By Shannon Seibert

The wedding bells are ringing! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin snagged their marriage license in London at Chelsea Town Hall. The pair has been engaged since April and the actor and lawyer power couple is planning their wedding for this fall. According to UsMagazine.com, a source says that this is the happiest relationship that Clooney has been in, and the pair have a healthy, and wonderful love.

What are some ways to know you’re ready for marriage?

Cupid’s Advice:

Marriage is THE commitment. This isn’t something you do just for fun, because your parents want you to, or because you’re feeling pressured to. This is all about you and your man, so you want to make sure this is the right man going into it. Take these thoughts into consideration before you say “I do”:

1. There is nothing holding you back emotionally: It is only normal for everyone to come with some sort of emotional baggage from past relationships. Before heading toward the altar, take a moment to breathe. If you don’t find yourself drowning in other entanglements, secrets, or reservations, it’s safe to say you can take this step forward with your love.

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2. It’s not about the wedding, it’s about being married: As we grow up we are instructed about how our lives are supposed to go. You go from being a child to being in school, then graduating, getting married, and having children. This is supposed to be sufficient by societal standards but this is the person who is going to stand by your side forever. If you’re just looking forward to wearing a white gown and the honeymoon, then marriage isn’t for you. This is going to be hard work on both ends, and nothing will be easy from this point forward.

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3. You’re 100 % sure about your partner: If you can say wholeheartedly that you trust your partner with your life, then you’re in safe hands. he’s your knight in shining armor, who has been there for you through your ups and downs, has seen you in both positive and negative lights, and still finds you wonderful. You deserve eternal happiness, and you have to find that with someone who makes you feel good about yourself. There is no room left for doubt within a marriage, so don’t take any into it.

How did you know you were ready to be married? Share with us in the comments below!