UK Marriage

These People Are About To Get The Power To Stop You Getting Married

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

Registrars could be given sweeping new powers to refuse to perform marriages they suspect to be "shams" raising fresh fears that genuine weddings coul...

You Are Not a Product

Tania O'Donnell | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tania O'Donnell

I got married last year. As a teen, I had always insisted that I would not change my name to my husband's surname. I was not chattel to be passed over and branded with the name of the new 'owner'. How dare anyone expect me to do that?

This Man Compiled The Reasons His Wife Gave For Not Having Sex Into A Spreadsheet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Excel spreadsheets do a fine job of organising your household budget but not, perhaps, to list the date, time and reasons for why your spouse won't ha...

Schoolboy, 9, Renews Vows With Wife, 62 Because That's Not Weird At All

Barcroft Media | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

A nine-year-old schoolboy has renewed his wedding vows with a wife more than 50 years older than him. Sanele Masilela and Helen Shabangu, 62, tied...

10 Things You Don't Discover Till AFTER Three Months Together, Cheryl

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

So, big congratulations Cheryl Cole! Unless you've been hiding under a big rock (Cheryl's is big enough to hide under actually) or maybe you live in a warm enlightened place where innate showbiz chatter bypasses your life (congratulations) you'll know that Cheryl's gone and married her boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez Versini after just THREE MONTHS of knowing each other.

Engaged and Confused: A Man's Guide to Marriage - Part One: Back Pocket Ring Burn

Alex Smith | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex Smith

Have you ever felt that perhaps you have too much money? That the money you have set aside for a house, a car or that kidney transplant a doctor has told you that you critically need, could be put to better use? Perhaps it could be better spent making someone else's hand worth more than most people's car, well then perhaps you, like myself, have recently decided to get engaged.

Why I Don't Want Kids

Maria Senise | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I have a nice hefty dose of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD. I can not fathom the worry I would feel if I were fully responsible for another human being that I created. I'd most likely have a nervous breakdown. Also, I'm terrified I'd pass on my mood disorders to my poor kid. No way, Jose.

Carpe Diem

Jason Bartholomew | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Bartholomew

Each of us has grieved or will grieve in our lives at some point: a tragic death of a spouse; an unthinkable loss of a child; the memory of a lost friend - humanity inevitably will rob us of someone we love. It is at those poignant moments when we will stop and notice time itself.

Wedding Traditions, Your Way

Laura Babb | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Babb

Most of these traditions emanate from heterosexual weddings but many of the traditions can be easily adapted to suit gay couples, whether you want to take a more traditional or alternative approach. I'll be including some ideas about how to adapt traditional wedding elements to suit a gay wedding.

Why There Is No Such Thing as 'The One'

Katy Horwood | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

Make no mistake, I love nothing more than the idea of two people finding each other and living happily every after. However I have news for you, it may come as a shock, and likely not be what you want to hear, but there is no such thing as 'The One'.

Nine Years of Breastfeeding: A Love Letter

Clint Greagen | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clint Greagen

Like a kid playing whack-a-mole at Time Zone, the nurse slammed Archie's newborn mouth at your nipple several times over, and that's when it first dawned on me that breastfeeding was not as easy as I'd imagined. But I learned about 'attachment' and that it was a matter of practice and felt we'd be high-fiving our way down milky street in no time.

Skydiver Proposed At 12,500ft - What Could Possibly Go Wrong...?

Barcroft Media | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all love a good (or sometimes bad) wedding proposal story, and this one is just fabulous. A skydiving enthusiast decided to pop the question to...

Joffrey's Chocolate Crown And 50 Hours Of Make-Up: How This Game Of Thrones Wedding Unfolded

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not a union you will ever see in the books, but newsflash: Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow got married without any bloodshed, wolves or flaying. ...

The Scourge of the Working Parent

Jason Bartholomew | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Bartholomew

Are you a working parent like me? Then you will know that I don't have time to write this piece. And you really don't have time to read this piece. Seriously, go away and do something on your endless mental or written list of things-to-do. Still here? Ok, let's peer in to what your daily life might look like...

Look Loved-Up? Your Marriage Registrar Will Suspect It's Sham

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

The most loved-up couples are the most obviously fake, according to a marriage registrar who said she gets a "gut feeling" when she suspects a sham we...

Wedding Photography Myths or How Not to Brief Your Wedding Photographer

Laura Babb | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Babb

There's a LOT of information around about the sort of questions to ask your wedding photographer, what to tell them and how to make sure they get the shots you want.

How to Stay Calm on Your Wedding Day

Cat Williams | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

Our wedding day is one of high expectation and emotion and for this reason, for some brides and grooms, it can turn into a day of disappointment, unhappy tears, and even conflict. As a relationship counsellor I have unfortunately heard many such tales and most of us have heard nightmare stories of stroppy bridesmaids, drunk ushers, rude relatives or lost rings.

The Big Day: A Reflection on the Journey

Michelle McKenzie | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle McKenzie

My darling Hubby and I embark on the 10-hour train from Puno to Cusco as part of our Peruvian honeymoon. It's three days into our marriage and I still find myself feeling warm and fuzzy. We have reached one of life's biggest milestones and, reflecting on the whirlwind of excitement surrounding our wedding, we realise it has been character building in itself.

A Man Isn't a Financial Plan

Tania O'Donnell | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tania O'Donnell

Whenever my income falls a bit short, I get a loan or, more often, a grant from The Bank of Gary - aka my husband. This provides a financial safety net, but it is contrary to the advice many wise mothers give to their daughters: have your own money and don't rely on a man. Should women be especially cautious about relying financially on their partners?

How to Write an Online Dating Profile

Katy Horwood | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

I have spent much of my adult life online dating and am coming to realise that the chances of forming a genuine relationship with a man off a shopping list, who copies and pastes a message to 70 girls a day, is unlikely, for me, at least. 

It's All About the Over-60s at the Altar

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

People in their sixties or over are agreeing to tie the knot, even though they might have reached an age where they had originally thought they might be spending the rest of their lives together.

4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Planning My Wedding

Liz Marie | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

The moment you get engaged, get prepared to be inundated with everyone and their mom telling you variations of "don''t get stressed." I'm here to tell you that it is perfectly alright if the prospect of throwing a probably huge, definitely expensive party for your closest family and friends while committing your life to another human being feels a tad bit overwhelming and stressful. It is!

'Give Little, Give Seldom' - We're Not Sure Cosmo Would Approve Of These Sex Tips From 1894

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When Ruth Smythers wrote ‘Sex Tips For Husbands and Wives From 1894’ she didn’t intend her handy guide to be amusing. But when read today, th...

Love and Marriage in the Sixties

Andrew Newbury | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

Mention the Sixties to many people and, regardless of whether they were alive or not, their minds conjure up images of England winning the World Cup, man landing on the moon, psychedelia and 'free love'.

Defending Kirstie Allsopp's Feminism

Tom Johnson | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Kirstie Allsopp is not telling every woman that she needs to have a baby, flat and nice boyfriend by 27. I'm sure that in the light her comments to the telegraph she will be railed against for these suggestions, made as they were to her theoretical daughter. She is however most certainly a feminist and I'd argue many of her other beliefs far more radical than the average.