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Most Romantic Cities to Propose in: Focus on Jaipur

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Jai ho!  Thus far, we have directed our attention primarily on the world’s most romantic European towns as potential places to propose.  It’s now time to grab your passport (and visa) and head halfway around the world to the mystical and breathtaking land of India.  We shall visit Jaipur, “The Pink City,” and investigate all of the heart-stoppingly gorgeous locales, from forts to palaces to garden spectaculars, sure to have your very own Princess Jasmine swooning with amorous delight.

Nahargarh Fort

To truly understand why this was deemed ‘The Pink City,’ you need to check out the epic view of the cityscape from Nahargarh Fort.  Perched high on the Aravalli Hills, there is no other place that lets you fully drink in the luscious pink hues that permeate Jaipur’s sprawling edifices.  The reason why this place is dripping in this light fuchsia color is because in 1853 every building in the city was painted this way to welcome the ruling British Prince of Wales who was stopping in for a visit (guess he was very secure in his masculinity and had quite the penchant for pink?)  Striped and expansive, Nahargarh Fort is colloquially known as “Tiger Fort,” as ‘Nahargarh’ translates to “house of tigers.”  So bring your wildcat of a woman to the roof terrace and gaze out over the vast and pulchritudinous terrain.  You will feel like real royalty as you ask her to reign over this awe-inspiring and ancient kingdom with you forever.

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Amber Fort

This 16th century reconstructed palace hosted the esteemed Amber family for several generations, hence the eponymous title.  It is quite the feast for the eyes, inside and out.  After traversing through the beautifully intimidating threshold, you may find yourself in any number of rooms rooms completely covered in minuscule mirrors.  Take a moment to view the artfully fractured images of yourselves.  Next, weave through the ornately designed hallways until you find a massive room thoroughly ensconced in inlaid jewels.  This is the spot.  Even if the ring you are proposing with has a rather diminutive stone, it will be bolstered by the seemingly never-ending waterfall of brilliant gems surrounding the two of you.

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Elephant Ride

If your special someone has an affinity for large (yet gentle) quadrupeds, you may just want to take advantage of the elephant rides provided at the base of the hill leading up to the Amber Fort.  These majestic, and coincidentally, adorable creatures are painted in a wonderful array of bold colors, and their broad backs may just offer up the idea location for a big-question-popping.  Imagine her delight as you share a post-‘Yes!’ kiss atop a naturally elegant elephant, as it leads you on an actual and simultaneously metaphorical journey upwards (not to mention the sheer selfie-potential this moment has).

*Just as a side note, for those who are justifiably concerned with the welfare of the elephants, these amazing animals are so relatively large that the weight of a pair of humans on them is virtually unfelt.  Also, they love when you give them treats.

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Jal Mahal

Is your future betrothed an aquaphile of sorts?  You may hit the proposal jackpot with the Jal Mahal (“Water Palace”), which appears to defy the laws of physics as it hovers over the surface of the magnificent Man Sagar Lake.  This palace was constructed at the onset of the 19th century, but was made to resemble another lake palace, in Udaipur – so it’s got a lot of history imbued into the architecture.  You currently can not gain entry into the palace, as it is being converted into a luxury hotel, but that is just as well; the most amazing views to be had are when the palace is just in the distance, so you and your sweetie can take in the entire lake vista.  The sun reflecting on the lake’s surface does magical things, so it’s in your hands if you want it to be a sunrise or sunset themed proposal.

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Vidhan Sabha

If there is one thing Jaipur-ians know how to do, it’s put on a spectacular light show.  Meaning, some of the building exteriors are so extravagantly lit up at night that they feel almost other-worldly in their splendor.  The perfect example of this is Vidhan Sabha.  Structured in the typically wondrous fashion of Rajasthan architecture, this opulent legislative complex is aesthetically satisfying inside and out.  However, it’s the lustrous nighttime lighting and ambiance of the facade that really wows.  Bring your soon-to-be yours here for a remarkable proposal, bathed in pink, amber and lavender luminescence.

