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The First Year To-Do List

This picture was taken of my husband Dwight and I about a year after we were married in 1994 at my Church’s Banquet.  As you can see, we were young then.
Here are some tips from an old married Woman (Dwight & I will be married 25 years this November 2018), as to what you may encounter after your first year of marriage and you’ve settled into your new lives together:
During the first year of marriage, you are adjusting to some of the following:
(They may seem frivolous, but it’s the little problems that can creep up and become BIG problems if you let them go and don’t take heed or discuss):
  1. The Newlyweds and Children – I would suggest to any newly married couple NOT to have children right away, especially since the two of you are just getting adjusted to each other and trying to make it work.  I would suggest discussing together how many children you want BEFORE marriage, as in "Pre-Marital Counseling" (see post-April 9, 2018) and how many years apart you want them to be, but I really would suggest maybe having children the 2nd – 3rd year of your marriage.  When both of you are settled in, you can think of a game plan such as, HOW are you going to raise your children, what schools will they go to, etc?  Very important!
  1. The Newlywed's guide to physical intimacy - Date Night – Even couples who have been married awhile NEED A DATE NIGHT! And the two of you just being married for a year, need to still DATE! So, pick a day, time, place and frequency for your special time together alone but out in public.  You two might want to take in a movie, go to a restaurant, or just take a walk in the park as my husband and I do weekly! A walk in the park is GREAT and it’s free. We still hold hands after almost 25 years of marriage and we are still VERY Much in love with each other!  And you must still keep the home fires burning!
  1. The Newlyweds - His and Her Habits – After about the first year of wedded bliss, you will see exactly who you married as your spouse’s habits, whether good or bad (to YOU) will be evident.  For instance, Before you were married, you basically did what YOU wanted and What made YOU happy. Now that you are married, everything Changes! And it’s Not just YOU now, but US!  
For example, my husband squeezes the toothpaste from the bottom and I squeeze from the top!  Little things like that, but YOU will see differences in each other, as I said in my previous Blog post, that “men are from Mars and women are from Venus”! And no two people, even twins are Alike!  So, YOU must adjust to your husband’s habits and vise versa.
Another example is sleeping in the same bed at night.  Depending on where the two of you live, say, if you live in Florida, where it is mostly warm or hot all the time, good for you! But here in Philly, where we have the seasons, I get cold easily and he gets hot easily and that’s a problem... He is a wild sleeper and takes all the covers, which I hate so I have an extra sheet/blanket at night when this happens! And that’s what Marriage is – two imperfect people who love each other, living in an imperfect world trying to make it work! But YOU get my point!

For reference, please check out the following books on Marriage:
  1. His Needs/Her Needs:  Building an Affair Proof Marriage” – Willard F. Harley, Jr.
  2. Love and Respect:  The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs” – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  3. How We Love, Expended Edition:  Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage” – Milan & Kay Yerkovich
I hope this gives YOU, an inkling of what it takes in YOUR first year of Marriage to make it work!


Donna Haymes,
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Be Inspired
Jasmine Couture wedding gowns are made with only the best quality and hand-sewn details to redefine contemporary bridal wear. Our dresses are meant to emphasize and capture the feelings of love and romance. The Jasmine Collection wedding dress brand is the epitome of romance and whimsy. These wedding gowns all have fresh new looks that are made with high quality and premium finishes and are all unique and fashionable. From simple and elegant dresses to a more sophisticated style, we are sure to have a wedding gown that’s perfect for you.

Halter Neckline Lace &Crepe

Sweetheart Strapless Tulle Wedding Dress with Embroidery and Beading

V-neck Italian Satin & Lace trim Wedding Dress

Halter Neckline Lace & Silky Jersey Wedding Dress

Illusion Bodice, V-neck Embroidered Lace & Tulle 

Sweetheart Neckline Lace Wedding Dress with Beaded Straps

Sweetheart Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Tulle Cape

Illusion Neckline Crepe & Silk Jersey Wedding Dress with Embroidered Lace

Find more at Jasmine Bridal!
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What's your Style? For the stylish grooms who are looking for unique ways to add some fun to their wedding day! With so many options to choose from - prints, polka dots, solids, geometric, novelty styles, just to name a few; there is no stopping what you can do! See what we found - bow ties, neckties, suspenders!


Bow-tie Ideas
Silver Sage Bow-tie - Mumu Weddings Seaside Dot

Purple Bow-tie - Mumu Weddings Floral Fall

Suited Polka Herringbone - Pink Bow-tie
Light Grey White Wash Houndstooth Bowtie

Bison Plaid - Azalea Bow-tie



Mesh Plaid - Mint Bow-tie

Necktie Ideas
BHLDN Linen Row - Rose Quartz

Field Solid Knit - Grey Tie


Crystal Wave Plaid - Red Tie


Suspender Ideas


White Suspenders - Solid Satin


Sage Green Suspenders - Linen Row


Navy Suspenders - Mini Dot



 
Grey Suspenders - Wavebone Wool

Black Suspenders - Wool Suiting Herringbone

For more idea, visit The Tie Bar to check out more of their selection!

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A Tuxedo or A Suit Just like brides, grooms want to look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day and this means wearing the best of the best. To find the best tuxedos or suits, grooms can head to stores like Men's Warehouse, Bloomingdale, Sak Fifth Ave, Nordstrom and explore their stunning collection of top name brands - Burberry, Vera Wang, Joseph Abboud, just to name three. If you plan on renting your tux, well Black Tux Rental has you covered there. They offer custom designs and easy shipping back and forth. Photos below are from their line.

Tuxedo styles


Suits Styles 

Courtesy of Black Tux Rental
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Introducing 2019 Spring Bridal Collection - Regal Understatement Elegance

Clean, minimal embellishments with the focus on new silhouettes. From a sleek silk crepe column gown with voluminous sleeves to natural waists, sculpted necklines, and structured skirts, to the show-stopping V-neck lace open back with cathedral length train. All speak to the regal, timeless beauty that the Monique Lhuillier Bride is all about.




Liked this?! Get more inspiration from these designers Lela Rose 2017 Collection | Gemy Maalouf 2017 Collection
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Wedding Dress Ideas
Long Wedding Dresses
Elizabeth Kenndy - Strapless gown with overcape

Lian Rokman - Stardust Collection - Orion A plunging neckline complemented by bead high collar piece and a high slit on the thigh.

Alon Levine - Isabella White - A chic wrap-look wedding gown made of crepe, featuring a drop V-neckline and ruffle details all around its fitted long sleeves.

Ralph Lauren - One-shoulder sheath long evening dress


Short Wedding Dresses
Saiid Kobeisky - Bell Sleeve white dresses

Ralph & Russo - Fluterry 3-D petals add a layer and embellishment can make a dress look like a couture creation

Wedding Jumpsuit
Victor & Rolf - Bows are busting out beyond bustle- and showing up on sleeves shoulders and bodices. One Shoulder Bow Jumpsuit
Wedding Separate
Saiid Kobeisky  - Short sleeve sequin separate

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Show off your boho-bride side even if you are getting married in an ornate ballroom
If you’re looking for a timeless wedding hair styles then nothing less than a classic updo will suffice. Have your florist create an understated flower crown, that is of flexible vine of blossoms that can loop around your head and tuck into a bun or your veil. Whether you prefer long, messy and lovely, perfectly coiffed, or a bit of both, we’ve got a little bit of something for everyone in today’s bridal hairstyles collection.


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