Marriage is a milestone many people look forward to celebrating in their 20s. But the question of marriage requires many additional questions. Are you really dating “the one”? When is the right time to propose? Should your wedding be simple or elaborate? What about the honeymoon? What’s “married life” really like? And how in the world do you avoid becoming a divorce statistic?
Breathe! Being married is a wonderful thing. You love your partner deeply, and a marriage ceremony is a celebration of that love.
Your marriage vows shouldn’t come as a shock or a surprise. They should reflect how you already feel: a commitment to supporting your spouse through the ups and downs of life. Marriage simply makes that commitment known to the world.
If you don’t already feel convinced that you have what it takes to admit when you’re wrong, to stay humble when you’re right, to communicate, collaborate and compromise, to love your partner on their best days and to love them even harder on their worst days, then you’re not ready to get married.
Whether you’re still single but hope to get married one day, are ready to pop the question, or are already married, our articles can help you understand marriage. Learn how to recognize red flags that your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t your ideal long-term partner and how to know you’ve found a great match.
Finally, unless you have strong religious beliefs that say otherwise, getting divorced is not really the end of the world. In fact, divorce may be the healthiest thing you can do if you find that you’re in a toxic relationship. A marriage remains strong only if both people are willing to make it work. It’s not fair if you’re the only one interested in saving your marriage. Marriages aren’t easy, but don’t beat yourself up if you decide a divorce is the right path to take. You can start over — and even get re-married.
Most of all, enjoy the journey! You will learn so much while married, even during the rough patches. It’s a great experience, and our articles can help you succeed.