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7 Tips for a Great Oklahoma Marriage

If there is one thing that Oklahoma politicians, evangelical Oral Roberts wannabes, and my Granny Bea agree on, it is the importance of the sanctity of marriage. They also all seem to agree that Jesus was a white dude with blue eyes, but that's another article. Sadly, the blessed sacrament of holy matrimony is under attack in our state. According to this probably completely legit website statistic, Oklahoma is the state with the third highest divorce rate. Which begs the question: how do two people make a marriage last? Thank God you have your friendly local Craigslist minister on the case! Here are 7 tips that make a great Oklahoma marriage!


Date Night

Date nights are great ways to not only treat yourselves after a hard work week, but also show your partner that you still find them attractive. Not only should you make dates a regular thing, but you should also use that time to make them feel special. So at least try to wear a shirt without a hole, grease stain, or reference to the second amendment next time you go out.  I promise, just that effort will go a long way.


As a married couple, it is more important than ever to keep the romance alive. Thankfully, Patricia’s at 615 E Memorial Road in OKC is where fun and fantasy meet. I’m just saying. And not at all because the company sponsors my beer money.



The most cliché, and often least helpful, tid bit of marriage advice couples receive has to do with the need to communicate with each other. Communication means sharing your own personal thoughts, feelings, and desires with your partner. But thankfully for most Oklahomans, this doesn’t have to be done verbally. For example, if you’re tired of your spouse not doing the laundry, refusing to wash their underwear for a week or two will definitely communicate your frustrations with them.


Remember, you’re marrying the family

Knowing your spouse’s family is almost as important as knowing your spouse. But it’s hard to get to know every aunt, cousin, and cousin’s girlfriend. So get all the dirt in one place at the next family gathering by making plans to hang out with that one aunt who day drinks. Every Oklahoma family has one and she’ll give you the lowdown not only on your spouse’s embarrassing history, but also 12 reasons to stay away from the sober aunt’s macaroni salad.


Compliment each other

Just because you’re married, it doesn’t mean all the work is done. Because once the wedding is over, you have to maintain the happiness of that marriage. And the easiest way to do that is through compliments! Especially those compliments that make them feel needed. So be sure to take the time to tell your spouse how much you love the way their beer belly makes the perfect shelf for your movie theater snacks.


Surprise them!

Nothing says investment and commitment to your future as a couple like surprising your spouse with their name in Angilla font tattooed across your chest.


Remember the little things

The longer you’re married, the more things you learn about each other. Do your best to file away even the most seemingly insignificant details of your sweetie’s life. It will mean so much to your spouse if you remember those things. Plus, by the time you’re married you should know if your spouse prefers Mild or Diablo sauce for their Doritos Locos tacos.

Hayley has been happily married for 3 years. As far as she remembers. Follow her on twitter @squirrellygeek

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