Marriage Tips From Couples Who Walked Down the Aisle and Into Wedded Bliss
Tried-and-true advice for staying in love well after you tie the knot.
On the big day, you promise to stick together for better or for worse. Make it easy to uphold those vows for many anniversaries to come by following these secrets to matrimonial happiness shared by duos whose celebrations we have featured over the years.
Abby and Jamey
Married October 30, 2009
“We always make sure not to take each other too seriously. (A nightly ritual is jamming out to music while brushing our teeth!),” Abby says.
Emily and David
Married July 14, 2012
“View the glass half full in your marriage! Focus on strengths and not weaknesses. We all have our shortcomings, but choose not to fixate on them. I think the recipe for a good marriage is to love and appreciate your partner’s challenges as much as their best side,” Emily says.
Jamie and Steven
Married October 15, 2011
“Share new experiences together that neither person has done before,” Jamie says.
Corbin and Thatcher
Married September 19, 2012
“Traveling is such a good way to refresh your relationship. Find a place that you really connect with as a couple—our place is Ireland—and keep on returning as a sort of renewed honeymoon,” Corbin says.
Katie and John
Married November 3, 2012
“We were both so tired of arguing over whose turn it was to clean the bathroom that we decided to hire a housekeeper! Our gal comes twice a month and she is a lifesaver,” Katie says.
Jeremy and Andrew
Married June 13, 2009
“Find the joy in the simplest experiences. Vacations and milestones are amazing, but the grocery store is where life happens,” Jeremy says.
Leila and Tony
Married May 8, 2010
“Focus on what you are good at in your marriage. One of us is good at managing finances while the other manages the grocery list and doctor appointments for our toddler. One may be great at cooking breakfast, while the other does the dishes after. Taking turns helps us stay balanced,” Leila says.
Amanda and Tim
Married September 15, 2012
“Take a second to look your husband or wife in the eyes when you say, ‘I love you.’ It’s a simple thing, but it makes you feel more connected and present,” Amanda says.
Lily and John
Married September 8, 2007
“For us, honesty and trust are the foundation. When someone asks if they can tell me a secret, I always say, ‘Don’t tell me if you don’t want John to know, too!’” Lily says.
Anthony and Rusty
Married September 21, 2013
“Leave your spouse handwritten notes when you separate (on the counter, if you leave first or in their bag, if you’re traveling),” Anthony says.
Summer and Bryan
Married July 11, 2013
“Make time to connect! Every so often, we actually turn off the TV for the evening, enjoy a glass of wine together, listen to music, and really chat. We talk about everything from our relationship and our future to politics and the economy. It’s a lot like it was when we first started dating and reminds us how much we enjoy each other!” Summer says.
Anne and David
Married June 22, 2003
“Have a sense of humor. Even when the kids are crying and you haven’t slept in days, it’s always better to laugh at the situation and let everything roll off your shoulders,” Anne says.
Minhee and Truman
Married April 15, 2006
“If you treat love as a tit-for-tat contractual agreement, you’re doing it wrong,” Minhee says.
Kate and Ian
Married September 16, 2006
“Telling your partner you appreciate them, complimenting them, encouraging them—it never gets old,” Kate says.
Kristin and Erik
Married March 30, 2002
“Each year on our wedding anniversary, my husband writes a poem for me. It includes highlights and funny memories from the year. It has turned out to be a great family journal for us, documenting our 13 years together (so far),” Kristin says.
Theresa and Jon
Married July 17, 2004
“One word: stay-cations! Take the day off of work. See a matinee. Make a reservation at a chic hotel. Have a nice meal out. Sleep in. Break from the normal routine and remember how much you love the guy you married,” Theresa says.