6 Things to Do in Your First Year of Marriage

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After spending months planning a wedding and finally saying "I do," you may be ready to throw in the towel on any "to do" lists. But there's a small handful of things that can you can plan to tackle together as a couple that will solidify you as a pair and also challenge you in some new way. Here are six to get you started.

Volunteer together
Devoting some of your free time to a non-profit in need not only feels good but it can have a lasting impact on your community. Figure out what causes you care about as a couple — be it animals or underprivileged children or the homeless — and work as a team to help a local organization realize its goals or raise funds.

Sign up for a cooking class
"Cooking is a skill that new couples can find useful throughout their lives together," says Aviva Samuels, Founder of Kiss the Planner. Taking a culinary class together should be fun but also a good excuse to learn how to make dishes that you can prepare for one another years into the future.

Plan a road trip
Beyond your blissful honeymoon, taking a road trip is a good way to come together and build an itinerary that's all yours. Decide as a couple how much ground you'll cover each day, what sites you'll see, and how much money you'll spend in each location. "Taking the trip requires even more compromise in deciding when to stick to the original plan and when to put the plan on hold and just go with the flow," Samuels says. And you'll return home with memories for the rest of your marriage.

Pick up a new joint hobby
Trying something completely new that neither one of you has done before is an exciting way to test your selves as "Mr. and Mrs." Denise Baron, ayurvedic consultant and author of the forthcoming Nourish, Heal, and Discover, recommends learning anything from zip lining or salsa dancing to massage techniques or meditation. If you both have a sense of humor, try improv comedy.

See more: 5 Signs You're Ready for Marriage

Host your first dinner party
To put your new cooking skills to the test, why not host your first dinner party as husband and wife? "Welcoming your friends and family into your joint home adds new dimension to your relationship and is a lovely symbol of your union," Samuels says.

Give thanks as a couple
"The first year of marriage can often be challenging enough without adding more challenges to it!" says Stacey Agin Murray, a professional organizer and author of The Organized Bride's Thank You Note Handbook. But one hurdle you should try leaping over together is penning those countless thank you cards. "Create a feeling of collaborative gratitude that allows a 50/50 split of post-wedding thank you note writing responsibilities," Murray says. For some, this might meant the bride writes notes to her friends and family while the groom tackles his as they work side-by-side. Or, one person may have beautiful handwriting while the other has a way with words.

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