New Marriage Advice

For many couples, it may be hard to imagine a more stressful time than those that we must face in our last years as poor single souls. Not only are you dealing with inconsiderate roommates, final exams, part-time work and the need to juggle a variety of critical social activities (sports, parties, beer drinking, movie watching, video games, etc.), you also have to plan the most romantic wedding proposal in history (for the guys) or the grandest wedding ceremony and reception ever celebrated in Western civilization.

Let’s not even talk about the trials of selecting the perfect wedding dress or honeymoon location, and don’t even mention the matrix that has to be evaluated to pick the right wedding attendants. And who can find a quality wedding photographer and a worthy cake decorator with a mere two years of notice? Talk about stress!

I’ll bet that those with a few years of marriage under your belt probably read these two paragraphs with a guilty grin. At the time, these seemed like real problems that demanded our full mental and emotional capacities. If we can only get through the wedding day and rock the honeymoon, life will be practically stress-free.

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Not so much. Married life is awesome and lacks comparison to any life event for the sustained joy it brings (save perhaps the birth of your own children, but we’ll get to that). However, marriage brings about a LOT of new stressors and critical issues that you must deal with as a new couple.

Money, Careers, Sex & Family Planning, Household Management, Communication, Romance, Children, Individual Fulfillment, Spirituality. Yeah, these are kind of a big deal. Fortunately, if you are reading this, you have found what is emerging as a valuable resource to guide you from marriage preparation through those critical first several years of your marriage. Stick with Engaged Marriage as we address these issues and many others, and together we will try to get this whole awesome marriage thing figured out.

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About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. I distinctly remember that the few months right before our wedding, in the midst of planning, personal tragity, and a new job for me, as the most difficult time in our relationship…

  2. Thank you for your comments, Jaycie. It seems like the period between one year prior to marriage and five years afterward (if that’s when you have your first child) is a real trial for most couples. I hope the content found on this site helps to ease the transition through the major life events that happen during this time and even make them more enjoyable!

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