How Planning Your Wedding Actually Prepares You for Marriage

Here at Once Upon A Time Events, we are a big advocate of couples planning their wedding together. We often think of the Bride doing the bulk of the planning, however it is important for the groom to be involved as well. Planning a wedding, as you know by now, is a huge undertaking. And as it turns out, all those late-night planning sessions and number-crunching crisis prepare you for more than one epic bash — they get you ready for your marriage, too. How so? Read on to find out how planning your wedding actually prepares you for the marriage to come.

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Bridal Yard Sales: The Holy Grail of Affordable Wedding Decor

There’s a new type of bridal show in town that’s becoming more popular with DIY wedding couples everywhere: The Bridal Yard Sale or Bridal Flea Market. You probably have an idea of what a wedding flea market is from the name alone, but I’ll elaborate just to make sure no one misses what an incredibly helpful concept this is for finding affordable DIY wedding decor.

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Winery Tour Bachelorette Parties

Your Best Friend is getting married and you have the responsibility of planning the Bachelorette Party.  Although bar hoping at night in DC and Baltimore still appeals to some, most Bachelorette Parties are going in a different direction.  Possibly due to the average age of a women getting married rising from 23 in the nineties to 27 currently, many Brides are choosing something a little classier and lower key.

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Beyond the Arch of Swords: Making A Military Marriage Last

Melissa Wallace of Camp Pendleton, California is a tall, wispy woman, with a soft voice and gentle smile. The wife of 25-years to a Sgt. Maj. in the Marine Corps, Melissa and her husband John talk wistfully about the life that is soon to be behind them, as Sgt. Maj. Wallace prepares for retirement. Melissa and John were married in 1976. Several years later, following the birth of their first son, John enlisted in the Marine Corps in hopes of finding a better life for his young family. Together the Wallace’s have seen four states, two countries and added three more sons to their family. They have survived two overseas tours, one that was unaccompanied, and an average of three deployments a year for the last 20 years. They celebrated their silver anniversary this past fall. There is no doubt that Melissa and John have faced challenges that have crumbled lesser marriages. Yet, looking at them today, there is no doubt they are as much in love as the day they married.

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