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Relationship Advice

Relationship advice for engaged couples and newlyweds, because ultimately a wedding is all about your relationship with your partner. If you’re looking for more relationship advice, be sure to check out our sister site Offbeat Home & Life. (It’s like Offbeat Bride for the rest of life — including post-wedding relationship advice!)

Learning to prioritize your own needs: Relationship advice from a divorced & remarried Offbeat Bride

Let’s talk about laundry, that Sisyphean task that we all tend to have differing opinions about. (What makes a proper load? How do you fold? Is ironing required? Does anything really have to be hand washed?)

You and your person don’t agree about laundry, but what do you do?

How to survive a long engagement (without losing your shit!)

I was engaged for about four years before my wife and I tied the knot. Long engagements can be stressful, regardless of the reason why you’re stretching out the timeline. For us, we treated our engagement as a time to set the foundation for our newly formed family, rather than exclusively as a time to actively plan a wedding. When it came time to get married, our small civil ceremony was put together in about a month. So how did I not lose my shit while being engaged for longer than the WIC standard? Here are my tips…

My boyfriend doesn’t want a legal marriage. What can I do to make him reconsider?

My boyfriend has major trust issues from infidelity in his previous marriage. He made it abundantly clear during the early stages of our relationship that he never wanted to remarry. However, he knew that marriage was a must for me. He doesn’t want to legally be tied to someone. And I simply don’t understand how to compromise on this one. What happens when we have kids? What happens when one of us is in the hospital? I’m so lost and confused and don’t know how to meet in the middle.

Here are the 6 discussions you should have with your partner before the wedding

The 6 discussions you should have with your partner before the wedding

Is it getting down to the wire? Wedding date almost here?! Have you had these six big ol’ convos with your partner yet? Oh, it’s on. Time to start waylaying fears, saying thanks, and talk about TV shows. Wait, what? Yep, all of the above need to happen stat. Here are the six discussions before the wedding that probably need to happen.

The ghost of weddings past: Planning a second wedding when you’ve already been a bride

I’m engaged to a guy who’s never been married before, while I already did the Big Dream Wedding thing. I’ve been The Bride.

And this time around, planning a second wedding, is different in a LOT of key ways…

I won’t dance, don’t ask me: a laser tag reception cures a no-dancing party

Sinatra wouldn’t dance, don’t ask him. And we know some of you feel the same way. We love us some reception dancing alternatives like lawn games, Dance Dance Revolution, scavenger hunts, tabletop games, and lip sync battles. Reader ChicagoGal gave us another rad dance alternative idea: a laser tag reception! If you’ve got a local laser tag joint that can accommodate your guest list size, you can book a few hours of non-dancing reception fun pew-pewing at each other or just watching the fun unfold. Let’s see what she had to say about it.