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Hawa Mahal

Further fueling the pink-ness of this city is the gigantic and extravagant Hawa Mahal palace.  This incredible experiment in architectural magnificence is commonly known as the “Palace of the Winds,” as it was erected to allow the females of the royal family to secretly watch the goings-on of everyday life below.  It was also built to resemble Krishna’s crown, giving the lovely rose structure a pious tinge to it.  Either venture inside with your dear and do the proposal deed as you watch the hoi polloi mingling from afar, or simply from down below, as the two of your bask in all the palace’s coral glory.

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Central Park

Much like the park of the same name nestled in the middle of Manhattan, this garden laden enclosure provides a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the main metropolitan area.  The lush gardens feature numerous Jaipur-specific flower breeds that are as rare as they are delicately formed.  There is also a variety of sculptures and artfully designed structures to get lost amongst, as you find the perfect grass carpeted nook to rest upon with your beloved.  Again, pick the time of day that showcases your snookie and their surroundings in the most flattering light, and then ask away.  You’ll never feel closer to nature, and each other (…especially if an inquisitive and mischievous monkey pops over to say ‘hi’ and inadvertently scares your lover, causing them to clutch you even tighter).

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Smriti Van

If you want to take things to the extreme in terms of an ecological haven, then Smirti Van is the environmentally lush way to go.  Ensconced in naturally occurring wonder, the rolling hills of this vegetation rich forrest provide many cozy locales to snuggle up in with your sweetie.  There are tons of different tree and plant species therein, as well as flocks of exotic birds dancing about in the sky.  There’s even an open air theater that is accessible to the theatrically inclined public.  Overall, this could be a great place to escape to after visiting all the iconic forts and palaces of the otherwise populated and arid city.  Wind your way down a path amongst the sounds and smells of the rich atmospheric greenery and then pause…drop to one knee…and let the magic of Jaipur do the rest.

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-Joe Leone

How NOT to Ask your Partner for a Prenup

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As we’ve previously investigated, prenuptial agreements can be a very necessary and useful tool in protecting one’s assets and interests.  Ergo, it is (pretty much) unanimously agreed upon that securing a prenup can be a smart road to travel down when approaching the ever ambiguous altar.

Yet how does one broach this (potentially) highly sensitive subject matter?

Well, there may not be an absolute “right” way, but there certainly are few irksome and bumbling phrases and terms you should desperately avoid.

“I don’t want you to divorce me and then take all my money.”

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Well, duh.  This is clearly the most common fear of someone who has money when they enter into a marriage with someone who doesn’t have a penny/is in debt/has a loan shark waiting for them in the parking lot.  Perhaps a “let’s get a prenup so, in case things don’t work out, we both get what’s fair” will sound less insulting and laden with paranoia.

“Sorry, but I just want to make sure you won’t divorce me as soon as you get your citizenship …and take all my money.”

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Um…le awkward.

When walking down the aisle with someone from another land, there may be a slight tickling at the back of your brain that they are getting hitched to you solely so they can enjoy the fruits of your country.  If this is the case, simply explain that you need a prenup in place because it looks good to the immigration board when they conduct your review.  This will at least temporarily assuage some of the awkwardness and buy you some time…in the event that they aren’t just using you for your glorious connection to the USA: debatably the greatest country in North America.

“Hey, don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m scared you will divorce me at the drop of a hat and use your high powered lawyers to make sure I never see a penny.”

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Ok, so if you’re the one who is entering into the marriage without any dough, you may (justly) have some trepidation about getting married to someone who could conceivably squash you in divorce court.  Here a touch of simple ‘reverse psychology’ may help: “Just so you know that I’m not trying to rob you legally blind, let’s get a prenup!”  This may quell their fears about your intentions, while you quietly conjure up some equitable prenup conditions of your own.

“I just want to ensure that if we ever get divorced you won’t raise our children Wiccan.”

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Prenups are not only about money.  They can state certain things about child rearing and the like.  If you are scared your mate has the potential to do weirdo things with your kid’s upbringing (be it religious instruction/cult involvement/AmWay sales) you can protect their innocent minds with a thoughtfully crafted premarital agreement.  To execute this with propriety, you may go with something along the lines of: “It’s so great that we’re on the same page now with everything – just in case either one of us loses our marbles one day, let’s get a prenup that will safeguard our future offspring from lunacy.  Heart you, honey!”

