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Online Premarital Course Reviews

With over 1000 satisfied couples completing our courses, we thought you might like to hear what some of them have to say. The couple reviews below are just a sampling of the ones that we’ve received. It’s been an honor to serve them and help them as they begin their journey as married couples!


Anieliese and Gianluca
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / May 14, 2024

Anieliese and Gianluca

We truly want to thank you as this course was an amazing experience. We actually went over 4 hours as we took the time to discuss our responses which allowed us to open up and become more vulnerable than ever. Great experience! Participating in the marriage course was truly remarkable. It brought us moments of laughter, facilitated discussions on challenging topics, and deepened our connection in profound ways.

Exploring the course content ignited genuine excitement about our upcoming marriage. But most importantly, it truly brought us closer together and reminded us that our foundation is love and friendship. Above all, it provided a precious opportunity for us to reflect on our journey together, from the very beginning to this moment. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone considering marriage. I can assure you it will not only enrich your bond but also bring you closer together than ever before. - Anieliese

The marriage preparation course was genuinely eye-opening and incredibly beneficial for my relationship. It provided us with practical tools and strategies for communication, conflict resolution, and financial management, which are crucial for a healthy, long-lasting partnership. The course encouraged us to discuss topics we hadn't thoroughly explored, such as family planning, career ambitions, and personal values, ensuring that we were in agreement or prepared to handle differences.

It also offered insights into maintaining intimacy and mutual support, which is important when there are ups and downs in married life. I would recommend such a course to other couples contemplating marriage. It's a valuable investment in building a strong foundation and understanding each other deeply before tying the knot, enhancing the chances of a successful marriage. - Gianluca

emily and jady highly recommend this online marriage preparation course
Emily and Jady
Denmark / Catholic Marriage Prep / May 06, 2024

Emily and Jady

I would recommend this course to anybody, even if you aren’t getting married. It brought so much more knowledge and understanding. It really brought us closer and we were able to connect on a deeper level and we actually really enjoyed doing each module and reading through each other’s answers.  Rev. Frank is so quick to respond back which is another added bonus. - Emily

I personally had a good time taking the time to think about the questions being asked and openly express how I truly felt about them. With that being said, I enjoyed sharing my responses with my spouse even more, and laughing as well as being surprised with one another’s responses pertaining to certain questions. It was really eye opening and helped me see things from my spouse’s point of view as well and get out of my own realm, which I find harder to do at times. I would also recommend this course to any couple and will definitely be sharing it with friends of my own who have weddings coming up this year. - Jady

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Addie and Steve
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Apr 23, 2024

Addie and Steve 

I found this course really helpful to guide conversation between my partner and me. We have been together for over 7 years, but I learned a lot about him from these guided conversations. I think that this has given us some tools to use moving forward for a better marriage. I also think this helped me think through what I want to say to my partner in our wedding vows as well as to my parents on our wedding day. I would say that it is worth the time to other couples. - Addie

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk about important issues in a guided and intentional format. I also found the guide to resolve issues to be helpful. Overall, it was a fun and useful experience that brought us closer together. I would say to other couples that this is a good opportunity to slow down amid wedding planning and focus our attention on the most important part of the marriage which is our relationship and our reasons for getting married. - Steve

Carley and Garrett
Minnesota / Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Apr 22, 2024

Carley and Garrett 

Overall, I think this course was very enjoyable and helpful. While I feel like Garrett and I had a lot of these conversations already, it was helpful to see everything on paper with a natural progression. I hope we can take these tools into our marriage and use them when issues arise. One small suggestion would be to put the videos before each section. We did end up doing the work before watching the video, as it was placed after the worksheets. Overall, the course was wonderful! - Carley

This course was helpful, it generated a lot of valuable conversations and sparked some new ideas. I think it allowed us to dial in some things we need to work on as a couple, but it also provided a lot of confidence and optimism for us moving forward into marriage. I would recommend this course to others; it was easy and straightforward. I was also appreciative that we could sit down and do it on our own time together. The flexibility to do this course as we were able made it much easier to do and allowed us to generate better responses. - Garrett

Our relationship grew and deepened
Allison and Chris
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Apr 22, 2024

Allison and Chris

This course was very helpful to me because it got us out of our comfort zone and had us talk about difficult topics. I believe we learned a lot about each other in this course. We had important discussions that we wouldn’t necessarily think about without prompts. I enjoyed the couple’s quiz we took. That told us a lot about different topics that we agreed upon or needed to work on. I would tell other couples that this is a great course to start your marriage journey with. I also like that we continue to do these assignments on our anniversaries to keep up with what we are learning and what we will need to learn about each other through our marriage. Thank you! - Allison

When I first found this course for pre-marital counseling, I didn't know what to expect or how much my fiance and I would get out of it. I was pleasantly surprised how much it has helped our relationship grow and deepen over the course of the conversations. It was very enjoyable and helpful to have each conversation that we could complete on our own timeline. To other couples who are thinking about taking a course like this, I would highly recommend this course! It makes sure you cover many of the main topics that tend to be arguments or friction points between couples after marriage if they haven't discussed them previously. Lastly, we did take the optional Couple Check Up quiz that highlighted areas where we have strengths and also areas where we have room for improvement. Very helpful to have that kind of insight into our relationship as we approach marriage. Thank you for providing this course! – Chris

shelby and traver feel closer than ever after taking a marriage prep course from onlinemarriagepreparation.com

Brianna Christopher 

Brianna:

Dear Rev. Frank, I really enjoyed this course for my fiancé and I. It was good to have some deeper conversations about our love for each other, our want/needs for our future, and conflicts. This course helped bring us back to the reason why we do truly love each other and why we are choosing to get married, especially in the midst of wedding planning and the stress that comes with it. The conversations never felt forced and flowed very easily. I enjoyed the simplicity of the sections, they were not too hard of questions, but enough to get good conversations flowing.

