Why premarital counseling?

Congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s time to taste cakes, try on clothes, choose invitations, flowers… and also start premarital counseling.

Weddings often involve family relationships. For example, who should we invite? Who can sit next to difficult Uncle Jim? Do my partner and I agree about what kind of wedding we’d like to have? Marriages, however, involve communication about money, sex, life goals, children, traditions, how to negotiate rough patches, etc.

I am here to help you prepare for not only your wedding but also your healthy, happy, resilient marriage.

Before your big day

I meet with you for six one hour sessions of premarital counseling. I am also available by email or phone in between sessions. My goal is to ensure your union is secure and weather-proofed, by giving you relationship tools, insights and skills. This is fun!

On your special day

Having got to know you, I would also be honored to be your officiant. I am a certified, non-denominational minister, willing to travel to your event within Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Washington. With your love story in mind, I will design your ceremony to reflect your uniqueness as a couple. I will respect your beliefs, traditions and values. Your input and approval will be welcome and I am happy to work with your wedding planner.

Fees

See my Appointments page for more information on options of premarital counseling with or without my services as Wedding Officiant.

Your wedding gift to yourselves

The American Psychological Association (APA) found that “couples who had completed some form of premarital counseling had a 30% increase in marital satisfaction compared with those who hadn’t undergone such counseling.”