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Monday, July 31, 2017

8 Keys to a Harmonious Money Marriage

Filed under: Money Matters,Save $$$,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am

It was 170 years ago on June 2, 1847, that Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was played at a wedding for the very first time. Today the Wedding March is a standard part of a classic wedding ceremony, usually played on an organ or piano. Throughout June, a favorite month for people to tie the knot, you will probably hear this song more than usual.

When all the notes are played as expected, the march is an enjoyable experience. However, if the notes are played wrong, it can be painful. It takes practice to get it right — the left and right hand must work in unison.

Marriage can also be enjoyable or painful, depending on how a couple works together. And just like learning to play a piece of music for the first time, don’t expect good results in marriage without practice. It’s no longer a one-handed musical performance. Now that there are two separate hands — and you are going to need earplugs if you don’t learn how to work together.

Here are some common left hand/right hand differences between couples when it comes to money. Do you see any of these in your relationship?

  • The hoarder and the spender (this is the most common combination). The hoarder takes the idea of saving to the extreme, sometimes neglecting legitimate family needs. The spender runs through more money than they have in their account and often relies on credit to pay.
  • The worrier and an avoider. The avoider shies away from money management, such as balancing the checkbook, making a budget and paying bills promptly. The worrier dwells and loses sleep thinking of money matters and wants a great deal of control over the finances.
  • The planner and the dreamer. The planner takes charge of the nitty-gritty details of the family’s finances, while dreamer acts as visionary, ignoring details and thinking big. These roles could be complementary, but they often leave partners battling over financial priorities.
  • The risk taker and the risk avoider. The risk taker’s aggressive approach to investing or career planning creates discomfort for the risk avoider who lives in fear that the family’s savings will be lost.

Whether a couple are polar opposites or strikingly similar in their financial practices, there is usually at least one difference, and that is where the problems arise. Couples should talk about financial preferences and ideas before dissonance erupts.

To achieve harmony, you need to get rid of your hangups over talking about money. Money is a major subject of marital quarrels, and even a cause of divorce.

Before you have that heart-to-heart discussion regarding dollar signs, consider your partner’s past training and experiences and try to appreciate their personal style. It’s easy for tempers to fly, especially when one spouse spends a lot more than the other or when one partner agrees to help with the other’s debt. To work through money issues, both partners should be prepared to give a little and search for some common ground. It’s a key to making beautiful music together.

You may find it helpful to discuss:

  • How each of your families handled money growing up, and what you did and didn’t like about it.
  • Your beliefs about money, such as how much income is enough, and how you define financial success.
  • What you can’t give up, as well as what you wouldn’t mind giving up.
  • Family goals — and include the children in these discussions. Pick a non-stressful time to have family money talks. (It’s probably not wise to call a meeting just after balancing the checkbook or while you’re deciding how much house you can afford.)
  • How to take equal responsibility for managing your money so both of you are informed. For example, if one person routinely pays the bills, the other should file the paid invoices.
  • Hitting the wrong notes. What issues repeatedly crop up? What attitudes and emotions are creating the behavior?

Above all, remember that your marital bliss has more to do with how you handle your money than how much money you have.

This isn’t a one-time discussion. Just like playing a piece of music over and over again to get right, you need to continue reviewing these issues again and again. Don’t give up if it is hard. Practice makes perfect.

Albert Einstein said, “I see my life in terms of music.” If that perspective works for a genius, maybe it can work for the rest of us. When it comes to the music of money, make sure you and your spouse are both reading off the same score.

Larry’s NOTE:  Practice does NOT make you perfect.  It only makes you better.  Better is a good thing.  Never stop practicing!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

Filed under: Honeymoon,Honeymoons,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am

A lot of people would agree that your wedding day is one of the most important, emotional, and happiest days in a person’s life. However, it’s at the same time exhausting and tiresome. That’s why newly married couples dream of a perfect honeymoon to start right the next day after their wedding ceremony. Tired of pre-wedding preparation and the long day of receiving gifts, they can’t wait to get away to some nice place and spend a wonderful week or two with their soulmates.

 

But here’s a tricky part: not only the wedding day itself requires planning and preparation but so does the honeymoon. You need to think of the right location, choose the best hotel, book tickets, and pack your bags in advance. So here come some important questions. What are the best practices of honeymoon planning? Are there any tried-and-true tricks to ease the process? Just how well in advance should one start planning?

