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Chances are, you're surrounded by examples of loving, healthy marriages and strong relationships you hope to emulate. But likely, you'll be privy to negative examples, too. And, sometimes, it's those less-than-perfect unions that are the most instructive and conducive to future success. Here, real brides share bad habits they swear never to fall into once they're married.
"I never did this while we were dating and engaged either, but I'll never bad mouth my husband on social media. Biggest pet peeve!" Jessica R.
"Call his hobbies (like hunting) dumb or stupid because I know they're important to him." Chastin K.
"Let myself go! I never want to stop making an effort to look nice!" Charlotte J.
"Take his love for granted. He's an amazing man, and I intend on letting him know that everyday. I'm a very lucky woman!!" Simone S.
"Air our dirty laundry. I never did it when we were dating and engaged, so I sure as heck have not done it since being married." Alexandria K.
"I'll never tell my friends our petty problems and never make him guess what's wrong when I'm upset. No need to put friends in the middle of an argument, or to make him frustrated by not talking about the issue." Karli D.
"Get divorced! Been there. Done that. I'm keeping this one. He is my one true fit." Madelyn V.
"I swore I'd never stop having interests and friends outside of our marriage. We both have much more to offer each other if we both keep a strong sense of self. It makes us stronger together." Marie P.
Jolène M. Bouchon is a regular contributor to Brides.com and a freelance writer.