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Preparing for Marriage


Living Well in Marriage Blog

You have spent a lot of time and money preparing for the wedding ....

How have you prepared for the marriage?

For newly married, engaged, and ....“is this the one” stage couples

How long do you want your marriage to last?

If you answered “Forever!” .... we commend you.

But we know that not all marriages last forever.

Strong, long-lasting marriages don’t just happen.

Our premarital guidance and classes are designed to prepare couples for marriage with principles and tools.

Premarital guidance appointments are scheduled on an individual basis. We require a minimum of 9 total hours and a premarital assessment, Prepare-Enrich. We spend at least one hour reviewing the assessment with each couple. The remaining 8 hours are used to cover the topics listed below.

Preparing for Marriage classes also utilize video, teaching, and discussion. Classes include 8 sessions of 90 minutes each. Each couple also meets with us privately to review the Prepare-Enrich assessment (required for every couple).

Contact us for dates of next class or to schedule this class at your church.

Class size is limited. For more info on classes.

Topics include:

      Starting Your New Life Together

      Strength for an Enduring Bond

      For Love or Money

      Leader and Lover

      Support and Respect

      Talking Points

      From War to Peace

      Blazing Embers

Each participant of the class or premarital sessions will receive a workbook with lessons, articles, and questions on each topic for the couple to answer and discuss together.

The class/guidance is designed for engaged, newly married, and seriously dating couples. Couples who have children from a previous relationship or marriage are also offered stepfamily preparation at a different time, in addition to the Preparing for Marriage class.

The cost of the class includes the Prepare inventory. The inventory assesses growth and strength areas for each couple. Each couple will have one private session (outside of class) to review the inventory.

Research shows that premarital instruction greatly improves a couple’s success in the marital relationship.

All principles and instructions are based on proven techniques and a Christian perspective.

Ed and Donna Edwards teach all sessions and do all premarital guidance as a couple.

Individual couple guidance for premarital preparation: $30 for the assessment and a recommended amount of $50/session hour (this amount is a donation and will be given a tax-deductible receipt)

From past class attendees:

It's been a great 15 years. You and Ed helped us to get off to a great start. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us and for showing us God's plan for a great marriage. We appreciate you both so much! :) Terri

 Ed and Donna’s Preparing for Marriage class provided a great opportunity for my wife and me to understand the many challenges that face a healthy Christian marriage. They equipped us with sound biblical knowledge and practical tools we still apply in all aspects of our marriage today. I highly recommend the Preparing for Marriage class to all engaged and newly married couples. Bobby

We can't say enough about the Preparing for Marriage class. We appreciated the way Ed and Donna cared for us as a couple. They helped guide us on how to begin a spiritual & financially healthy Christian marriage, while also honoring God. The materials we used in class continue to be helpful tools we still refer back to today. Ed & Donna are passionate about teaching couples the truth about marriage & honoring God. This class is truly a blessing and you will benefit from forever. Shawn & PJ


6636 NW 39 St Expressway , Suite 108, Bethany, OK

To schedule premarital guidance appointments, you may call Donna Edwards at 405.792.2586 or email dedwards@livingwellokc.org .

Their classes and guidance meet the requirements of the state of Oklahoma to qualify for a marriage license discount of $45.

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