Wedding stress is very, very real and it can put a damper on the day’s big events. Instead of allowing that anxiety and nervousness to creep in, we’re here to help you figure out how to sit back, relax and enjoy every bit of festivity. Below you’ll find five essential ways to keep your wedding …

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Question: I hear what’s being said loud and clear: if your married you cannot have another “wedding” unless you’ve divorced at first. However, my confusion is in regards to what occurs during a renewal, convalidation or whatever purpose it is, other than the initial wedding (I’ll stick with renewal for simplicity). First dance, Giving away, …

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Questions: My siblings and I are planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary out of state. I would like to have some type of religious ceremony but don’t know the difference between a marriage blessing and vow renewal. My parents are both Catholic (my father is a Deacon on sabbatical) however there were not married in …

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Vow Renewal Reception Question: My husband and I will be renewing our vows on our 15th wedding anniversary March 2008. We eloped the first time without any friends or family present. Our original witnesses at the civil wedding were a couple in line with us at the City Hall. So no one we knew was …

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Question: I am engaged to a widower. He was married for a year to his spouse before she passed away. We have been dating for a little over a year. He is very close to her family. They had no children together. I have three children who love him dearly. He wants to continue celebrating …

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Question: My husband and I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary in July. The marriage was never “easy”, but over the last two years our relationship deteriorated. We faced several major life stressors with our child and careers. The resulting depression made things even harder. The fights were becoming more frequent. After a while, we …

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Hello. My sister passed away from cancer 4 months ago within 1 year of her diagnosis. During the time she was fighting for her life, my brother-in-law was communicating with an old flame. During her chemo treatments he was very mean to her, I won’t go into details but he made her very sad and …

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Question: My husband passed away a sudden death about 10 months ago. We were married almost 40 years.I loved him dearly, he was my lover and best friend. I miss his laughs, hugging, holding hands, just being together – we did everything together. Now he’s gone and I feel so alone. I’ve been very lonely …

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Question: I am divorced and kept my ex’s last name due to simplicity and career. I am newly and wonderfully engaged. This is my fiance’s first wedding, and he’d like our new start and our relationship as a whole to have nothing to do with the ex, and I wholeheartedly agree. And then there are …

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Marrying a Widower Question: Need some advice. Marrying a widower in 8 weeks. His former in-laws (deceased wife’s parents) are deceased. The guest list includes her aunts, uncles, cousins. I’m thinking this is a bit extreme as he is not inviting the same for his blood family. Is there proper etiquette regarding this topic? HELP. …

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Question: I am a 63 year old widower whose late wife died 8 months ago after a twenty year cancer battle. The last two years were almost entirely in a caretaking role. I loved my late wife very much. I was honored to be her caretaker, and cherish the memories we had together. But feel …

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redo my wedding

Question: My husband and I were married a little over a year ago. What was supposed to be my perfect day was ruined. The ceremony was not what I had pictured. My father-in-law officiated the ceremony and told me he would use “traditional vows”. Instead, he used words such as “obey” and my husband and …

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Question: My boyfriend and I are talking about getting married. My first wedding was lavish and expensive – my father picked up the tab. My boyfriend is very traditional and wants a big wedding, tons of groomsmen, the chicken dance, garter toss…the whole nine yards. I am ademently opposed to all of this. I dream …

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marrying a widower

Marrying A Widower Questin: I have been seeing a man who is just recently widowed and we are to be married at some point but I have not committed to a date for the simple reason I am worried about his child. He and I had a past relationship together several years ago and have …

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Are you planning a vow renewal and wanting to nix a bit of tradition and go your own route? You’ve already taken the leap and exchanged your promises – and rings – in front of your family, friends and had a minister make it “official,” so it’s okay to go at this alone. But the …

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Question: I am divorced and recently married to a widower who lost his wife to cancer about a year ago. The problem is that we moved into “their” house, which was already decorated with all their family pictures all over the walls of almost every room in the house, all their furniture, pots, pans, everything …

