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Neil Patrick Harris gets engaged, thanks to marriage equality in New York

NeilPatrickHarris.jpgCongratulations to Neil Patrick Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother, who has announced he is engaged.

Neil Patrick, who plays the part of the straight Barney Stinson on the show - announced his engagement to partner David Burtka on Twitter, after gay marriage was finally made legal in New York on Friday.

He tweeted: "It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!

"David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago. We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date. (sic)"

It's been an exciting year for the couple, who have been together since 2004, after they became parents to Gideon Scott and Harper Grace in October 2010 (via a surrogate mother).

Well done New York for finally passing the law, and hopefully setting a great example for all the other states.

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Posted by Emma Cossey on June 27, 2011 8:00 AM in Marriage| Sex & Relationships
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Video: The most romantic proposal ever?

Late last week, a friend popped this video up on Facebook. Now, I'm not usually a weepy person, particularly when it comes to videos. But even I was sniffling over this deeply romantic proposal.

LUCK - NYC Wedding Propsal from Aria Melody DJ on Vimeo.

Posted by Emma Cossey on May 16, 2011 9:00 AM in Marriage| Video
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The Aigua Media Royal Wedding predictions - Were we right?


Here at Aigua Media, we've been loving all the rumours doing the rounds regarding Kate's dress, beauty choices and rumours about what she'd say at the alter. 

Now we know most of the answers, lets see how we did!

  • Catwalk Queen correctly reported that Kate's dress could be designed by Sarah Burton.
  • They also reported a vintage McQueen influence, which ended up being the choice for Kate's sister Pippa.
  • OSOBLOG were spot on with their report that Kate wouldn't be arriving in a carriage after all. Will did get to drive them out in a rather snazzy Aston Martin though.
  • Shoewawa was holding out for some Aruna Seth heels, but they're apparently Alexander McQueen (although we haven't actually seen them yet, so we're still holding out hope).
  • Kiss and Make Up confirmed that Kate would have her hair down earlier this week.
  • And Startrip has a few predictions of their own for the reception...we love their idea of Prince Charles doing the funky chicken.
Have you enjoyed the Royal Wedding?
Posted by Emma Cossey on April 29, 2011 3:20 PM in Celebrities| Marriage
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Would you like a diamond engagement ring from Costco?

Picture the scene: You're out at a posh restaurant, enjoying a romantic night out with your other half, when he gets down on one knee and pulls out...a Costco ring box.

Yup, the wholesale warehouse has been offering diamond rings for some time. But if your partner is really rich, he could treat you to their brand new single 6.77-carat diamond solitaire ring for $1million.

Sounds a bit pricey, but the ring is actually valued at $1.6million, so you're getting a Costco bargain.

They actually sell 100,000 carats of diamonds a year, so there's clearly a market for it. 

How would you feel if your partner bought your engagement ring from Costco? 

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 12, 2011 9:33 AM in Marriage| Shopping
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Average age for first-time brides is now 30

weddingcouple.pngNew National Statistics have revealed that the typical age we tie the knot is 30, a big shift from the 1970s when the average age was 22.

The number of people getting married is now at its lowest level since 1895 too.

It's not just the ladies waiting longer for marriage. Men are, on average, 32 when they get wed. 

It seems careers and climbing the property ladder are now a higher priority, with many couples leaving marriage and family until their thirties.

What do you think about these statistics?  

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on March 31, 2011 10:21 AM in Marriage
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In The News...

In The News: Katie Price finally releases a statement....

katieprice_okmagazine.jpg....about not releasing a statement. Only Katie Price could release a statement about why she hasn't released a statement yet regarding her marriage to Alex Reid.

Still with me?

The statement read:

'Alex asked Katie not to release it as he wanted more time to discuss matters and come to terms with their situation. Katie has agreed to this out of respect for Alex and ­because she doesn't want to hurt him.'

Ouch! That's one way to publicly humiliate someone into signing the divorce papers.

Thankfully, that's not the only news this weekend.

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Posted by Emma Cossey on January 17, 2011 10:47 AM in Celebrities| In The News...| Marriage| Work and Business
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Money at the root of most relationship break ups this Christmas

britishmoney.jpgThe last couple of years has been tough for most of us, with prices going up, salaries going around and most of us having to make some form of cut back. According to a recentl survey by, it would seem the cut backs are having an impact on people's relationships. 

The survey revealed that the majority of break ups over the holiday period were rooted in disagreements over dosh.

Arguments usually focus on how money is spent, followed by one partner overspending the cash or lying about money. 

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Posted by Emma Cossey on January 12, 2011 10:34 AM in Marriage| Sex & Relationships
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Women become nervous when their partner is in the car

driving.jpgI'm a very nervous driver. Particularly when my boyfriend, someone who drives for a living, is in the car with me. It turns out, I'm not the only one. A new survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists suggests that 15% of women feel nervous when their partner is in their car. A further 8% never feel relaxed when their other half is in the car. Funnily enough, only 5% of passengers are actually nervous, so perhaps we're worrying for nothing.

The survey went on to reveal that men are generally more confident behind the wheel, but both sexes are equally likely to admit to speeding, poor parking or losing their temper.

Perhaps as a result, men are four times more likely to drive when out and about as a couple as women are. This only changes after a night out, when the woman is more likely to drive them home.

So why are women more nervous than men behind the wheel? Is it down to confidence rather than skill?

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Womens health

Husband tells wife "I'll divorce you if you get fat"

loseweightnowimage.jpgIn a week when the majority of the UK has eaten their body weight every day in chocolate, carbs, cheese and cocktails, the last thing we really want to read is a guilt trip about our weight. But one Daily Mail writer won't be going back for seconds, as her husband has warned her that he'll divorce her if she puts on weight.

Samantha Brick is a slim size 10, and is married to her French husband Pascal. Pascal has some pretty severe rules when it comes to Samantha's eating habits. When Samantha recently got gastroenteritis, he exclaimed 'Imagine how much weight you're ­losing! This is great for your figure!'

Last year, Pascal gave her an exercise bike for Christmas - and checks how many kilometres she's cycled and how long it's taken her on a daily basis.

He even checks her shopping bags when she returns from the supermarket.

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Posted by Emma Cossey on December 30, 2010 2:57 PM in Marriage| Women's "Ishoos"| Womens health
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What's in a name, Rebekah?

weddingringswade.jpgThe Guardian are getting their feministy knickers in a twist. Again. This time they're having a pop at Rebekah Wade for choosing to take her husband's name when she got married. She's Rebekah Brooks now, but according to Michele Hanson, she's "letting down thousands of women". Er, why exactly? What's wrong with taking your husband's name when you get married?

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Posted by Sian Meades on June 25, 2009 1:05 PM in Feminism| Marriage| Sian Meades| Women on Top
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