Marriage is a sacred covenant. It's not something you decide about on the fly nor is it just the next step to a relationship (Read: 8 Wrong Reasons to Get Married). If you're thinking of tying the knot soon, make sure you're really ready for it. Here, five married women give advice when it comes to marriage.

Be transparent.
"Whether that’s financial or emotional, it’s important to be transparent and honest with your husband. Especially when it comes to your finances, most of the time, money is the root cause of arguments between married couples." –Tess, 47 (married for 18 years)


Understand that it’s worth the wait.
"I prayed for my husband. I waited for him to be given to me because I would rather wait patiently for the right one, instead of settling for less and regretting it in the long run." –Eloisa, 43 (married for three years)


Spend time with each other.
"Always make sure that you and your husband get to spend time together–go on dates and take care of each other." –Michelle, 36 (married for seven years)


Preparation is the key.
"If you plan to get married, do not just prepare for the wedding, but prepare for the marriage as well. If not, it would be a disaster. Be sure you’re ready emotionally and psychologically." –Berna, 56 (married for 29 years)


Do not hurry.
"Experiencing love and waiting for The One can be tiring, but never hurry or chase after it. The right person will come at the right time." –Yahon, 36 (married for six years)

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