Though, my fiancé and I know each other pretty well (and would be a little scary for couples if they didn’t know the answer to some of these questions) it still was good for us to re-surface some of these conversations. I would recommend this course to any of my friends getting married because I think it helps you fully understand the views of what you and your partner want going forward as a married couple. - Brianna

 

I enjoyed this marriage class. I liked how it was broken up into sections and that we were able to talk about each section one at a time. All of these sections are important issues for marriage, and I felt it did a good job covering all of them. I also enjoyed that there were lots of positive outcomes from these discussions. I felt encouraged that we found good solutions through open discussions on the many topics. Some of these topics may not have come up until it was too late into our marriage, so it was good to start those conversations now in this course.

I would recommend this course to any of my friends who are engaged. I would explain to them how it feels even better once you are on the same page about these topics rather than avoiding them. I feel Bri and I have a better understanding of one another now that we have gone through this course, and it makes me even more excited to be married. I want nothing by happy marriages from my friends, and I know this course could help with that. - Christopher

Shelby and Traver 

I am really glad we took the time to do this course. It was a great opportunity for us to dedicate time to focus all of our attention on each other and really connect. You don't always realize how important that is for a relationship until you actually do it. The prompts inspired discussions that truly made me feel more connected to my partner than ever! I can really see these learnings being helpful throughout our marriage. I would definitely recommend this course to other couples. - Shelby

I enjoyed this marriage counseling course because it showed me and my fiancé what to expect in marriage and how to tackle any challenges that may come our way. Specifically, one of the helpful items this course provided was how to resolve our conflicts. Another helpful topic we discussed was to make sure my fiancé and I are on the same page financially and brought to the table things that we have not thought of before. I would recommend this course to other couples because I feel closer to my fiancé and even more excited to marry her. - Traver

Riza and Filippo
California / Catholic Marriage Prep / Mar 29, 2024

Riza and Filippo

We are so grateful that we found this online course and it's also cheaper compared to other online courses that our too expensive for us. The questions on these assignments helped us a lot and reminded us of the main reason why we are getting a convalidation of our marriage. We want God to be the center of our marriage and family. Thank you so much for helping us. -  Riza

Rev. Thank you because of this online training. Me and my wife are reminded of why we want to officially convalidate our marriage in church. We want our son to be able to be proud of us that we want to serve the church and are married in church, not only in a civil wedding. The questions are very clear and on point for what really matters and what is important in marriage. - Filippo

Denise and Trevor
Pennsylvania / Catholic Marriage Prep / Mar 11, 2024

Denise and Trevor

I really enjoyed the course. I thought that the topics of discussion were relevant and important things to make sure that we have discussed prior to entering into a marriage. We had really good, in-depth conversations that were inspired by the conversation topics and learned a lot about each other. - Denise

The course was great! They included a lot of topics that we had discussed previously but the questions encouraged us to talk about them even more in depth. I learned even more about her upbringing than I already knew which, I think, will be a great indication of how we will raise children together. - Trevor

meaningful discussions
Kimberly and Evan
Pennsylvania / Catholic Marriage Prep / Mar 09, 2024

Kimberly and Evan

We decided to do this Pre-Cana course to prepare us for marriage because it was flexible with our schedules and was a budget friendly option. I enjoyed this course because it facilitated a lot of meaningful discussion between us. We have discussed many of these topics before but I felt that the questions went even deeper, even making us reach within ourselves which really helped to process things going on in our lives currently. An eye-opening module was “Issues” where we discussed our struggles in searching for our first home. I liked it because it’s an issue that we have been dealing with since our engagement and is stressful to us, but this course gave us the tools to talk out what about it was stressful to us and even allowed us to openly discuss possible resolutions for a not-so-simple problem. I especially loved the checklist of emotions that was utilized in a few of the modules, because sometimes it can even be hard to distinguish how we feel about things that may be complex (like our relationship with our parents for example). I would definitely recommend this course to other couples who are getting married, as I think it is a great way to get important conversations going, and it helps to display God’s presence in marriage. - Kimberly

When my fiancé and I were first starting this program, we thought that it would not be helpful at all and that it would just be another thing to check off on the list before marriage; we were wrong. This program has helped us substantially to converse about some things we hadn't even thought about before, like how our individual upbringings affect how we view each other’s roles in a marriage. If I could say anything to other couples, it would be to have an open mind about this program and especially each other: even if you think you have talked about everything, there is probably something you missed and this program will have you discuss it in meaningful ways. - Evan

A Unique and Intimate Opportunity
Lia and Rodolfo
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Mar 01, 2024

Lia and Rodolfo

I am a Miami-native, soon to be married woman in Miami, Florida who took Rev. Frank Nelson’s pre-marital course. I chose to take this course specifically because it was not religiously affiliated, even though I have my own religious beliefs. I also chose this course because it was an at home course that could be completed at your own pace. I find that often in this busy life that we all live, when we are obligated to do something in a certain time it can hinder the outcome of the assignment. If we are not in the right mindset or general state to commit to something, often it’s best that it waits until we are. Having the ability to do this course at home, at our pace, in our own privacy and intimacy truly made this course stand out to me.

Each section of the coursework was impactful and made us reflect on our past and think about the future. It was eye opening to see how much we learned about the topics, of which I thought we were already on the same page about. It was enjoyable but not exhausting, and the questions were engaging and challenged us to think. Overall, I think it has provided us with an additional foundation of which we already had and prepared us even more for this next chapter in our lives. I am thankful to have found such a great course that was inexpensive and as meaningful as it was. I would recommend this course genuinely to anyone I know and hope it is as worthy to them as it was to us. I am grateful to have done this in my own home and on my own time because it allowed us to truly connect even more during the days we prepare for our special day. - Lia

While the pre-marital course is a requirement for our Courthouse to avoid the 3-day waiting period, I had always wanted to find a way to connect on certain topics with my soon to be wife. While I am not a practicing religious person, I find myself to believe that this type of preparation whether through a church or not is highly beneficial. While going through the coursework I learned that my soon-to-be wife and I have some small differences on the way in which we want to proceed on certain things. I think that the way in which the course is outlined gave us the opportunity to sit, in private, at home, and talk about different things. Understanding where we each came from, and how we want to move forward. I think that even though neither of us are very religious, we appreciated talking about our faith, our values, our parents, and how all those areas affect us as a couple.