“So…I was talking to my friend…she thinks you have a huge amount of debt that you’re not telling me about.  I’m thinking prenup: STAT.” 

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Sometimes people have secrets.  Sometimes those secrets come in the form of ginormous, gaping chasms of debilitating debt.  In the modern times in which we live, people are more aware than ever that when you marry someone, you are also entering into a blessed union with their finances, be they good or ohdearlordwhatishappening??  If you suspect a massive amount of credit card/student loan/etsy.com account debt looming in their past, you may want to arm yourself with a prenup.  One alternative to the graceless phrasing above could be: “Sweetie, I’ve battled with some debt demons in the past.  I’d love for us to get a prenup so we both feel confident that we are protected from either one of us possibly going off the deep end.”  It’s not ideal, but at least they will feel the empathy you are expounding, which may even lead them to coming clean themselves about the $32,000 they owe to Bath & Body Works.

“I am worried that my business will blow up and you will rob me of the one thing I have put my entire heart, soul and loins into.”

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When you are a small business owner, it’s easy to develop a strong attachment to the very thing you have cultivated and nurtured into being.  If a prospective spouse sends off the vibe that they may usurp you of your little business-baby, you naturally will feel a tad overprotective.  In this case, all you need to say is something to the effect of: “You are the most important thing in my life; my business is the second.  Let’s hash things out so everyone knows exactly what we’re entitled to.”  It’s not perfect, but it’ll do the proverbial job.

“If you dump me, I’m keeping the rings.”  /  “If you dump me, I want my rings back.” 

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Believe it or not, this is an actual point of contention for numerous couples.  Sometimes the engagement or wedding ring is a family heirloom that not only has monetary worth but emotional value as well, and the person supplying it will want it returned in the event of an uncoupling.  There are other circumstances where the person receiving the rings feels that these objects are then their property and they are forever entitled to them (the law, incidentally, is typically on their side in this case).  Whatever the scenario is, if you want to make sure you ultimately retain the rings, simply say: “Dear, you know these rings mean a lot to my family; so my mother/father/wacky Aunt Helen is making me get it in writing that if something goes awry, they then can have them back” or “If it somehow doesn’t work out with us, I just want to always have the rings to remind me of you.”  They’ll still likely know you’re spouting fabricated nonsense, but this makes it a little more palatable…like you’re actually considering their feelings.

“If you gain a lot of weight, I want out.”

Uh…there’s just no delicate way to put this one.

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-Joe Leone 

Are Millennials Killing the Wedding Industry?

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Well, not quite yet, it would appear – but many wedding service professionals are biting their nails nonetheless.

‘What’s so bad about Millennials?’ you may ask (not taking into consideration their unruly facial hair and/or knitted beanie hats).  Aside from their love of all things tech and their rejection of some traditional customs, Millennials (individuals currently aged 18 to 34) are just as prone to consume as the next generation.  So what’s the fuss about?  The short answer is that this chunk of the population isn’t getting married…as quick as people once did.
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Hurry Up and Marry Me Already

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Marry in haste and repent at leisure” 

What is up with this trend of rushing head first into marriage?

Long gone are the days when the “Quickie Vegas Wedding” was universally mocked as being beyond impetuous and just flat out ridiculous.  Now, people seem quite willing to walk down the aisle as nonchalantly as they’d walk down a grocery store aisle.  Wildly successful shows like the “Bachelorette” and, um, “The Bachelor,” showcase how we currently believe finding ‘true love’ is feasible within a few weeks and with your newfound, completely compatible partner, you are ready to enter into a bond that theoretically will last a lifetime.  The 1980’s saw hit dating shows such as “Love Connection,” where the big commitment issue was whether or not the couple would go on another date. Today, we have “Married at First Sight,” where the contestants are expected to tie the knot after one meeting.  This pretty much sums up where we are at.
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