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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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Love Q&A: Mixing Friends?

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Our groups of friends don’t mix well. When we have parties, how should we help them mingle?

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While we would suggest avoiding the stress and having different groups over on different nights (bonus: a smaller group equals more time actually catching up), we respect your attempt to be the United Nations for an evening. The trick will be to have apps and cocktails at the ready so you won’t be in the kitchen while your guests are mingling. When all else fails, think food, booze, and games. Forgive us for being cheesy, but one icebreaker we actually recommend is giving out name tags that have three interesting facts about each guest (create them before your guests arrive). Think: “Just bought a puppy,” “Got married in Boston,” and “Favorite movie is Dazed and Confused.” It'll help those guests who aren’t good at small talk.


-- The Nest Editors

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