15 Things Every Girl Should Do Before Getting Married

All the single ladies! All the single ladies! You’ve got it as good as Queen Bey’s dance moves and, in the midst of all my wedding planning madness, I can’t help but be a little nostalgic for that time gone by. So, allow me to channel my inner Tony Robbins and preach for a minute on what every girl should do before letting someone put a ring on it… Should you decide that you would actually like someone to eventually put a ring on it.

1. Fall head over heels in love with the wrong guy. As my grandma and Kelly Clarkson always say, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

2. Teach yourself to cook one thing really, really well. My delicacy is microwaving a bowl of chocolate chips and peanut butter for the perfect length of time to make “Dessert Soup.” I don’t care what yours is, as long as you indulge your inner cavewoman and figure out how to put food on your own table (the Taco Bell drive-through does not count.)

3. Determine which clothes you can just plain wash, which go on the delicate cycle, and which have to be dry cleaned. It will save you loads of heartache and money. #RIPGoldBikiniIPutInTheDryer

4. Chase your dream job. You might feel like a puppy chasing its tail, but that’s better than simply chasing a man.

5. Travel with your girlfriends. Spring break doesn’t count. Learn to say “kiss me” and “I have pepper spray” in a foreign language, and don’t be afraid to shout either.

6. Hang out with your mom. Go through her closet instead of going shopping; her vintage hand-me-downs will be just as glam as any trend on Gilt, and a whole lot cheaper.

7. Declutter your life. Delete the shows from your DVR that you’re never going to watch. Delete toxic friends from your social scene and boys from your heart. Stop calling those organized piles of crap “organized,” and put your stuff where it belongs (*and it may belong in the dumpster. Don’t end up on Hoarders).

8. Create an Outward Bound type self-challenge — maybe not to the extent of Cheryl Strayed in Wild — but, a surfing or sailing lesson.

9. Donate your time. Re-allocate a few of your Facebooking hours to volunteering somewhere, like an animal shelter, so you can “accidentally” come home with a puppy.

10. Stop going on “dates” that aren’t really dates. “Hanging out” is not a date. Neither is watching a guy drink beer and play video games with his friends. That “friends with benefits” situation will eventually lead to having one less friend and no benefits, and you will still be single. Try taking yourself on a date instead!

11. Start saving change from your couch, car and the bottom of your purse for your dream trip to Bali (or just buy a Bali bra. Supes comfs, ladies!)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1850786416 Audrey Mattevi

    Great list, but with except of the dating activities, these are things you can do after you’re married, too

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505847981 Laura Mesquita

      I was thinking the same thing :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069247322 Laura Murrocu

    I too dated an awful guy . It was no fun at all (although the sex was really good, the relationship was definitely not). I’m glad I have been in that shitty part of my life because it taught me a lot. It taught me to stand up for myself, to say NO. Breaking up with him was a great relief, but still… I wouldn’t change a thing if I had the chance.

    • Cpt_Justice

      I tell my spouse *EVERY DAY* that all the horrible relationships I had only make me more grateful about who I *did* marry!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525865236 Elizabeth McGlinchey

    Not everybodies mom has hand me downs that will work. Kind of a silly one. I can see just spending time with your mom thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002414243993 Sarah Ann Masse

    Another great piece, Annie!
    Here is one to add to the list…
    Establish good credit (and this means good credit spending habits. Don’t just spend until you hit the limit because it feels like free money at the time!) This will give you financial independence and confidence. It will also be THE key to buying property in the future and it even makes it easier to rent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1002251499 Renae Wesenberg

    “Have one kid, or six? Or be that lady I see hiking Runyon Canyon every day, pushing her cat in a stroller instead of a baby?”

    Believe it or not there are some of us who have no kids, want no kids, and do not substitute pets for children. I know this article was written to be a little humorous, but suggestion 12 reeks of the implication that choosing to not have children is not a valid life choice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469400099 Michelle E Favorito

      She did, in fact, say “decide how you feel about having kids,” not “decide how many kids you want to have,” which leaves open the option of not wanting to have them at all, even if it wasn’t explicitly mentioned.

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