Couples who are planning to marry have so much to look forward to as they look ahead to their wedding day and the start of their married life together. However, the first year of marriage is not all roses and champagne. After the wedding day, marriage takes a lot of hard work once you have slipped the ring on your spouse’s finger and the reality of the day-to-day aspects of marriage take over. Newlyweds are often unaware of the many challenges that they will face as they make it through their first year of marriage together. How can you have a successful first year of marriage?
Learn About Each Other’s Habits
Newlyweds do not often pay a great deal of attention to each other’s habits while they are dating and still getting to know one another. Some are even blind to the habits and faults, but once they are married, the habits of their new spouse may become glaringly obvious and annoying.
Get to Know More About Each Other
Many couples who get married know surprisingly little about each other. Unless you grew up together as friends and were close associates in your youth, the likelihood is that you do not know a great deal about your new spouse, except information you discovered during dates and other opportunities. Use your first year of marriage as the opportunity to get to know more about each other.
Deal with Wedding Debt
Financial disputes are often a cause for contention in marriage. When it comes to discussing your finances, and in particular when dealing with marriage debt, it is important to be on the same page as your spouse. Wedding debt can number into the tens of thousands of dollars if you splashed out and had an extravagant wedding.
Work together as a team to try and eliminate, or at least pay down, your wedding debt. Doing so will contribute to a happier married life and will help you to concentrate more on nurturing your new marriage, rather than arguing over debt.
The first year of marriage can be very challenging for couples. Work together as a team to learn more about each other’s habits (and to deal with habits you find unacceptable), get to know more about each other and deal with wedding debt. These tips can help to contribute to a more harmonious first year of marriage.