Asking for Trouble

It pays to pop all sorts of questions long before the knot is tied. Who knows what you'll find out

My friend Susan has walked down the aisle so many times that she refers to her many ex-husbands not by name but by number. When she talks about her various marriages it sounds as if she is ordering from a Chinese menu. Now happily married for the fourth (and final!) time, she says she might have found herself a hobby other than marriage if only she and Husbands One, Two and Three had settled some very basic issues before saying "I do."

This month an estimated 250,000 couples will get engaged. Rings will be hidden in boxes of Valentine chocolates, declarations...

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