Category Archives: Marriage

Facebook update their Friendship pages to be more couple orientated

Facebook have updated their friendship pages so that they combine your lives together better (as Facebook sees it anyway). As with all changes there are a few dissenters, and as ever with Facebook there are many more being vocal!

Personally I had a look at it and thought, we don’t go out much do we! but then saying that we don’t live our life on Facebook ‘cos we’re old!

It did say we got married in 2008 which is only a decade or few out so not quite sure if their decision system has got it wrong or we’ve put in a wrong date, mind you just checking; our anniversary date is in Facebook so it’s a bit of a fail!

The thing is at the end of the day the page is personal to you and your partner so it’s not visiable to anyone else unless you choose to share it!


HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 65 years of marriage

Today (20th November 2112) Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary, they should be congratulated for achieving the milestone having lived their life in the public gaze; it is heart-warming to see them still together after all this time.

Sapphire Blue GemstoneThe 65th wedding anniversary does not have a traditional material associated with the year although the gemstone list shows that Star Sapphire is given as the symbol for this year.

There is more infomation available from the British Monarchy website or the Guardian Newspaper site.

Benefits of Marriage

Running a wedding anniversary site we often discuss things that are related to anniversary, this week we got into a discussion about what are the tangible benefits of marriage? By these we mean beyond the social, religious and relationship ones.

We came to the conclusion that there are certainly less benefits that there used to be, one of the most lucrative you used to be able to get was a tax allowance if you was married which has since be removed. (Although still exists if one partner was born before 6th April 1935)

So far we have the following:

Many Legal ones:

  • Inheritance; your estate automatically goes to the surviving spouse should the worst happen.
  • Cheaper Insurance; Spouse policies are often cheaper than named drivers.
  • Loans are easier to get as there is a natural (legal) relationship between spouses.
  • Should serious medical conditions befall one of you the other spouse can easily direct the doctors on what your wishes are.
  • Any children born in wedlock automatically assume the family name.
  • Children inherit estates easier when their parents were married after they have both passed.
  • Pensions are easier to share.


  • Again Inheritance your estate can avoid capital gains tax when the spouse inherits your estate.
  • Capital gains tax; Transfers of chargeable assets between spouses do not give rise to a charge to capital gains tax. Because chargeable gains are taxed as the top-slice of income, transfers between spouses can provide tax-planning opportunities where one spouse has a lower liability to income tax.

Other Benefits

  • Wearing a wedding ring can help you to stop getting hit upon when out.
  • Health Insurance is often extended to partners automatically.
  • Work Benefits are automatically extended to the spouse (e.g. Staff discounts, Free Travel etc)

There are probably lots more, if you can think of any more tangible benefits we would love to hear them.