Marriage PreparationAfter all, you’ve found someone special, and created a loving, supportive, respectful relationship. You’re planning to spend the rest of your lives together. You can do more than hope your marriage lasts. You can take action to beat the odds of experiencing high conflict, chronic unhappiness, or even divorce. Amongst all the details of planning for your wedding, Marriage Preparation is the one investment that will contribute to keeping your relationship on an even keel through the stresses of modern life.
Each of us grows up in a family with a unique culture–values, beliefs, attitudes, approaches, behaviors. The intimacy of marriage will highlight these differences. Fortunately, most are not an issue, or relatively easy to negotiate, especially during times of low stress.
However, when life’s ups and downs take their toll, these “cultural” differences and your own personal temperaments can give rise to conflict, resentment, frustration. You can avoid getting stalled out by being lucky or by learning to use the success factors of long-term, happy relationships.
Marriage Education (also called Premarital Counseling or Marriage Preparation) helps you and your partner build on the strengths of your relationship, and boost your growth areas, which results in a stronger, more solid base to have a lifetime together of happiness and satisfaction.
I use the Prepare/Enrich inventory to get a snapshot of your current relationship. The resulting Couple’s Report gives substantial feedback on important areas of relationship compatibility. Building on that, I bring in key topics customized to your goals as a couple and based on the findings of what makes marriages last and do well. You and your partner will get wonderful, effective tools to maintain a strong marriage and keep the promise of those beautiful wedding memories.
There’s a one-time $35 fee paid directly to Prepare/Enrich for the online inventory.
Please note that if you complete a total of 12 hours of Marriage Preparation, you’ll qualify for a discount on your marriage license (typically this works out to about half the time in office sessions with the rest being at-home conversations between you and your partner).
For your Happily Ever After!
I’m an ally and affirming of all healthy, mutually consenting relationships between adults.