Marrying is a hugely exciting new chapter where you can start your life. It means a new level of maturity and partnership in your life that can really help you thrive, but it's also a big decision that requires a checklist before you take the big leap.
1. Travel together! We do not just mean a weekend in the hut. Make a long vacation together or an international adventure together that challenges the limits of your relationship in different contexts.
2. Pull together. Marrying before living together is a catastrophe waiting to happen, even if it is normal in many cultures. Getting used to a person's quirks is an important part of living together and not of constant struggle.
Understand the values of others like politics and religion. These are topics usually avoided on the first date, but very important for a fiancee to discuss his future direction.
Talk about whether you want children. This may be a touchy subject for many, but if you guys want to be there in the long run, it's a chat you have to do. Depending on how you invested in the decision, compromises might have to be made.