The Road To Recovery: Helping Yourself Heal After An Accident

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Getting back on track after a serious accident can take a lot of time. As well as time-consuming, it can also be a huge strain on your emotions. During this frustrating time, it can often be difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But, no matter how difficult you find this situation, it is always important to stay positive on your journey to recovery. Having a positive mental attitude can be one of the best ways to get back to your former self after a major trauma. But that isn’t the only way, though. In this blog, I’ll outline some of the best ways you can take care of yourself and help get back to being who you were before the accident.

Take Things Slow

It is very important not to rush your recovery. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! And that is especially the case when it comes to the healing process. Don’t try and push yourself too much. Otherwise, this could result in you injuring yourself, which can only increase the time your body needs to recover. Take things day by day, and make sure that you spend plenty of time resting, especially in the first few weeks after the accident.

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Listen To Doctors

Your doctors will know exactly what you need to do to get better. So if they say you need to stay in hospital for at least a month, then you need to take this advice on board. It isn’t worth discharging yourself early, no matter how well you may think you feel. It is also imperative to keep on taking any drugs and other medication prescribed to you until you have completed the full course. Don’t just stop taking your medication because you feel better; this could result in a relapse. Your doctors and nurses want to get you back to full health as soon as possible. So listen to their every word and follow all the advice that they give you. You will then find that there are hardly any delays in your recovery.

Adapt To A New Way Of Life

If you have been in a particularly bad accident, some of your injuries may require you to adapt to a new way of life. For example, you might now have reduced mobility and could need a wheelchair. So there are certain adaptations that you will need to make to your life. Your home may need to be adapted for independent wheelchair access. It could also be worth having some special appliances and equipment installed in your home. If this is the case, it is important that you don’t try and resist the adaptations. By accepting your new life, you will be able to adapt better. Resisting could result in you injuring yourself and setting back your recovery time.

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Seek Financial Help

Going back to work might not be an option for a prolonged period of time after your accident. Because of this, you might have to reassess your finances to help you stay afloat during your recovery. If you have managed to save plenty before the accident, you could have enough to live off without resorting to other funding. And don’t forget that you will be eligible to statutory sick pay for a limited amount of time while you are off work. This is only paid for twenty-eight weeks. After this period, it is up to your employer whether they still pay you or not. If they choose not to, then there are other ways you can receive money. There are a number of charities that specialise in getting money for those who are too ill to work. If you have limited mobility once you return home from hospital, you may not be able to return to your previous job. In this case, think about alternative work you can do from home, such as blogging or becoming a virtual assistant.

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Get Help From Family And Friends

Your friends and family will be very keen to help you during this difficult time. However, some people may let pride get in the way, and they may not take up these offers of help. Don’t let this be you! If someone wants to help, let them! They will want to do everything they can to help you after your accident, so embrace the offers of help to make things easier for yourself.

Life after a major accident can be a big change. Just remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you’ll get there eventually.

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Can You Trust Your Partner?

How much do you know about your partner? The person that you plan to spend the rest of your life with. Think carefully about that question. I would bet that they are nothing like the person you met on your first date. That’s because most people tend to pretend to be who they think other people want. For instance, you might tell a guy that you never miss the Sunday football match. Then, once you’re married, you can go back to ignoring football completely. That’s a small example so let’s think about something a little bigger. Do you have the same idea of what cheating is as your partner? You might think that cheating is talking to someone in a flirtatious manner. They might secretly think that it’s only cheating if there’s physical interaction. You see what I mean, and you can ask them. But can you trust the answer they give you? Here are my rules for knowing if you can trust your partner.

Phone Always On Them?

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I don’t want to make people paranoid here. But, I would be wary of someone who won’t let you see or have access to their mobile phone. It’s incredibly easy to cheat on someone or cover something up if they never see your phone. I saw a Facebook post not too long ago. It said that ninety percent of relationships would end if the couple switched phones for a day. If your partner isn’t willing to switch phones, I guarantee there’s something on it they don’t want you to see. They may not be cheating, but there is certainly something that you don’t know about. You just need to decide whether can handle that level of secrecy.

