Falling in love with another person is a wonderful feeling, and taking the leap by choosing to get married is often the natural progression of things. Many couples say that nothing in their relationship changed after getting married, but sometimes making things official can bring on some huge major life changes. Here are some of the biggest things in your life that might change for you after marriage.
A lot of couples choose to live separately until they get married. In some cases this is not a good thing because relationships can change once you’re sharing a bedroom, apartment, or house. People have odd habits that no one would ever see if they weren’t living together, and sometimes these things can be deal breakers.
Best to find out about those before marriage probably, but suffice to say if you aren’t planning on hiring a moving company and moving in together until after the wedding, more is going to change for you than just the addition of a ring on your finger.
Many people want to have kids but want to wait until after they’re married to do so. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having children out of wedlock and people do it all the time. But some folks are more traditional and prefer to wait. Having children is certainly not a requirement either and you may decide that you don’t want them, even after marriage.
There can also sometimes be pressure from society, family, and friends to have children after you get married. Once you’ve signed the marriage license you may notice people asking when you plan to have children more often than ever before. So at the very least, these questions may cause you to have the conversation with your spouse.
Some people choose to wait until marriage to have sex, whether for personal or religious reasons. Staying a virgin until your wedding night or soon thereafter is perfectly fine and is your decision, but if you go this route you will definitely go through a major life change after marriage. Having sex for the first time can completely change your life and the way you think about things, so be prepared for that.
Many people are unable to afford to buy a house on their income alone, but with the addition of a second person’s income they are able to. Some couples choose not to share money or combine finances until after marriage, and they may want to wait to buy a house together for this reason or for commitment reasons. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a wild adventure and a big change in your life, but if you have the right partner you’re most definitely up for the challenge.
Marriage can be a really beautiful thing, but even the best things come with their own sets of challenges. Don’t be afraid of the changes married life will bring on, but instead embrace them!