Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Counting the Days Until Marriage, Not the Wedding

The countdown to the biggest day of my life flashes prominently on my carefully-crafted wedding website and my thorough Knot.com profile, quantifying just how much time I have left before my CatholicMatch boyfriend turned CatholicMatch finance becomes my husband.

Even though there is a lot of time before our big day, the how-to books and online guides have almost convinced me that time is running out before the save the dates have even hit the post office. The wedding world that I am now immersed in might as well just plainly say that each hour, each minute and each second not spent obsessing over table linens, first dances and my honeymoon packing list are wasted.

The element of time drives every vendor meeting as we count backward from our wedding date, but even the questions from my friends and family suggest that the clock is ticking.

Click here to read this post on CatholicMatch.com.

This post is being shared with permission from CatholicMatch.

Friday, March 7, 2014

There’s More Than Saying ‘Yes to the Dress’

“This is it.”

I glided out of the dressing room with a smile on my face as memorable as the trail of organza behind me. Stepping up onto a box stool to face a wall of mirrors, I watched the reflection of my Mom and maid of honor registering each element of the dress with me—the ruched bodice, the delicate beading and the trail of buttons down the back of the gown. I had tried on dresses with these two faithful women before, but this dress—my wedding gown—was different.

As a fingertip veil was placed over my upswept hair, I felt like a bride more than ever before. Not only was I clothed in elegant fabric, but I envisioning being clothed in something much more powerful—the sacrament of marriage.

Click here to read this post on CatholicMatch.com.

This post is being shared with permission from CatholicMatch.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Saying No to the ‘Bridal Hunger Games’

The commercials have already started.

Lose five pounds every week with no diet or exercise!

Say goodbye to those love handles for good with our new miracle pill!

Start the new year as a new, skinnier you!

We’ve seen dozens of weight loss advertisements attempting to convince us that shedding the extra pounds should be at the top of our New Year’s resolutions list. And for many of us, there’s a health-related reason that weight loss should make the list. As a bride-to-be, I feel more pressure than ever to say goodbye to carbs, sugar and the occasional ice cream splurge all together.

Click here to read this post on CatholicMatch.com.

This post is being shared with permission from CatholicMatch.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nurture Your Future Marriage Today

On a recent Friday night, my fiancĂ©, George, and I found ourselves sitting in an auditorium at our shared alma mater with a thick spiral bound workbook in front of us with “Living God’s Love: The Sacrament of Marriage” emblazoned on the cover. Just five months earlier, I shrieked with joy as George got down on one knee under the arches at the entryway of campus, and now reality was rapidly sinking in as we began our weekend marriage retreat.

As we sat among 70 engaged couples all at the cusp of making the biggest decision of our lives, I quickly realized that everything we were learning—from managing money to sacramental love—is just as relevant to singles and dating couples as it is to engaged and married couples.

Click here to read this post on CatholicMatch.com.

This post is being shared with permission from CatholicMatch.