 

As experience confirms times and times again, early booking helps save newlyweds a lot of money. That’s why it might be reasonable to start searching the right travel package for a honeymoon as soon as you’ve chosen the perfect diamond ring and decided on the date of the ceremony. According to statistics, the majority of people book their honeymoons at least 4 months in advance. This way, they can save themselves a lot of time and nerves. As most of the people prefer the same destinations for honeymoon (the most popular spots are Mexico, Caribbean, Maldives, and Hawaii), the best hotels tend to be booked before you even know it. That’s why planning things in advance helps get the best room in the best hotel in a chosen location.

 

Larry’s Tip:  Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together. When you are fully rested, go for it! Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.

 

Also remember to leave your hotel accommodation details (room and phone number) and itinerary with your family so they can contact you in an emergency. Don’t take your cell phone. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. This is a very special get-away for only the two of you. When you are ready to plan your honeymoon, check out my “Honeymoon Checklist!”

 

Want to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of planning a perfect honeymoon? Take a look at the beautiful infographic below by Brilliance:

 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Top 2017 Wedding Trends Unveiled by The Knot

Filed under: Wedding Trends — Larry James @ 9:30 am

Larry Davis, Guest Author

The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace, today released its annual Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2017. Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, which symbolizes a reconnection with nature, one another and a larger purpose, we’re seeing a rise in décor going au naturel and couples giving back with their weddings in more ways than one.

“Weddings continue to be the ultimate personal statement for couples, completely customized to feature their favorite foods, florals and traditions. But today’s couples want to give back on their wedding day too,” said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot. “In addition to registering for cookware and cutlery they’re also registering for their favorite charity. Furthermore, today’s couples are concerned with the impact their celebrations are having on the environment, opting for greener alternatives for food, flowers, invitations, party favors and more.”

Read the rest of the article at:  http://www.weddingmarketnews.com/top-2017-wedding-trends-unveiled-by-the-knot/

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The History of Wedding Traditions

Filed under: wedding traditions — Larry James @ 8:49 am

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Hidden Meaning Behind Wedding Traditions

Filed under: Wedding Tips,wedding traditions — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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Have you ever wondered why confetti is thrown over the bride and groom at a wedding? Or why the bride traditionally wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Here are some of the hidden meanings behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Unexpected Wedding Trends 2016

Filed under: InfoGraphic,Wedding Tips,Wedding Trends — Larry James @ 9:00 am
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crafting A Wedding to Remember

Filed under: InfoGraphic,Wedding Planning,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:35 am

Guest Author, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa

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Copyright © 2016 – The Daffodil Hotel & Spa.  This contemporary hotel on the A591 road sits among rolling hills beside the River Rothay. It’s a 12-minute walk from Grasmere village.

Chic rooms feature contemporary furnishings, plus free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Most also have bathtubs and some have lake views. Colourful suites add oversized beds and living areas, and a few include private balconies and whirlpool tubs.

All-day meals, including signature afternoon tea, are available in a swanky restaurant, plus there’s a lounge bar. A spa, thermal pool, sauna and tepidarium round out the amenities.  Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9PR, United Kingdom

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Changing Your Last Name When You Get Married?

Alizah K. Lowell, LCSW-R, CEDS, Guest Author

When Joy got engaged, she was excited and ready to dive into planning her wedding. Questions from friends and family started popping up: When’s the big day? Have you found a dress? Are you going to change your last name?

Joy sat in my office expressing her ambivalence about taking her partner’s last name. She had not planned on doing so, but found herself wanting to consider it. As we explored her thoughts and feelings, we began to understand the complexity of the decision.

WED-NameChangeThe more I listen to people in my practice, and in my life, the clearer it becomes that this decision has a range of meanings, and can be approached in very different ways. Here are some things to consider:

Changing your name can represent a shift in identity.

Our identity forms over a lifetime and is based on different parts of ourselves, including our culture, race, ethnicity, values, spirituality, sexuality, and gender. A person’s identity is what makes them a unique individual—and our names are part of that.

When Eva was born, she was given her mother’s last name as a middle name and her father’s last name as her last name. Her parents divorced when she was in elementary school, and as she got older, using her mother’s last name in certain contexts felt more important to her, as it represented, for her, a way to maintain connection to both parents.

Years later, when Eva was getting married, she decided that this was an important marker of change in her life, and she wanted her name to represent that. She decided to take her husband’s last name, and stopped using her parents’ names altogether. Creating a new family with her husband became the most important part of her identity.