Fool Me Once, Shame On You, Fool Me Twice…

You should think very carefully about forgiving someone who has broken your trust once. Particularly, if you forgave them straight away. If you forgave them, you’re sending the message they can do it again. They may well do it again too because there is a psychological cause behind infidelity. Most men and women don’t do it due to fun and games. They might be looking for approval, and this doesn’t change without help. I wouldn’t go as far to say once a cheater, always a cheater. I would, however, consider hiring a private investigations specialist. They can make sure your partner is not cheating on you again. Now, I know the argument here. If you do this, are you trusting them? I would say, they’ve already broken your trust, so they have lost that privilege.

A Stranger Like You

I know people who have used this tactic. I wouldn’t recommend it because most people don’t like what they find. However, if you’re curious, you can pose as a stranger, adding them on Facebook or any social media. Interact with them and see how they respond. They might flirt with you or completely dismiss any advances that you make. Or, they may confirm your worst fears.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to test if you can trust your partner. Although, if you’re asking these questions that might say more about you rather than them. Unless, they have broken your trust before.

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Everything you Need to Know about Estate Agents

Have you ever wondered what estate agents do, or considered a career as an Estate Agent? Well, estate agents take up the role of marketing and selling property on behalf of property owners. That is, they monitor the chain of buyers and sellers, liaise with the solicitor, negotiate with sellers and buyers as well as deal with all the paperwork.

Estate agents may also recommend to solicitors, surveyors as well as mortgage brokers to quick house buyers and sellers. Thus, you may talk to them even if you will not use their services. Unlike a popular misconception that estate agents double up as property valuers, this is not true. While some estate agents may give you a valuation of your property, the only valuation that is admissible by financial institutions is that done by professional surveyors.

Estate agents have a way of adding a positive spin on the description of properties, the same way a marketing expert may spin a title tag, or description of a website for seo purposes. This is a great way of selling property without offending clients. However, you need to be cautious because there is a degree of opinion involved in the description of the property.

Estate Agent Regulation

The definition of estate agents is solely the mandate of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Further, the Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 and the Estate Agents Act 1979 regulate the operations and conduct of estate agents.
Additionally, estate agents may also subscribe to certain bodies like the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This is the principal body for UK property professionals dealing with commercial, residential as well as agricultural property. In fact, estate agents are legally required to belong to a redress scheme to trade as an agent. Consequently, agents who do not belong to any redress scheme as this governs agents.

Estate Agent Fees

When buying property, you are not required to pay estate agent fee. However, property sellers will pay between 0.75% and 3.5% of their property’s selling price in estate agent fees unless you are selling with a fast house sale agency. This can significantly have an impact on the amount that is due to you at the end of the transaction hence the need to consider negotiating for better rates. It is advisable that you check if the fee is inclusive of VAT, otherwise you may end up adding another 20% of the fee.

Overall, estate agents are an important link between property buyers and sellers. However, you need to understand that they may not always have your interests as heart as they are in business. Therefore, you will do well to research widely and understand the process so that you do not become a victim of estate agent traps.

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Eating And Drinking Right To Cope With A Busy Work Life

A working day is usually long, often tiring and always challenging. When you pile one day on top of another, getting to the weekend always feels like a victory of sorts. Some days, just getting to home time seems like a battle won. One thing for certain is that if you want to make it through the day, you need all the help you can get. I don’t mean from your co-workers, although that’s nice. I mean from eating and drinking.

In The Morning: Energy And Awakeness

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You’ll see no shortage of articles around which talk about “How To Be A Morning Person“. They are aimed at the kind of person who wakes up feeling like they need at least two more hours’ sleep, the night owl. Truth is, if you’re not a morning person, you’re just not. However, that’s when work starts, so make the best of it. Good, strong coffee and a breakfast with protein will get you somewhere close to conscious. Plaster on a smile and head out the door!

Mid-Morning: Still Hanging In There?

