8 Ways Marriage Is Going To Drastically Change Your Life (So Be Prepared)

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Marriage Advice For Newlyweds On How Married Life Is Different Than Being In A Relationship

Being in a marriage is a change that not only affects your relationship but also your entire life. If you're newlyweds looking for some marriage advice, you'll want to know some of the major changes that take place once you tie the knot. 

Not all life transitions and changes are paved in grief and loss. Some are joyous, with reason to celebrate. Regardless of the type of transition you face, they are all life-changing and require you to become more accepting.  

Take marriage, for example — there are so many reasons why life changes after getting married and each one challenges you to adapt to something new.

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Then, why do people get married? Whether it's for love, convenience, or any other reason, committing to marry your partner means committing to a change of pace in your life and relationship.

And, married life is not all rainbows and unicorns, either. When a couple makes a commitment to each other, there can be fireworks sometimes. Other times, sparks can fly.

Whether you are contemplating marriage for the first time or it’s a repeat performance, acknowledging how many aspects of your personal life will merge with your chosen partner is important.

At its worst, this can create discomfort, awkwardness, and contention. At its best, it will serve to liven up and deepen the conversation about who you are now that you are married.

That’s where the transition comes into play. The wedding is just the beginning — it is the catalyst. How you each change from the inside out starts the journey through transition. 

At the outset, you each may try to hold on for dear life to who you were before your marriage. When that feels impossible, it may be time to let go and see where the ride takes you as you begin your life after marriage.

So, how does life change after marriage and how can you maintain healthy relationships without resorting to fighting all the time?

Well, you are a complex person. So is your life-partner. We all are. 

As a coach, I work with women in many different areas of their lives. It starts with getting grounded in their values. Then we talk about home, health, friends, family, finances, career, relationships, spiritual and emotional well-being, and personal growth.

Each one of these areas will be affected when life changes after marriage by some measure — you can bet on it. One or two areas may be affected more than others and that depends on how willing you are to collaborate, consider, and compromise.

With that, here are 8 reasons why your life and relationship will change after getting married and how you can make the best of each situation.

1. You need to advocate for your values

In a shared life, shared values are important to maintain a healthy relationship with your partner.

When considering married life, you may want to talk first about what you each care about most — what are your non-negotiable values, no matter what? It’s a great place to start because there are some things that should not change after marriage.

2. Opinions will be challenged

When two people share a life, differences of opinion become more important. You don’t want to compromise your values or principles or kowtow to him just to keep the peace because that will set a precedent that can be hard to break over time. 

So how do you avoid butting heads over a difference of opinion?

First of all, ask yourself a few questions. Is the topic worthy of taking a stand? Can you talk about it openly, without judgment, and consider both sides as though they are equally valid? Can you keep the emotional dial set to low? Is there a compromise? Can you default to "agree to disagree"?

3. Money matters more

Sharing incomes and expenses can become a major bone of contention, especially for two independent souls who are merging their lives. Where money is concerned, open conversation is required.

It may make sense for you to set ground rules and boundaries around spending habits and tracking expenditures. 

Which one of you is best qualified to manage this? If both of you are equally able, what timing arrangement can be made to split the responsibility so no one is the grinch all the time?

4. Family matters are bit more complicated

You may inherit lovely in-laws or they may become the outlaws. Now that you’ve joined forces in life, spending time with family changes. 

Weekend visits, vacations, and holidays become a decision that the two of you get to make together. Splitting holidays, separate vacations, and Sunday dinners with mom are all up for grabs.

There are more choices to collaborate about.

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5. You'll need to make decisions about one another's friends

Each of you has single friends, couple friends, people you share hobbies with, and others you just hang out with. You’ll like some of his — but not all. Same for him.

This is a new season for each of you in this partnership. As the old saying goes, you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends. Trying to be friendly with people you don’t care for can become difficult and cause a rift. 

You may want to talk about allowing each other the time and space to be with those people you care about most, without expecting your partner to tag along every time.

6. Alone time may be scarce

You may find yourself craving more of this thing called 'me time' because you don’t get as much now that you’ve entered into life after marriage. 

You may find yourself spending more time together at home by choice. On the other hand, sharing space with your beloved life-partner can get cramped after a while — for each of you.

Being open about needing your space is a great conversation to have. It may pave the way for you to feel freer to talk about your other needs as a loving person in a partnership.

7. The weight of responsibility

This doesn’t have to feel as heavy as it sounds but the fact is, when life changes after getting married, this sense of responsibility comes along for the ride. 

You each consider the other partner’s feelings and sensibilities. You may feel the desire to contribute equally, whatever that means to you in your particular relationship.

The change is that you now have someone else in your life, and your choices and decisions impact him, too.

8. Vulnerability is vital

If you are being open and honest with your life-partner, there is no hiding. Being vulnerable and bearing your soul are the threads from which your companion-tapestry is woven when you are in a committed relationship. 

You weave from one side and he weaves from the other, allowing your threads to pull through to the other side and his to do the same. Gold and silver, silk and cotton. Smooth and nubby. Warts and all.

This may be the biggest change you will experience, and it is the one that will affect how you show up for all the others.

When life changes after getting married, you will notice that you are changing from the inside out. You will begin accepting and adapting to life change, which is a very good thing.  Make this transition one for the ages.

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María Tomás-Keegan is a certified Career and Life Coach for Women and founder of Transition & Thrive with María. When life-changing moments flip the world upside down, she creates a bridge so you can turn chaos into calm. Are you ready to explore how change can impact you and how to move through it with more dignity and grace? Get her free ebook From Darkness to Light: Learning to Adapt to Change and Move Through Transition

This article was originally published at Transition And Thrive With Maria. Reprinted with permission from the author.