A lot of work goes into tying the knot. Ensure you complete these four essential tasks before getting married to lessen stress before your wedding day.
When you get engaged, there’s a lot of prep work to do in the days leading up to your wedding. You’ll need to apply for a marriage license, decide on a prenup, discuss couples counseling, and set a wedding budget. We’ve detailed each of these key tasks to do before getting married here.
Apply for a Marriage License
Before the wedding day, you must obtain a marriage license. This legal document authorizes a couple to get married and ensures the law recognizes your partnership.
The requirements for a marriage license vary from state to state, so check with your local county clerk’s office. For example, a marriage license is only valid for a set number of days, which varies in every state. It’s best to do this one month to a week before your wedding to avoid unnecessary stress on your wedding day.
Decide on a Prenup
While talking about prenups isn’t romantic, every couple should have this discussion. This optional legal document outlines how you’ll divide assets in the worst-case scenario of a divorce. While no couple wants to consider ending a marriage before it begins, you’ll secure your future with a prenup.
Bring this topic up early so that both parties have enough time to consider what they want to do. If you agree to create a prenup, visit a local family law firm so that an attorney can draw up the documents for you to sign.
Discuss Pre-Marital Counseling
Many of us hear “couples counseling” and fear that something must be wrong. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Attending pre-marital counseling sessions teaches you new ways of communicating with your partner.
Likewise, working with a counselor helps you learn how to devise practical solutions to disagreements. You’ll start your marriage with the skill sets needed for healthy communication.
Set a Wedding Budget
Weddings can be expensive, and the final task to do before getting married is to come to an agreement with your partner on a realistic budget for the big day. Everyone has different spending limits, so you and your partner may need to compromise to respect one another’s financial boundaries. If you have a tight budget to work around, consider ways to save, such as finding an affordable wedding dress. You could shop off the rack to spend less on the gown.
By setting a budget, you can avoid unnecessary financial stress or disagreement and focus on what’s most important—your special day. When you have these serious conversations early on, you’ll have a smoother transition into married life.