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After a few hours, the familiar feeling descends as you remember you are as far away from lunch as you are from breakfast. You’re supposed to be working, but your mind is inventing sandwiches you’d really like. This is the correct time to deploy the banana! Or any other healthy snack, the point is to keep your blood sugar up. Pair it with a herbal tea at this point. Too much caffeine will make you jittery.

Lunchtime: Get Yourself Ready For The Second Half

Having had a protein-based breakfast, lunch is the meal that needs to be more of an all-rounder. Some protein isn’t a bad idea, certainly, but what you need is balance. Get some iron in the mix too, as you’ll need this to avoid a crash in the afternoon.

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A tortilla or salad, with an iron-rich leaf like swiss chard and filled with roast beef (for carnivores) or lentil dahl for veggies. Try to avoid anything fizzy to drink here – water or fruit juice is best. And although there is still a fashion to have wine, beer or cocktails with lunch, forget it. You’ll feel like death by home time.

Mid-Afternoon: Rounding The Final Bend

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Pretty much everybody is a clock-watcher in the last few hours of the working day. There’s no getting away from it, we are all mentally in the car on the way home, or at least trying to beat the traffic. Your mind wanders. You need coffee. It’s a good idea to have access to some espresso gear right about now, for a perk-up. Allow yourself some dark chocolate, or some nuts, at this point as they are good for concentration. You’re nearly there!

The general working day is busy, can be rushed and makes you change plans on a regular basis. Coming prepared and being able to roll with the changes is important. The more you stick to a smart eating plan, the more natural it will become to you. It’s amazing how much difference it makes to your day, and your week, when you’re equipping yourself for the battle.

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Help Your Grandparents Pick The Perfect Care Home

If you’re worried about your grandparent’s health or safety, it might be time to start talking about care homes. It’s not going to be the easiest conversation you ever have, but it could help make their life more comfortable in the long run. If your grandparent knows how concerned you and your parents are, it might give them the push they need to start the process. Instead of letting them sort everything out for themselves, why not help them. Your grandparents will appreciate your assistance and input, plus it will put your mind at ease. So to find the perfect care home for your grandparents here is what you need to do.

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Ask your grandparents what they want

It’s important to remember that it’s your grandparents moving into a care home and not you. What you might consider to be essential might vary from theirs. So before you do anything else, talk to them about what they would like. There are multiple kinds of care home throughout the UK and each cater to different needs. So understanding what they want beforehand is crucial to ensure they choose the right one. Talk to them about how much care they think they need and encourage them to be honest. They might think they need little assistance when in reality they need more extensive, specialist care. You also need to talk to them about where they want to be located. They might want to move closer to family or remain in an area they are familiar with.

Do research together

Research is a vital part of the process but can leave your grandparents feeling a little overwhelmed. So do what you can to help them find the information they need. Take your laptop to their home and start looking online for potential care homes. Research and talk through the varying types of care home available to them and which might be the best option. You should also look into how much it will cost and whether they are entitled to any support. The more information you can find the more informed your grandparent’s final decision will be.

Visit in person

Once you’ve got a few potential options in mind, you need to assess their standards. The best way to do this is by visiting in person. This can give you and your grandparents a more in-depth look at what living there would be like. Use this opportunity to talk to the staff and ask them questions. You can ask what the outcome of their last inspection was and if they use quality suppliers like Fairfield Care or Beaucare. You might also be able to talk to some of the residents and inspect the rooms while you are there too. This insight will be invaluable and ensure your grandparents move into a home that is clean, safe and well staffed.

Always remember to be patient and listen to your grandparent’s thoughts and opinions. This can be a stressful experience for them, and they may need time to come around to the idea. Be supportive to make sure the home they choose provides the best care possible.

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Tell-Tale Signs He’s Cheated

Living with a partner whom you suspect of cheating is a horrible place to find yourself. All your emotions and finances are tied up in one person. And that can leave you feeling left out in the cold. In a word: you’re vulnerable. But a sneaking suspicion isn’t enough to convict him. What are the tell-tale signs that suggest he’s cheated?

