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In Sickness and in Health

I’m sometimes asked questions about our wedding day – how did I feel walking down the aisle? Did I have any pre-ceremony nerves? Did my head feel like it was going to explode or was I as cool as a cucumber? The truth is that I was incredibly calm on the morning of our wedding. Nothing fazed me. I had fun with my bridesmaids, we had the most delicious breakfast …

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Our Silver Lining Wedding!

Since I was a young girl, getting married was something I had dreamed about. Even before my husband proposed, I had a Pinterest board full of inspiration and ideas for our perfect wedding and marriage. Being the perfectionist planner, the majority of our wedding was planned 6 months into what turned out to be a 22-month engagement. I had planned it all; dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t’. It …

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Focussing on the Positives!

David and I have been based at home for a number of years after David took early retirement. They have been busy years, where the focus has been on pursuing our callings in a number of directions rather than earning money. So when lockdown came, life didn’t change as much as it did for many others. Yes, we missed getting out for face to face meetings and seeing the children …

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“How can we have a ‘Naked Wedding’?”

During Marriage Week 2021, the 10 – 16 May, celebrate your relationship by making a definite decision about the future and proposing to your partner! Let us know if you do and to help you on your way, we’ve come up with some thoughts on how to have a simple, stripped back ‘Naked Wedding’. I’m assuming that because you’re reading this, getting married is something that you’ve thought about, but …

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Forgiveness – Why it’s Both Good and Challenging

Mark Twain wrote that forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. While this is an achingly beautiful description, the reality is that for many, reaching any form of forgiveness can seem as impossible to reach as the stars. Hurt can run very deep when it is perceived that a loved one has let you down or has carried out an offence that …

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Marriage Week 2020 Update: Online Launch of UK National Marriage Week – The Forever Conversation

For months, I’ve been preparing for the annual, national celebration that is Marriage Week.  At the early stages of planning for 2020, I was considering what the theme should be this year, having development meetings with the many excellent organisations who partner with the campaign, smaller team meetings, and countless conversations with my husband too!  However, what I couldn’t have predicted was a Marriage Week in lockdown. I was asked …

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Commit or Quit – The Two Year Rule and Other Rules for Romance, by Harry Benson, published 11 May

Attitudes to sex, relationships, and marriage have changed enormously over the last fifty years. We have undergone a sexual revolution. Society is less stuffy, less rigid, and less patriarchal. There is more individual choice, freedom, and sex. It has been an unmitigated improvement to human development, hasn’t it? Well, there’s a problem. Birth control changed the game. But we are not yet playing it very well. Women may have been …

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3 Dates that Shaped a Future

Friday the 9th of August 2019 feels like a lifetime ago. It was a time before the terms ‘quarantine’, ‘social-distancing’ and ‘furlough’ were on the tips of even the most pessimistic tongues (back then I definitely wouldn’t have even known what ‘furloughing’ meant). Although it feels like an era has passed since then, in reality only 244 days have passed between that date and today, which means it is precisely …

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Renovating our home and renovating our marriage

For the past few months my wife and I have been living in a different space as our family home has been undergoing significant restoration. Just as we sifted through the contents of our home prior to our departure into a different place, touching on memories both good and bad, we are now doing the same again as we prepare to return. Sorting out what is needed for the next …

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The best help we can give each other right now

The experience of being in ‘lockdown’ is tough on relationships. Fault lines that may have always been there may now widen under the stress.  Distractions that we used to keep difficult feelings at bay have now gone. I wonder if you, like me have found the wisdom of grief and trauma experts is incredibly insightful at this time? Their wisdom helps because we are all experiencing concurrent trauma and have …

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10 Top Tips for managing Sex and Intimacy during the Covid-19 Crisis

In these difficult times we will be looking for ways to make ourselves feel better and that might mean we struggle to engage with negativity from our partner. If we are too quick to encourage them to ‘look on the bright side’ we risk ‘discounting’ their feelings and this can leave them feeling unheard and create emotional distance. If your partner is struggling then really listen to what they are …

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What’s a wedding for? Love, expectations, obstacles and values in a time of Coronavirus.

In a few weeks’ time I will be getting married to my wonderful fiancée Lizzie. When we got engaged last year there was no way we could have predicted the spanner in the works that Coronavirus has been to our wedding plans. In many ways the last few months has been defined by uncertainty. Uncertainty about when we would get married. Uncertainty about how we would get married. Uncertainty about …

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Our Commitment to Forever!

Gill and I will be celebrating 35 years of marriage on the 13th April this year.  On that date in 1985 we made a lifelong commitment to each other through our marriage vows, before God and those gathered.  We made that commitment as a mixed couple, Gill being English and myself being West Indian, with the love and support of our two families.  We have never regretted it.  It doesn’t …

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Reliable Love, Commitment & The Forever Conversation

What everybody forgets about commitment is that you’re not just making one choice. You’re closing the door on all the other choices. Choosing one thing means not being able to choose anything else. That can be a risky step to take. No wonder many of us try to put off commitments for as long as possible. Now think about your relationship. You want reliable love. You want to know there is …

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I said yes to forever!

‘The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.’ – Audrey Hepburn. Let me take you back to Summer 2013…I was 16 years old, and having just moved 300 miles away from where I grew up with my family, I was about to start a new school. I was feeling scared and vulnerable; moving to a new school in a new town so far away is not easy …

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MPs debate marriage week in parliament

Yesterday MPs debated national marriage week, exploring the link between marriage and mental health. The debate covered a number of issues including the importance of marriage for the wellbeing of couples and children, what support should be available for those whose relationships have ended and may be facing mental health issues as a result, and what can be done to enable family relationships provide a healthy environment for all. Fiona …

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Marriage Week UK Launch Event at the House of Lords

To celebrate the arrival of UK National Marriage Week, we held a special event at the House of Lords today.  The beautiful room gave a great sense of occasion as we reflected on the theme for this year, ‘Recipe for a Healthy Marriage’.  We were thrilled that so many of our partners, journalists and supporters were able to attend and there was a tangible buzz of excitement amongst our guests. We heard …

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Almost one in six people have health problems affecting their sex life – So let’s start talking about sex more!

Many of us would agree that we live in a sexualised society. We think nothing of seeing an explicit sex scene on the TV or sexualised images in magazines and in music videos, but we are surprisingly coy when it comes to talking about sex when there are difficulties. Sexual problems are actually very common but as a society we rarely talk about them and if we do, it will …

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Marriage and Mental Health Parliament Debate

We wanted to share with you the encouraging news that Fiona Bruce MP has secured a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons next Thursday from 13.30-15.00. The topic of the debate is ‘Marriage and Mental Health’. This debate will provide a space for Members of Parliament to consider both these topics in a way that has not been discussed recently in the House of Commons. we anticipate that …

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Marriage Week on Premier Radio FAQ sessions

Michaela Hyde is taking part in the FAQ sessions around Marriage Week.
We’ve got video…

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What Mums Want (and Dads Need to Know)

We thought you might be interested in this book by Harry and Kate Benson. Harry is our research director at Marriage Foundation and one of Britain’s leading campions for marriage. Everyone wants a relationship that lasts. Yet nearly half of all today’s parents split up. Harry and Kate Benson began their own married life with great expectations. But within a few years, they stood on the brink of divorce. Today, …

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Divorce Laws in England and Wales

Divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled so that couples that are wanting to get divorced will be able to split with less acrimony.  Whilst this may sound like bad news, it is the firm belief of Marriage Week that this is, in fact, a good thing. 

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