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Marriage preparation courses

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Five video-based sessions to help couples prepare for marriage.

  • Marriage by Design is a popular resource for anyone preparing to marry. In fact, 99% of all couples who take part say that they would recommend it to others
  • Contains 35 to 60-minute sessions that can be completed one at a time or all together over the course of a day
  • A great mix of video clips, helpful guidance and down-to-earth stories
  • Guided individual activities and time for discussion with your partner
  • The opportunity to learn new skills and habits that will help you to build strong foundations for a lifetime together
  • Packs containing all the materials are available to buy, or you can sign up to stream the content free of charge for personal use

“It was a great relaxed day where we could just focus on our relationship without any wedding talk.” – Course delegate

Key themes and topics explored:

  • Values and expectations
  • Friendship
  • Communication
  • Sex
  • Children
  • Financial management
  • In-laws and wider family
  • Resolving conflict
  • Commitment

Sessions include:

  • Engaging teaching
  • Insight and top tips from experts
  • Vox pops
  • Couple interviews
  • Discussion time

Resource materials:

  • Video content (streamed from our website or available as a DVD pack from our shop)
  • Group leader’s guide
  • Couple handbook

Marriage by Design is presented by Simon Thomas, Rob and Diane Parsons, Katharine and Richard Hill and guests.

Who is it for?

Marriage by Design is aimed at couples who are preparing to make a lifelong commitment to each other.

Who can run the course?

This course can be run by anyone as you don’t need training to deliver it. The Group Leader’s Guide will give you all the information you need to run each session. Couples can also watch the session at home.

Sign up

Simply enter your contact details below, including details if you’re intending to run a course in your community, and we’ll send you an email link so that you can access the downloadable resources and videos to stream the sessions.

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