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Men: would you take your wife’s surname?

The news that Jemima Khan is to revert to her maiden name, Goldsmith, has reignited the debate over what women should do about their surnames when they get married. Theo Merz – who has his mother’s name – asks why men are still so unwilling to change theirs By Theo Merz The Telegraph (UK) 03

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Would you hire a ghostwriter to write your wedding vows?

Would you hire a ghostwriter to write your wedding vows? How busy brides are now outsourcing the most personal part of their special day By ANNABEL ELLIOTT 10 March 2014 For many married-couples-to-be writing their vows can be the most profoundly personal and emotionally charged part of the wedding planning process. It can also be

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Beating your wife is fine…if you’re a baron

Daily Mail (UK) January 2014 By KATY WINTER The first ever English book of women’s rights, written in the 17th century, is set to go under the hammer. The revolutionary read is the first book in English to compile laws on the rights of women and is expected to fetch over £3,000 when it reaches

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Couples Who Turned Bad Weather Into Awesome Wedding Photos

“It’s like rai-ayy-ann on your wedding day…” Alanis Morissette famously sang. And it’s not ironic, it sucks. But these couples managed to use Mother Nature’s rotten timing to create amazing wedding photos out of bad weather.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/22/bad-weather-wedding_n_4469041.html?utm_hp_ref=weddings&ir=Weddings

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Newlyweds eye photo finish in scenic fee for all

Pia Akerman The Australian December 28, 2013 (c) News Ltd (The Australian) 2013 When the wedding bells ring, so do the cash registers. Nothing comes cheap on that special day, but a push by councils and park managers to claim hundreds of dollars in fees for scenic backdrops is causing angst for wedding photographers and

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Want to feel like a success? Just get married! Tying the knot is key to a happy life

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 27 December 2013 (c) Associated Newspapers Limited (Mail Online), 2013 Bachelors take note. When it comes to success, it seems the secret is not wealth or fame but that little ring on your finger. Married people are more likely to feel successful than those who are merely in a relationship, a

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Marriage guidance destroys marriages

Marriage guidance destroys marriages: It’s the time of year when couples split. But one relationship expert has a warning. By LAURA DOYLE (c) Mail OnLine (Associated Newspapers Ltd, U.K.) 2013 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2526794/Marriage-guidance-destroys-marriages-Its-time-year-couples-split-But-one-relationship-expert-warning.html  _________________________________________________________  Tills are ringing and Christmas is approaching, but there’s another industry, besides retail, eagerly rubbing its hands in glee. That’s marriage guidance. It’s

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An Economic Assessment of Same-Sex Marriage Laws – Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

It is a complex set of personal values, social norms, religious customs, and legal constraints that regulate a particular intimate human relation over a life span … [M]arriage has always entailed more than a mere “contract.” Marriage involves not just a couple, but extended family members, non-blood relations, and impersonal third parties like the church,

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Insights into love, marriage and the position of wives in the 15th and 18th centuries

Excerpts from English Social History (A survey of six centuries from Chaucer to Queen Victoria) (1944) by Dr George M Trevelyan, O.M., Master of Trinity College and late Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge. The 15th Century But to some readers, vaguely accustomed to think of the Middle Ages as a period of chivalry and love

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Weddings rife with injury in NZ

If you like it, maybe you shouldn’t put a ring on it.  Just-released figures from New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) reveal there were about 600 claims between 2010 and 2012 for wedding-related injuries. Perhaps those single ladies have the right idea after all. Beyonce wannabes clocked up the biggest number of wedding injuries, with

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