Once you decide to get married, it can feel like one swift free-fall toward the big day. It’s easy to get caught up in wedding planning and let every single interaction with your sweetie revolve around wedding details and decisions. But whether your wedding is months or years away, it’s important to take this time not only to prepare for a beautiful wedding, but to get ready for a lasting and happy marriage. See what wedding and marriage experts recommend doing together before getting married, then grab your honey and start checking things off this list.
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Take an impromptu trip.
Traveling together gives you a chance to see how you each handle stressful situations, which is valuable insight for your future life together, says Marisa Manna Ferrell of So Eventful in Healdsburg, California. So if you haven’t skipped town together yet, book a trip, pronto! Even if you’ve mastered the art of the couple getaway already, this is a good time to consider an engagement-moon. “It lets you decompress,” says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group in Boston. Make it easy on yourself and consider an all-inclusive resort, which gives you the chance for down time without having to worry about details once you get there, recommends Velez.