Promising to be with each other “for better or worse, in good times and in bad,” is easier than it sounds, and many couples have started doing something about those “bad times” before they even happen. They call them “fight boxes” and the idea is to prevent a catastrophic argument that might be a breaking point in the relationship a few years down the road.
So, what’s inside?
A bottle of wine, two glasses, and love notes. The messages are written separately, and brides and grooms put pen to paper and express their hopes for a new future together. They write down their feelings and dreams with the expectation that the box won’t be opened until a big milestone such as the 10th or 20th wedding anniversary – unless you hit a rough patch that threatens to break the marriage apart.
Critics of the practice say that couples shouldn’t go into a marriage expecting it to have hard times…but others say the attitude of going into marriage knowing that it is hard, that it takes work, and that hard times are bound to happen is what keeps them strong.
Agreeing to keep the box sealed for ten or fifteen or twenty years helps couples work through their problems instead of calling it quits. Seeing the box reminds them of why they started this journey in the first place…and if they ever need to open it, hopefully, it will make all the difference.
That’s what they are counting on.
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