Dictionary.com defines diplomat as: 1. A person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries. 2. A person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc. I think the word diplomat perfectly describes one of the most important skills you will need to be successful in marriage. Building a life together with someone is really akin to two unique “countries” trying to get along in the same geographical location. A marriage will test your diplomatic skills at a level far greater than you have ever used or will ever likely need again in your lifetime. Even if you are marrying someone from the same cultural or religious background or you grew up next door to each another, there are inevitably going to be areas where your belief systems and day-to-day habits clash. Your ... Read More »
Some of you may be too young to remember, but there used to be a game show called The Newlywed Game. Couples who were married a short period of time were asked to answer questions about their respective spouses on a number of topics, from the intimate to the frivolous. The couple with the most correct answers won cash and various prizes. It was a fun way to gauge how well newlyweds really knew each other. How well would you do if you were a contestant on this show? Drs. John and Julie Gottman, psychologists and noted relationship researchers, coined the term “psychological love map” to describe how well partners know what is going on in the other person’s psyche (e.g., likes, dislikes, needs, wants, goals, dreams, etc.). A good psychological love map was found to be one of the key ingredients for creating a healthy, happy, and long-term relationship. ... Read More »
While your wedding day is about you and your fiancé, as the contemporary bride and impeccable hostess that you are, you also want to ensure the comfort of your guests. Enter the topic of chair selection. I know what you’re thinking: “chairs?” Yes, chairs are an integral part of your planning. They are the ribbon on a package, the accessory that completes an outfit. Chairs are that final touch that can either enhance or detract from the look you are creating for your décor. To really understand your seating options and make the best choice, let us consider the following: Elegant Choices Today, it is easier than ever to research your seating options. Wedding magazines can present a wide range of ideas and resources when it comes to determining your style, and many party rental companies have web sites you can use to preview your choices without ever leaving home. ... Read More »
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