As a Marriage Celebrant, I am required by law to advise you of relationship education and counseling services available.
Many couples dismiss relationship education and counseling as unnecessary, or only for people with problems. This couldn't be further from the truth. Subjects covered range from how to resolve conflict without blaming each other through to dealing with issues relating to your different backgrounds and upbringing that can impact on how you want to bring up your own children. Programs may cover topics like:
- Personality Differences
- Lifestyle Expectations
- Communication and Listening Skills
- Conflict Management
- Financial Management
You do not have to do such programs but I highly recommend it. We often invest a large sum of money in our wedding and our reception, our home and our interests ... but not enough in our relationship. Good relationships require work and need to be looked after. It is all too easy to neglect our relationships during our busy lives.
Different types of programs are available such as individual couple or group programs. Programs may involve short sessions over a number of days or may be completed in one weekend, like Relate or Focus.
Most providers recommend that you look at undertaking relationship education some 3 to 6 months prior to your wedding. Below are some links to Relationship Education Providers: