So you’re recently engaged? Congratulations! If you’re like most brides or grooms, you’re likely experiencing an overwhelming array of emotions — from excitement over the big day to the stress associated with actually planning it.
But now that you’re engaged and prepping for a wedding, there’s a few things you’ll want to know before you walk down the aisle. Here’s a list of tips and advice you won’t want to skip.
Making Wedding Planning Fun Is Key
Nothing puts a damper on your plans quite like fighting with your fiancé about whether or not Don’t Stop Believin’ should be a part of your wedding day playlist. Rather than turning wedding planning into a stressful event, try to lessen the tension by putting a fun spin on it instead.
Try drawing some mock invitations together. After spending the day deciding on the venue, hit up a bar or winery to unwind. The key to maintaining your excitement for the big day is turning it into a bonding experience you can do together.
Be A Partner (And A Friend!)
You’re recently engaged and over the moon about marrying the love of your life! But even more thrilling than planning for an upcoming wedding is realizing that you have a partner — and friend — beside you for the rest of your life.
In a study examining married couples found that those who consider their spouse their best friend were twice as likely to have greater satisfaction with their life.
Pay Attention To Wedding Band Details
Wedding rings and bands are an external token of love that you just so happen to flaunt on your finger. Since your wedding rings are such an important symbol that you’ll wear daily for the rest of your life, it’s crucial to choose bands that both you and your partner will love.
Key details to consider when choosing a wedding band for your partner include design, materials and engravings. Keep your partner’s lifestyle in mind, too. If your fiancé needs a ring to withstand wear, invest in a stronger, more durable band. It may take longer to choose the perfect band, but it’s worth it!
Take This New Commitment Seriously
You know that you and your partner have a bond. But with marriage on the horizon, it’s even more pressing to take this lifelong promise seriously.
What does that mean for you? It means that if you’re having issues, you should never feel ashamed to seek counseling. If there are relationship deal-breakers that you and your partner disagree on — such as having children — now’s the time to come to a mutual understanding.
Sometimes, couples put their issues on the back-burner — especially after a recent engagement. Putting everything on the table means that you can bond and work through whatever issues you’re having together. It’s not always pretty, but it’s necessary. In the end, this is what leads to a successful and long-lasting marriage.
Don’t Stop Discovering Your Partner
All too often, people assume that married couples know all that there is to know about each other. But, your partner is constantly growing and changing — just like you.
Set aside the time to do activities that keep your relationship strong, such as going on date nights and escaping on vacations every now and again. Show an interest in the things your significant other likes and don’t stop asking personal questions that give you a better glimpse of who they truly are.
When you take the time to bond and discover one another, your marriage emerges stronger because of it.
Written By: Kacey Bradley
Kacey is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!