Lovely Adelaide is the perfect place for wedding receptions. Locations vary from historical homes to beachside resorts to iconic buildings. A function venue provides a couple with their dream wedding and reception - and just might be indicative of how successful their marriage will be.
A List of Adelaide's Beautiful Reception Sites
Brides and Grooms can choose from (amongst many) locations such as:
- The Botanic Gardens
- The State Library of South Australia
- The National Wine Centre of Australia
- Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo
- Utopia at Waterfall Gully
- South Australian Museum
- The Observatory Function Centre
- Barton Vale
- The Summit Mount Lofty
- Seacliff Beach Hotel
- The Apothecary
- Petaluma's Bridgewater Mill
- Westminster School
- Mawson Lakes Hotel
- Beach Huts Middleton
- The Cedars
- …and even more Adelaide function venues.
The Reception: Prescient to Marriage?
Just like breakfast is touted as the most important meal of the day, as it starts the day, your wedding reception can be representative of how successful you marriage may be. Still, that's a lot of pressure to put on what is essentially a two-and-a-half or three-hour party - in direct contrast to the (hopeful) forever of a marriage. But while there might be many things to go wrong - and a couple would be foolhardy not to gird themselves in anticipation for it - a reception can be a perfectly lovely and fun cap to the actual wedding ceremony. However, if a couple doesn't impose many expectations, a reception can run as smoothly as any event featuring a good deal of spirits (and this, of course, means spirits of alcohol, a staple - and requirement - of most wedding receptions).
But after a dream wedding and reception at an function venue, how can a couple ensure their vows will "stick?" In a September (2014) article in the New York Daily News, the secret, says an expert, is the old adage, "Happy wife, happy life." "When a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life," explains a Rutgers University sociology professor Deborah Carr, adding, “Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives." The research was culled from couples who were married an average of 39 years. Average ratings for life satisfaction results were very high, if both husband and wife were happy and satisfied.
In the Hands of the Hubby
Interestingly enough, a University of Chicago study, made earlier in the year (March 2014), indicated that the husband's health was the key to quality in a marriage. Results from the University of Chicago also reported less conflict when the husband was very positive.
Her Happiness is the Secret
Last year, a study at University of California at Berkeley lent support to the Rutgers' research study, because that study indicated that it is a wife's happiness and positivity and the power to resolve spats, which make a happy marriage. The wife's ability to calm herself results in a marriage thriving, says Lian Bloch, a psychologist who headed up the Berkeley study.
“The quality of a marriage is important because it provides a buffer against the health-depleting effects of later life stressors and helps couples manage difficult decisions regarding health and medical decision making,” Carr said.
Meanwhile, a detailed article, also earlier this year, in The Huffington Post written by Shelley Emling and Ann Brenoff, enumerated the ways to make a marriage happier:
Key to Happiness
- Remind your partner you appreciate them
- Say thank you for the little things
- Practice honesty, even when you're ashamed
- Take care of your appearance
- Foster relationships outside your marriage
- Watch your words
- Put away the jumper cables yourself (avoid petty and repeated annoyances)
- Relish the silence
- Recognize the ebb-and-flow
- Be kind
- Maintain intimacy and passion, both inside and outside the bedroom
So, even if you're one the "lucky ones" — whose wedding reception was a beautiful adventure, a joyous start — a marriage, like a fine car or silver, requires regular maintenance. The steps in the Huffington Post, despite the lighthearted nature of the suggestions, could be the key to a very successful marriage.