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In the Media – When all your friends get married in the same year (Brides)

Published: November 1, 2015 | Last Updated: November 1, 2015 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

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October 30, 2015

Writing for Brides, Jillian Kramer discusses the friendship stressors that can arise when all your friends get married in the same year—which she aptly calls “The Year of Weddings.”

She writes:

You could almost set your watch to it: Within months of a friend saying yes to a proposal, all the others follow suit and get engaged, making the next year of your life The Year of Weddings. At the outset, that may sound like whole lot of fun…

She asked Dr. Levine and another expert for some practical advice about how to handle the challenges when all your friends get married—almost at once. She writes:

“A single woman can feel like she’s been left behind,” says Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., psychologist and creator of The Friendship Blog.

“She’ll no longer have single friends with whom she can travel or go to a bar on a Friday night. And she may worry that her friends will have less time or abandon her entirely, which can leave her feeling sad and lonely.”

It might be difficult to look past your present, but try to focus on the future: Your friends’ happy days and the different but no-less-exciting memories you’ll make.

Click here to read the Brides article in its entirety.

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  1. Sheryl says:

    Nice mention for you, Dr. Levine!

  2. lua says:

    Destination weddings are expensive too. That was left out of the article. And the weddings on a week day-well people do need to take time off from work. Point is if this is a close friend and want to go, by all means do it. But when more start getting married, the costs quickly add up. It gets old quick. Brides and grooms need to be mindful of costs for people to take time off. Luckily I am past the wedding phase. Far fewer invites. Last wedding was 4-5 years ago. I am attending a wedding in January, but only because it’s located and on a weekend. Otherwise, would have to decline.

    • lua says:

      Also don’t feel obligated to attend a wedding if never hear from the people getting married. That is indicative of a gift grab. If I don’t hear from anyone, I don’t attend. 🙂

      • Irene says:

        Agree totally that weddings can pose a huge financial burden, especially destination weddings or a large number of weddings in the same year.

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