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    How to Make an Awesome Engagement Story

    You will tell your engagement story over and over again. Eventually you will probably add a few things that didn’t even happen. You believe they happened, but if you could rewind time you would be shocked to see the truth. Instead of telling a story that begs for embellishment, get everything just right the first time. Now that you feel sufficiently pressured, you might want to rely on some great ideas that other people have used to make their engagement stories worth telling. Let Everybody Know with Public Radio Skywriting only works in perfect conditions, so why not use a more reliable method to share your love with the world.…

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    Something Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue

    This wedding tradition is popular with most brides, as you know. Usually, each item symbolizes luck and wearing these items on your wedding day have been known to give you a happy, everlasting marriage. “Something old” symbolizes continuity “Something new” symbolizes optimism for the bride’s future endeavors “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over. “Something blue” symbolizes purity Usually, as the bride your presented with these items from close friends and family the day of your wedding. Most of the time, these items don’t match the jewelry that is already at hand. A…

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    Lover’s Tiff

    My sister Vivienne was staying over with me for a few days. Apparently she’d gotten in a massive fight with her husband, and needed the time out to herself. I wasn’t worried. It wasn’t the first fight they’d had, and it definitely wasn’t the last time she would turn up my house, kick my soon-to-be-husband out of our bed and curl up with me the way we used to as teenagers. But it did get me thinking about how I was going to manage my fights in the future. Generally speaking, it would be a lie to say we never fight. Of course we do. But every so often, we…

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    Getting Started on the Honeymoon

    While it might seem an extra burden to plan your honeymoon on top of a wedding, think of it more as switching gears. We recommend that you start planning our honeymoon six months in advance before you get overwhelmed by wedding stuff. But if you’re one of those super organized individuals, you might be able to put together in a shorter period. Step One: Pick a Destination Whether it’s a much needed rest and relaxation on the beach, a sight seeing trip across Europe, or a road trip across the United States, the possibilities are varied and endless. Talk with your partner to figure out the ideal trip for a…

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    Love Poem #4: On Marriage

    Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? So every Thursday, we’ll bring you some of our favorite love poems that will leave you sighing and swooning! Even better, they also double as quotables if you choose to personalize your vows: Today, we have an excerpt from Lebanese-American poet Khahil Jubran. Much of Gibran’s writings deal with Christianity, especially on the topic of spiritual love, and his poetry was one of the influences of the Beatle’s song Julia. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from…

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    Love Poem #3: Sonnet 116

    Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? So every Thursday, we’ll bring you some of our favorite love poems that will leave you sighing and swooning! Even better, they also double as quotables if you choose to personalize your vows: Today, we have a poem from William Shakespeare. Even though he lived over four hundred years ago, he’s still the uncontested king of love poets. Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken;…

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    Destination: Love

    “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber With the SimplyBridal team dedicating last week to all things travel related, I couldn’t help but let my own mind wander aimlessly about travelling the world with my new husband. While I still have a long list of things to accomplish before my big day, the talk I had with my sister last week and seen me slowly getting over the anxiety of preparing for the ceremony. I decided to take a short break from all the planning, wedding dress shopping, and work on something a little more exciting: my honeymoon. The most difficult thing to…

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    Love Poem #2: One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII

    Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? So we’ll be bringing you some of our favorite love poems that will leave you sighing and swooning! Even better, they also double as quotables if you choose to personalize your vows: Today, we have a poem from Latin American poet Pablu Neruda. He was known as the best Spanish language poet of his generation, but even translated, you can tell he knows a thing or two about love. You can read more of his poems from poetryfoundation.org. I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz, or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you…

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    Love Poem #1: This is for you

    Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? So every Thursday, we’ll bring you some of our favorite love poems that will leave you sighing and swooning! Even better, they also double as quotables if you choose to personalize your vows: Today, we have a poem from award winning author, Neil Gaiman. He wrote it for his friends and read it at their wedding. This sounds like a spectacular choice for a reading that one of your friends can deliver. You can read more about him at http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com. This for you, for both of you, a small poem of happiness filled with small glories and little triumphs a fragile,…

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    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Love

    Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth… – Buddha “Jacqueline,” said Katie L .to me early one morning when I danced into the office and started handing out heart-shaped cupcakes, “this whole ‘being in love’ thing is really working out for you”. I must admit, I’ve been a pretty nauseating display since getting engaged. Dancing around the office, preaching words of love to the other girls and of course, the cupcakes. “Is it that bad?” I asked, suddenly overly self-conscious. I considered taking back the cupcakes, but Katie had already finished hers and was reaching for a second. “No…it’s not. You know I don’t complain about free cupcakes,”…