The first year of your marriage is a special time. It can set the tone for the rest of your married life, and it can be a time that you look back on together with a special fondness. You won’t be able to repeat it, so you’ll want to make sure you do it right the first time. So what kind of things should you do before your first anniversary?
Develop Relationships Outside the Marriage
Sure, you’re still in love with staring into each others’ eyes, but it’s important to make those outside connections. Whether you connect with friends you both already have, or make new friends with other couples, be sure to connect with others as a couple. Making friends with other couples can be helpful because you can study them and see what works and what doesn’t.
Travel when you are newly married may seem like adding chaos just when you’re trying to figure out a new way of life, but even with all the adjustments you need to make in being married, you want to make sure you have some fun times too! Travel before other life events come along…like children. Children make travel difficult, so if you have kids, you’ll want those great times to look back on.
Try something new in the bedroom! Something new now makes it fun instead of being a desperate move to try to fix it up later on. Having a spicy sex life the first year will help you set the pattern to keep it up in years to come. If you can be adventurous in the bedroom the first year, you are more likely to continue adding the spice.
Find a Shared Hobby
Having your own interests is important, but so is having something to share with your partner that is engaging and fun for both of you. If you are both spiritual, pray together or practice your religion together. Are you both active? Run or play tennis together. If you haven’t yet, try to find a common interest to keep you connecting with each other over more than what’s on tv tonight.
Get to Know Your New Extended Families Better
You just enlarged your family by more than the person you married. Spending time with your in-laws can enrich your lives, and help everyone feel connected. This may well help in the area of becoming more accepted into each other’s extended families. While not all in-law relationships are perfect, you want to make the most of it!
Don’t Forget The Date
You will want to celebrate the ‘paper anniversary’ in a special way. There are many ways to do this, and here we’ll go over a couple.
- A personalized scroll with your monogram and vows makes a very special gift with a deeply personal reminder about your special day. Parchment gives it the extra special touch.
- On a tight budget? Write a love letter through the year and present it on your anniversary.
- You can reserve your special date in history at mydayregistry.com and receive a special certificate. Register your special day with your state, country, or worldwide. You can personalize with with your names, and have a memento to treasure for years to come.
The first year of marriage is when you are trying to figure out how to communicate with each other, how you will present yourselves to friends and family, and what kinds of things you like to do with each other in and out of the bedroom. It is a special time when you will be focused on each other like no time in the future. Make the most of it by following these tips, and make sure you don’t forget to celebrate your first anniversary in a special way.