The coursework was easy to follow and fun to take part in. I think that being able to do it together over dinner, having these meaningful conversations was truly beneficial for us. While we had no idea how impactful it would be, I am grateful for the time we have spent together doing this assignment. It was a wonderful experience, and I am glad we took the time to do this, as it started some very important conversations. I thank the team that put this together and that offers this course and appreciate the value it added to our pre-marriage process. – Rodolfo

Karlee and Johnathon
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Feb 19, 2024

Karlee and Johnathon

The course was great, I think we were able to break down parts of things we wouldn’t normally discuss and speak about little details in situations that we both agree to take with us into our marriage and make our relationship stronger than we would of before. It was extremely helpful and an eye opener. If I had any advice to other couples, it would be to always do your very best to understand where your partner is coming from even if you don’t agree. Not everyone sees eye to eye and that is okay. - Karlee

We loved the course. It helped us to open up to one another about personal things we have kept bottled up. I loved that we were able to go step by step and break down each point. The issues part was by far the most helpful and we will be practicing that from here on out. If I could tell other couples one thing it would be that this is very eye opening and forces you to have the hard conversations that you may not have on your own. Very much so worth the time spent and money. - Johnathon

Pre-Cana fostered essential conversations
Theresa and Frank
New Jersey / Roman Catholic Course / Jan 26, 2024

Theresa and Frank

I really enjoyed the format of this online pre-Cana and thought it was a great way to strengthen the relationship between my husband and I. I liked the interactive assignments; they were very beneficial to promoting some important conversations between my husband and I. I liked how this pre-Cana captured all the important topics engaged and married couples need to discuss like family, faith, finances, and romance. I would recommend this pre-Cana for engaged couples before they enter the sacred covenant of marriage, or even for married couples who need to strengthen their relationship. Thank you for this opportunity. - Theresa

I really enjoyed this pre-Cana program as it fostered valuable conversations between my wife and I. We had to complete this pre-Cana before a blessing of our marriage and I believe the program can be beneficial not only for engaged couples, but for married couples too. My wife and I were able to discuss important topics in depth. Before our marriage we only scratched the surface on some of these topics. I am thankful for the experience of this pre-Cana and would recommend it to anyone. - Frank

 

Emily and Matt
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jan 25, 2024

Emily and Matt

We definitely grew during this course! My favorite parts were hearing what he loves and appreciates about me that he might not have vocalized prior. I also liked the parts where we talked about our childhoods. I also really appreciated the promises we made to each other in the last session. I found the advice for open communication (the bucket) helpful as well as the advice for conflict resolution. To other couples, I'd say you have nothing to lose and only things to gain from going through the course. You might find a stronger bond by the end of it. - Emily

This course was enjoyable due to the fact that it showed how strong our compatibilities are as there was great overlap on things brought up that we hadn't discussed yet. It was helpful for very much the same reason, bringing up important things we hadn't ironed out yet. To other couples I would say go into it with honesty and have the bonds of your relationship strengthened. -  Matt

 

 

Fun and Emotional Conversations
Nicole and Phil
Vermont / Catholic Marriage Prep / Jan 02, 2024

Nicole and Phil

We enjoyed these conversations so much! At first, we thought it was going to focus so much on the Catholic religion that my fiancée Phil would be lost since he is not Catholic, but we were pleasantly surprised that the conversations focused more on our life together while incorporating the religion! We had so much fun having these conversations and they really brought up topics that we haven't had deep conversations about yet. Many of them were emotional and brought us even closer together as a couple. We have talked to our families and friends about how great these conversations have been, and we think that every couple should do them even if they are already married. That is how much we enjoyed them! Thank you so much! - Nicole

I want to say thank you for facilitating this experience for us.  I think I can speak for both of us when I say that it was a great learning experience that led to many conversations that we would not have typically had in our day-to-day life.  I personally appreciated this opportunity to talk about some of the big things in life and having some hard conversations that are often avoided.  We laughed, cried, and learned so much from doing this together.  Again, thank you for providing guidance for us before we start this journey. - Phil

Joanna and Aidan
Texas / Catholic Marriage Prep / Dec 27, 2023

Johanna and Aidan

I had a lot of fun completing the guided conversations; the one I had the most fun with was Our Love Life. I enjoy getting my husband's perspective on our past five years, and I admire all the important topics brought up to ensure getting married is the right choice for a couple. I really appreciated the Issues guided conversation because it allowed us to break it down into smaller steps so we could more effectively resolve the issue and talk about it amicably. - Johanna

I enjoyed getting to reminisce about my relationship with my fiancée. The questions about our times together and our feelings were especially fun to talk about. The most helpful part in my opinion is the rules for resolving conflict. I think it's essential for any relationship to use these if they want it to last. And to other couples I'd say to make sure and work on it well before a deadline if you have one to make sure you can get the most enjoyment out of it because it really is a pleasant guide. - Aidan

Citlaly and Ethan
Florida / Basic / Dec 05, 2023

Citlaly and Ethan

I want to say that the course was really easy and enjoyable to do. It helped me understand my partner and his view of me. It brought us closer together before our ceremony. I would recommend for couples to do this so that they could see how their partners view them, I know that I loved it. - Citaly

The course was great! Each lesson was really easy and intriguing to listen to and I feel even closer to my fiance than ever! The questions were easy and relatable, so they were easy to answer. And now with this we're ready to get married! - Ethan

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Cynera and Shashwat
India / Roman Catholic Course / Nov 20, 2023

Cynera and Shashwat

This course has been one of the best couple exercises we have done together. I expected the course to help strengthen us spiritually, but it did so much more than that. I've really enjoyed having deep discussions when doing each assignment. We talked for hours. It was romantic and heartfelt and really sweet. He said the nicest things to me, stuff he has not spoken about for years now. I think the most helpful assignment was resolving issues. While we have spoken about this issue before, what we had not done was sit together and think of all possible solutions and the timeline to implement them. This has been massively beneficial for us, and I really thank you. I feel like the biggest change after this course is that our communication is so much better. I feel closer to him than ever and it is a wonderful feeling leading up to the wedding! - Cynera

