20 Things Every Woman Should Do Before She Gets Married

With 11 days left until my wedding, the final countdown is in effect. Among the dozens of little things left on my to-do list, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things crossed off my to-do list long before I met my husband to-be — things that have made me a well-rounded, experienced woman ready for a lifetime commitment to another person. After the jump, 20 things every woman should cross off her list before getting married.

  1. Live by herself for at least a year.
  2. Live with someone else for at least a year.
  3. Recover from a broken heart.
  4. Have a vacation fling.
  5. Take a road-trip with a group of girlfriends.
  6. Relish sleeping in a queen-sized bed by herself.
  7. Get her finances in order.
  8. Learn to love her body.
  9. Have sex with at least one person she’d never want to marry (or introduce to mom).
  10. Find reliable birth control.
  11. Pay off as much credit card debt and student loans as possible.
  12. Spend way too much on a something frivolous.
  13. Exorcise all past relationship demons.
  14. Travel somewhere exotic.
  15. Establish a strong circle of friends.
  16. Forgive her parents for not being perfect.
  17. Have at least one night she can’t quite remember.
  18. Experience some really bad first dates.
  19. Find hobbies that fulfill her.
  20. Celebrate her 25th birthday.
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