December 18, 2019 If you’ve been with a loved one for more than a few years, you may begin to wonder if the relationship is ready to take the next step into marriage. If you have a realistic understanding of this commitment, you’re right to take the time to ensure that your relationship is strong enough to stand the test of time. Marriage is a meaningful and intimate bond between two loved ones that should only be entered into when the relationship is prepared to make that level of a commitment. Here are some signs that your relationship is ready for the next step. You’re happy with the in-laws (and the in-laws are happy with you). Marriage is more than an eternal bond between two people. There are entire families that come together to complete the package. The classic struggle with the in-laws isn’t something that only exists in Hollywood movies or romance novels. Some people truly struggle with their relationship because of the families that inevitably come along with sharing a life with another person. If you find yourself laughing at the notion of having issues with your current in-laws, then your relationship is on the right trajectory for marriage. Being on great terms with your in-laws both as friends and as potential family members creates stability in which a relationship can blossom in the long run. It’s important to make sure that these feelings are mutual. Even if you’re fine with your in-laws, your marriage could still suffer problems if your in-laws have qualms with you. You understand your motivation for getting married. Wanting to get married isn’t a strong enough reason to have your relationship stand the test of time. You have to understand your motivations for entering into this eternal bond and determine whether they are sufficient or not. These reasons will be the foundation upon which your future relationship will be built. If the motivations are not pure, genuine, and well thought out, you may experience some problems in the future. For example, if you’re more intrigued by the idea of marriage rather than entering into a lifelong relationship with your current significant other, then you should reconsider the choice. Your relationship is ready for the next step when you have an articulable motivation for marriage that revolves around your love for another individual and a desire to celebrate that closeness with a matrimonial bond. You and your partner have shared plans for the future. At the beginning of a relationship, it’s okay if your future plans don’t line up perfectly with your partner’s. Even though you shouldn’t start dating someone who wants the exact opposite from you, it’s reasonable to assume that there will be some discontinuity in terms of future plans at the start of every relationship. As your relationship progresses towards marriage, however, it’s critical that these plans for the future begin to harmonize and become one. When you and your partner have a synonymous and shared vision for the future, this is a good sign that the relationship is ready for the next step. After all, marriage is essentially an agreement to have a shared future. Having a synchronized vision and plan for what your lives should look like down the road is a perfect starting point for a marriage. Your lives have already melded together as one. While a shared vision and plan for the future is a telltale sign that your relationship is ready for marriage, you can also take cues from your current situation. If your daily life has become intertwined with that of your partner’s, marriage is just going to be a more permanent and formal extension of your current situation. In other words, you may not notice a major difference in your relationship since your lives are already melded together as one. On the other hand, if you find your daily life coming into conflict with your partner’s and vice versa, the relationship may not be mature enough for the next step. If you’re looking for some tips for signs that your relationship is ready for the next step (marriage), you should consider attending the Boise Bridal Show to see what the industry’s leading vendors have to offer. Feel free to visit the upcoming events page for information on attending the next show.