A Question Of Faith. When Should Religion Enter The Dating Picture?

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Somewhere between dancing and the movies, it's good to touch base with someone you're dating about their thoughts on religion and its place in relationships. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So the Easter baskets are put away, and matzah munching will wrap up in a few days ( The Jewish holiday of Passover requires eating no leavened bread for a week, but substituting crackers called “matzah”). So issues of religion and faith are fresh in our minds.  Religion and romance sometimes create complicated situations.

Many people think that religion doesn’t matter when you’re “just dating.” But is that really true? After all isn’t the point of dating to find someone who you want to “get serious” with? And after serious come weekends away, meeting parents, and family holidays and all of a sudden there you are on a hill at sunset with a sparkler on your left hand.  Is after the ring hits your finger, but before you say “yes” the point you want to find out your darling dearest expects you to be baptized before your wedding day?

Changing religions, or becoming an atheist, is no small matter. Most faiths require classes, and individual and/or couples’ counseling. This is not changing your clothes, it’s changing who you are. Is that something you are prepared to ask of someone? Or to undertake yourself?

Perhaps it’s not actually when to talk about religion that needs rethinking, but what “dating” means, which after all is a much more complicated question.  So however you choose to resolve this important point get going on some meaningful communication between you and this person you’re starting to enjoy spending time with. Like with the relationship – start a conversation and see where it takes you.  Hopefully you’ll be headed to that hill at sunset, where you’ll have all the info you need to say “yes!”

 

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Diamond Ring (Photo credit: jon|k)

 

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Paid Marriage Proposal Planning – Do You Want Your Sweetie Bringing In a Pro to Create The Big Moment? Take Our Poll!

Greg saw a piece recently in an industry journal about wedding planners with “side businesses.”

This woman calls herself a “proposal planner.”  Brides, how would you feel about a proposal-for-hire? Is it exactly what your man needs to pull off the proposal-to-end-all-proposals? Or is part of the charm for you knowing that the whole thing came from your sweetie’s own mind?  Read the blurb, and take our poll!

THE PROPOSAL PLANNER
Sarah Pease, Brilliant Event Planning

The inspiration for her marriage-proposal business—The Proposal Planner from Brilliant Event Planning—came from a story she heard from “a friend of a friend,” explains Sarah Pease. The would-be groom wanted to incorporate his beloved’s favorite food—fried chicken–into his wedding proposal. So, “He decided that the very best way to pop the question was to put a ring at the bottom of a bucket of chicken!”

The New York-based wedding planner knew “there had to be a better way,” and in 2008 launched her proposal business. She does not consider it a sideline: “Depending on the time of year, I may be spending the majority of my time planning marriage proposals over any other type of event,” she says. “Since high proposal season is November through February, it’s a great balance to the busy wedding months of spring and summer.”

 

Who said romance was dead?

What looks like a self-made proposal - and look at the glow on his face. Awww.

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