Preparing for Marriage

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Small Wedding Ideas

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many couples are choosing to save money, minimize stress and focus on what matters most with a small wedding. Here are our tips on how to have a simple celebration.

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Are You Really Ready to Wed?

Greg Smalley

How will I know that I'm ready to wed? Dr. Greg Smalley is often asked this question by engaged couples, so he offers his personal insights on how couples can better understand loving and being loved.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed

This weekend, authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love.  

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Marriage is Not Self-Sustaining

Dr. Greg Smalley emphasizes how much work it takes to keep a marriage strong. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 2 of 2)

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Dealing With Your Stuff

Greg Smalley uses the example of burning ships to talk about how committed couples should be to their marriage. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 1 of 2)

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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It's What You Do With It

The key to a successful engagement isn't whether it's long or short … it's what you do with it. Jim Daly shares why the engagement period isn't dead space. It lays the groundwork for what your marriage will look like later.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Starting Your Marriage Out Right (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling authors Jim Burns and Doug Fields offer practical advice to engaged and newlywed couples in a discussion based on their book The First Few Years of Marriage: 8 Ways to Strengthen Your "I Do." (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Starting Your Marriage Out Right (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling authors Jim Burns and Doug Fields offer practical advice to engaged and newlywed couples in a discussion based on their book The First Few Years of Marriage: 8 Ways to Strengthen Your "I Do." (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Helping Engaged Couples Become More We-Focused

Drawing upon the lessons she's learned from her marriage of more than 35 years, Lucille Williams offers young couples practical advice for building a strong marital foundation in a discussion based on her book, From Me to We: A Premarital Guide for the Bride-and Groom-to-Be.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Yes to Everything

Lucille Williams reflects on how marriage and family may impact the way you serve the Lord. Listen to the full program here.

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Does Living Together Build a Stronger Marriage?

Glenn Stanton

Many people mistakenly believe that living together is an effective way to test a potential marriage. But is cohabitation really a smart move for couples interested in a healthy, lasting marriage?

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Safe Dates

Dating can be a challenging experience for young adults. Jim Daly shares a list of qualities singles should look for to find a safe date, someone who is more likely to be worth your time and investment.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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In Community

Just because you're single doesn't mean you have to be alone. Dr. Tony Evans encourages single people to embrace community by giving of their talents and serving others. Listen to the full program here.

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Maximize the Now

When you are looking forward to something that has not yet happened, then you can miss the now that God has for you. Dr. Tony Evans offers a new perspective for single men and women. Listen to the full program here.

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How to Tell Your Fiance About Your Porn Problem

Jessica Harris

Addressing sexual struggles, including pornography, before you say, "I do" is critical to the future of your marriage. But how do you tell your future spouse about your struggle with pornography?

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8 Warning Signs That Your Fiance Is Addicted to Pornography

Rob Jackson

Most spouses have no idea the person they married was addicted to pornography before marriage. In almost every case there were red flags the fiances could have seen if they'd known what to look for.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Opposites Attract ... and Repel

The idea that opposites attract is a notion as old as romance itself. But if you're dating and hope to be married someday, be careful. The underlying motives drawing you toward that special someone may not be as healthy as they seem.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Let the Love Fog Clear

Just because you're madly in love with someone, that doesn't mean you should marry them.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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The Love Fog

The “love fog” is the dreamy state most of us walk through in the weeks and months leading up to marriage.  

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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A Fresh Look at Dating (Part 2 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas discusses several issues within the modern dating scene – character vs. romantic attraction, the neurological impact of infatuation, the idea of soulmates – while encouraging singles to be intentional in their pursuit of a godly spouse. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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A Fresh Look at Dating (Part 1 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas discusses several issues within the modern dating scene – character vs. romantic attraction, the neurological impact of infatuation, the idea of soulmates – while encouraging singles to be intentional in their pursuit of a godly spouse. (Part 1 of 2)

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