Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the number one wedding brand, The Knot, is celebrating 20 years helping more than 25 million couples plan the wedding of their dreams. On Valentine’s Day, The Knot is treating valentines by honoring some of the greatest love stories of our time — sharing love and marriage advice from real couples and The Knot. The love advice comes from newlyweds through couples married for nearly 70 years. You can read their sage advice for long-lasting love by visiting TheKnot.com/ShareYourLove. You can also share your relationship advice by using the hashtag #ShareYourLove to capture your heartfelt love stories and words of wisdom to help couples near and far. Below are just some of the many love stories and marriage advice being shared from readers like you:
- Find new ways to make each other laugh to get through the ups and downs of life. The best love Rx is truly laughter.
- Reaffirm your love. Yes, you know you love each other but it is always important for couples to say “I love you,” because saying it reinforces the love for both of you.
- Give your love and yourself a chance to screw up. Often couples are guilty of holding each other to a higher standard, but no one is perfect. It is okay to screw up and then be kind and forgiving. That is what love is all about.
- Don’t jump to conclusions. The best thing to do is always hear your partner out. Give your partner the room to communicate before assuming you know what he or she is thinking and feeling. The Knot and StoryCorps encourages readers to record and share their personal stories of love and marriage so the stories may be archived in the Library of Congress. If you share your love story on Instagram and tag @TheKnot with the hashtag #ShareYourLove in the caption, you will have the chance to appear on TheKnot.com and one lucky couple will win a performance of their first dance song at their wedding by country music star, Russell Dickerson.
If you do not know about StoryCorps, it is a non-profit with a focus on strengthening and building deep connections to help people know that every story matters. Check out the 100,000+ love stories housed in the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Just the thought of a permanent record of the thoughts, feelings, voices and wisdom of love from the human experience is remarkable. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and future generations can explore the archive for years to come…a treasure. For more information on the love stories, bridal fashion and the coolest wedding ideas, grab a copy of the spring issue of The Knot Magazine. Happy Valentine’s Day!