Some of my favorite exercises we did during the course were 'Our parents' and 'Before we say I do'. I really liked the 'parents' assignment because it nudged me towards thinking about what our relationship is like now and what has been my contribution towards making it better. I believe I can do more to improve our relationship and will work on that in the future. I really liked taking 'Before we say I do' because it reminded me of all the reasons we chose each other. Exercises like 'money' and 'resolving issues' were great for setting us up with a healthy foundation going into the marriage. They were very helpful. I would say that I am a changed person after this course because I introspected a lot more on things that I take for granted. I now know why the Reverend said that when you do the first exercise together, you will definitely do all of them. We were a very firm part of that statistic. - Shashwat

maria and kyle breaking uncomfortable barriers
Maria and Kyle
South Carolina / Roman Catholic Course / Nov 14, 2023

Maria and Kyle

I really enjoyed taking the course. I feel like Kyle and I were able to break some uncomfortable barriers and speak about things we normally don't discuss on a daily basis. It was also very sweet to hear the kind words Kyle said about me, his family, and his way of thinking about how we want to raise our children. I am super happy with the results of this course and know Kyle and I will be able to refer back to these documents when we are feeling stressed or needing some reassurance. I feel we both now have a better understanding of what it takes to have a happy, healthy, and respectful marriage. - Maria

I enjoyed the depth of conversation it brought us. We rarely if ever dived that deep into some of those questions, so I feel like it did a great job of preparing us for marriage. I especially like the document outlining some of the items we want to teach our children. It opened a great discussion between us to set clear expectations. - Kyle

 

Karina and Anthony
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Nov 08, 2023

Karina and Anthony

Participating in these conversations as we prepare for our marriage has been an incredibly valuable experience. By doing so, we have gained a deeper understanding of each other's thoughts, feelings, and expectations regarding various aspects of our future relationship. We have been able to align our values, uncover potential areas of disagreement, and work together to resolve conflicts by discussing topics like finances, family, and conflict resolution. As a result of this process, our bond has grown deeper and we have been able to connect on a deeper level. The course has given us the tools and insights necessary to navigate the complexities of marriage with greater understanding and unity. - Karina

Participar en estos diálogos mientras nos preparamos para el matrimonio ha sido una experiencia maravillosa y esclarecedora. Nos ha brindado la oportunidad de mantener conversaciones abiertas y sinceras sobre aspectos fundamentales de nuestra futura vida juntos, lo que ha mejorado significativamente nuestra comunicación. A través de este proceso, hemos descubierto nuestros valores y sueños compartidos, al mismo tiempo que hemos abordado posibles obstáculos. Lo que me resultó especialmente gratificante fue cómo estas conversaciones nos han unido como pareja, permitiéndonos conectar a un nivel emocional y espiritual más profundo. Estos diálogos han sido de un valor incalculable en nuestra preparación, brindándonos una base sólida para enfrentar los desafíos del matrimonio y construir una vida en armonía juntos. - Anthony

English translation of above:

Engaging in these dialogues as we prepare for marriage has been a wonderful and enlightening experience. It has given us the opportunity to have open and honest conversations about key aspects of our future life together, which has significantly improved our communication. Through this process, we have discovered our shared values and dreams, while addressing potential obstacles. What I found especially rewarding was how these conversations have brought us together as a couple, allowing us to connect on a deeper emotional and spiritual level. These dialogues have been invaluable in our preparation, giving us a solid foundation to face the challenges of marriage and build a harmonious life together. - Anthony

Cori and Rik
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Nov 05, 2023

Cori and Rik

Thank you for this course! It was a nice way to refocus on what’s important and why we’re getting married. It can be easy to get bogged down in the details or day-to-day life, and this was a lovely way to remember to prioritize each other and our relationship as we move forward. We will definitely be using the format outlined in the Issues section to apply to future arguments. I really liked that structure and how it focused on both our individual needs as well as the needs of us as a couple. Thank you! - Cori

As for the course, I will say that it really made us have conversations that we would've otherwise not had in the aftermath of an argument. This way, we got to hear each other out (really hear each other) instead of being in a headspace where we're simply waiting for the other to finish. Thank you! - Rik

Gilberto and Jennifer
Gilberto and Jennifer
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Nov 02, 2023

Jennifer and Gilberto

I thought this course was helpful for Jennifer and I to discuss topics that we might be reluctant to discuss because they might cause conflict in our relationship. Those topics are crucial to talk about because they can determine how healthy a relationship is. I recommend other couples to take this course. It is a great way to initiate complex conversations. - Gilberto

This course helped Gil and I talk about a lot of critical things we have been putting off such as finances and expectations. I also think the resolving conflict course has been helpful because it allowed us to talk about a pain point that we always argued about. Overall, I thought the conversation dates were meaningful and allowed us to grow closer. I would highly recommend this course to other couples. - Jennifer

Kaleb and Kathryn
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Oct 30, 2023

Kathryn and Kaleb

Thank you for providing this course for future couples. I believe that this will contribute to stronger coupling in our state through the deep and meaningful questions that were posed. I know that we are more in-line with our goals after completing the course and focusing on our future together. - Kaleb

This course gave my fiancé and I a chance to truly reflect on our relationship and how far we've come as a couple. It's added a level of excitement to our special day! I believe all couples should take time to do this before they choose to commit to each other. - Kathryn

Johnny and Bao
Minnesota / Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Oct 20, 2023

Johnny and Bao

Taking this course has helped me learn and understand my partner better. It was enjoyable in a way where we get to reminisce about our younger days and learn/relearn about each other. I found it helpful especially in learning to understand how we both communicate and trying to normalize saying how we feel rather than expect it. One thing I can take away from this and share with other couples is to make sure you both set time apart to really do this course together.

