Photo: Rennie Solis
Now that you're part of a terrific twosome it's time for you and your new spouse to get busy on a bucket list together, no? From living in a completely different country to taking up a brand new sport, here's what real brides are vowing to do with their guys before death do them part.
1. Actually eat at the dining room table
Ah, a classic problem for many modern couples that plop down in front of the TV to share a meal at night, as opposed to gathering around the dining table. Bride Kristie says her husband was actually the first to suggest the idea in their relationship. "Our goal now is to eat dinner at the dining table at least once a week so we can talk without any disruptions and go into detail about our days. So far, it's been awesome."
2. Take up a new sport
Because boredom is the biggest relationship killer and countless studies have proven that couples that play together (i.e. do exciting, new things), stay together. So why not follow in the footsteps of Alex and her hubby and take up a new sport? "We signed up for golf lessons this summer and have been having a blast making a date night out of it," she tells us. "After we hit the driving range, we hit up a local bar for a couple of cocktails and just hang out."
3. Live in a different country
Variety is the spice of life, right? Lizzie and her fiancé Kent are set to say, "I do" in a few short months. At the top of their marriage bucket list is to reside in a different country for a minimum of one year, if not longer. "Neither of us want to get so complacent with married life that we never venture outside our comfort zone or take a big risk, like moving abroad," she explains. "We've both dreamt of living on an island or perhaps somewhere in Europe, which we hope to do either before or after we have kids!"
4. Build your dream home
Home is where the heart is! "While our first bucket list item is to save up enough money to buy a beautiful house in the suburbs, our ultimate goal is to design and build the house of our dreams," notes newlywed New Yorker Anna.
5. Go on a safari
Oh the places you'll go! Avid travelers, Shannon and her hubby Mark, have a bunch of destinations on their joint bucket list, including an African safari. "When we got married, we vowed to travel the world together," she explains. "We've been fortunate enough to cross several places off our list already. Our next stop is a South African safari. Now we just have to plan it!"