Not every wedding needs a fancy church, a layered cake, and a princess gown. Whether you're looking for a more intimate occasion or just want to get married in a hurry, elopement may be a perfectly viable option. These three couples chose elopement over a more traditional wedding and wouldn't have it any other way.
You know how good it feels when your guy compliments your new dress, notices your haircut, or talks you up to his friends or mom? He wants to feel like that too. We've got five easy, tried-and-true ways to stroke his ego—trust our relationship advice and we promise you'll have a happier, more confident man!
Well, it happened. He cheated. You found out. Before you throw something, stage an elaborate plan for a hit team, or do something equally drastic, we've got some tips. We sat down with dating expert Lisa Daily to find out just how to deal with a cheater.
Increasingly, couples are finding that sleeping in separate beds helps the relationship overall. Keeping sleep as "me time" results in more quality rest and more energy to be a better partner. We spoke to Dr. Willard Harley, author of Love Busters: Overcoming the Habits That Destroy Romantic Love, about the effects sleeping in separate beds has on relationships.
The practice of exchanging anniversary gifts dates back to the middle ages, with traditional gifts such as silver for the 25th anniversary originating in the Germanic region, when a husband gave his wife a silver garland. The source on this is Hallmark, one of many businesses with a stake in making sure we keep celebrating milestones with gifts and cards. I suspect business interests have played a part in keeping some of the more obscure traditions going as well as adding “modern” gift alternatives.
Everybody needs a little alone time now and then. And where better to reconnect with yourself than a beach in the Caribbean? Or underneath the Eiffel Tower in France? Or on a ski slope in the Rockies? We recommend taking some time for yourself this year, but follow these rules to avoid any relationship conflicts.
Do you think of a relationship with conflict as an unhealthy relationship? You couldn't be farther from the truth. Healthy relationships benefit from occasional conflict—in fact, it makes them much stronger than "never fighting" ever could. Don't believe us? We got the facts from Sandy Roos, licensed marriage and family therapist.
Many people think of soul mates as two people who find each other and know immediately that they're destined to spend their lives together in ecstatic harmony. Others consider the idea about as credible as crystal healing, love potions, or the tooth fairy. While the notion of soul mates sounds like a good one, does it color how we view relationships and marriage and set us all up for failure?
When you think of marriage, what comes to mind? Living together is probably at the top of that list. So what's the deal with couples starting to follow the trend of living apart together? It's more like dating, and some say it keeps the excitement within the marriage alive. Read on, and then decide for yourself—would you try LAT?
Everyone wants a happier marriage yet few people know what to do to achieve it. So many times people look to their spouse to “complete” them instead of looking inside themselves to figure out how they can help their relationship thrive.
The idea that half of all marriages ends in divorce has become so embedded in our national consciousness that even total strangers feel like it’s perfectly okay to point out that your marriage is probably doomed to fail.
At times, it may seem that the easier road to take is one without your spouse. Giving up on a marriage is not always the answer—taking the time to remember why you started in the first place and putting in the effort for your relationship is the first step. We've got eight more steps and plenty of advice for how to save your marriage.
Does the entire wedding industry these days seem like one big racket to you? In your lifetime, how many thousands of dollars have you spent flying all over the country (or out of it) to watch people say “I do,” buying place settings and champagne flutes from couples’ Williams-Sonoma registries, and oohing and ahhing over boulder-size diamonds on your girlfriends’ ring fingers? And of all these weddings how many people stay married and are humans hardwired for monogamy in the first place?
Marriage is a journey, one that will be incredibly exciting and incredibly trying at the same time. It's okay if you don't feel like you're getting it right all the time, and it's important to listen to other couple's experiences and marriage advice once in a while. This DC staffer has been married 13 years, and has 13 helpful lessons she and her husband have learned along the way.
What do you do when you want a baby and your significant other doesn't? We know this is not an easy question to answer, so we asked Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D., an individual and couples therapist, for her advice on how to overcome this relationship obstacle.
Greg runs ultramarathons — a hobby that consumes all of his free time — leaving Emily feeling lonely and abandoned. She wants a divorce. Can this marriage be saved?
Brian and Jenny always dreamed of owning their own restaurant, but when that dream came true, the stress caused their relationship to crumble. Can this marriage be saved?
Sarah and Josh had the perfect relationship until they got married. Why was living together much easier than being married? Can this marriage be saved?