I know people hear it all the time that communication is key, but we forget that some might need more processing before having a conversation, and that’s okay. Thank you so much for the course you have put together for couples, I love that we had time to reflect on scriptures, videos, and that 1 minute of holding hands together while praying, definitely add a special touch. It really felt like we are not just doing it alone but with God in the midst of our relationship. – Bao

My experience with the course was great. I enjoyed doing it with my partner and we got to have deep conversations. The course helped guide us to deepen our relationship and reminded us about our love for each other. I would say to other couples to take the time to go through this course. Thank you for creating this course to help couples deepen their relationship together and with God apart of it all. - Johnny

Justin and Kaitlyn
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Oct 17, 2023

Kaitlyn and Justin

I felt as though the course started a lot of good conversations between the two of us on some topics that may not have come up without it. I think it forced certain things to come up that we may have been avoiding discussing for one reason or another. Most of the things that came up were small, but I think it’s the little things that add up over time that can make relationships work. - Justin

We learned something different about how each other thinks or feels in certain situations that maybe we hadn’t had conversations about before. I am blessed to be in a very open and honest relationship, and I am very proud to be taking his last name. I also enjoyed being able to go through the different values that I see in him, and also been given the choice to add additional values that I had not thought about in a long time. We have printed out the rules of conflict and put it on the refrigerator, and I can genuinely promise you that this is something that we will reference anytime there is a disagreement in our marriage. We thank you for the opportunity for us to go deeper into ourselves in our relationship. - Kaitlyn

a deep soul searching experience
Amelia and De Ping 
Singapore / Catholic Marriage Prep / Oct 06, 2023

Amelia and De Ping 

I would say it’s been an interesting journey, and this course has made me explore areas I haven’t thought too much about. These things actually molded my behavior and how I handle my daily decisions. So, for me, it was a journey of self-exploration apart from getting to know my partner better. This also encouraged open conversations between us, and it made sharing more comfortable which is a good start for our future. It was Past, Present and Future all set into thoughts which was a good review of life for me. - Amelia

It was a deep soul-searching experience that made us think and review our lives. It showed us how our culture and differences affected our current selves, and this helped us understand each other better. It was enjoyable to talk about our future plans, family planning and getting to know how she felt and thought was interesting. It gave us time to sit down, think and discuss our future plans. Lately, many things have cropped up this year and our plans haven’t been very smooth. The major setback is her health and with that as a new priority we had many things to re-think. These sessions helped us settle our thoughts and set our minds aligned. - De Ping

Vulnerable and Fun Conversations
Claudia and Roberto
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Oct 03, 2023

Claudia and Roberto 

This was a fantastic course!!! I never expected to have such vulnerable, fun, and delightful conversations with my partner. Through each step, I grew more excited and admired the person I am about to marry and the team we are starting to form. It also was an excellent exercise to honor the family I come from and the one that I am about to be part of and create with my partner. Thank you for this great resource!! Your kindness and open-heartedness could be felt through the screen. We loved being guided by Rev. Dr. Frank. - Claudia

This course was very insightful for me. Some of the topics that are covered were discussed previously months ago. Nevertheless, it’s great to bring them back to the table and open your heart to share it as a couple. It was enjoyable for me to express my love to my girlfriend through some of the answers to the exercises as well as receive it from her. In addition, the Issues and Conflicts exercise was helpful because we obtained better information on the root causes of our discussions and how to be more aware of the resolutions. In general, I would definitely recommend the teachings of Reverend Dr. Frank, Thank you so much! - Roberto

Alena and Julian
Slovakia / Catholic Marriage Prep / Sep 30, 2023

Alena and Julian

I really enjoyed the preparation, and I can honestly say it brought us closer together. After the second session we had, I felt very good about my decision to be with my fiancé because I could see how similar we are. So many of the questions we answered with a similar view, and we talked about deep things and laughed together. I'm glad we had an opportunity to do the preparation online because my fiancé and I live in two different countries, and this was the only option we had. Thank you for creating it! - Alena 

Thank you for creating the online preparation. It helped us to do it even when being apart from each other. I liked the questions that are asked because it requires very well and exact thinking about our imagination of being married to each other. All together I think it helped us to grow closer and be more sure about our decision. - Julian

It Was a Godsend!
Xavier and Beatrice

Xavier and Beatrice

This pre-marital course has really opened my eyes to a lot of what makes a marriage a good and strong one. Everything from self-improvement to coexisting in a harmonious home. I have also turned to God more because of this course, I can't explain how many times I have felt the holy spirit envelope my body or run through our hands when we would hold hands while praying before every course. I have definitely enjoyed this whole-heartedly and can't say thanks enough for having experienced it, truly it was a God send. I would recommend this to anyone seriously thinking about tying the knot. I would say keep an open mind and be honest all the way through because it will be that much more better at the end. Thank you, Rev. Doctor Frank Nelson. - Xavier

The Online Marriage Preparation course provided to us by Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson was so helpful as we are preparing to tie the knot. Even though our relationship is not new, and we have been together a few years, it still helped us open & start conversations we had never opened before.

We connected deeper than we have in the past. It was very enjoyable to connect through the important conversations in the course, as we don’t get many date nights due to having children. I highly recommend couples to take the faith based online marriage preparation. We learned how much we loved praying together alone because of this course. We are definitely going to be using this process for important conversations in the future and will be using our prayers and answers as reference guides. My favorite part of the course was opening up to each other while leaving room for our Heavenly Father to be present with us. - Beatrice

Alexandra and Andre

Alexandra and Andre

I am so glad that we chose to complete this course.

Andre and I are in a very unique situation, which can be hard on both of us at times. Communication is so vital. Even more so, effective communication. We both absolutely agree on this, but we have found it hard at times. This course has given us a much better understanding of each other and our individual needs. We found a way to communicate more openly and honestly and were able to express things we might not have before.

I learned so much about my husband to be and it has made me appreciate him more and fall deeper in love with him. The entire course was amazing and the Rules for Resolving Conflict has really made us both think and revisit some of the conflicts we had in the past and think about how we could have dealt with them better. I have printed them, and we will read them out on our wedding day, sign them and then frame them for our future house together.

I want to tell all couples that are considering this course, please do it. I pray for all couples to have a blessed, wonderful marriage and I can say with complete confidence that this course will help you achieve that. God bless you Rev Dr Nelson for giving us the opportunity to learn from you and we will definitely be going back to this course again and again. - Alexandra

 

aimee and max experienced improved communication after taking the pre cana course from online marriage preparation
Aimee and Max
Pennsylvania / Catholic Marriage Prep / Sep 12, 2023

Aimee and Max

I enjoyed this course for several reasons. I am Catholic but it was easily digestible for my fiance who is Christian. The questions in the worksheets asked about core feelings that affect every aspect of our marriage. I feel that our communication has improved after taking this course. We have a better sense of how to deal with big and small issues as they arise in our marriage. It also reinforced the fact that we love each other so much and at the end of the day, that is what this whole wedding is about.

