10 Obscure Marriage Laws in the U.S.

1. Legal: Marriage by Proxy for Military Personnel

Marriage by proxy, which means someone can stand in for a bride or groom who can’t be present at his or her own wedding, is limited to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. But of the four states that allow the practice—California, Colorado, Texas and Montana—Montana is the only one that allows double-proxy weddings.

2. Legal:  Marriage Under the Age of 18 with Parental Consent

For a few months between 2007 and 2008, anyone under 18 could get married in the state of Arkansas with parental consent. That’s right, even babies could get married as long as their parents agreed.

3. Legal:  To Annul a Marriage That Was Done on a Dare

Ever been dared to get married…as a prank? Neither have I. But apparently this happens often enough in Delaware that it’s actually an option when couples file for an annulment.

4. Illegal: To Marry the Same Man Four Times

In the state of Kentucky, it’s illegal to remarry the same man four times.

5. Legal:  Man Must Prove Himself by Killing Birds

In Truro, Massachusetts, a groom-to-be must “prove himself manly’” prior to marriage by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows.

6. Illegal:  Married Couples to Sleep Nude in a Rented Room

Apparently, married couples are not allowed to sleep in the nude in a rented room in Massachusetts.

7.Illegal:  For Men Over 16 to Propose Marriage—and Not Mean It

In South Carolina it is illegal for a man over 16 years old to propose marriage and not mean it. Doing so means he’s committing a misdemeanor under the Offenses Against Morality and Decency Act.

8. Illegal:  Mistreatment of Mother-in-Law as Grounds for Divorce

Many husbands would probably say their mother-in-law isn’t their favorite person in the world. But for those who really, really dislike their wife’s mother, moving to Wichita, Kansas, might be a good option.

9. Illegal:  For Married Couples to Kiss in Public on Sundays
The police can cuff you and throw you in jail—that is, if you live in Hartford, Connecticut…and it’s Sunday. Well, maybe not these days, but technically, it’s still illegal in this city for a man to kiss his wife on the Lord’s Day.
10. Illegal:  For Palm Readers and Fortune Tellers to Officiate a Wedding

Information from this post was taken from Women’s Day: Live Well Everyday. Click here to view original article.

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DIY Elegant Winter Centerpieces…

If your having a winter wedding having elegant centerpieces on your reception tables doesn’t have to be expensive. This is something you can do yourself and it will look like a professional made them up!

How to make Iced branches with colorfill diamond vase filler:

1st ~ you’ll need is to determine how many centerpieces you will need and then you can determine how much colorfill to purchase. Colorfill diamond vase filler is fairly inexpensive and runs approximately $2.50 – $3.50 per pound depending on the size package you buy.
2nd ~ you will need to spread out some plastic and pour your colorfill onto it spreading it out evenly. This will allow you to get better coverage on your branch and keep the colorfill from getting all over the floor.
3rd ~ take your branch and spray it with tacky glue that can be purchased at any craft store or home improvement warehouse. Once the branch is covered in tacky glue you are going to lay it down on top of the colorfill then you will need to grab hand fulls of the vase filler and sprinkle them over the top of the branch. Another technique is to gently press the branch onto the colorfill until you get the coverage desired. Repeat this process for all the branches. When the glue dries you will have iced branches ready to place into a vase for the centerpieces of each table.
Some tall glass vases filled with colorfill vase filler to hold the branches in place are ideal and will give you a very elegant look. For additional flare you can add battery operated lights at the bottom of each vase before filling them giving you some added elegance. There is no need to go expensive to get a spectacular look nor do you have to be a professional designer to make it look nice. This is a very simple process and only takes a few minutes to do but your guests will be amazed at the professional look it gives to your wedding reception.
Tip: Paint the branches white for a slightly different and cleaner look.
Materials needed: Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler, Tacky Glue, Plastic Sheets (drop cloths for painting work well), Tree Branches, Tall Vases, Submersible Lights (optional)

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