Whitney C. Harris
For newlyweds, marriage is filled with so many hopes and expectations. With that in mind, we asked recent brides who've been married five or fewer years for their advice on that first critical year.
Kristen Rocco, Founder of Love "The transition from 'I' to 'we' can be a difficult one. Even as you're dating, you still mostly operate independently, but after you get married and settle into your new life together, the meaning of partnership becomes infinitely more important. Now your finances are tied, family vacations are done as a duo, and your last name becomes one. All of this equals a shift in identity. The more newlyweds can maintain open communication and compromise, they create healthy communication patterns and trust for each other that strengthen the bond." — Notery