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How to Keep Track of Wedding Gifts

Losing track of wedding gifts and their givers can be a nightmare. The minute you open a wedding gift, write down what it is, who gave it to you and the date. This information can go on an index card with [more…]

How to Remove a Bridal Attendant

How do you "fire" someone from your wedding party? Removing a bridal attendant can be a sticky situation, and the need to do so may arise from his or her behavior or the behavior of an attendant in the [more…]

How to Throw a Rehearsal Dinner

Held a day or two before the wedding, the rehearsal dinner is much more intimate than the wedding reception. Because the guest list for the rehearsal dinner can balloon out of control, and because you [more…]

Making Arrangements for Children at a Wedding Reception

While a wedding can certainly be considered a wholesome family occasion, you may not want your wedding ceremony interrupted by screaming children or your reception disrupted by kids running around the [more…]

Choosing a Meal Style for Your Wedding Reception

The menu for your wedding reception can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be, depending on your wedding budget and the style of your party. You might want to stick to simpler dishes for an informal [more…]

How to Arrange Wedding Reception Entertainment

The most popular sources of wedding reception entertainment are disc jockeys and bands. Booking wedding reception entertainment should be one of the first things you do. You'll need to have a good sense [more…]

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most significant choices you’ll make when planning your wedding. A good photographer will be intimately involved in your wedding, helping you think ahead of [more…]

How to Choose Wedding Favors

Finding the right items for wedding favors — neither too cheap nor too grand — can be difficult. With wedding favors, the line between cute and kitsch can be mighty thin. If you either can’t or don’t decide [more…]

How to Choose Gifts for Bridal Attendants, Ushers, Parents

Attendant and wedding party gifts can be a way of showing appreciation to your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, other attendants, and parents — the people who have stood by you during the planning and are [more…]

How to Cut Back a Wedding Guest List

At some point in your wedding-planning process, you’ll undoubtedly have to cut back your guest list. You can almost count on disagreements, so you and your spouse-to-be should remain respectful and understanding [more…]

How to Order the Bridal Recession

The recession of the wedding party occurs after vows are made and rings are swapped and the officiant presents the newly wedded couple. One recession option is to stop to greet parents and grandparents [more…]

How to Organize Your Wedding Timeline

While certain details of a wedding schedule should be attended to sooner rather than later, almost every aspect of a wedding timeline can be accomplished in less than two months. In devising your customized [more…]

How to Word Wedding Invitations

A wedding invitation is meant to convey the necessary facts about your upcoming ceremony and the reception following. Order wedding invitations three to four months before the big day, and send them out [more…]

Wedding Expenses: What the Bride's Family Pays For

Traditionally, the bride's parents pay for most of the wedding — but modern couples often marry later in life and can afford to shoulder some or all of the wedding expense themselves. Finances can be one [more…]

How to Select a Wedding Dress Style

A wedding dress is possibly the most symbolic — and costliest — item of clothing for a bride, Thinking about your wedding gown, shopping for it and purchasing it can induce nothing short of sheer panic [more…]

How to Organize a Wedding Procession

The wedding procession, or entrance of the bridal party, occurs in a certain order that culminates with the bride. The bridal procession begins after all guests are seated and the processional [more…]

What to Expect after a Hysterectomy

What type of recovery you’ll experience after having your uterus removed depends largely on the kind of hysterectomy you have. Generally, abdominal and radical hysterectomies bring the greatest post-operative [more…]

Do You Have Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?

If you’re a woman who is distressed and unhappy because you’ve gone a long time without experiencing sexual interest, either in the form of fantasies or wanting actual physical contact, you could be suffering [more…]

What Is Sex? What "Counts" as Sex?

What is sex, exactly? In other words, what "counts" as having sex? And when do you stop being a virgin? Sexual relations cover activities beyond intercourse: They also include outercourse, oral sex, and [more…]

Why People Have Sex

When children ask why people have sex, they often hear about love and expanding on that love by starting a family. Those reasons for sex are pretty accurate, although they leave out some of the finer points [more…]

Sexual-Response Cycle: How Bodies Respond during Sex

The sexual response cycle is, essentially, a clinical version of how a human body responds during sex. By examining thousands of examples, scientists are able to carefully describe the events that happen [more…]

Why Safe Sex Is Important

Often, safe sex messages are geared toward younger people — but sexually active people of all ages should be aware. Safe sex is about taking precautions: Sexual intercourse with someone of the opposite [more…]

How to Know If You're Ready for Sex

What's the right age to start having sex? When to start having intercourse (or any other type of sex) is a very difficult and serious decision to make. Some people believe you must wait until you're married [more…]

What Happens during Sexual Intercourse

Heterosexual intercourse occurs whenever a man puts his penis into a woman’s vagina. That’s the minimal definition. But sex is about more than that simple act. As such, you may be curious, or you may want [more…]

How to Talk to Your Daughter about Her Period

Talking about the miracle of menstruation is a necessary part of helping your daughter make the transition from little girl to young woman. While the thought of discussing such a personal matter can leave [more…]

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