As a couple, your life together will be filled with a number of big decisions that will determine the path that your lives and relationship will take. If you want to be prepared for these in advance and ensure that you are on the same page as each other, here are some of the biggest decisions that you will need to make as a couple.
Many couples discuss whether they want to get married at some point. Marriage can give you financial and legal advantages as a couple and may also make you feel more committed and stable in your relationship. However, other people do not like the idea of marriage for various reasons, such as its history or the marriages that they have witnessed in the past. If this is the case, you should discuss your opinions on marriage with your partner early in the relationship, especially if marriage is a deal breaker for you. If you do decide to get married, you will need to start planning a few years in advance. You will need to book a wedding and reception venue, the entertainment, the décor, and the catering long before the event takes place. If you have decided to get married and want to find the perfect venue, you should consider looking at several wedding venues in your local area and beyond. This will then enable you to have the wedding you have always dreamed of.
You should also talk with your partner about having children. Although fewer people want children than in the past due to issues like finances and climate change, the desire to have children is still common. To avoid disappointment and resentment from building up between you in the future, you should make sure that you openly share your opinions on having children, even if you have not decided whether kids are something that you want in your life yet. You might also discuss fertility options if you need them.
You should also discuss your living situation, as well as when you think it is appropriate to move in together. You should talk about where you want to live and the type of abode that you want to live in, as well as its size and whether you are going to buy or rent somewhere to live. It would help if you also discussed what your budget is for a house or apartment and how you are going to save or get the money to be able to buy or rent a property.
Although you might think that you should make career decisions by yourself, when your life is joined to someone else’s, this is not the case. Then, you should always discuss major career decisions with them, especially if they will affect your finances, your future, your ability to care for any children that you have full-time, and where you want to live. It is also important that you work together through big issues such as job loss and dissatisfaction and that you provide ample support to each other when your careers go wrong.