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Taking time to sit down with your fiancée or fiancé prior to planning the wedding can help you learn even more about your compatibility and potential for a long-lasting marriage. Here are some of the questions you can ask each other, which may spark meaningful conversation. (Questions courtesy of WeddingPlanningWorksheets.com) - (MS)

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Finances/home:

  • Will we keep our money in joint or individual accounts?
  • What kinds of things will we talk about first before buying?
  • Who is going to be in charge of paying bills and other expenses?
  • How much time do we expect to spend with each other and when?
  • Where will we live?
  • How much will we be able to afford?
  • What if one of us had a career opportunity that required a move to a new city?
  • What if one of us, or both of us, got fired or laid-off?
  • How important is money to our relationship and marriage?
  • What type of material possessions are important to you (each other)?
  • What is your definition of financial security?
  • How much is enough for a "safety net" or "rainy day" fund?
  • How much of our income will we save or invest?

Entertainment/friends:

  • Will we have a special "night" together? Once a week, once a month?
  • Who is responsible for cooking or will we share that and how?
  • Do we have conflicting ideas of style?
  • How often do we like to go out with friends alone? Together?

Family:

  • What do you like, or dislike about my family?
  • Is our individual relationship with our family going to stay the same?
  • How will we share time with our families during the holidays? Intimacy and children:
  • How do we deal with each other's sexual expectations and needs?
  • Describe your idea of the ultimate sexual experience?
  • Will we have children? When and how many?
  • What will we do if we can't have children together (adoption, other options)?
  • How might things around the house/home change once a child is born?
  • Will one of us give up our career to stay home with our child/children?

Our relationship:

  • What do you love about me?
  • Why are you marrying me?
  • How might previous relationships we've had affect our marriage, if at all?
  • What about me drives you crazy or makes you frustrated?
  • What about our personalities is different and might be a source of conflict?
  • How would we know we're having problems and what would we do about it?
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