I love my partner - we have known each other for over a decade and have been together for over five years. I am in my 30s and he wants to live together/get married and/or start a family. I have insisted we wait due to my graduate school (and later) career struggles. Now we are older and our time frame for children (if not settling down with children in mind later) is diminishing. I don't know the right thing to do - specifics inside... [more inside]
My partner's 18 year old sister wants to marry her boyfriend of one year. They both live at home with their respective parents, are not planning to pursue post-secondary school, and are financially insecure (she does not work, he works part time). They have recently converted to a fundamentalist version of a new faith, and their plan is to rely on her disabled mother who would lose her benefits by caring for them - the mother is against this but of course loves her daughter. Their religious community is encouraging them (but not offering financial aid). What can we do to support her but not her decision? [more inside]
Help me add nerd cred to a wedding speech. [more inside]
My best friend is getting married in June and I'm a bridesmaid. I've offered to put together a guestbook for the couple as part of the big day. I've heard of so many creative ideas - books with photos, framed signed photos, puzzles, etc., but some of them seem impractical. I want this to be something they can potentially display in their home as a reminder of the ceremony. I need ideas, links, personal anecdotes (what made your guestbook special?), to help me put together the best guest book for a lovely couple! It can be DIY or for purchase.
What quote or passage about love that was 'meant to be' or about rekindled romance, or about always knowing that someone was right for you, should I use in my maid of honor speech at a wedding? [more inside]
My partner and I, two girls, have this slight thing bothering us when we talk about our future engagement. We both want to be proposed to. Is there a way we can make this happen?
My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for readings that I can give at my sister's wedding. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
Help me write a literary and science-y marriage "sermon" for some colleagues! [more inside]
Two of my best friends are getting married (to one another!) and I'm putting together a book of letters, photos, advice, poems, etc. from everyone invited to the wedding. A lot of what I've found are love poems and vows written in the first person about how much the speaker loves the intended, which might feel a bit weird coming from the wedding guests. I'm looking for more general advicey-type stuff, about marriage as an institution or love in the abstract. Funny or serious; the couple are extremely happy together and have great senses of humor. [more inside]
For our wedding reception we are aiming to name our tables after romantic (or pleasantly poetic) sounding astronomical entities. [more inside]
We're planning on having a love letter and wine box ceremony for our wedding, but I don't like wine that much (although a sweeter wine that lasts that long could be an option). What else could we put in the box that would last for 25 years and still taste good/be nice to have? Doesn't have to be food or drink, I'm open to anything.
Need some advice on wedding invitation related stuff. [more inside]
I'm looking for a short (1-2 minute) humorous wedding reading. Ideally, it's from a well-known/classic author (Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift, etc.). I'm specifically hoping to find a bit of wit, and perhaps even a little snark, but still with a happy/warm tone. The topic could be love, weddings, marriage, men & women, or anything along those lines. The key is to have some lightness and humor in it. [more inside]
Help me pick out an appropriate reading for my upcoming wedding, something expressing the wish that the love we feel for each other might also serve as a a foundation for a more universal compassion. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an Irish - or even Northern Irish - poem or extract, on the topic of love or romance, that would be suitable to be read out at a civil wedding (ie, no references to God or religion allowed) [more inside]
Is it worth telling my best friend, who just got engaged, that I'm secretly in love with her? [more inside]
Songs about soulmates? [more inside]
She wants to get married in a Catholic church, I fundamentally disagree. What to do? [more inside]
My fiancee and are going to have her dad and sister play a song during our wedding ceremony, think two acoustic guitars and two voices. We are looking for recommendations for a song for them to play. We have a bunch of ideas of our own, but we are looking for things we haven't thought of.
We're looking for places to honeymoon, probably next year, and possibly 2007. [more inside]