When Mia got married at age 26, she decided not to change her name because she strongly identified with and felt connected to her family of origin, particularly her father’s side of the family. Her last name represented her lineage and the family within which she felt solidly rooted, something she wanted to preserve as a foundation for the family she and her husband hoped to establish.

Is it important for you to share a last name with your children?

Jen wanted formal recognition of her nuclear family by sharing a last name with her husband and children. Her identity as a mom felt compromised to her if she did not share her children’s name. “I didn’t want to call my son’s school and have the school not know who my kid is because my last name is different.” Her decision to take her husband’s last name was an intentional and deliberate way to define her family.

Sara and Emily hyphenated their last names when they got married. When they decided to have a child, Emily carried the baby and the couple gave the girl Sara’s last name. For them, their daughter’s last name represented a connection to Sara as the non-biological mother. Sara’s role and identity as a mother was represented through sharing a name with her child, while Emily’s was established through her pregnancy.

How does your partner feel about the options and what they mean?

Aaron is newly engaged. He feels strongly that neither he nor his partner should change their names. “His name is his name and mine is mine. Why would marriage change that? To me it feels like when people get married and one partner takes the other partner’s last name it suggests that the person who changes their name now belongs to the other person.” Aaron detects a power dynamic embedded in name change and worries it could impact the relationship negatively. He and his partner spoke about what changing their names meant to each other, and together agreed on the decision to keep their own names.

Mark sees himself as traditional: His parents just celebrated their 40th anniversary and both of his siblings have been married for years. In each instance, the woman took her husband’s last name. When he got married, he wanted to follow in that tradition. The custom marked an important milestone for him and asking his wife to take his name held a lot of importance.

Our identity is what makes us who we are. As we move through life’s stages, making decisions that reflect our values and beliefs is essential to feeling good about our choices. No matter what you and your partner decide about the names in your family, be thoughtful about the choice you make and take the time to reflect on what your name means to you and your identity.

BONUS Article: Name Change Checklist for the Bride
Brides: Taking the Name Change Plunge?

Copyright © 2015 – Alizah K. Lowell. Alizah K. Lowell LCSW-R, CEDS, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in New York City. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute’s Psychoanalytic Program. In her practice, Alizah works with individuals and couples and specializes in treating eating disorders and body image disturbance.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

How to Find Your 1st Dance Wedding Song

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Give a Door Prize at the Reception Instead of Favors

Filed under: Favors,Gifts,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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The cost of a wedding can be astronomical. Depending on your wedding budget and the number of guests, it may be difficult to buy wedding favors for everybody. Although most wedding favors are priced reasonably, the cost can add up if you’re having a large wedding.

Wed-DoorPrizeThe point of a favor is to acknowledge and thank your guests for coming to your wedding. Many couples shell out hundreds of dollars on junky favors that will just get thrown away or left on the table when the guests leave the reception. Instead of buying hundreds of cheap wedding favors, why not consider one big wedding favor as a “door prize” at the wedding reception?

When it comes to the wedding favors it’s completely up to you what you do. Make a note on the invitations that one lucky guest will go home with a very special gift. Ideas for that big wedding favor gift include:

• A large basket filled with a personalized wine bottle, candles, chocolates, wedding napkins, etc.
• A Vera Wang Toasting Flutes Set
• Centerpiece
• A golf bag
• A chocolate basket
• A beautiful pen and stationery set
• A spa package
• A gift certificate to a boutique or restaurant
• Pick up the tab for one night at a nice hotel
• A special portrait session with your photographer

Door prizes should be gender neutral and are usually awarded on a lottery basis to the holder of a certain ticket. An easy way to award door prizes at a wedding reception is to number the backs of all of the place cards that wedding guests will pick up to find out what table they have been assigned to. Then, have the DJ randomly draw numbers during the reception and award fun door prizes that are in line with the theme or destination of your wedding.

One way to do this is to place a sticker underneath one chair at each table and have the DJ make an announcement to check the chairs to see who gets to take the centerpieces home. Or what about the couple with the closest anniversary day to the newlyweds? Ask your DJ if he/she can offer some suggestions.

Or… Instead of giving the guests a small favor, use the money budgeted for favors and make a charitable donation. A charity gift is a memorable way to thank family and friends for sharing this special day with you.

If you need to be frugal or must cut something out completely, favors would be the wise choice. Most people will not even notice if you eliminate favors.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The idea is to buy one great wedding gift in lieu of hundreds of inexpensive wedding favors. Depending on the number of people at the wedding, those “inexpensive” wedding favors can really add up.

BONUS Article: Do Me a (Wedding) “Favor”… or Not!

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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