Finding someone to love and commit to for the rest of your life is always a blessing. However, getting married later in life means your priorities differ from those marrying at a younger age. If you are tying the knot during your golden years, follow these four tips from The Shepherd’s Center of Annandale Springfield (SCAS) for a happy and successful marriage.
1. Host a Small Ceremony
While there is nothing wrong with a large ceremony, a smaller ceremony takes a lot of the pressure and stress out of the wedding planning process. Plus, it saves money to put towards other priorities, such as a honeymoon or down payment on a house.
Invite your closest friends and family members, such as adult children and grandchildren, to an intimate reception. If you have many people you want to attend, put the money towards a large reception instead. Go all out with your favorite foods, DJ, and decor.
2. Stay Active
Staying active is a wonderful way to keep your physical and mental health strong. Take turns trying each other’s favorite activities. If you do not have any favorites, make a list of activities that interest you both and try them together, such as swimming classes, biking, or free online fitness videos. Even a short walk boosts your energy and gives you both a chance to talk and connect with each other.
Another great option is getting involved in your community. Parks, student mentoring, and animal shelters are a few of the numerous volunteer opportunities in neighborhoods. Local senior programs also offer a variety of services to their members, such as luncheons and holiday parties.
3. Start a Business
A great way to stay busy, spend time together, and make extra cash is by starting a business together. According to one report, 1.4 million firms in the United States are operated and owned by a married couple. If you and your spouse work well together, joining this group of wedded business owners might be your next adventure!
An important aspect to pay attention to is marketing. Marketing gets your name out to the public and tells them what makes your company unique and why they should choose you. Print media, social media, websites, and commercials are all excellent marketing options.
When designing your website, be sure to create an eye-catching infographic to increase brand awareness for your business. You can hire a graphic designer to take on the project, or you can design your own infographic and save money by using free customizable templates. Once you choose a template, simply personalize it with your own colors, text, background, and other design elements.
4. Update Finances
Finances should be one of the first things you discuss when deciding to tie the knot. Be honest with your partner about all debts. Make a game plan of how you both will tackle these bills. Talk about any social security income or retirement benefits you receive. Also, discuss whether your want joint or separate bank accounts.
Finally, create a monthly budget. This should include bills, essential costs, such as gas and groceries, and non-essential costs, such as dinner at restaurants or for-fun shopping money.
Your golden years are one of the best times of your life. Getting married during this period fills these years with even more love and joy. Follow these four tips to make the most of your marriage during this special part of your life.