Friday, June 7, 2013

Advice For Newlyweds

While I certainly don't have all the answers regarding marriage, Dan and I made it past the newlywed year with our marriage (and our sanity) well intact.

Go with the flow. It seems that many couples consider their wedding the first step in a well thought out plan: we'll buy a house in x amount of time, we'll start a family in x years later, etc. But when you get married you start a life together and life is unpredictable.  Embrace the unexpected because it will make you stronger as a couple.  When you get married, you are bringing two different people, different experiences and ideas, together.  By making hard decisions, addressing the unexpected, and defining your values and priorities as a couple, you are forming your own family.  Don't make the mistake of thinking of the unexpected in only negative terms; it can be positive too.  When Dan and I bought a house, we planned to get married and wait until I graduated to start a family.  A month later, we joyfully found out we were expecting...moving our wedding up 2 months sooner....and that was fine! we just went with it. Society has its way of putting pressure on what order you 'should' do those things I'm not saying you should go have 5 kids before you're married...but if your order of things is a little off track, work with it... just be flexible and embrace the little twists & turns along the way.

Set boundaries. The first year isn't just key for how you treat one another, it's also lays the groundwork for how you relate with each other's families.  If you have problems with an in-law, this is the perfect time to discuss boundaries with your spouse and enforce them from the get-go.  Many newlyweds expect that many of the issues with in-laws that were evident while dating will change now that you are married.  After all, now you and your spouse are your own family and there is some separation from your family of origin.  Unfortunately, not all in-laws see it that way.  It's best to address those issues before children complicate these problems even more.  Make sure you are honest with yourself about how your own parents treat your spouse and marriage, as well. 

Don't air your dirty laundry. As a woman, it's sometimes tempting to disparage my husband to my friends.  It seems that we live in a guy-bashing society, where female friends seem to one-up each other on the whose significant other said/did/wore the stupidest thing.  Before you open your mouth to join in, think of how your husband would feel if he overheard you saying such things (and simply for the purpose of making your friends laugh at him).  If you are having a serious fight or problem, you can confide in one close friend if you are doing it because you are sincerely looking for help or advice, but make sure you fairly portray both sides of the situation.  And for goodness sakes, even if your mom or dad is your best friend, do not put your spouse down when you speak to them.  I know this can be difficult because I tell my mom everything, but it really is key in a good marriage.  Most likely your parents already are on your side and you don't want to give them reasons to dislike your spouse!  (The alternative isn't fun either.  My parents think my husband is amazing - and he is! - but they side with him on everything.  It's not fun to get a lecture from your parents for being mean to your husband, even when you know you are right!)

Have fun. Newlywed life only lasts a short time, so enjoy it while you can!  Don't get so caught up in planning for the future that you don't enjoy the present together.  Once (if) you have children, it will be many years before you will again be able to spend so much alone time together and be spontaneous.  Use this time to create memories that will be a strong basis for your life together.  I was recently reminiscing about our travels and am grateful that we took advantage when we could, before we were tied down to  responsibilities


  1. Great advice sweet girl! I love it oh so very much.. I love to be able to read these things to know that things will be just fine as long as both husband & wife compromise & learn things together :)

  2. 'Don't air your dirty laundry'- I once read an article about how you can forgive your partner, but other people are less willing or likely to. That grudge you bitched about to them 3 month ago is all but forgotten in your eyes, but they still bring it up when you get together. Best advice ever :) got a problem? Deal with it together :)

  3. These pictures are amazing! I love this post! and it is all so true


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