It’s so easy to fall into the trap of planning for your wedding but forgetting to plan for your marriage. But this is the person you love most in all the world, right? Show them you care by giving them a little something…that won’t break your wedding budget.
1. “I Love You Because” Frame
Honestly, is there a cuter way to show your love than one of these?
Click here or on the image above to download your printable of choice. Print it out and stick it in a 5×7 frame. Now you have a dry erase board to write all the reasons why you love your husband or wife today!
This is a gift that keeps on giving and strengthens your marriage in the process.
2. Find Your Love Language
Last month we shared some of our favorite reads for engaged couples. In addition to being one of our favorites, Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages is one of the most helpful books on marriage that you can read. If you aren’t familiar with the love languages, learning about them will benefit your marriage dramatically.
Here’s how it works: Your spouse has one particular “language” in which he or she best communicates love. The five languages are acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, and physical touch.
If your husband’s language is acts of service, you can give him a hundred handwritten cards with profound declarations of love, but he will not feel loved until you help him in the yard or run an errand for him. If your wife’s language is quality time, you can wash her car and take out the trash every week, but she will not feel loved until you sit across from her, linger over a cup of coffee, and look into her eyes.
Chances are good that your spouse’s primary language is not your language. It is important not only to speak your spouse’s love language, but also to listen in that language. Translate for yourself so that you can receive your spouse’s expressions of love to you.
You can click here to take The 5 Love Languages® profile, which will give you a thorough analysis of your emotional communication preference. It will single out your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect with your loved one with intimacy and fulfillment.
3. Phone It In
Not literally, of course.
A successful marriage takes work, but falling in love over and over again is the best kind of work. Save this image to your phone and make it the screensaver or background. You’ll have a beautiful reminder to choose love every day.
While planning for your wedding, don’t forget to show some love to the person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with. Weddings and engagement parties can take a big chunk of change from the wallet, but these free engagement gifts for couples will leave you with plenty of money leftover (to rent an awesome photo booth, of course).