Whether you two are just starting out or have been together for years, it’s important to commemorate the milestones you’ve reached as a couple—whether that’s big or small. Here, 11 moments that are worth toasting to.
1. The first "I love you"
Everyone knows these three words are a big game-changer in any relationship.
2. Getting your first pet
Whether it’s an adorable dog or a cuddly kitty, getting your first pet is like having your very own baby. Consider this your first foray into parenthood.
3. Traveling together for the first time
There’s a saying that you never really know someone until you’ve traveled with them—if you enjoyed (and survived) your first trip together, that’s something worth celebrating!
4. When you two finally become an official couple
Aside from changing your relationship status on Facebook, this is when you openly announce to everyone that you two are exclusively dating.
5. Your first kiss
Oh, the first time your lips touch his… and you see fireworks.
6. The time you meet each other’s parents
Now this is a big, big milestone. Meeting the parents can only mean he’s really serious about you.
7. First reconciliation after a big fight
Who could ever forget their first fight with their S.O? Making amends after a really big argument always deserves a celebration because #LoveWins. It's also how you can tell if your relationship is on the right track or not.
8. The day you meet each other’s friends
…because meeting his friends can mean he wants you to be a part of his inner circle.
9. Your first presents to each other
There's a bit of pressure to get the first gift right, but if he loves you, then it shouldn't matter. After all, isn't it the thought that counts? Speaking of thoughts—want to know what his gift means? Read this article.
10. Finishing your first run (or just about any challenge) together
Many runs and marathons have a couples category. Take up the challenge and see how well you face obstacles (literally and figuratively) as a team.
11. Attending your first wedding as a couple
If you bring him as your plus one to a wedding or vice-versa, friends and relatives in attendance will start seeing you two as a package deal. You'll no longer be just Janice or Rachel—you'll be Janice and Carlos and Rachel and Miguel. Besides, even if neither of you might admit it, watching the newlyweds say their vows will make you wonder if you two would ever walk down the aisle as husband and wife. And that in itself is worth celebrating (even if only in your head).
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