So you’re thinking about getting married? Before you get ahead of yourself, a few of the amateur marriage counselors here at the Daily Idea put together a list of some things to keep in mind before you get serious about getting hitched.
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Nikki: Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. So you’re thinking about getting married? Well, it’s about time. But before you get ahead of yourself, a few of the amateur marriage counselors here at the Daily Idea put together a barely comprehensive list of some things to keep in mind before you get serious about getting hitched.
Romance (title on screen)
Nikki: Marital bliss is all about honesty. That includes your past relationships. It’s important to know a little bit about your partner’s previous partners if you know what I mean. You don’t want any major surprises after you’ve already said “I do.”
Girl: If we’re going to get married, I think we need to be honest with one another about our past.
Boy: You mean my past. Ok, fine.
[Each sits down to make a list. The girl has a 3×5 card. The guy has a legal pad. The girl scrawls on her card for about 3-4 seconds and she’s done. She looks over at the guy and he’s frantically writing still. He flips the page. Cut to clock on the wall. Cut back to guy frantically writing. Back to clock. You get the idea. Cut back to the guy finally finishing his list about four pages in.]
Boy: (still writing) And…I’m…done.
Girl: (disgusted) Nevermind.
Finance (title on screen)
Nikki: Research married couples fight most often about money and sex. You can avoid some arguments over both with a few honest discussions while you’re still dating. Start with review of everyone’s salary and savings, and especially any outstanding debt. This will help you get an idea of where you’d be starting financially and prepare you for any incompatibilities in your spending habits.
Girl: I printed this out for you. (hands page to Guy) I have about four thousand in savings and about a thousand in my checking. I keep all my financial records in here. They’re organized by type of bill, then by month. (points to a nice bank box with vertical files inside)
Guy: Wow. That’s quite a system you have there.
Girl: I pay all my bills as soon as they come in and I have no debt. What about you?
Guy: Uh, yeah…I have about eighteen dollars in my checking. I keep my financial records in here. (hands her his wallet, which is fat with receipts sticking out everywhere) They’re organized by folding them and putting them in sideways.
Girl: That’s quite a system you have.
Kids (title on screen)
Nikki: Talking about kids too soon is probably one of the quickest ways to find yourself single again. But once you’re both looking toward marriage, it’s a good time to find out if you’re both in favor of a family or not.
Guy (with a basketball): I can’t wait to coach the kids someday.
Girl: I assume you mean the neighborhood kids at the YMCA.
Guy: No, I mean my own kids. Are you saying you don’t want to have kids?
Girl: I really don’t like the idea of actually having kids. Maybe Brad and Angelina will just give us some of theirs. I’ve like the one with the funny name.
Nikki: Lots of married couples find out too late they’re faiths don’t match. Inevitably one party wants to get married in a church with an alcohol-free reception. The other party wants a five-minute ceremony with ice cold beer waiting in the parking lot. And that’s just the trivial stuff. There are a lot of much larger issues related to faith plays you should know before you’re both halfway down the aisle.
Guy: Ok, so how often do you go to church?
Girl: Usually two or three times a week. Sometimes Saturday, but mostly Sundays and Wednesdays. How often do you go?
Guy: I go two days.
Girl: Two days a week?
Guy: No, two days — Christmas and Easter.
Nikki: And finally, while there are certain issues you shouldn’t discuss at dinner parties, that doesn’t mean you can avoid controversial topics at home. Issues that you very strongly about, your spouse-to-be may feel just as strongly about. On the opposite side. Take an evening to go over your hot button issues to see where you agree and where you’ll need to agree to disagree.
Girl: We don’t agree on anything, huh?
Guy: What about politics?
Guy: Green Party. I voted for Nader in oh four.
Girl: You just wasted your vote.
Guy: So did you.
Nikki: Maybe opposites really do attract. Apparently they also divorce about 50% of the time. So consider these issues before you start thinking about a wedding date. Oh, and let us know what you decide about the reception because we’re planning to get tanked.
And that’s another Daily Idea.