Most couples spend a lot of time, money, and effort preparing for their wedding day. They are “in-love” and excited to be together as man and wife. As special and important as a wedding day is, couples often overlook the importance of preparing for the marriage itself.
- Each man and woman comes into a relationship with his or her own preconceived ideas of what a marriage should look like. These views are often based on what they saw in their own parents’ or friends’ parents’ marriages, or sometimes what they saw on TV or in the movies. Marriage preparation is critical in helping couples learn how to communicate effectively with one another, resolve conflict, understand their roles, personality differences, marriage expectations, and upbringing in their family of origin.
- These times of preparation are invaluable in showing couples that love is a choice not a feeling, and to help analyze whether or not a couple is really ready to walk down the aisle together. Couples benefit from these sessions in many ways and build a great foundation for creating a lifetime together according to God’s design. Marriage Preparation (or pre-marital counseling) is highly successful in helping marriages not only survive, but thrive, as couples learn to address many “bumps” in the road, before they occur.