Nov
17
2013
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Is one bride enough for seven brothers?

Seven brothers (photo by Newtown grafitti - CC-BY)Just one bride for seven brothers? No, that’s not a mistake. Not “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, a musical and film from the 1950s. Just one bride. And this is not some twenty-first century “adult” story. The musical and film were slightly suggestive, but not in that way. So what is the very old story [more...]

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Dec
06
2010
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What is the most frequent cause for divorce?

divorce statistics cdc reportFrom the 1960′s to the 1980′s, the divorce rate in the United States doubled and has remained consistently high since then. Every year, there are about two million marriages in the U.S, and about a million divorces, leading to the much-cited statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. You might be shocked to [more...]

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Aug
26
2010
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What was Mary Queen of Scots’ wedding like for ordinary Parisians?

Henry IV celebrates entry into Paris 1594When Mary Stuart married François, Dauphin of France, in 1558 what could the public see? For days in advance the city was busy. Workers set up theatres inside the palace, and hung draperies inside and outside the cathedral. Many people earned extra pennies constructing walkways and a stage with vineleaf decoration in the cathedral square. Dressmakers [more...]

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Aug
24
2010
2

What is known about Mary Queen of Scots’ first wedding dress?

Mary Stuart before her wedding, and in white veil as widow15-year-old Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was married to 14-year-old François, Dauphin of France, in April 1558. The wedding celebrations for the future French king and queen were magnificent, and a report of the grand ceremony and festivities was published one week later. So what does it tell us about Mary’s dress? [She] was dressed [more...]

Aug
19
2010
2

What trimmings suit a full-skirted Victorian wedding dress design?

Victorian wedding dress, full skirt, flounces, veilWhite wedding dresses were popular in fashionable circles by the mid-19th century, even though many brides still chose other colours. The idea of a once-in-a-lifetime wedding dress was more flexible than today, and wearing white was quite a new fashion. Victorian dresses that look very “bridal” to us now were almost the same as evening [more...]

Aug
11
2010
3

What should a young husband know about cleaning up in the kitchen?

dirty-kitchenWhat should a young husband know about cleaning up in the kitchen? If you muttered: “as little as possible”, that may have been honest, but not appropriate for your new role, all the more reason to read the following. There are stories about men managing to drop their wife’s favorite plate the first time they [more...]

May
30
2010
1

When’s the best time to propose marriage?

engagement-ringSuppose you plan to get married sometime. When should you take the leap? What if you marry too early, and miss out on your ideal life partner (whom you hadn’t yet met when you married someone else)? What if you marry too late, after all the best potential partners have come and gone, and you [more...]

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May
05
2010
1

What is paraphernalia?

paraphernaliaEven if you can’t spell the word (I couldn’t, either) you know what paraphernalia is. It’s all the equipment you need for a hobby, sport, or profession: the stuff your spouse (most likely a wife) complains about when the photo equipment, diving gear, golf clubs, dirty shoes, hunting or fishing gear, etc., are not stored [more...]

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Feb
27
2010
2

Why is Gretna Green famous for weddings?

gretna-greenGretna Green, a small village in Scotland just across the border from England, is renown for the many weddings celebrated there: more than 5000 each year and one in six Scottish weddings. It is especially known as a place where young couples eloped to. It all started in 1754, when Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act took [more...]

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Jul
17
2009
2

How do marriage laws vary within the United States?

Photo taken in the Maldive Islands by Sharaff. CC-BY.Laws about marriage have long been a state concern, not a federal one, in the United States. As a result, marriage laws vary considerably from state to state. In nearly all cases, however, a marriage performed in one state is recognized in all other states and by the federal government. Here are some of the [more...]

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