He’s Suddenly Come Over All Shy With His Technology

Do you remember the days when he used to pass you his smartphone without a second thought? “Babe, would you mind punching in the address on the sat nav?” Or “would you mind seeing who that was who just text me?” Well, if he’s cheated, those days are long gone. Now he always gets up to read his phone or ignores it when he’s driving. You offer to read out the messages, but he declines. That’s not how he does things anymore, apparently. No, now only he and he alone can read his texts and posts on Facebook.

Of course, he might not be cheating at all. But in all likelihood, he’s keeping something from you. These days many women are hiring a private investigator to get to the bottom of it all, if only for peace of mind.

You’ve Noticed Drastic Changes In His Sexual Appetite

You might think that if he’s found a new partner, he’s going to be less interested in you. But this is not always the case. Some men, like some women, find it a turn on to have more than one partner at once. Remember, a new partner can initiate a rush of sexual appetite. Also, keep an eye out for changes in behavior in bed. Perhaps he’s just trying something new. Or maybe he learned it elsewhere.

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Suddenly He’s Got Lots Of Friends And Work Responsibilities

It’s the most cliched cover story for affairs: working late at the office. But, surprisingly, it’s still used by men who cheat on their partners. Recently, Charles Orlando of Your Tango interviewed 50 married men who had cheated. They revealed their take on this standard alibi. One person interviewed said that he had flexible working options. He started seeing a new manager at work. And soon he was going to the office far more often than he used to. He told his wife that it was all part of the demands of his new job. But the reality was just that he wanted to hook up with his colleague. Rather than being a single night, business trips turned into affairs that went on for two or three days.

Rapid Changes In Appearance

Did your man always sport a beard? Did he always look so trim and athletic? If not, then it might be a sign he’s found another partner, especially if it seems to come out of nowhere. One man reporting to Orlando, said that he lost about ten pounds in a week after starting his affair. Why? Because of the body’s primal response to courtship. Our bodies know what looks good, apparently, so they start toning up for the occasion.

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Most Unique Places to Get Married At

Destination weddings have become increasingly popular over the years and they’re a great option for all couples who wish to experience something new and perhaps even combine their honeymoon and their big day into one magnificent event. If you’re feeling adventurous and are in urgent need of some inspiration, then perhaps these breathtaking places will help you decide on the best location for your big day.

Up in The Air

This wedding idea is certainly not for the faint hearted. Couples who wish to experience their special day on the fly can now say their vows in mid-air. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, couples are granted an opportunity to tie the knot in a hot air balloon at the International Balloon Fiesta. Not only will you have the chance to see the world from the bird’s-eye view, but hundreds of other colourful balloons flying around you will make your day simply astonishing. The best thing is that there are balloons that can accommodate up to 12 people, so your closest friends and family members can spend this special day with you.

Conserve Your Love

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For those willing to experience the enchanting appeal of Mother Nature, surrounding themselves with species of extraordinary plants and colourful flowers, the best choice is to choose a conservatorium as your wedding venue. The high glass ceiling, stunning water features and alluring scents will create a magical setting for your wedding reception. The United States has a great number of botanical gardens that can serve as wedding venues, such as the Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, but these spaces are available all around the globe, so it’s a good idea to check with some local greenhouses.

Caved In

The sound of waves breaking onto the shore, the smell of the sea and the gloomy visual of the surrounding stalactites should be enough to persuade you to create an unusual cave wedding. The archaic setting on the seaside cliffs and the magnificent view of the open sea, gives this location a truly surreal touch. Such Bridal Caves exist in Missouri, but if you’re craving that Mediterranean ambience, you can always choose a seaside cliff wedding venue in Southern Italy.

A Grain of Sand

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Can you imagine a faraway land without a soul in sight? A place where the days are permeated with endless sunshine, the night sky is filled with dazzling stars and all you can hear is the winds howling through the golden sand. Yes, a place such as that exists and gives willing couples an opportunity to experience the true splendour of the Sahara Desert. In the midst of the sparkling sand dunes, there is a luxurious desert camp, enriched by the Moroccan allure, with nothing else in sight but a few camels passing by. A truly mystical setting for all those couples wishing to dive into the enchanting world of the Middle East.

