Relationships can be both incredible as well as challenging. Whilst planning a wedding and getting married is such a magical experience (the wedding more so than the planning, I dare say), there will undoubtedly be points during your relationship where things are a little tougher and it's not quite a Disney movie. Of course every relationship is different and it's all about finding what works for you as a couple. Here are a few pieces of marriage advice we have collated, that may resonate with you.
*Choose to love each other, even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. Love is a commitment also, not only a feeling.
*Make time together a priority. This is especially important in an era where we are constantly switched on and attached to our phones and laptops. Turn off your devices and take time to be present together, without distractions.
*Remember it's not about winning in arguments. Try to work on problem solving rather than being 'right'. Fight in a productive way. (Arguing is an art form, refrain from putting your partner down or losing your temper about unrelated issues. It's so important to articulate what the real issue is.)
*Be your spouse's biggest encourager, not his/her biggest critic. It is your choice to focus on something positive or negative about your partner. Remember nobody is perfect!
*Be open minded to change - your relationship will most likely go through seasons and you will both grow and change over time.
*Prioritise intimacy. Make an effort to be physical with your partner and aim to have at least 6 second kiss everyday. It sounds silly, but try it!
*Don't keep secrets from each other.
*Never lie to each other. Without trust your relationship won't have a foundation.
*Find moments to laugh and be silly. Even when things are tough, focus on moments of positivity.
*Don't speak badly about your partner to other people.
*Don't be afraid to talk about money.
*Keep your word. Trust is a fundamental part of any relationship.
*Having mismatched values is far more of an issue than mismatched hobbies. It's okay not to have exactly the same interests. (In fact, it's great to have your own interests too.)
*Work on building your connection. Connection is strengthened when you share activities, go through challenges together, and honestly communicate with each other.