Book Give Away! Love For Grown Ups: The Garter Brides’ Guide To Marrying For Life When You’ve Already Got A Life

By Team BLAM

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve partnered with ICED Media and the authors of Love for Grown-Ups: The Garter Brides Guide to Marrying for Life When You’ve Already got a Life to give away a FREE copy of this wonderful relationship book that is full of advice from 3 women who found love and happiness after their 35th birthday.

Who are the Garter Brides? 3 women who got married after the age of 35  who have a lot to share about the difference between a mature marriage and one where you marry in your twenties. What we really appreciate about this book is that each of these women share what they know based on their own life experiences and those of women they’ve interviewed around the world.

Here’s an excerpt from the book with a little more on the Garter Brides:

It all started as many great adventures do, with girlfriends having dinner (i.e., drinks). Nina, Ann, and Pat were business colleagues and longtime friends, all over the age of thirty-five.  All had successful careers and were going on dates (approximately 9,000 of those by Pat alone, according to her), but none of them thought she’d get married.


Six months later, Nina got married. Six month after that, Ann got married. Six months after that , Pat got married. Nina said, “At my age you wear a garter, but you don’t throw it.” She slipped it off and gave it to Ann, who wore it at her wedding. Ann then gave it to Pat, who wore it at her wedding. They named themselves the Garter Brides—and a new tradition was born.

Today, this good luck garter has been worn by girlfriends ranging in age from 38 to 57, and it has traveled—in a FedEx box all over the United States.

In the book, you’ll find great advice on the importance of staying in the dating game, how to blend family, friends, and kids, taking your romance to the next level, along with a host of other issues unique to “grown up” brides.

So, how do you enter? It’s simple.

1)Leave a comment below with one quality that is important to have when getting married at any age (i.e., flexibility or patience, etc.)

2)Follow us on Twitter @BlkLuvNMarriage and follow our friends @TheGarterBrides. Simple!

The Give Away will end Sunday, 9/18/2011 at 12 midnight and the lucky winner will be notified on Monday. Good Luck!

23 replies
  1. K.O.
    K.O. says:

    It is important to be whole when you get married.

  2. Marjorie Shavers
    Marjorie Shavers says:

    Black marriage is a wonderful thing, but it takes a lot of work. Especially when both partners don’t have great role models of a successful marriage.

  3. Jakki
    Jakki says:

    Knowledge of self; knowing that who you are and what you bring is a reflection of what you'll get. Spiritual Growth~

  4. Olesha
    Olesha says:

    Good credit i e being financially stable

  5. Tracy
    Tracy says:


  6. Lana
    Lana says:

    It is EXTREMELY important to have a definitive sense of self before marriage at any age.

  7. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    You have to be intentional! Learned that from the Ma'at's!!!

  8. introspektd123
    introspektd123 says:

    my opinion (the one) quality is synonymous for character and a valuable character is necessary for life and most especially LOVE.

  9. Ann H.
    Ann H. says:

    I think that you must have forgiveness in a marriage. In all relationships forgiveness is important, but in a lifetime commitment, practicing forgiveness is paramount.

  10. Adejori Hannah
    Adejori Hannah says:

    The primary thing in marriage is to allow God’s love to reign inside us and in d home. The second thing is forgiveness, very important. Couples should learn to forgive one another in all situations. Lastly, tolerance and patience; these ingredients are very important in marriage.

  11. Estelle
    Estelle says:

    Patience of God. Marriage = spending the rest of your life loving and living with somebody who ain't you and doesn't speak the same language. I can't wait! So happy to be an 35+ bride to be 🙂

  12. Bri
    Bri says:

    Love is is about evolution… must learn to grow in every aspect; mentally, emotionally, spiritually. its a never ending process because marriage is a journey…not a destination…..

  13. Selene Mapp Olivaria
    Selene Mapp Olivaria says:

    Understanding That God is the foundation of ANY relationship!!!

  14. LaWanda
    LaWanda says:

    Keep Christ first and people OUT of your business!

  15. Taylor
    Taylor says:


  16. Michael
    Michael says:


  17. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    Knowing that while he may not be perfect, he is perfect for YOU!! I married my prince at the ripe old age of 38, and I am so glad that I didn't do it any sooner with anyone else. God comes in His own time!

  18. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Marriage takes a lot of hard work, don't believe in fairytales!

  19. cysmmns
    cysmmns says:

    Imma need a couple of things, 1st GOD cause I aint no saint, after that I need a sense of humor, and last but not least communication. Thanks yall and GOD bless

  20. Angela F
    Angela F says:

    Understanding that marriage is covenant relationship.Nothing casual.

  21. andrea
    andrea says:

    having God in your marriage is a must.

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