[5 Ways to Grow Closer to Your Spouse-to-Be During Your Engagement]

15 Nov 2019

The engagement period is an exciting one — you’re planning your wedding, and you and your partner are gearing up for a lifetime of togetherness. While you might be on cloud nine just thinking about all of the wonderful things you’ll get to enjoy over the next year or so, the engagement period is also a great time to focus on ways to improve your relationship. Here are the 5 ways to improve your relationship while engaged.




1) Checking In


With busy schedules on top of wedding planning, it can be easy to overlook doing this simple thing – asking each other how you’re doing. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes to talk to your partner through phone call. You can talk about anything! Checking in occasionally through texts is a great way too.




2) Fall In Love Over Again


Plan a dinner date once a week. Have a spontaneous date if both schedules allow. Take turns planning and continue surprising each other – just fall in love again! Remember, everyday is Valentine’s Day when you’re with your loved one!




3) Stop Expectations


Getting engaged puts couples in the spotlight, and the pressure increases as the wedding approaches. It is normal for family and friends to pitch in their ideas and suggestions, but if along the line you find yourself working towards their expectations, stop! This is your wedding, not theirs. Discuss priorities with your fiancé. The both of you should create your own vision of marriage and how to achieve it. But, this doesn’t mean you should totally ignore ideas from your family and friends. Listen to their ideas and decide which is suitable for you. Besides that, another expectation you should cease is expectations about your future husband. Nobody is perfect and marriage will not miraculously change a person to your ideal type. From your engagement to your wedding, compromise and tolerance should be your good friends.


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4) Lots of Affection


Stress and tension can get the best of you with the heavy workload (career and of course, the wedding planning), so make sure to take time off and relax. Enjoy quality time together, bask in each other’s presence. Showing affection to your partner is one of the most important ways to improve your relationship. Hug! Kiss! Snuggle! Being close physically is vital for a healthy relationship, strengthening your bonds. Oh, don’t forget those 3 words!


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5) Expressing Gratitude


Another gesture that easily slips through the cracks when you’re overloaded with work is the simple expressions and phrases of appreciation. Since you’re marrying this person, chances are you're thankful for their presence in your life. However, when what the last time you told them so? Telling your partner something you appreciate about them every day instils positive feelings and nurture your relationship. 


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There you have it. These are just some from the million ways to improve your relationship. It will only be a matter of time before you enter a new stage of life and things are bound to change. It’s okay, no worries! Take it slow. You’re going to marry your best friend and the two of you will embark on this new adventure together.


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