Couple waited nine years to open a mysterious wedding gift that aunt claimed held the secret to a happy marriage

A MARRIED couple have revealed how they waited nine years to open a mysterious wedding gift that an aunt claimed held the secret to a happy marriage.

Michigan couple Kathy and Brandon Gunn tied the knot in September, 2007, and were gifted a surprise package from Kathy's great-aunt Alison.

On the front of the parcel was a note which read: “Do NOT open until 1st disagreement.”

The secretive present lay unopened for nearly nine years, despite Kathy and Brandon having “plenty of disagreements, arguments and slammed doors.”

They remembered the present when they were talking about an upcoming wedding and what they should buy the bride and groom. 

Writing on the Love What Matters Facebook group, Kathy said: “I thought back to our wedding day (nearly 9 years ago) and tried to recall the gifts that had meant the most to me. 

“The funny thing? The gift that meant the very most was still sitting in a closet… unopened.

“All along, we assumed that the contents of that box held the key to saving a marriage – an age old trick – unbeknownst to us rookies.

“After all, my Great Aunt and Uncle had been married for nearly half a century.”

On August 30, 2020, they decided to finally open up the box and see what was inside. 

Despite their predictions, it didn’t contain a magical solution to any marital problems.


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Inside were two notes, one for Kathy and one for Brandon. 

Kathy’s letter said: “Kathy, go get a pizza, shrimp, or something you both like. Aunt Alison.

'Get a 'bath' ready.”

Meanwhile, Brandon's read: “Brandon, go get flowers and a bottle of wine. Aunt Alison.”

The couple said that the special present meant so much to them.


Kathy said: “For nine years that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust, yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience. 

“Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realisation. 

“I realised that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box – they were within us.”

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