Many people see marriage as the ultimate sign of commitment. You’re promising to spend the rest of your life loving someone and being there for them through sickness and in health. However, as we all know, some marriages end in divorce, and those commitment vows are broken.
If you’ve been through a divorce and are now in a new relationship, you might feel like you must show you’re committed to your significant other.
Not everyone wants to get married for a second time, which can leave some people feeling like they’re unable to show their partner, friends, and family just how committed they really are.
Without a second trip down the aisle, you might like to take some of the following actions.
Showing a Commitment Without Getting Married
Throw a Party Anyway
When your relationship with your new spouse after a divorce starts getting serious, discussions about the future often become a little more frequent. You might talk about moving in with each other, opening a joint bank account, or even purchasing property together.
As soon as any couple’s milestone events happen, consider throwing a party to celebrate your love. Many people get married to be able to share the day with family and friends, and all that’s missing from a party celebrating your love is the celebrant and wedding dress.
Throwing a regular party can also be much easier than organizing a wedding. You can hire a venue or have it at your home and create the food yourself or hire a caterer. You also don’t need to worry about the often-costly extras like photographers, entertainment, and transport.
Get a Home Together
There are few greater signs of commitment for two people in love than moving in together. You might decide to move your spouse into your home, rent a place together, or take the plunge and buy a house using both of your money so that you can transform it into something you both love.
It’s important not to rush into significant decisions like property purchases, but if you believe your relationship is at that level, you might be excited about making such a massive life change in the name of commitment.
Live Your Vows Each Day
It can sometimes seem like the only opportunity you take to tell your spouse how much they mean to you is when you’re saying your vows on your wedding day. The general format of vows is writing a statement about your spouse, saying what you love about them, and describing what your promises are to them.
Sharing this information with your spouse doesn’t have to be something you only do when tying the knot. You can take any opportunity to tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them. You can also live your vows each day by supporting them through life’s many ups and downs.
Get a Pet Together
If you’re not ready, willing, or able to commit to marriage, a child, or another significant life change frequently associated with committed couples, you might instead be ready to adopt a pet together. Whether it’s something as small and easy-care as a goldfish or as time-consuming as a dog, raising an animal together can be an ideal way to show you’re committed to a life together.
However, before you sign on the dotted line of adoption papers, make sure you’re both on the same page with which animal you want, the training approach you want to take, and who will be responsible for its everyday care. By being aware of each other’s preferences, concerns, and wishes, you might reduce the risk of any disagreements before welcoming the newest addition to your family.
Purchase an Eternity Ring
Traditionally, an eternity ring is a piece of jewelry a married couple might purchase after a minimum of five years of marriage. These bands feature precious metals and cut gemstones and are designed to symbolize never-ending love.
Most husbands give them to their wives on milestone anniversaries or when the perfect opportunity arises. However, in recent years, couples have been eyeing up these beautiful rings to show eternal love for that special person in their lives, regardless of whether they’re married.
Women who wear these rings can feel like their spouses are committed to them without a legal document, and there can be no pressure to make that commitment official during a wedding ceremony.
Commitment doesn’t have to be about purchasing wedding rings, holding ceremonies, and signing marriage licenses. It can also be about showing your commitment to each other in your actions every day. If you want to show your spouse, friends, and family how committed you are, consider taking any of these steps above.
Boris Dzhingarov is a Digital nomad traveling the world. He is the founder of Dzhingarov.com