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To this point in the chapter, we have focused upon the attraction that occurs between people who are initially getting to know one another. But the basic principles of social psychology can also be applied to help us understand relationships that last longer. When good friendships develop, when people get married and plan to spend the rest of their lives together, and when families grow closer over time, the relationships take on new dimensions and must be understood in somewhat different ways. Yet the principles of social psychology can still be applied to help us understand what makes these relationships last. The factors that keep people liking and loving each other in long-term relationships are at least in part the same as the factors that lead to initial attraction.

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I'd venture to say it all feels less pure. Second marriages are a tricky business. Measure content performance.

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Ron and his parents had been through all this before and were okay with keeping their list tight and focused. Use precise geolocation data. While I don't think it's easy for any couple to determine what they're going to say to each other, many of the popular passages and templates didn't seem to fit. These elements meant something to me, and I received no resistance from Ron.

As for a lot of the other details — rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids, welcome bags, parting favors, wedding announcement, weddinghashtag — I didn't bother. As most everyone reading this can attest, the push and pull of who gets invites are epic. Select basic. Ron had taken his first commitment seriously, and despite the general consensus from both sides that the marriage wasn't meant to be, he felt hypocritical about making a second commitment, with the second round of pomp and circumstance, in front of some of the same people.

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These choices will be aled globally to our partners and will not affect browsing data. They often include not-so-subtle warnings about what's to come, deed to keep you strong and united in the face of conflict, change, hardship, kids. The discussions and decisions are different, the emotions are knotty, and, yes, it can be awkward.

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List of Partners vendors. The baggage can be major and multilayered. A few years ago, I was having a drink with a younger former assistant of mine who was in love and newly engaged and therefore wise beyond her years about marriage. Yep, he kept them. And I happily used that as an excuse to opt-out.

And we already had kids. But let's back up a bit, to the day we got engaged.

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So our ceremony not only looked forward, but it also affirmed and celebrated what we'd been through and where we'd landed. As we were driving back from the beach where he had just proposed, Ron turned to me and quietly said, "I have to tell you: I am so excited to be marrying you, but I'm not so excited about the wedding.

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Select personalised. Select personalised content. But as I learned over the eight months from engagement day to Big Day, planning your first wedding with a ly married partner can also be surprisingly awesome. We figured these out last. I dated Ron, my now-husband, throughout his entire arduous two-year divorce process; I was with him when he flung his first wedding ring into the Hudson River because what else do you do with it? I turned to my stepchildren, the mini best man and flower girl sitting in their petite finery in the front row, and promised to always cherish and honor them and to create a safe and loving home for them.

I held tight to Ron's hands as our reverend spoke of the lifelong commitment we'd already begun. But when it's the second time around, expectations loosen. Related Stories. I was 35, perpetually single, and perpetually stymied. A hard truth to swallow, sure. It's complicated and sometimes frustrating, however, I believe it's made our marriage extra strong and special.

It turns out that planning a second wedding is a great training ground for a second marriage. Create a personalised profile. We called it the Franken-Registry. No matter how hard you try to push it aside, the specter of the first event — and, by extension, the first marriage, and first wife — hovers above you throughout the process.

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I estimate I felt 72 percent less guilty about leaving people off the guest list than I would have if it were the first wedding for both Ron and me. Here's what I mean:. I Accept Show Purposes. And second, wedding vows are focused on the future — to have and to hold, from this day forward.

At any time, you can update your settings through the "EU Privacy" link at the bottom of any. The divorced guy is simply not the groom she pictures.

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Your Privacy Rights. When I asked them to please whittle down their list because our venue held a max of 90, they ed me back with a list of my friends they thought could be removed. For one, Ron still felt a bit hypocritical about saying the same words again. But I wasn't surprised. Create a personalised content profile. With absolute certainty, she declared, "You're clearly going to marry someone who's been married before. But there were three things that I knew I wanted: "Running on Faith," by Eric Clapton, as the first dance; my guitar-playing brothers and smoky-voiced best friend to perform it; and a coconut cake.

I love his son and daughter as my own and was already in full-on juggling mode life balance — ha! This left me more energy to muscle, my parents. But six months later, I met that already-been-married man.


At least, they claimed to be. We and our partners process data to: Actively scan device characteristics for identification. Fortunately, while my parents didn't completely comprehend the idea of a small wedding, others who didn't make the cut seemed to. His status made him a great scapegoat: "Oh, you know, Ron's been married before.

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As I wrote earlier, I didn't daydream much about my big day before it actually happened. So we're keeping it small. To change or withdraw your consent choices for Brides. Measure ad performance.

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And then I walked back down the aisle with my dreamy husband, surrounded by my new family, heart bursting with joy, grateful to be a second wife. Actively scan device characteristics for identification. He has two kids who are now my step kids and an ex-wife who is a big part of their lives and, therefore, ours.

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She was right, and I wouldn't have it any other way. No matter how hard you try to push it aside, the specter of the first event—and, by extension, the first marriage and first wife—hovers above you throughout the process. I first selected some fill-in-the-blanks basics salad tongs, a pitcherthen Ron's five-year-old daughter sat on my lap in front of the computer and helped me glam it up with picks like a flowery painted vase ooh, pretty!

But to me, his hesitancy and openness about it was further proof that he would make a solid and honorable husband. I could have done it all, and I love brides who do.

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Develop and improve products. I went from elated to deflated. But Ron and I had already endured hardship; we'd stuck together through his divorce and all the strains that accompanied it. So when I sat down to create the registryit was more random than rational — a loose combination of unrelated parts. Ron's first marriage didn't come with just emotional baggage — it also came with full sets of beautiful china and crystal. And since I had lived many years as a single adult foodie, I was well stocked in terms of kitchen gear.

At some point, you just suck it up and buy the Le Creuset yourself. Apply market research to generate audience insights. Jill Biden's Relationship. No woman, when she is young and naive and fantasizing about her future wedding — even a woman like me who claims she has never and would never fantasize about stuff like her wedding — imagines marrying someone who's been married before.