Service defined over a lifetime

With so many engagements occurring between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, the wedding planning season is in full force.

If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, you probably know my view that couples should spend as much time planning for their marriage as for their wedding.

According to wedding-industry statistics, it takes 250 hours to plan a wedding. At best, couples who receive premarital counseling spend a couple of hours a week for six weeks planning for their marriage.

That means couples spend 20 times more time planning one day than they do planning a lifetime together. No wonder so many marriages end in divorce.

Let’s be realistic: couples aren’t going to spend the same amount of time on both. So any amount of time actively involved in premarital counseling or education is better than none.

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