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August 11, 2006


Karin Oliver-Kreft

I make it a point to tell brides planning their wedding that if they remember that it's not about the wedding, it's about the marriage, they'll do fine.

Too many people in our culture get married because they want a wedding - the fancy party with the beautiful dress and all eyes on them, telling them they're beautiful. A wedding should be a big, probably-too-expensive party that's being planned not for the enjoyment of the bride and groom (who will be too busy and nervous to really remember much of it anyway) but for that of the guests. The MARRIAGE is for the couple.

I also tell them that my mom gave my dad only one rule when they got married: If you cheat, it's over. You don't get a second chance. My mom is the only one of her siblings who was never divorced and is nearing her 50th anniversary.

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