The course format was helpful for two individuals with crazy work schedules. It also forced us to carve out time to connect which we sometimes forget about in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Your suggestions for making a date night surrounding these conversations not only helped our relationship grow, but also made this something fun. I recommend this course for anyone getting married regardless of if they are Catholic or not. - Aimee

I really found this course to be helpful. It not only allowed me to feel closer to God and better with my faith, but it enabled us as a couple about to get married to have conversations that were much needed. It was great to hear about my future partner's goals/life plans and really break down our core values. Everything was easily broken down, and I enjoyed the format of the conversations and the overall course itself.

I feel that this will honestly set us up for success as we head towards our big day. I feel like we became closer through this and will be stronger for it as well. As issues arise throughout our marriage, we will be prepared to approach them and power through in a way that's healthy for our relationship. I would tell other couples to take advantage of this course regardless of their faith, as it provided us with a tremendous amount of growth as a couple. - Max

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Marissa and Oscar
New York / Catholic Marriage Prep / Sep 07, 2023

Marissa and Oscar

I loved how easy and accessible the course was. I enjoyed going through it at our own pace, which allowed us to pause if there were topics that we needed to spend more time as a couple speaking about. - Marissa

The course was great. It was easy online, and we could start and stop at our own pace. This was helpful in deepening our connection and having conversations that are important before our wedding. - Oscar

Kristi and Mac
New Jersey / Catholic Marriage Prep / Sep 02, 2023

Kristi and Mac

This course was very informative and helpful. It was extremely convenient for us to be able to do this at our own pace, as we both have hectic weekend schedules. I feel closer to Kristi now after going through this course and discussing the talking points. - Mac

This course allowed us to have conversations I didn’t even realize we needed to have. I work long, late hours so I enjoyed being able to visit the course when we both had time. I feel like we got much more out of it because of the flexible schedule. This course gave us helpful tools to use throughout our marriage. It was time well spent together! - Kristi

Christina and Kevin
Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Massachusetts        / Aug 31, 2023

Christina and Kevin

My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed your online course. Many of the conversations were things that we have touched base on previously, but never took the time to sit down and talk about in their entirety. We opened up a lot of new talking points as well...things like our difficulty with communication, our relationship to faith & re-learning how to handle conflict/resolution, that we will continue to work through and strive for. This, combined with in-person reflection with our officiant, has been my favorite part of the wedding planning journey. It has grounded me in the chaos of trivial planning tasks, which when all is said & done, will not determine the success of our marriage. I feel we've built an incredibly strong base to keep working & growing upon. I recommend this course! - Christina

I really enjoyed how in this course we were able to take large "concepts" and apply them to the practicalities of marriage. Things like Children, Money, and doing my part in our home are things we will deal with daily. This course goes beyond just our time we have spent preparing for marriage. The course will provide for us in the many years to come in our marriage. I look forward to reflecting each year on our marriage and using the worksheet and exercise provided by the course. I think perhaps the single most beneficial tool of this course was the framework for resolving issues. I can see us using this very often for any range of issues, large or small. It is almost like having an impartial third party with us at all times to help mediate in the event of conflict and bring us together. Thanks Rev. Dr. Frank - Kevin

Breanna and Timothy
Idaho / Catholic Marriage Prep / Aug 29, 2023

Breanna and Timothy

This course allowed me and my fiance to have the “hard conversations,” and if it weren’t for this course, I am not sure when we would’ve talked about these very important topics such as: where we will pull our weight, strengths, and weaknesses, how we want to raise our kids, where our in-laws will play a role in our life, employment dreams/goals, etc. I am so grateful for this course; it allowed me to get to know my fiance better and truly appreciate his perspective on these topics. I feel so much closer to him and even more confident about our decision to get married. I would suggest this course to anyone! - Breanna

The marriage prep course was great for Bre and I's marriage preparations and marriage growth. The enjoyable and helpful parts centered around having conversations that we may have never thought to have had if we had not done the course. Also, learning things about each other's past, or how we were each raised gives us a deeper understanding and appreciation for each other. To other couples I would say dive in and put your heart into this preparation, it is important and will only make your love for each other, and faith as a couple stronger. - Timothy

Luke and Elsa
Christian / Minnesota / Aug 27, 2023

Luke and Elsa

Dear Rev. Frank, I really enjoyed the structured conversations in this course. It’s nice to be assured that we’ve talked about a lot of the important things while leading into marriage. It’s a good compilation of conversations I think are needed to have before jumping into a marriage. I think we’re both more prepared for marriage by having formal conversations about a lot of these topics. We’ve obviously chatted about all of them before but it’s also good to take a step back and make sure we’re on the same page. I would definitely encourage a marriage course like this to all of my friends before marriage so they can make sure they have all of these important conversations. - Elsa

Dear Rev. Frank, I greatly enjoyed going through the course. It forced Elsa and I to sit down and make sure we understand and learn from each other. We have had many of these conversations in the past and did not learn a lot of knew things about one another, but the way that the conversations were laid out forced us to consider a lot of different questions at the same time rather than addressing them as they appear in life. This was very helpful because we were able to have quality time while also focusing on learning more about one another. I don't think the course has drastically changed me or my relationship with Elsa, but I do think the issues discussion was especially helpful because it will allow us to be able to have a template for these kinds of conversations in the future. I would highly recommend this course to other couples because it forces you to make sure that you have important conversations rather than just get married. This kind of value brings you closer to your partner and better prepares you for life after marriage. - Luke

Jahat and Alexandra
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 26, 2023

Jahat and Alexandra

I liked that we were made to talk in a different way, holding hands made us more in tune and that together we are against problems and we are two in this marriage. We are willing to fight for this relationship and that we will learn little by little what we lack if we are willing to talk. I liked that the course talks about several steps, about how to take the various points of view, and talk about things that we had not thought of. - Jahat

