Wedding Rituals: The History Behind the Traditions

Now that you’re preparing to walk down the aisle, you’ve undoubtedly been bombarded with various wedding rituals – things that you’re just supposed to do. If you’ve ever wondered where these traditions originated, look no further – following you will find several well practiced, beloved traditions, along with their surprising (and sometimes shocking) history. The Proposal In […]

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MEN, WOMEN AND WEDDINGS

It used to be that for grooms, showing up was 99% of getting married.   Brides took care of all the actual arrangements – it was their day, after all. Have things changed?  To find out, Glamour polled 50 recently married couples.  The results were encouraging (see chart): Men are pulling their weight – more or less […]

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Pamper Your Out-of-Town Guests…

In years past, you were likely to find your future mate next door or, at the farthest, just across town. When the time came for you to take the plunge and get married, your guest list consisted mainly of folks from your neighborhood or towns located just a stone’s throw away. As more of us […]

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King County Marriage License Requirements

Requirements: Both parties must be 18 years or older A witness is not required If you’re divorced, the divorce must be final and filed before applying for the license No blood test, identification, birth certificates or divorce papers are required. Washington State law requires a 3-day waiting period before the marriage license becomes valid. This […]

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Countdown to the Big Day: A Checklist to Help You Plan

12 to 18 Months Before the Wedding Select the engagement ring and propose. (It’s the ’90s — either the bride or the groom can take care of this!) Inform family members and friends of your happy news. Announce your engagement on EmeraldWeddings.com, free of charge.  For $50 per inch, The Seattle Times runs wedding and engagement […]

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Expectations of Marriage

Expectations. We have them in all areas of our lives. Our jobs, our future. But what are your expectations of marriage? Many women expect marriage will bring them the happiness they’ve longed for and solve all the problems in the relationship. They expect a storybook wedding and honeymoon will be the beginning of a whole […]

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The First Year: Establishing the Ground Rules

Even if you’ve been living together, the first year of marriage is an adjustment. Now there is a sense of forever. Certain assumptions and expectations come into play (such as your understanding of the role of a husband or wife). Day to day details need to be decided and ironed out. There seem to be […]

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Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

According to a study done by the University of Denver’s Center for Marital and Family Studies, nearly one-third of all couples under go some kind of premarital counseling. Premarital counseling helps identify where your partner stands on a variety of topics and can help pinpoint “issues”. Learning to communicate – and we mean really talk […]

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Games for the Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party

BRIDAL SHOWER How Well Do You Know the Bride? For this game, draft a list of questions about the bride for the guests to answer. Questions like “Where did (bride’s name) meet (groom’s name)?”, “When and where did (the bride and groom) get engaged?” and “What is (the bride’s) favorite kind of music?” You should […]

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Alternative Locations and Activities for the Bachelorette Party

Have the bride where a “veil” or some other identifier if going out. A piece of tulle glued to a barrette or headband is sufficient. You don’t want the bride to where her actual veil because it could get damaged. Or, you could design or decorate a t-shirt she could wear that night. Throw the […]

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