What steps can you take during your engagement to better ensure a happy marriage? Our good friend at MarcandAngel.com defined 7 precise steps in his post 7 "Before the Wedding" Steps that Initiate a Successful Marriage. He emphasizes honesty and openness to each other on topics like finances, children, and life goals. The objective is to "reveal any hidden inconsistencies in your relationship that might draw a negative effect on your marriage". Some tips seem obvious, but as you read, really consider whether you and your significant other have discussed these topics in depth. If not, it's time. If so, you're probably on the right path!