I consider that it was very useful in the part in which they challenged us to talk about a specific problem that had not been resolved, since in reality we did have a problem that we had not wanted to discuss because we lacked maturity when talking. But with the support from this course we were able to discuss the idea of adding to our relationship and we did it calmly, in an orderly manner, trying to solve the problem and not make it bigger, which is why I think it was very helpful and helped us grow as a couple and mature in the area of communication. - Alexandra

Montana and Wes

Montana and Wes 

I enjoyed doing the course, as it allowed Wes and I to have a lot of different conversations over the course of a few weeks. Though we had talked about a lot of the issues before, it was nice to have written out answers that we went through, so that we both felt completely heard on the issues. I also liked the specific questions we answered, as it brought up issues that we had not previously discussed before, even if we had generally talked about the topic before. Overall, I think the course had excellent questions, and I really enjoyed the self-pacing so that we could choose which topics to spend more time on if needed. - Montana

I enjoyed these exercises more than I initially imagined I would. It was actually nice to reflect on our relationship and what it means to me as we get closer to the day of the wedding. My favorite sections were the ones we wrote to our parents, as well as each other’s. It gave me insight into what our marriage will be like, as I thought about things in a perspective I hadn’t before. I also loved getting to reminisce on the early days of our relationship and how it led us to this point. It mentally prepped me for the wedding day. I am and probably will still be nervous, but getting to do it with you will ease my mind when it comes time. Finally, I thought the course’s questions about household responsibilities and finances brought up some excellent points. We have discussed some things about money/work/chores/etc. before, but never with as much purpose and detail as this. I feel truly more prepared to get married and to be the husband you deserve after finishing this course. - Wes

Shannon and Hauilah

Shannon and Hauilah

We enjoyed every moment of it! My overall experience with this course was wonderful and very fun to work with. I enjoyed the different conversation activities, especially the conversations we had to complete together. This course was extremely helpful to me as well as my fiancé. It really made us think and talk about things and issues we barely discuss as often as we should. This course also convicted me with my overall relationship with God and how I should give him more time personally as well with my fiancé. I would recommend this course to any Christian couple who are both God fearing and truly committed to putting God first and keeping God first in their future marriages! Thank you, Rev, for your brilliant service!! God Bless you!  - Shannon and Hauilah

Robert and Jeanette
California / Catholic Marriage Prep / Aug 09, 2023

Robert and Jeanette

Dear Rev. Frank, my experience with the Catholic Online Marriage Preparation course was great. This online platform was so convenient and helpful for us in the months leading up to our wedding. Over the last year, we have undergone couples counseling in preparation for our wedding. We felt this course reiterated some of those very important topics every couple should discuss and helped strengthen that foundation we had already received from therapy. I truly enjoyed the format of the class and how each of the conversations was so engaging and eye-opening. My favorite section was “Doing our Part,” as it helped really better understand our daily routine and how we can better help each other in this marriage. I would definitely recommend this course to friends and family looking for an interactive, easy to follow lesson plan. - Jeanette

Something that I enjoyed about this experience most was sitting down with my partner and discussing important topics that need to be talked about within our marriage. The most helpful for me were the guided exercises. This has helped me feel more prepared for marriage by taking our first steps into having deep conversations with my partner. I would say that this course is something that will definitely help one’s marriage become stronger. This course was also convenient for us since we both ran on different schedules, but the course made it easy for us to complete within a reasonable time. I would continue recommending it to family and friends for ease and accessibility. - Robert

a man and woman in their wedding garb embrace on a beach.
Melinda and John
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 01, 2023

Melinda and John

I believe that this this course is very in-depth and opens up lines of communication that couples, even in ones that have been long term, have not sat down and opened up to discuss. It’s important that values and goals are aligned when “feelings” of contentment arise. These will keep the relationship connected while feelings can be fickle. I enjoyed spending this time together in the course, but also makes me feel happy and solidified that we actually have had these discussions without being prompted. I’m glad there is a course so easily available online to meet the needs of our modern world and am very appreciative! Thank you! - Melinda

I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional pre-marriage class and your dedication, knowledge, and passion for this subject truly made the experience both enlightening and enjoyable.

The insights we gained during the pre-marriage class have been invaluable and have undoubtedly strengthened the foundation of our relationship. Your expertise and ability to guide us through various aspects of marriage preparation, communication, conflict resolution, and financial management were enlightening and have equipped us with essential tools for building a successful and fulfilling married life.

Your approach to teaching was exceptional, as you created an open and warm environment where we felt comfortable discussing our thoughts and concerns openly. Your ability to foster open communication among the participants was truly commendable, and it allowed us to learn not only from you but from each other's experiences as well.

We are particularly grateful for the practical exercises and real-life examples you shared during the class. They helped us gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and joys that married life can bring, and they will undoubtedly serve as a solid framework for us as we embark on this journey together.

Throughout the course, your dedication and genuine concern for our well-being were evident. Your willingness to address our questions and provide personalized advice showed us that you truly care about the success of each couple you teach.

As my partner and I move forward towards our wedding day and beyond, we will carry the lessons we learned from your pre-marriage class in our hearts. We are confident that the knowledge and skills we acquired will be instrumental in maintaining a loving, respectful, and fulfilling relationship for many years to come.

Once again, thank you for making the pre-marriage class such a positive and transformative experience. We will always remember your guidance and wisdom as we build our future together. We wish you continued success in your mission to help couples prepare for a lifelong journey of love and companionship. -  John

Tanner and Anna took online marriage preparation.
Tanner and Anna
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jul 27, 2023

Tanner and Anna

I enjoyed this course as I was able to sit down with Anna with both of our undivided attention, and discuss important topics about our current relationship, and what we both hope to continue in our future marriage. I think this course was extremely helpful in that it had us talk on a deeper level with critical thinking about topics we have already discussed in the past, or new ones that were beneficial. We both were able to learn a few new things about each other which I thought was cool since we’ve been dating for 6 years, and thought we knew everything there was to know about each other. I would highly recommend this course to other couples as it helps plan and give guidance in what each person wants to see/create in their new marriage. - Tanner

This course was mostly enjoyable, sometimes hard. It brought up some great conversations, things we have touched on before but hadn’t completely dived into, and things we hadn't thought to talk about. It also brought up some negative conversations and things that were hard for me to speak about, mostly surrounding my family. I learned new things about you, and I felt this brought us closer together. - Anna

