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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?

Wedding vows for a second marriage

Lauren and Chris got married South Africa, and had the perfect vows for a second marriage.

Not afraid of your scars: Wedding ceremony readings for second marriages

We’re familiar with planning second weddings in these parts (our own Megan is doing it right now!), and let me tell you, it’s not easy finding wedding readings for second weddings. Let’s find you some awesome readings, poems, and song lyrics for your second marriage.

Offbeat Bride, Divorced

Oh hi there, it’s me. Ariel. You know, the publisher of The author with three names who wrote that book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, a decade ago? The founder of a publishing business built on the back of her 2004 wedding?

Yeah, that’s me. And as of this week, I’m divorced.

We’re ALL struggling: How I realized “the picture perfect relationship” is a lie

We were married three months and already talking about divorce, seriously?! There were times when I just wanted to give up and walk away, broken. I felt like I was failing this imaginary test.

It seems as though there’s a weird phenomenon that happens to some of us after marriage. We act out, and hurt the one we love most because we don’t know what else to do. It happened to me, my friend, and I know it’s happening to many other people out there. That’s why I wanted to write this. I wanted to let you know, if you are going through a rough patch after your wedding, you’re not alone. The pressure of this “idyllic marriage,” that’s what happened.

My wedding video means more post-divorce than I could ever have anticipated

You might remember former Offbeat Bride Samantha from this post: My worst wedding photo is my favorite wedding photo. Samantha is now talking about how she still loves her wedding video, even post-divorce…