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The Wedding Circuit

This has been a really interesting week for me.  My “Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Wedding” really struck a nerve – and in an unparalleled flurry of interest, I have been speaking to groups of people on the radio and in podcasts about weddings, marriage, and the medical angle on this wonderful celebration of human connectedness.

I was speaking with Gordon Deal from the Wall Street Journal Radio Show (Gordon is a truly affable interviewer) and I got a question that I had not anticipated but in retrospect makes a lot of sense.  I was telling him about my decision to buy a wedding dress on the fly, picking one off the shelf in the first store I went to.  He transitioned nicely to: would you say that your financial decisions follow your style for purchasing dresses?  How have you and your husband worked through financial planning together?

Wow.  I had to think on my feet on that one – leave it to a Wall Street journalist to get a financial angle on a story.  My answer was truthful and brief – yes, my husband is more conservative than I am, but we have worked hard to get on the same page, thanks to a great financial advisor.  (Squirm)

Kristi King at WTOP (partnered with the Washington Post) was up next – and we had a nice chat about the do’s and don’ts of wedding diets.

Then I got to speak to a Randy & Ken in Oklahoma City on KOKC.  The weather report preceded my interview, and I couldn’t help but worry about the severe wind conditions down there.  When asked about some good tips for a healthy wedding I mentioned that having a plan B is critical – especially if you’ve planned an outdoor wedding with a tent in Oklahoma!

On the eve of my second wedding anniversary I participated in a blogger call with Dr. Charles Foster (who is an amazingly insightful psychologist and relationship counselor – you should definitely listen to this podcast because it is very well worth it if you have any problems whatsoever with in-laws or your own family).  We spoke with Rhonda from “Our Wedding Plus” blog and fielded questions from others remotely.

On I moved to a live show in Chicago with Theo & Gerrard at WVON (host to the Al Sharpton show) where we had a warm conversation about the meaning of marriage and the importance of a strong family nucleus for the fabric of American society.

There is at least one more interview awaiting (a contemporary music radio station in Hawaii) and I have to say that this has been one wild ride.  As a physician I feel totally privileged to have been given the chance to speak with such a wide variety of Americans about a joyful, complicated subject that unites us all – the wedding.

Now if my taxi hijacking post sparks this sort of interest, I suppose I might need to hang up the stethoscope and focus on social commentary and relationships.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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