Monday, May 23, 2022

How Long Should An Engagement Last?

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Many women look forward to being engaged and having that dream wedding. The question is how long should an engagement last, and what other expenses and activities come with an engagement? 


According to Samantha Bridal's Survey, the average engagement period in Kenya is between 16-17 months. Ninety-nine percent of the men do the proposing and one percent of women propose to their mates. Most women like to consider themselves engaged because it is a great feeling and see it as a sign of settling down. Most of the women engaged are under 35 years of age and have a high educational profile. Sixty-nine percent of the engaged couples have known each other for more than three years.

Most of the engagements happen during December, the New Year, and on Saint Valentine’s Day. Sixty-four percent of the couples are already living together before the actual marriage.


Many couples tend to open new bank accounts and spend a lot of money buying furniture and household items. The couple also uses this time to fulfill cultural obligations like payment of bride price and marriage counseling.


Most couples spend money on engagement rings, wedding rings, and any other jewelry. This is costly because real gold and silver are quite expensive.


According to Samantha’s survey, 64% of couples are living together before marriage. Nowadays, courtship is done differently compared to the past. Many young couples prefer to live together before walking down the aisle.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

When A Bride and Groom Make an Unusual Request by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All 

I came across an article and thought I had heard everything. I have attended many weddings in my heyday and I must say, not one couple solicited the type of gift they wanted. In fact, most of the couples did not have a gift registry. You just purchased a practical gift that the couple would need when setting up the house, namely bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom add-ons. Moreover, if you were clueless as to what the couple really needed, you would give cash or a gift certificate. I know I am dating myself. Today it is a gift card. Nevertheless, that was then, and this is now where wedding traditions have become informal and will vary according to the couple’s culture, ethnicity or religion.


A bride and groom sparked a heated debate on social media after asking wedding guests to pay for their honeymoon instead of buying them a gift. I started to wonder if this was a trend among couples.  Many, many years ago, it would have been unthinkable or tacky for a bride and groom to ask prospective wedding guests to pay for their honeymoon. On the other hand, maybe I have been living under a rock too long.



One guest shared her dilemma in an Australian Facebook group, after receiving an invitation to both the bridal shower and wedding. However, she was left confused after the couple asked guests to contribute to their honeymoon fund by transferring the money through an app after they opted out of having a gift registry.



I must admit that I would never contribute to the bride and groom’s honeymoon. If a couple cannot afford to pay for their own honeymoon, then they should not go or plan it for another time. In addition, if the couple was living together, there is nothing new under the sun for them to discover about each other. I realize planning a wedding can be expensive, but you have to know what you can afford and not put that burden on your guests, especially if you are having several events that require gift-giving, namely an engagement party, a bridal shower, wedding rehearsal, and wedding reception. I have even read where couples are asking guests to pay for their own meals at the reception.



I decided to ask some of my associates on social media what they thought. Some of the answers were edited for clarity:


Whatever money I would have put towards the gift, I would give to them.

I am happy to contribute cash.

The bride and Groom should pay for their own wedding. They pay for their own divorces.

I would be happy to contribute cash instead of a present. It is less work for me.

Only if I can afford it. If not, I would contribute the money I can afford towards their honeymoon.

I would give what I can.

Depending on whom it is.

I am fine with a vacation registry.

If I could I would give cash/gift cards over shopping - every time.

Find the cheapest hotel room in town and give them the paper to the day they get married.

I went to a wedding where you paid for your plate upfront.

Say, "Thanks but that does not work for me."


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Monday, May 09, 2022

Choose The Guy You Want To Marry, Then Submit To Him

Best Selling International Author, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, shares why it is important to open your eyes and your heart before you say yes and walk down the aisle.

Monday, May 02, 2022

News for Travelers

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News from Overseas Adventure Travel™ 

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Marriage Lines You Should Never Cross

International best-selling author, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku talks about the lines you should never cross in a marriage.

Monday, April 18, 2022

The Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in the United States

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Your wedding day is almost here. Where you go on your honeymoon will depend on your budget and preferences. When planning your honeymoon, sit down and determine where you both would like to go. Doing something you both take pleasure in will turn an ordinary escape into a memorable journey.


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There are many destinations where you can go for an enjoyable honeymoon. Some destinations are tropical and private, while others will put you close to cultural and historical sites. 

