To Stay Married, Start Dating

Written by Terry Hernon MacDonald

One of my favorite memories from last year was not watching my young daughters rip into their Christmas presents, or seeing them perform inrepparttar school talent show. No, my happiest recollection wasrepparttar 122078 date my husband and I went out on one stormy Tuesday night in November.

A few days before, wed had our fill of runningrepparttar 122079 girls to swimming lessons and fighting with them to do their homework. We could not endurerepparttar 122080 sight of one more PTA notice requesting money for this fundraiser or attendance at that meeting. We broke. We called a sitter and reserved a table atrepparttar 122081 most elegant restaurant in town.

And what a night it was. The sitter was late, of course, andrepparttar 122082 wind was snapping off tree branches and hurling them at our car, but we made it. The food,repparttar 122083 wine, andrepparttar 122084 service were fine. We putrepparttar 122085 children firmly out of our minds. Byrepparttar 122086 timerepparttar 122087 salad came, we were sufficiently unwound.

We started having fun. We were laughing. The subjects ofrepparttar 122088 weird charge on our cell phone bill or our dire need for a new refrigerator never enteredrepparttar 122089 discussion. We were transformed intorepparttar 122090 couple we used to be before children, two cars, and a mortgage. We were footloose, fancy free, and out for a good time.

The happiness of that evening stayed with us for many days. We were attentive to one another. We remembered why wed gotten married and were glad for it, proving my mothers advice that happy couples continue to date each other forever.

Its important, shed say.

But, inrepparttar 122091 early years of our marriage, Id make excuses. Diaper and formula bills left little money for nights out onrepparttar 122092 town. It was impossible to find a good babysitter. It was selfish of us to take time away fromrepparttar 122093 children.

Wedding Etiquette - Who Pays for What

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

Money Money There are no longer any hard and fast rules as to "Who Pays for What" forrepparttar wedding, but a general guideline follows as torepparttar 122077 traditional breakdown. Working out a budget for your wedding is one ofrepparttar 122078 first things that should be done oncerepparttar 122079 date is set. Willrepparttar 122080 ceremony be formal, semiformal or informal? A formal wedding, of course, will berepparttar 122081 most expensive andrepparttar 122082 informal,repparttar 122083 least. Nothing is set in concrete. Who pays for what? Unlike a decade ago,repparttar 122084 lines are no longer so rigidly drawn. The burden of paying forrepparttar 122085 wedding has shifted in recent years fromrepparttar 122086 shoulders ofrepparttar 122087 father ofrepparttar 122088 bride, to includerepparttar 122089 groom's family. Also, with many couples marrying later and having money of their own, they are sharing inrepparttar 122090 expenses.

Traditional Expense Obligation

Wedding Gown/Headpiece/Accessories

Wedding Ring for Bride

Wedding Ring for Groom

Wedding Gift for Groom

Wedding Gift for Bride

Bridesmaid Gifts

Groomsmen/Usher Gifts

Bride's Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Mother's Corsages

Grandmother Corsages

Groom's Boutonniere

Groomsmen Boutonnieres

Usher's Boutonnieres

Ceremony/Reception Flowers

Alter Baskets/Arches


Kneeling Bench/Candelabras

Rented Items for Wedding

Rented Items for Reception


Wedding Programs

Napkins/Matches/Printed Items

Marriage License

Medical Visit for Bride

Medical Visit for Groom

Church Fee

Clergyman/Officiate Fee


Church Janitor

Reception Hall Fee

Catered Reception/Professional Services

Wedding Photography

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