Okay, so it’s been a while since you’ve kept your relationship with your special someone. Probably two to five years in, maybe longer. Most couples get married within that time period, so you’re probably thinking about marriage as well. If you want it to happen soon but don’t know where to begin or how to gradually initiate the transition, here are six tips for turning dating into marriage.
Grow With Your Partner
Loving yourself even when in a relationship is still extremely important. You can’t give something that you don’t have, and you can’t love someone properly if you don’t know how to love yourself.
Having a partner by your side all throughout your journey of loving yourself is helpful. Most of the time, your partner is the one who makes you realize your real worth and importance. He/she makes you feel that you matter a lot, despite your quirks, failures, and shortcomings. In return, you also contribute to the way your significant other loves himself/herself. You need to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses as well. Remind your partner that he/she always deserves the best, no matter what. Accepting one another, warts and all, in a relationship, will enable you to grow together, and eventually, be ready for marriage.
Know How To Please Your Partner
Constantly trying to make your partner happy can be a bad thing if you spoil them, but knowing the right amount of sweetness to give your future spouse can go a long way. Even just in the simplest of things, you will be able to please them if you pay attention to how they think and feel.
If you know your partner’s favorite or preferred breakfast, you can surprise them with it the next day, as you visit early in the morning. Acknowledge their opinions, be all ears for every story that your partner shares with you, value their time, and simply be present whenever you can, especially in times they need a companion. If you disagree with your partner regarding a particular idea, allow them to explain their side first, don’t reject them right away. Meet halfway and settle your differences in perspectives.
Don’t Argue Over The Petty Things
Couples fight all the time over the stupidest of things. This can’t be helped; every couple has individual differences in many aspects, and one can be easy to get upset if their partner chooses to argue more than rest his case. Yes, feel free to think that Godzilla will win, Kong is still the better monster. Things as simple as this can be argued about by couples. Well, if you plan on marrying your favorite person, consider graduating from this practice as soon as possible. Instead, try to be more open about each other’s varying tastes, opinions, preferences, and perspectives.
Remember, communication is key. Seek first to understand. Of course, there will be exceptions to the rule. To help you learn how to communicate better with your special someone, check out websites that provide great relationship advice, such as mydatingsolutions.com. With mistakes and concerns that are mendable over time, it’s better to take a step back first and calm yourself down. Mistakes are normal. Your partner is human, and so are you. Don’t try to make a mountain out of a molehill, otherwise, you might make a mistake yourself that you can’t mend.
Find Home In Each Other
It takes time to make a change. Just relax and take it easy. Officially becoming one takes time and effort from both of your sides. Finding home in each other means taking all your guards down, just to accommodate and be with the other person. You just don’t see anybody else but your current partner to be your future spouse.
It doesn’t really matter whether you two are already living together or not yet—people have different paces in how they grow their relationships and this does not in any way demean a couple’s love for each other.
Love takes all shapes and forms, just like water. Turning dating into marriage involves being comfortable with one another, showing each other all sides and hiding places that you don’t show others. It’s accepting everything about your partner and still finding them beautiful. Nobody else, but that person.
Create Memories And Develop A Sense Of Intimacy
Sure, you two might have gone out for a picnic at the beach. To a restaurant with flowers. It’s going to be great for your relationship to have memories that you two share with only each other. Something that involves only you two, together, at a specific interval. You can both spam ‘I love you’ texts all you want, but you know another way to romantically say ‘I love you’? Getting your partner some tacos for breakfast on Tuesday.
Creating more memories with them can further help with reinforcing the foundation of your relationship. It helps keep the spark alive even by the time you two are married already. These memories are things you can always go back to whenever your future marriage becomes challenged and tested through time.
You are going to be together for a lifetime. Making the spark light up again fixes any issue, and can even make your marriage even more exciting. Continually developing a sense of intimacy in your relationship can also consistently ignite your love for one another, including emotional attachments. Being soft and transparent towards your partner will sustain your relationship, eventually leading to marriage.
Propose Or Show Proposal Hints
You’ve done everything said above already, but you’re still unsure. Ask yourself these questions. Are they ‘the one’? Are you pleased with them whether or not they’re around? Do you grow and mature with them? Do you see spending the rest of your life with this person and no one else? If you’re a man reading this and you ticked yes to all these, it’s about time for a proposal. If you’re a woman, then it’s time to give your partner some proposal hints. It may seem a bit aggressive, but that’s the way it really is.
It’s 2021, anyone can propose now. If they’re not the one popping the question but they show signs they’re ready, you can do it ahead of them. Sure, you can just go ahead and go to a restaurant with a bouquet, then propose like that one scene in American Pie 3 and save for the under the table issue, but that’s just lame. If you’re wondering how to propose amidst the pandemic, you might want to consider some creative ideas that involve the use of masks and slim ring boxes.
All in all, it’s a great thing to be together for so long that you just want to tie the knot already. If you know you’re happy with your relationship, and that you’re both ready for it, take the leap and follow these tips for turning dating into marriage! The pond isn’t that deep, but you’ll enjoy swimming in it. Happiness is the key to a successful marriage, and knowing you’re happy as well as the other person, means you’ll do great.