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I am a 39-year old woman. My mother passed away five years ago and about a year after that, my father finds a girlfriend via an online dating site and has been dating her ever since. In June, my father announces to me that he will get married in October. I had no indication that …

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name change after wedding

Second Marriage Name Change Question Question: I was married before and have one son. My son has his father’s last name and I took back my maiden name. My son’s father hasn’t seen him since he was 3 (he is now 10). I’ve been trying to get my son’s name changed to my maiden name …

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second marriage etiquette

Question: Hi, I will be remarrying my ex-husband. We were married 12yrs, divorced 10yrs, now live together for many years. I am not sure if it would be appropriate to have another wedding ceremony. Would people think it’s weird? I also wondered if reusing original wedding date would be strange? Neither of us remarried anyone …

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vow renewal 5 years

Question: I have used the search tool and gone through several threads but have not come across a thread as unique as mine, so I am going to give this a shot… My husband and I will be married for five years in May 2010. We originally had planned to renew our vows on our …

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remarriage after death

Question: My mother passed away 5 months ago due to a heart attack. My parents had been together for over 44 years. My 65 year father recently met a 45 yr old woman at his bank who handles his bank account. They started dating a few weeks. Recently, my father gave me an indirect hint that …

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vow renewal dress

Vow Renewal Wedding Dress for 30th Anniversary Vow Renewal Dress Question: My husband and I did not have a traditional wedding when we married nearly 30 years ago. I didn’t have a wedding dress or him a tux and we had only a small informal gathering after the ceremony. We have always felt we left …

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Exchanging Rings At Vow Renewal Ceremony

They are a couple of the most popular questions among those planning their vow renewal: “Are we supposed to exchange rings at the ceremony? Do we use our old ones or buy new ones?” And we’re here to help settle the score and stop stressing within your planning. This should be a fun time for …

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surprise vow renewal

  Vow Renewal Question: I am planning a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party/vow renewal for my mom and dad. My parents have always talked about renewing vows on their 25th, unfortunately my father was recently diagnosed with cancer, and every penny they have is going to his treatments, so they gave up on the idea …

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vow renewal program church

  Vow Renewal Question: My husband and I have been married 10 years and have decided to renew our vows and have our marriage blessed in the Catholic Church. What is the proper way to word the program? Full Question: I went to my priest and discussed what this type of ceremony would consist of, and …

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Weddings can be a highly emotional time for families, and when you mix all of that emotion with varying personalities, things can quickly get out of hand. Instead of stressing, let us help you diffuse the situation. It’s your wedding. It’s your soon-to-be partner’s wedding. It’s not your family member’s big day. So what do …

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Special songs can make your vow renewal ceremony all the more special and deliver a subtle message to your guests at the same time. If you’re looking for inspiration concerning the song list for your anniversary celebration, reflect on your years together or look back to your original wedding day for ideas. In the meantime, …

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Question: My husband is in the army and we are just now able to have a ceremony due to deployments. We’ve set the date (for the third time…crossing our fingers) now we need to know how to go about invitations. First of all how should we word the invitations? He and I are paying for …

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Please, can someone help with this? I lost my husband of 14.5 yrs to colon cancer in Nov. 2003, he lost his wife of 37 yrs to cancer in Sept. 2003. He has a burial plot with a combined tombstone with his late wife’s name, etc. on it and his name and DOB on it. …

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gift for vow renewal

Should Guests Bring Gifts to Your Second Wedding? A common question asked about second weddings have to do with guest etiquette. More specifically: should guests bring gifts to your second wedding? In this article we break down: Second wedding guest etiquette Gift ideas Expectations via Readers Ask If I’m attending a second wedding, am I …

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50th anniversary renewal

Question: We are planning a simple vow renewal/marriage blessing for our parents 50th Anniversary. We are lucky that the Bishop of a neighboring Diocese, and old family friend (he officiated my wedding and my siblings) is able to come to officiate. He will be traveling about 75 miles. What is the proper etiquette for paying …

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