For more urban, and yet far enough lands, look for a wedding venue in Sydney. Nothing strikes the right cord as the beach wedding “down under” does.

Medieval Fantasy

If you have finally found your prince charming, that means that all you need is a delightful castle to organize a perfect medieval wedding. Not everybody has the chance to realize their dreams and if you want a true princess bride wedding day, then you deserve a castle wedding venue. Depending on your desires, you can find a castle fit for a king and queen in New

York City, Honolulu or even in Sicily.

In the last couple of years, many couples have decided to ditch the classic wedding norm and do something out of the ordinary. After all, this special day should be a representation of you two, your love and your whole relationship. This is exactly why it’s important to create an unforgettable wedding day, something memorable that is going to last a lifetime. These ideas can certainly help you find a perfect place to celebrate your love.

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Facing Acne

Nearly 50% of Millennials Suffer From This Condition

Acne Scarring.  If you haven’t been an acne sufferer, this will probably seem like just another article on what’s often disregarded as a teenager’s petty pimple problem. Many who haven’t been plagued with the condition think: “It’s not serious; there’s just a few zits and scars.  Get over it.”

Dermatologists, psychologists and acne sufferers, including an increasing number of adult Millennials, have a very different view. Both scientific evidence and personal experience, demonstrate acne and its scarring can have a profound and lasting impact on an individual.

Acne, Prevention & Scarring

Because of the serious impact acne and its scars can have (more on that below), it’s important to understand some basics and gather a few resources for future use.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is, a “chronic inflammatory skin condition, is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.” It can develop at any age.

As for prevention, both the AAD and the Mayo Clinic provide great acne prevention recommendations. Those include guidelines such as cleansing daily; using noncomedogenic, non-acnegenic and oil-free cosmetics; and applying over-the-counter (OTC) acne cream or gel to help dry excess oil.

Effective OTC treatments do exist, especially for minor to moderate acne, (not typically for deep cysts and nodules). But does Proactive really work? Studies and reviews show that high cost equals high quality. So when OTCs fail to work or acne and its scars are interfering with your life, it’s time for professional advice.  Acne is a medical condition, so consult with a dermatologist. Early intervention is the best way to stop acne and prevent scarring.

Scarring occurs when acne lesions damage the structure of the second layer of your skin, the dermis.  If you avoid poking and prodding pimples, that will help to prevent scarring and infection of acne lesions.

Just as there are many types of acne, there are many types of scars. Scars are often permanent with discoloration impacted by sun exposure and appearance heightened by aging skin.  According to a dermatological research paper in the National Center for Biotechnology Information library, doctors often treat scars based on their classifications. This resource is informative, even if a bit technical, and available to the public.

The Impact of Acne & Scarring

Facial appearance represents an important part of a person’s perception of his or her self-image and can seriously impact self-esteem. Unlike the back, the face is typically uncovered, and is the locus of most human interactions. In the era of selfies and FaceTime, this is true perhaps now even more than ever.

In Psychology Today, Ted Grossbart Ph.D., records his research about and clinical experience with individuals who have chronic skin disorders like acne.  In his article, The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems, he says: “Just as signals of psychological and emotional stress can lead to skin disorders, skin disorders often lead to psychological distress.”

In addition to psychosocial impact acne and its scars have on sufferers, the financial costs associated with treatment are high, exceeding $3 billion annually.

Solutions for Scar Sufferers

The good news? A growing number of highly effective treatments for all types of scarring appear or are perfected every year. Thus, dermatologists can deploy these to help alter not only a patient’s appearance, but also to positively shape the way a person feels about him or herself and the lives they lead.

Treatments to reduce the appearance of scars, such as products including topical retinoids and silicon gels, have proven efficacious. Depending on the type of scarring, dermatologic surgeons also have other techniques at their disposal.

Some popular and effective options recommended by the American Academy of Dermatological Surgeons include: chemical peels, dermabrasion, derm fillers, laser/light therapy, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and non-ablative laser rejuvenation.

