Experts estimate that more than 90% of people will be married by the age of 50 in Western cultures, a clear indication of the importance of this commitment to many today. The decision of who will be standing with you at the altar has shifted and altered throughout generations and cultures.

For some, your future spouse is selected by family or important members of the community, the ultimate matchmaking. In the past, your spouse was selected based on their ability to provide for their family, however, today we have moved towards a more emotional based view of relationships, marrying ‘for love.’ Look at the most recent demonstration of this love at work, with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

With a large number of weddings still ending in divorce, one has to wonder how you know that you’ve actually found ‘Mr. Right’ and not ‘Mr. Right Now.’ After all, in many of these situations, it may have seemed perfect right up until it’s not… One key, according to relationship experts, is open communication and genuinely getting to know your spouse. This helps you to prepare for the relationship ahead and acknowledge whether you are prepared for a life with this individual.

Personality traits and aspects of our character can play a big part in determining whether or not our relationship is likely to succeed. This includes traits like stubbornness, being overly emotional or not showing emotions at all, determination, perfectionism and more.

Have You Found ‘the One?’ The Pros and Cons of Marrying Your Man, According to His Zodiac Sign:

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Life with an Aries is going to be fast-paced and every changing, driven by their need to keep pushing forward and succeeding in life. They rarely think before they jump into something, so you will have to prepare yourself to handle the fall out of their impulsive decisions. While their incredible determination can help them to accomplish amazing things, it can also make them a little selfish. Combine this with their fiery temper and you are bound to have some heated arguments throughout your relationship.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

A Taurus man is the perfect example of a true provider, willing to roll his sleeves up and get his hands dirty without complaining so that he can provide for his family. Loyal and grounded, he is looking for a life of stability – so don’t expect grand adventures and a world of excitement with this one. While some may see him as a little boring, if you are looking for a loving, hard-working and reliable partner in life he will never let you down – just be prepared to hold up your end of the bargain.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

The social butterfly, a Gemini man can’t go anywhere without having to stop and talk with someone that he runs into. Just the act of grocery shopping can be an experience, taking FAR longer than it should as he turns it into a social activity. If you’re not keen on communication, be warned – he’s expecting his partner to carry a conversation because that’s how he connects. That being said, however, while he is great at expressing himself, he’s not always the best listener.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

The most sensitive of the zodiac signs, a Cancer man isn’t afraid to express his feelings and share them with the world. He’s kind and compassionate, and often seen as a bit of a ‘Mommy’s Boy,’ but this just goes to show how caring he truly is. When he loves, he loves with his whole heart, giving you everything without holding back. Be prepared, however, that these heightened emotions may sometimes cross the line into over-emotional, and there isn’t always a warning sign that it’s coming. Furthermore, he has incredibly high expectations of his partner, and if you fall short he won’t just share this fact, instead, he’ll become incredibly moody.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The true success story of the zodiac, a Leo is proud and bold, succeeding in everything that they do. When they welcome someone into their life, they make it clear that is because they want them there not because they need anyone. If you are the kind of person that prefers to have all eyes on you, I have bad news for you. Leo men live for the spotlight, the center of attention everywhere they go. They can be a little full of themselves, but when you do have time alone to connect you’ll have the opportunity to see the more vulnerable, caring side that he tends to keep hidden.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

If you are slightly disorganized and rely on your partner to keep things in order, you won’t be disappointed with a Virgo man. Detail-oriented, dedicated and possibly a little over the top in his need for organization, he thrives off organization, scheduling, and budgets. Prepare yourself for the fact that he is overwhelmed quickly if asked to make a spontaneous decision because it is so far outside of his comfort zone. Furthermore, he is incredibly picky once he has created a plan or schedule and will expect you to adhere to his routine.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

Libra men love nothing more than harmony and balance in their lives, doing everything in their power to avoid and solve conflict the second it rears its ugly head. Unfortunately, the reality of a relationship is that you are going to experience conflict and struggle at one time or another, and you need to be able to stand your ground when he’s trying to sweep it under the rug. Charming and lovable, your man is going to attract attention everywhere he goes, so if you tend to be jealous then you need to be prepared.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Highly passionate, if there is one area that your life, with a Scorpio man, isn’t going to be lacking it will be in the bedroom. He loves on a very physical level and will be looking for the same in return. This passion carries through to how they view the world as a whole, driving them to be successful in their careers and other activities that they choose to set their sights on. The biggest challenge you will experience is their mysterious nature. Regardless of how much you may try to get your man to open up, you will need to accept that he is always going to have secrets, which is difficult for many to handle.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

If you are with a Sagittarius man, then you have your own walking encyclopedia on hand at all times. Warning, however, as much as they love to be known as the one with all the knowledge, you should realize that not all the ‘facts’ they share are actually going to be true. They believe their image is more important than verifying the information – despite what they would like to believe, they can be wrong. Sagittarius men are adventurous and exciting, always seeking new experiences, but it can be difficult to convince them to settle down and stick to a routine. If you’re looking for stability, you might have your hands full.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Driven by data and facts, a Capricorn man is going to know exactly what needs to be done in any given situation and has likely already calculated the options and their odds of success. The problem is that they are so busy calculating, planning and organizing their thoughts that they often find themselves trapped in this planning stage and failing to act on anything. While he is stubborn and will certainly fight back, you can usually push him to take those first steps if you’re willing to try hard enough. While he excels in the practical side of your relationship, he is going to have a hard time being honest and open emotionally.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

An Aquarius man is going to approach life with a childlike innocence and sense of adventure, which is certain to keep your life interesting, to say the least. He’s excited to try new things, although sometimes overwhelmed by the world that he lives in. He’s unique, taking pride in his ability to stand out in a world that is constantly encouraging him to conform. While he is a lot of fun to be around, you need to be prepared for the fact that he’s often absent-minded and a little short of dependable. If you can work past that, then you may have found your partner in crime.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

The true romantics of the zodiac, Pisces men are going to make you feel like you are living in your own personal fairy tale. That being said, however, they have high expectations for the romance in their relationship and expect you to feel the same way. If they feel as though there is any question about their partner’s affection, they will switch themselves off, moving from hot to cold in a matter of seconds, unwilling to discuss or address the problem. This can be difficult for their partners, as you never quite know what you’re getting yourself into or how you may be upsetting them. When things are going well, they love with 110% of their heart, devoting themselves entirely to their relationships.

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