Once that ring hits your finger, you'll be bombarded with advice. Some of the best people to listen to are those who have been happily married for many years. It’s with that thought that we've gathered together 12 marriage tips from married couples to share with you.

Married Couples Share 12 Tips About Marriage

It makes sense that in life when we need to know how to do something, that we ask the advice of someone who has been successfully doing it already. In the case of marriage advice then, asking happily married couples to share their thoughts also makes sense. Here are 12 of the top tips we've ever heard married couples give before:

  • Accept your spouse for who they are - this means acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses, and not trying to change who they are.
  • Don’t go to bed angry - it’s an oldie but a goodie. End each night on a positive note, or at the very least, on the same page about any issues you have disagreed upon.
  • Help around the home equally - you both live there, so there is no reason why you both shouldn’t complete chores. Make sure that you both participate in doing the washing, vacuuming and cleaning the toilet!
  • Keep the romance alive - it’s easy to fall into a daily routine once married, but make sure that this routine includes an act of romance! Romance is important at keeping your spark alive.
  • Talk to each other - this includes talking about the good and the bad stuff, including things such as insecurities and hurt feelings.
  • Be on the same page financially - be sure that you both have a clear understanding of what is happening with your finances, as well as your financial goals for the future.
  • Laugh together - you'll go through great times and tough times. Laughing is a great stress reliever and helps build bonds with one another.
  • Keep your own hobbies - if you played soccer or went to pottery classes before getting married, make sure to continue those things once married. You need to retain what is important to you to be happy.
  • Be kind - it doesn’t cost anything to perform acts of kindness. Be kind to each other every day.
  • Tell your spouse what you like - it’s not just our favourite foods that your spouse needs to know about, but also their preferences in the bedroom...
  • Show gratitude - never take your spouse for granted. Always be appreciative of the little things they do each day.
  • Say sorry - no one is perfect. Make sure that you say sorry when you've hurt your spouse’s feelings or forgotten to do something.

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