Archive for November, 2009

Pop Quiz

November 17, 2009

A PhD student recently contacted me about inviting my readers to participate in a survey for engaged couples.  Mind you, I know this is a little unusual, but I took the survey myself and found it to be quite enlightening/provocative/definitely worth my time.  It is full of important questions we should all be asking ourselves and our partners as we prepare to be married.

Please contact Cristina directly if you’d like to participate.  She introduces the project below:

Engaged volunteers needed!

I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples.  The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

You can:

-Help a doctoral candidate;

-Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;

-Support research on marriage and families; and

-Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at  I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.


Cristina Reitz-Krueger

Doctoral Student

University of Virginia

(434) 243-8558



November 2, 2009

I was a little late getting the Fall 2009 Martha Stewart Weddings, but I am so in love!


As a June bride, I find wedding magazines a little tricky because most the the issues I will read in preparation for my big day feature seasons I am not getting married in.  I guess the key is to take the ideas and images I’m drooling over and reinterpret them into my own summer-y versions.  I’m already looking into various craft punches to recreate the cupcake picks above, and I am determined to use a version of that lovely gold centerpiece (perhaps in a different color) somewhere in my wedding decor.

But alas, I’m not sure how to work in acorns.  How adorable are these?!  Detailed instructions to make your own are here.


| All images from Martha Stewart Weddings |