10 Ways to Prepare for Marriage

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10 Ways to Prepare for Marriage

Seek pre-marital counseling
If you are thinking of getting married be sure to seek pre-marital counseling. Most pastors will require it before performing the ceremony, but don’t be afraid to seek counsel from multiple sources.

Get advice from your elders
In addition to actual counseling, your parents and other older adults who have marriage experience could be a great resource for you.

Consider the big questions
Talk about subjects that you may not want to. Discuss children, sex, and finances. It’s important to not leave any stone unturned because once you say “I do” you need to be on the same page!

Plan the wedding together
Wedding planning is fun but stressful. In many ways it is your first project as a married couple. Use that time to learn more about how to please each other and deal with tough situations.

Talk budgeting
Budgets aren’t romantic, but money is important. It can either be a non-issue or the biggest issue. Be sure that you both know how you will handle this topic in your marriage.

Pray together
You are making a lifetime commitment, be sure to pray your way through it!

Enjoy your time alone
Marriage is wonderful, but nearly all couples struggle with getting enough time alone. Take advantage of the time you have prior to marriage and enjoy it!

Consider the Holidays
It’s no secret that figuring out how to spend the holidays with family is one of the most stressful parts of marriage. Discuss this and make a plan before it’s too late! Talk it over with your family so that they know the plan and it will make your first year of marital bliss even more blissful.

Don’t keep secrets
If there is anything you haven’t discussed, now is the time. Certain things are difficult to bring up when dating, but when you are preparing to make a lifetime commitment it is important to know as much as you can about each other.

Enjoy it!
Wedding season can be stressful, don’t forget to enjoy it and enjoy each other! Marriage is wonderful and the right attitude can make the difficult times easier!

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