Anna Fowler

The Best Relationship Advice For Newlyweds

Who gives the best relationship advice? Your vicar, a cabbie, a stripper or a celebrity? We round up wise words of advice to keep your relationship at its best

05 Jun 2018

No matter how well you know your partner, or how good your relationship is, when it comes to marriage there'll always be bumps in the road and lessons to learn. To help grow your wisdom (and bring a tear to your eye), we've put together some of our favourite pieces of marriage advice, from famous movie stars to cab drivers, vicars, teachers and more.

'I used to say to my dad, "how did you and Mom stay married for all this time?" And he'd say, "Two things. Number one: you've got to have the same dreams. One person can't be daydreaming about walking down the street in Paris while the other person wants to work in a coal mine. Number two: we never wanted to get divorced at the same time,"'actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.

"If your husband is good at something - like making a curry - never stop complimenting him on it. He might have been making the same curry for 40 years, and you might think he knows you like it, but men just need to hear these words. Trust me," Drew McDougall, 56, cab driver.

"The best sex takes place in the mind first," Jenna Jameson, adult actress.

“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are,” actor, Will Ferrel.

"My favourite words about enduring love are spoken in the Song of Solomon in the Bible. 'Close your heart to every love but mine; hold no one else in your arms but me," Reverend Ian Hart.


"When you're making a cup of tea, always ask your husband if he wants one too. Never stop making that extra effort for your special someone," Vera Kelly, 98, retired nurse.

“We have a couple of rules in our relationship. The first rule is that I make her feel like she’s getting everything. The second rule is that I actually do let her have her way in everything. And, so far, it’s working,” singer, Justin Timberlake.

"Take time to watch your man get undressed. It's a subtle way of letting him know that you still love his body," Luke Carmichael, 28 male stripper.

"Paul Newman gave the best advice - 'Why would I go out for a burger, when I could have steak at home?'" writer, Dawn Porter.


"Little gestures go a long way. My girlfriend does this thing where, when we're driving and reach a red light, she'll tug on my arm, then pull me in for a kiss. It's a nice, unprompted way to be reminded she cares about me," Jim Lincoln, 32, photographer.

"When you end up happily married, even the failed relationships have worked beautifully to get you there," actress, Julia Roberts.

"Don't think that, just because he might complain to you about his family or friends, you get to do the same. You can listen to him when he grumbles - perhaps you can even occasionally agree - but never ever criticise his family and friends yourself," Karina Rogers, 50, head teacher.

"For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom!" actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

"This isn't terribly romantic, but it's quite normal to dislike your partner when you're under pressure - coping with young children for example. When the children are older, the more romantic feelings reassert themselves. It's important to have faith that things can improve. Don't fall into the trap of believing that if things aren't rosy all the time, you must be wrong for each other," novelist, Jojo Moyes.


"An elderly husband was asked the secret of his long and happy marriage. He replied: 'When we got married, we agreed she would make all the little decisions, and I would make the big ones. And there just haven't ever been any big decisions,'" Reverend Ian Hart.

"Remember that every time you talk in a cutesy voice or use a pet name, you inadvertently take the sexual tension down a notch. It's a surprisingly destructive habit which ultimately leads to couples rebranding their lovers as cute animals not hot lovers," Julienne Davis, author of Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex.

"If someone can't handle you at your worst, they don't deserve you at your best," actress, Marilyn Monroe.

"Send each other postcards when you're apart, and bring each other back a present every time you go away," Jean Veitch, 59, shop owner.

"Make your bedroom a technology-free zone. Being attached to your gadgets sends a signal to your companion that they're not your priority." Dr Kelly Megonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct.