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Welcome to the marriage club.

Face It: No One Will Treat You Like An Adult Until You're Married

Like most women who are single well into their 20s, I felt pressured by girlfriends who insisted, "Everyone wants to get married" and, "You’re just saying you don’t care because you haven’t been proposed to yet." Then it happened: Andy and I became engaged. Not only did I get a beautiful ring and a partner for life, but I also got a serious status upgrade. Society sees marriage as the ultimate maturity gauge — for better or for worse.

open relationship
Would you consider polyamory?

How Sleeping Around Saved My Relationship

On the verge of a breakup, Catherine and her boyfriend decided to give an open relationship a try. Here, she explains the logistics of hooking up with her boyfriend’s blessing (is cuddling allowed?), and how their unusual arrangement has cemented their bond as a couple.

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Will the brides wear white?

I'm Gay — So Can I Have A Traditional Wedding Anyway?

I was never one of those little girls who dreamed of her wedding day. In fact, I've only vaguely considered it. I know I want an elegant, traditional ceremony. I imagine my future wife in a white dress, bouquets of lilies and guests celebrating the most important day of our lives. My hope of a traditional wedding, however, ends there. There’s no such thing as a traditional gay wedding ... not yet, anyway.

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Our relationship started at Pizza Hut, back in high school.

Foodies In Love: How We Went From Pizza To An Engagement Ring

I was 14 years old, and to be honest, back then I was more concerned with my grades at school and the newest Justin Timberlake CD than boys. He was in the same class as me and a typical awkward teen boy: shy, had braces, but cute in that dorky sort of way. Growing up in the same neighborhood, Alex and I used to walk the same route home from school every day. After he sheepishly asked me out one day, I reluctantly said okay.

cheap date ideas for special occasions
A romantic date night doesn't have to cost a lot.

9 Ways To Celebrate A Special Occasion On The Cheap [PHOTOS]

Since we often think of celebration as synonymous with splurging, celebrating a special occasion without spending a ton of money can be a challenge. Here are nine ideas to help you plan a romantic date night that doesn't break the bank.

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Wouldn't YOU marry the person who baked this pie?

The Pie That Got Me Married

My husband and I come from different worlds. He comes from solid Midwestern stock. They repress their feelings, eat casserole and play baseball. My family? We're a mess of anxiety disorders, we listen to Gilbert and Sullivan and our favorite sport is Chinese Checkers. So, the moment Dave proposed, and I said "yes," I knew I had to do something.

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Sometimes it's hard to go for the healthy option.

I'm On A Diet, My Boyfriend Loves Bacon: How We Deal

In January of this year, I began my love affair with vegetables. It started as a weight-loss mission; I was overweight and looking to dig myself out of the hole of shame that extra helpings of spaghetti and pints of ice cream had buried me in. I lost about 30 pounds. Then, as April came to a close, I began another love affair...

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The activity that 84 percent of couples say improves their relationship? Road trips!

Want To Improve Your Relationship? Survey Reveals A Surprising Rx

Taking a road trip with your significant other? Chances are good the time together will improve your relationship. In fact, 91 percent of couples have taken road trips together, and 84 percent agree the experience has strengthened their relationship, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 people released by YourTango collaborating with Ford Motor Company.

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The President and First Lady embrace onstage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

How Barack And Michelle Obama Restored My Faith In Marriage

Talk is cheap, which is why political speeches have never really been appealing to me. However, Michelle Obama's speech during the Democratic National Convention really got me thinking. Not so much about taxes, health reform and the election, but about love. So here, I declare my radical political stance: Barack and Michelle have my dream relationship.

Who Should Be The Priority: Your Husband Or Your Child?
Who comes first in your household?

Who Should Be The Priority: Your Husband Or Your Child?

A survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com—the digital leader in love and relationships—offers surprising insights into the romantic relationships of couples with kids. Shockingly, the survey reveals that half of experts polled agree: wives should prioritize their husbands over their kids!

Secret Habits: Must We Share Everything In A Marriage?
What is it exactly that your man does that makes you want to pull your hair out?

Secret Habits: Must We Share Everything In A Marriage?

As a newlywed, I loved to vacuum. There wasn't much to clean. We had one hand-me-down blue velour couch and matching lazy boys, with stains of mysterious origin. Our small TV was sitting on top of the crates that I used in college to hold my text books, and a small wooden table that his brother used for taxidermy. And despite how often I cleaned it, I could still smell duck blood.

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All couples face challenges, here are 10 ways to overcome them and be your best.

10 Ways To Put Your Best Foot Forward In Your Relationship

We start dating with the best intentions, taking care to be our best selves. Then we get comfortable and complacent. You can blame your partner or you can commit to making sure you keep working to earn that long-term affection. Here are 10 ways to put your best foot forward in your relationship—and to keep moving.