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Planning for Marriage, Not just the Wedding

The ring is chosen, the proposal accepted, and wedding plans are underway. It’s an exciting time – but have you stopped to consider whether you're actually ready for marriage? Choosing a spouse is one of the most important decisions a person can make, so it makes sense that you’ll want to be sure you and your intended are fully prepared to say “I do.” Here are some resources we think will help you establish a fulfilling, joyful marriage.

Ready to Wed

First off, let us say congratulations on your engagement! We know the months leading up to your wedding day is filled with several different decisions. Often times the worry of colors, bridesmaid/groomsmen, and floral arrangements can take away from the entire reason you are planning your wedding.  However, out of all the advice you’ll be offered during this time, the best advice will be to work on your marriage before you ever say, “I do!”

Are You Planning For a Marriage or Just a Wedding?

Preparing for marriage can be a lot of work. Many hours are spent planning. Although most of the focus during an engagement period is spent preparing for “the day,” I’d like to encourage you to think beyond that.

Jeff and Alyssa

We are Jeff and Alyssa. We write books, make videos, and create stuff online. It’s usually about Jesus, relationships, faith, or family (and sometimes coffee, because of course right?). Sometimes we do stuff individually, and sometimes we do stuff together. Feel free to poke around the site and stay awhile!

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

More than a million couples can't be wrong And with this updated edition of their award-winning book, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott help you launch lifelong love like never before. This is more than a book--it's an experience, especially when you

5 Questions to Ask Before You Say ‘I Do’

Planning a wedding is wonderful, beautiful, stressful, and sometimes just plain crazy. There are so many details to plan and then accomplish before the day rolls around! Where do you start? You’ve got to take care of invitations, flowers, catering, cakes, clothes, the ceremony, the honeymoon and so much more!

A Girl's Guide to Marrying Well

Based on the counter-cultural, biblical concepts of intentionality, purity, community and Christian compatibility this booklet is designed to encourage and equip you for marriage. Not marriage at all costs, but marrying well for your good and God’s glory.

A Guy's Guide to Marrying Well

This guide is based on a few timeless concepts - intentionality, purity, Christian compatibility and community - that we rarely encounter in popular culture but are a proven path to marry well.

Premarital Counseling: The Art Of War

“Why would you want to do premarital counseling?” I asked my fiancée. “People go to a counselor when they’re about to break up. We get along fine. I won’t know what to say.” The months-long argument, which began as a joke when we first started dating, was now serious.

5 Things No One Tells You Before You Get Married

Now that my husband and I have been together for over a decade, we look back at our time of preparing for marriage and realize that there is so much about the day-to-day aspects of marriage that no one really told us about.

Prepare & Enrich

Prepare/Enrich helps committed couples gain a deeper understanding of dynamics, personality, stress and strength and growth areas.

Approaching the Wedding Day

I heard about an 18-year-old boy who was married in a formal church wedding. For his big day, he was decked out in a rented tuxedo and shoes. All went well until the couple was heading out the door, about to leave the wedding reception. The groom’s mother, afraid he would not remember to return the shoes with the tux, yelled across the room, “Don’t forget to take your shoes off!”

Preparing Financially for Marriage

What should an engaged couple know about finances as they make their plans for married life? What do they need to talk about in terms of money and budgeting?


Prologue is a simple and free resource for all couples that will teach you the tools that you need to make your marriage last.

Just Another Vacation or the Start of a Beautiful Marriage?

Dennis Rainey talks to America’s best-known family physician, Dr. Walt Larimore, about preparing for your honeymoon. Dr. Larimore, author of the book “The Honeymoon of Your Dreams,” talks about the different expectations men and women have for their honeymoon and how men and women should take special care to plan their special week.

10 Things Women Should Know Before Tying the Knot - Boundless

Conflicting messages come from all directions, and it is hard to discern the truth about marriage. You may be surprised what real marriage is like.

3 Things Men Should Know Before Tying the Knot

All of those lists you've made? It's time to throw them out.

9 Must-Have Conversations for a Doubt-Free Wedding Day

Did you know marriage wasn't created just to make us happy that God calls us to use it for eternal purposes? But a satisfying, God-centered marriage takes work, starting even before you're married or engaged. 9 Must-Have Conversations for a Doubt-Free Wedding Day acts either as a stand-alone resource or as a companion to The Sacred Search.

Preparing for Marriage

John Piper wants to help you faithfully walk the road to becoming husband and wife. Here you’ll find his counsel on practical topics like engagement, wedding planning, finances, and sex. But most importantly, John shares his single most important word on marriage: a vision grander than many of us have ever dared to dream, about what God is doing in every Christian marriage.

5 Ways to Achieve Financial Security Early in Your Marriage

If you’re a newlywed or are getting married soon, it’s time to start talking with your partner about money. Being on the same page about money is critical to having a successful marriage, because it sets you up for financial security. In this article, Dave Ramsey offers practical advice to couples looking to kick start a financially secure future.

Don’t Waste Your Engagement: How to Prepare for Marriage

In this podcast, Pastor John Piper presents encouragement and hope for engaged couples.

6 Truths About Marriage Every Engaged Couple Needs to Hear - Boundless

As we meet with engaged couples, I find myself sharing things I wish our mentors had told us. Here are six truths about marriage that might prove helpful.

You’re Engaged … Now What? - Boundless

It's December! You know what that means? It's the month of the year with the most engagements. So you're engaged! ... Now what do you do?

Four Defining Moments for Young Marriages | Desiring God

Few marriages become wonderful or miserable overnight. More often, they slowly grow, for better or worse, from seeds planted in their first years together.

How I Prepared for My Wedding Day - Live Original

Celebration can only happen if you’re ready to step into it.