Following are some of the most romantic cities that couples visit:


Aspen, Colorado - This small town in Colorado offers a variety of lodges where couples can retreat to and enjoy time cuddling by the fire, go skiing, or sit back and enjoy the view.


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Charleston, South Carolina - Enjoy a romantic honeymoon complete with tons of Southern charm when visiting Charleston. Couples can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and romantic walks on the cobblestone streets.


Kauai, Hawaii - Kauai caters to couples looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway. This area of Hawaii offers luxury resorts with views of the bright sunsets, dark sands, and aquamarine waves.


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Key West, Florida - You can watch the sunrise and sunset over the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Key West takes you to a place where time stands still, especially when you are enjoying your time kicking back at the beach.


Lake Tahoe, California - Begin your new life together by enjoying the beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Tahoe. The clear waters among the mountains create the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon.


Maui, Hawaii - Maui offers couples a chance to play in the sands and enjoy tropical resorts. There are plenty of opportunities to surf, enjoy an authentic luau, or hike through Haleakala.

Nantucket, Massachusetts - Spend your first few days as husband and wife enjoying the waters of Nantucket during the day and sipping on locally crafted wine at night. This area offers a chance for couples to relax and spend time doing many different activities, including bike riding along the water, sailing, antique shopping, and dining in some of the area’s finest restaurants.


Napa Valley, California - This region offers couples a chance to spend their honeymoon exploring vineyards while sampling a variety of wines created throughout the Napa Valley area. There are many opportunities to go golfing or relax at one of the area‘s many spas.


Savannah, Georgia - If you are looking to take things slow after the hustle and bustle of your wedding, Savannah may be the honeymoon destination for you. The atmosphere in Savannah is laid-back, making it the perfect place to take things slow. The moss-canopied trails make it possible for couples to enjoy quiet strolls together.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Dating Sites for People Over 50 by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All 

Growing old is not for wimps. If you are a woman looking for someone for dating, romance, marriage, or casual relationships, you may think the pickings are not as plentiful as they were in your younger years. You want to find someone who has the same values, interests, and good ethics as you do. Maybe you want to have a friend with benefits. I am not here to judge. No matter how old you are, there is always someone out there seeking an individual like you.


Online dating sites for women and men over 50 can help you find your ideal partner. There has been a huge hit on many online dating platforms. With the proliferation of new dating sites, there seems to be no indication of slowing down, as long as people continue to search for Mr. or Ms. Right. 


Following are some trendy dating sites for people over 50 years of age. You do not have to be a senior citizen to visit or use these sites. Many young people are seeking older men and women for an authentic relationship.


Elite Singles  - is a free online dating site focusing on education. If meeting an educated man or woman is one of your goals, then this may be the site for you. More of their clientele hold an above-average education. This website is for people seeking an honest relationship. With many people joining this site, it is incredibly well known and successful. Users can look at pages seeking contacts. 


BlackPeopleMeet - markets itself as the premier dating service for Black singles, but anyone can join this site, even if they are not Black.


Zoosk - a worldwide online dating service available in 25 languages and in about 80 countries. It does not specify a race or ethnicity. There will be many races and ethnicities using this site. 


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Silver Singles - is an adult dating site. Members include women and men. You can find some amazing women who seek friendship and a pleasant date. On this website, a woman can find her best companion by height, age, area, or faith. This website is one of the fastest-growing platforms on the internet, and you might get many similar 50+ singles here.


Muslima - is where compatible single Muslims meet. It is for Muslims looking for marriage that adheres to the Islamic rules on courtship. This site is compatibility-focused, not appearance-focused; you know you are getting genuine matches. Age is not a factor.


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SeniortoDate - for Jewish singles over 60 but age does not matter when it comes to this platform, as long you are of legal age. You can meet singles from your area. The site also has online chatting. 


Our Time  - is a highly regarded adult dating site for 50+ people everywhere. There are more women on the website than men. The site gets right to the point and contains a record of successful committed relationships.


OkCupid - features options for the LGBTQ+ community. Users see curated matches based on personality questions and interests. The site states it makes 90 million matches each year. 


Christian Mingle  - is a dating site for Christians that caters to serious relationships and schedules. The site has more women customers. There are many appealing people to see on this site, with many checkouts per month by men and women worldwide.


Remember to use caution when searching for someone on any dating site. For more information on how to protect you from dating scams, please click here