearment? What endearment? Your relationship has stalled, and it's time to give it a jump start. The first step is recognizing there's a problem; now we've got some helpful pointers for getting back that sizzle and spark. Here are five tips for recharging the love between you and your mate.

    • Don't Go to Bed Mad: Or annoyed for that matter. The resentment can build and you'll probably end up irritated by your partner without even remembering why. Resolve any minor issues before you go to bed or resolve to let them go. Flirting can make you feel sexy and your partner desired. Give your guy a knowing look while you're brushing your teeth, touch his arm while you're chatting about your day, or have a make-out session while you're watching a DVD.
    • Flirt: Flirting can make you feel sexy and your partner desired. Give your guy a knowing look while you're brushing
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  • How Do You like These New Online Dating Apps?

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: How Do You Like These New Online Dating Apps?

    It seems like every day there's a new form of online dating. No matter what type of relationship you're looking for - from the "forever" kind to the "friends with benefits" kind - there's an app for that! I've been hearing my girlfriends discuss their wins and losses with a variety of online dating phone apps, and now I want to hear from you. I'm breaking down the newest means of tech-based courtship; weigh in on whether you've had good or back luck with them.

    • Grouper Social Club: Grouper is a website and iPhone app that sets you and your friends up on a group date by connecting to your Facebook profile. It matches up three guys and three girls (or same-sex couplings) based on your age, education, job, interests, and "general lifestyle." Basically, you pick your wingwomen, and the site selects the date, location, and guys (it also provides a round of free drinks). I could see how the group dates would involve less pressure and
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  • The Best Beach Reads for a Spring Getaway

    POPSUGAR Sex & CultureSource: The Best Beach Reads For a Spring Getaway

    Looking for poolside page-turners you can dive into while you're away on a Spring or Summer getaway? With a mix of popular classics, romantic novels, thrillers, and modern fiction, we're highlighting a range of options you can tote along on your next vacation. Before you start packing, take a look at these must-have beach reads!

    • Beautiful Ruins: For a more recent read, check out Beautiful Ruins ($16) by Jess Walter, a sharp, romantic read that tosses between Italy in the 1960s and Hollywood today.
    • Summerland: Toss Summerland ($15) by Elin Hilderbrand into your beach bag for a thoughtful story about how friends, family, and community can come together in the aftermath of a tragedy.
    • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: Sharp and witty, Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette ($26) follows a young girl, Bee, as she pieces together emails, documents, and secret correspondence to find her mother, Bernadette.
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  • How to Save a Fading Friendship

    POPSUGAR Sex & CulturePOPSUGAR Sex & CultureSource: How to Save a Fading Friendship

    Life happens, things change, and sometimes even the best of friendships can start to fade. If there seems to be a shift between you and a friend, then don't just sit back and let the gap grow larger. Instead, take the initiative and do what you can to rescue the relationship. Not sure where to start? Follow these five simple steps to save a fading friendship:

    • Recognize what's changed. If you're feeling awkward about your friendship, then take a step back to gauge how things are different. Do you hear from her less often? Have you stopped hanging out? Is it uncomfortable between you when you're together? Are you dating someone and spending more time with him? Before you can tackle the problem, you need to identify what's changed between you and your friend.
    • Shift your perspective. Consider your friendship through her eyes, and try to evaluate yourself as a friend. Think about how often you reach out, what you tend to talk about,
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