Even after a person’s physical scars are gone, psychological ones can remain. It’s the psychological scars that Grossbart and other psychologists and counselors treat in their clinical practices.
Scores of acne sufferers are helped every year by the combined efforts of psychologists and dermatologists. So reach out, if you’re in need. You’ll find the assistance you’re looking for.

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17 Surprising Facts About Weddings

Weddings are a fascinating social phenomenon. And like the people involved in them, they’re diverse. Here are some surprising, funny and downright ridiculous facts about weddings.

1. If you know anything about weddings, you’ll know that it’s traditional to throw rice at the newly married couple. But, what if you grew up in Czechoslovakia. Here they don’t throw rice at the newlyweds; they throw peas.

2. In Greece, soon-to-be-wedded wives stow cubes of sugar under their dresses. This is so that they can “sweeten” the resulting marriage.

3. Have you ever wondered if there’s a way of finding out whether you should marry somebody without getting to know them first? Well, the Romans thought there was. Romans studied pig entrails to work out whether a couple was suited.

4. The most expensive wedding ever cost a grand total of $44 million or about £35 million. The wedding was between Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Princess Salama in Dubai.

5. Some wives have found their future husbands wearing their wedding dresses, locked in an embrace with their best man.

6. The average spend on wedding invitations, like pocketfold wedding invites, is more than £400.

7. You might think that weddings today are superstitious affairs. But back in ancient times, things were a lot worse. Both the Greeks and the Romans believed that the bridal veil protected brides against evil spirits. And that tradition continued down the generations. We have that tradition today because Romans brought their weddings with them when they conquered England.

8. Ever since Queen Victoria married Albert, it’s been the fashion for brides to wear white in the West. But Westerners weren’t the first to decide that wearing white was best. No – that title goes to the Japanese, who have been wearing white at weddings for centuries.

9. The James Bond films first popularised the idea that diamonds are forever. And even before, then diamonds have been seen as a symbol of marital permanence. But diamonds are not the only precious stone linked to marriage. According to experts, aquamarine is also associated with marriage. It’s meant to symbolise harmony and ensure that the marriage is long and prosperous.

10. China is the most populous country on the planet, even with the one-child policy. But do you have any idea of how many marriages happen there every day? The number is a staggering 26,000. That means that every month over 800,000 couples tie the knot.

11. Wedding dresses have always been a big part of every wedding, figuratively speaking. But one German bride made her dress a big part of the wedding in the literal sense too. The dress was 515 feet long. That sparked a trend that caught on globally. Just last year a new record was set in the Chinese province of Xiamen, Fujian. The dress measured over 8600 feet long – or more than a mile.

12. Have you ever wondered where the stag do originated? I’m sure you’ll be surprised to find out that its origins are actually to be found in the ancient world. It’s believed that Spartan soldiers first instituted the tradition in ancient Greece. The idea was to have a wild party to say goodbye to single life. Little has changed.

13. Today it’s easy for other people to work out whether the couple-to-be are siblings. But in the past, it wasn’t: and it was a big problem. The reading of the banns was a tradition designed to solve this. It was a Catholic invention, and the idea was to make sure that the bride and groom weren’t somehow related.

14. The month of June has always been a favorite month for weddings. But have you ever wondered why? Well, it’s because Juno was the Roman goddess of childbirth and marriage. Getting married in June is supposed to be good luck.

15. You may have heard about people marrying their cars and their boats. But where did the tradition of marrying inanimate objects come from? One of the first instances of this sort of thing occurred back in 1976. A secretary from Los Angeles decided that she had had enough of looking for a man to marry. So instead she decided to marry a four-stone rock. The two were wedded in front of about two-dozen witnesses.

16. We’ve all heard about best men who are best men at multiple weddings. But have you ever wondered what the most times any individual man has been a best man? It’s 1,000 times, and it’s a record held by a rather popular Malaysian.

17. According to English folklore, Saturday is the most unlucky day to get hitched.

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