Congratulations on your engagement! Get ready for a whirlwind of excitement, dresses, tuxes, cake tasting… and possibly the biggest To-do List you’ll ever see in your life.
While navigating the waters of family drama and seating charts, it might be easy to postpone checking off some of the less exciting aspects of an upcoming marriage–such as how it affects your health insurance coverage.
Don’t worry! We’ve got a list of things to keep in mind so that you can spend more of your “in sickness and in health” in a healthy, happy place.
Connecting the past to present, books have a tendency to help us look in the mirror and decide who we are, and more importantly who we can be. They can put a permanent imprint on our lives, showing us how to work harder and live better. So as you’ve graduated from the force-fed college literature that had more use balancing your liquor soaked coffee table, we’ve compiled our list of books every groom should read before marriage.
A hilariously attentive collection of personal essays that gives readers a sneak peak to the undisclosed world of married men. Touching on everything from the inevitable death of a father to unloading the dishwasher, Fried draws upon his straightforward conversations with fellow husbands in addition to his own marriage experiences.
An Outspoken Groom favorite, this tear jerker chronicles the remarkable sacrifice by an elite unit of Navy Seals in Afghanistan. Such sacrifice that you hope is fiction, even though you already know it is a true account. So when you’re married and you have to forego watching a football game for the ballet or an evening with your in-laws, just know there are others around the world – probably your age and younger – sacrificing far more.
Far too often have we witnessed young grooms losing all interest in style when returning to the bar scene with their single buddies, now as a married man. They think just because they are now married, why put any effort into attire or appearance. Having a piece of circular metal securely wrapped around your finger doesn’t give you’re the right to look like a hungover frat guy on his way to Friday morning class.
If your fiancé or wife requests that you read this “self-help” couple book, resist all urge to catalog every possible reason why you don’t need it. Off the record (guess that phrase doesn’t really apply since I’m putting it in this article) this “not-exactly” unbiased book essentially has a random relationship therapist who you haven’t spent five seconds with giving you relationship advice. On the record, it’s important to your fiancé or wife, so man up and remember what I previously mentioned about sacrifice. And yes, the Outspoken Groom himself read it…okay, most of it.