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Wedding Photography Myths or How Not to Brief Your Wedding Photographer

Laura Babb | Posted 23.08.2014 | 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 19.08.2014 | 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 19.08.2014 | 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 18.08.2014 | 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 18.08.2014 | 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 17.08.2014 | 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 13.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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.

Splash the Cash on Your Wedding Day or a House Deposit?

Jack Kershaw | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Kershaw

How you spend your money, considering high house prices and the possibility that interest rates may go up before long is something we all need to think about seriously but then there is the thought of how memorable you want the most important day of your life to be.

Is It Better to Wait for Marriage? There Is No Rush!

Stacey Lucas | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stacey Lucas

Are you in your 20's or 30's and loads of your friends are getting married or planning to get married? Do you fear you will never be a bride or groom? Then fear not. Get married later in life and your chances of divorce are lowered.

Everybody Wants the Perfect Partner, But Have You Considered This?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Everyone sits down and says the relationship is in trouble and then tells me the many ways in which the other person is lacking. The conversations are always about what's missing between them or how thing have changed, and a litany of the other person's shortcomings, long before they might mention their own contributions.

Top 10 Wedding Tips: Here's How to Organise Your Wedding - Without Losing Your Mind

Liz Marie | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

Congratulations, you're getting married! There is no other day in your life that compares with your wedding day. Sure, there are other big events in life that you'll always remember such as graduations, the birth of a child, or holidays of a lifetime, but it's your wedding day that you've probably fantasised about from a young age.

How to Heal a Broken Heart

Katy Horwood | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

In a situation where a person finds themselves 'dumped' the chances are they are unlikely to be of sane enough mind to walk down the street without collapsing in a crumpled heap, much less, select a suitable aromatherapy treatment. They will feel rage, they will feel fury, they will feel a burning resentment and bitterness for every man walking the planet.

Pyschoda Seeks Cuckoo Pint

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have observed the Cuckoo Pint for several years now. This year, the flowers appeared later than usual but were pollinated faster than 2013. The pollination of the flowers occurred in June last year and the fruit ripened in August. We are still in May and the flowers have been pollinated already.

How to Survive the World Cup With Your Relationship Intact

Sarah Abell | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Abell

If you are married to or going out with someone who loves football and you really don't - then this survival guide is for you.

Investing in Marriage for a Change

Sonja Lewis | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Let's face it, most of us wouldn't dream of taking on any other worthwhile new experience, such as driving or rock climbing, for instance, without some proper training. So why do we get married without preparation? Me included. Thirteen years ago, when I married in my late thirties, I didn't give marriage preparation a second thought.

Common Law Marriage: A Dangerous and Pervasive Myth

James R Brown | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

When an unmarried couple breaks up - no matter how long they've been together - the poorer partner has no entitlement to any financial settlement from their former other half whatsoever.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Create a Step Family

Suzi Godson | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of stepfamilies in the UK dropped from 631,000 in 2001 to 544,000 in 2011, a slump of 14% in just a decade. The drop has been interpreted as a reflection of the difficulties of assimilating children from different families into a new relationship, so if you are planning on doing a Brady Bunch, here's ten things you need to know...

'Married At First Sight' - Channel 4's Latest Social Experiment

Penny Fordham | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Penny Fordham

But I can't help but feel that the format of 'Married At First Sight' tarnishes that. Just as you may buy an item of clothing to try on at home, decide you don't like it and return it to the shop with your receipt, Channel 4's new show seems to imply marriage is something that can be taken lightly as you can get out of it at the first sign of stormy waters.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You See a Couple Counsellor

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Don't try to convince your therapist that you are the 'good one' in the relationship. There isn't a good one in most marriages and you won't make any progress if one, or both of you, refuse to take responsibility for your contribution to the crisis.

'Married At First Sight': Will Channel 4's New TV Show Live Happily Ever After?

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

The series is called Married at First Sight and it does pretty much what it says on the tin: it takes two strangers, gets them to marry, gives them six weeks to see if they can make it work and then asks them to decide whether they want to stay together or not.

Should Relationships Really Be Effortless?

Toni Rae | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Rae

I have always said that relationships should be effortless, and that there should be an unstated mutual respect and understanding for one another. For the most part, I still believe this. Relationships can be effortless, and the majority of the time it should be.

Marriage Certificates Are Archaic and Sexist - But We Can Change This

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

I find it insulting a man who never offered any guidance, support or care somehow wormed his way into my wedding day, but I could deal with it if my mum at least had the same recognition.