Why you should consider delaying your wedding

Hi everyone, welcome back for part 2 of the marriage series “Now that the honeymoon is over”. If you haven’t already done so, make you to check out the interviews and Toni’s post from last week so you are all caught up.

Have you ever heard couples saying “When you know you know” as a response to how they knew they were in love? How about “life is too short” as a reason for tying the knot abruptly?

Both of these sayings are very true, but can also be very wrong when it comes to exchanging vows. When I think of marriage, the words forever and soulmate come to mind because marriage is a lifelong commitment. We’ve all watched a romcom where beautiful vows were exchanged, we’ve been to our friends’ or family members’ weddings and uttered the typical “aaawwwwww” right before the couple sealed their vows with a kiss. Love is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated and encouraged – there is no doubt about that – but what happens when the honeymoon is over and the fireworks are no more? Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball so we can never say with certainty how life will look a few years from now, but what we can control is our mindset which in turn impacts the ‘happily ever after’. Based on this, I’ve put together a few questions I think need to be answered by anyone in a relationship

You are not willing to settle

Ok ok, hear me out. There is such a negative connotation tied to this word but perspective can really change the context of everything. As a person, your wants and needs will continue to fluctuate depending on the phase of life you are in. Why is this relevant you may ask? Well, if you are constantly changing, how can you be certain that what you want now will still be on your list five years down the line? Settling or settling down does not mean you have to compromise your integrity or commit to someone who you cannot imagine spending the rest of your life with. What I am talking about is stopping the tasting menu and eating the full meal. You will never find someone who is perfect, in fact, even you aren’t perfect so if you can truly accept your partner with their flaws, you’re headed in the right direction. Marriage is not the union of two perfect people it is the perfect union of two people.

You are not willing to prioritise your partner’s needs above your own

This is a tricky one that needs to be addressed regardless. It is nearly impossible to find two people that will enter into a relationship with a clean slate, so we all need to be honest in answering this question before committing to forever. Typically, relationship advice encourages each person to focus on their own needs and lessons from past experiences but what is missing in this ideology is that it excludes the significant other. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely focus on self growth, self love, etc but when two people commit to each other it needs to be for better or worse, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Can you imagine a relationship where the main priority is to cater to each other’s wellbeing? Ladies, I’m not saying that he needs to send you to a spa each weekend. Fellas, I’m not saying she needs to dress up like a nurse and serve you beer. We’re talking about emotional and physical needs which could potentially be PTSD, depression or a series of medical conditions. And are you willing to your partner’s love language and actively put it into action? 

You are not in love with yourself

Someone out there came up with the theory that when you find your soulmate, it is as though two halves become one. I disagree. If you are at a point in your life where you aren’t completely happy on our own, you will never be happy with someone else. It doesn’t matter if he is Prince Ali or made of gold, no one will ever be enough until you are truly in love with yourself and content with what you have. When I married my husband, I was not yet in the right mindset to love him unconditionally because the way I felt about myself made me wonder if he truly loved me. I was broken and lost, searching for something or someone who could fill the black hole that my mother left when she passed away and was compounded by a series of bad relationships. Less than one year into marriage I needed to seek professional help in order to be emotionally present in the relationship. I know I said that no one is perfect, but you cannot depend on someone else to complete you, instead you should complement each other.

verb: /ˈkɒmplɪmɛnt/

  1. contribute extra features to (someone or something) in such a way as to improve or emphasise their qualities.

You have already planned out your prenuptial agreement

By no means am I saying that all marriages need to be in communion of property. That is a personal choice that each couple has to make on their own. What I’m referring to is that nagging fear that you HAVE to get one done as soon as possible because you are afraid of what will happen when the fairytale ends. If this is even a thought, it would be a good idea to take a step back and really get to know your significant other. Once you enter into the marital covenant, your marriage will not survive if every day is lived in fear.

You more excited about the wedding than the person you will be marrying

This one is a little obvious but still worth mentioning. When it was time to marry my husband, I was really excited to go through the whole process of picking out a dress, tasting all of the different flavours of cake, selecting the decor, etc. When I looked at my husband, he seemed a little less enthusiastic about everything, which I attributed to him being a man. Nonetheless, he went along with everything and actually sorted out the majority of the planning as I was too nervous and anxious to get things done. It was when he said his vows that I realised that the man standing in front of me was really nervous and excited to be with me forever. It was the way he looked at me and basically ignored everyone in the reception because his main focus was ‘us’. It’s not wrong to get excited about your wedding, but do keep in mind that it will only last a day (or three if you are African). If you are planning on jumping the broom, ask yourself if you will be happy waking up next to the same person when his breath is smelly, eyes are crusty and after a night of deadly farts. If the white dress and pretty decor were all taken away, would you still be excited to sign the papers and say “I do”?

There are definitely a few more considerations to make including the family pressures, but we’ll stop here for now and let everything sink in. We’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s points so feel free to drop a comment below. Also, please make sure to head over to Toni’s site next week Thursday to read about some things you should discuss with your partner before getting married. 

Till next time!

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Lady B says:

    These are all great points to consider! Very well written article Shelly! You have a great perspective on marriage very early in the game, so I expect nothing but greatness for you and your hubby. Best wishes to you both! 🤗

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      Thanks a million hun. I am really enjoying this journey with you ❤

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      1. Lady B says:

        Back atcha! 😉

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  2. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says:

    Very true! I especially agree that you have to know and love yourself first. If not, you’re not ready for marriage.

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      Exactly! I’m glad I got your stamp of approval especially since you are a guru at this marriage thing! 🙂

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      1. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says:

        Ha ha. I’m not sure I would call myself a guru but I have been at it for a long time!

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  3. These are all valid points! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      As always, you are so supportive. Thanks so much for sharing some love ❤

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  4. yep, my daughter called hers off 3 months before.. better late than never. good post Shelly! ❤️

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      Oh gosh! You’re right, better late than never. Hope she’s happier for it!

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      1. She really is. Of course, I loved the guy but I’m not marrying him. lol.. 🤣

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      2. Shelly DS says:

        They do say the marriage is about the family 😅

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      3. She actually is dating someone that is quite lovely.

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  5. There is so much to consider, and with rules that can change at a moment. So maybe it is wise to delay a wedding. And just be thankful for still being together

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  6. justcalmwildness says:

    I bet there is so much thought that goes into deciding about marriage. These are good tips to remember. Great picture.❣❣❣

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  7. PoojaG says:

    The point about loving yourself is something I seriously agree with! If you are not happy with your life or who you are marriage is not going to magically fix you. If anything it may make things worse. You should get married because you want to not because you think it will change your life/make you love yourself etc.

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      Exactly! And it can’t be ‘for the kids’ either.

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  8. Loved this 💕
    You speak such great points!
    I’m not yet married or engaged. Would have been this year if it wasn’t for covid. But I live with my boyfriend and act married. We have considered just going to the court house and having a big celebration later. What are your thoughts on this?

    – B ( mind.beauty.simplicity)

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    1. Shelly DS says:

      Hmmm honestly I think you can definitely go to the courthouse and take your time planning the big celebration. If it was your intention to get married this year, the fact that you can’t throw a reception should not be the reason you don’t go ahead~ funny enough we did the reception with the white dress and all that first then actually got married on our honeymoon 😅 so really none of our family or friends came to my wedding but I don’t think they know this 😂

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