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20 things every woman should do before she gets married July 16, 2009

Take it from someone who leapt before she looked. There are a handful (OK, two handfuls) of things a young woman should check off her to-do list before she takes that walk down the white carpet. It took me until age 34 (and finding the wonderful man to whom I am now married) to figure these out. Lucky for you, Wendy Atterberry, an editor at The, is about to be a bride and she has made her list and checked it twice. (See Wendy’s entire story here.)

Here are Wendy’s 20 things every woman should do before she gets married: 

  1. Live by herself for at least a year.
  2. Live with someone else for at least a year.
  3. Recover from a broken heart.
  4. Have a vacation fling.
  5. Take a road-trip with a group of girlfriends.
  6. Relish sleeping in a queen-sized bed by herself.
  7. Get her finances in order.
  8. Learn to love her body.
  9. Have sex with at least one person she’d never want to marry (or introduce to mom).
  10. Find reliable birth control.
  11. Pay off as much credit card debt and student loans as possible.
  12. Spend way too much on a something frivolous.
  13. Exorcise all past relationship demons.
  14. Travel somewhere exotic.
  15. Establish a strong circle of friends.
  16. Forgive her parents for not being perfect.
  17. Have at least one night she can’t quite remember.
  18. Experience some really bad first dates.
  19. Find hobbies that fulfill her.
  20. Celebrate her 25th birthday.

This isn’t the most wholesome list, I’ll admit. What’s on your must-do list before you tie the knot?


2 Responses to “20 things every woman should do before she gets married”

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  2. Ashley Says:

    I love that you said…Celebrate your 25th birthday, all of my girlfriends who married before 25 complain big time about their lack of “living the 20 something life.”

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