Casey and Alex
Conneticut / Roman Catholic Course / Jul 20, 2023

Casey and Alex

Overall, this course was great. It was super simple and user friendly. The instructions were clear and precise, making it easy to complete in a timely manner. It provided you with plenty of talking points and gets conversations with your partner really flowing. It opens up branches of topics you'd never think of on your own. - Casey 

The marriage preparation course has provided us with a lot of information and conversations that will help us succeed in marriage. Not only did it give us topics to discuss now, but it also provided us with tools to use throughout our relationship, like the "conversation dates", anniversary check in, and conflict resolver. - Alex

Mark and Autumn
Minnesota / Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Jul 12, 2023

Mark and Autumn

Dear, Rev. Frank, we really enjoyed your class. We grew closer as we were forced to spend time discussing our relationship with each other. The questions you brought forward sparked meaningful conversations. We liked having time each week to spend on our own, talking with each other. - Mark

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. It allowed Mark and I time each week dedicated to sit down and reflect on life. Although we had already discussed many of these topics on our own time; we found it helpful to talk it over in a more organized fashion. We enjoyed how we could treat them as a date and believe that it has helped us prepare for marriage. - Autumn

Zachary and Kennedy

Zachary and Kennedy

My experience [with Onlinemarriagepreparation.com] was enjoyable. This course brought up crucial conversations and topics that may have otherwise been unaddressed going into our wedding. I especially enjoyed the “Resolving Issues” template and discussions as this will be a way to resolve issues or make important decisions down the road. My advice to other couples is to take time, undistracted, and truly connect with your partner. They’re what matters most! - Zachary

I have already recommended this course to multiple friends who are getting married. It gave us talking points to conversations we knew we wanted to have but didn't know how to start them. It made us talk about our faith and other issues that have been important to us. Doing it online was also convenient for time management during our busy schedules. - Kennedy

an engaged couple having open and honest discussion before their wedding
Ellie and Zach
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jun 19, 2023

Ellie and Zach

I really looked forward to every one of these conversations.  It made me reflect on the reason for the entire process of our wedding.  It brought us closer, and I especially loved the conversation about our expectations for our wedding day.  I recommend this course to people who have complicated faith lives and still want to experience the process of devoting time to understanding each other in anticipation of the wedding day. - Ellie

I thought the course was beneficial for us to make sure we talked about important topics prior to the wedding.  I was happy when we went through it, to find that we had previously discussed many of them but there were some that we hadn’t.  This is a good course to do if you just want to spend the time between you and your partner, instead of a large retreat. It makes the conversations more personal and made discussing things openly and honestly, easier. - Zach

Matthew and Jacqueline
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jun 13, 2023

Matthew and Jacqueline

I really enjoyed the talking points. I loved that I could look upon these and realize we have already shared most of these conversations before, but some of the answers have changed and others remain consistent. I did cry a lot, especially when talking about my background, but I think they were healing tears. Of course, Matty was right here with me and like he always does - he hugs me and gives me his supportive smile and touch. To other couples, start asking these questions early. I am thankful that Matthew liked to play the question games, particularly with deeper conversations, at the beginning of our dating. We wanted to know these things about each other, and I think it really helped solidify our friendship and our relationship. We already knew our values. I did, of course, learn a few new things about him during this course and I also enjoyed hearing old sentiments that he expressed to me again. I appreciate that this course was available. - Jacqueline

The talking points provided a valuable framework that allowed us to reflect on our relationship in a profound way. It was truly eye-opening to revisit these conversations and realize that we had already engaged in many of them before, but with new insights and evolved perspectives, some of our answers had changed while others remained consistent like Jacqueline said. We are immensely thankful for the availability of this course, as it has played a significant role in our ongoing journey of growth and connection. Thank you again for this opportunity. - Matthew

a middle-aged man and women smile after taking premarital counseling before getting married a second time.
Rick and Martha
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jun 10, 2023

Rick and Martha

Though we have been friends for over 50 years and are now 70, your course did provide some excellent conversational starting points to enhance our already wonderful relationship.  Certainly “issues” and “rules for resolving conflict” are applicable for any close relationship. Obviously some segments were more applicable than others. Best Regards  - Rick

Entering into any second marriage probably calls for a bit of caution. The step-by-step approach included in this marriage preparation material guided this couple of 70-year-olds into helpful conversations on a wide range of relationship topics. We enjoyed hearing each other’s thoughts—and hopefully learned from those exercises. Thank you, Reverend Frank!  - Martha

A couple hold hands as their wedding.
Gabriela and Carlos

Carlos and Gabriela

It was nice to be motivated to talk about things that might be difficult or maybe even uncomfortable to talk about. And it was very helpful to have a list of topics of conversation that we might not have thought of. I think it helped to give our marriage a strong start by addressing all of these topics in guided conversations. - Carlos

The online marriage preparation course was actually pretty cool because it had some topics that I hadn’t thought of discussing with my partner. It also outlined some conversations that we could’ve had but maybe not as successfully on our own.  - Gabriela

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Sam and Kevin
Pennsylvania / Catholic Marriage Prep / May 05, 2023

Sam and Kevin

I really enjoyed the Pre Cana course. We have been doing couples counseling in preparation for the wedding and a lot of the topics were similar. It allowed us to revisit some important topics and have those sometimes difficult but necessary discussions with each other prior to our wedding day. I really enjoyed the section “Our Wedding Day” because it made me think of what I want to focus on not only the wedding day but also after the wedding day. These discussions on all the topics were great and makes me feel even more comfortable going into the wedding day. - Sam

This Pre Cana course was fantastic and very helpful. I am a lifelong Catholic and despite Sam not being baptized/any religious affiliation, it felt very comfortable to do between us. It allowed us to talk about many different topics and the questions were very thought provoking. I really enjoyed the section on Parents because it made me reflect on everything my parents have done for me and reminded me to show appreciation to them during the wedding planning and on the day for raising me to become who I am that led me to Sam and our future. - Kevin

A bride and groom developed strong communication skills before posing for this picture at their wedding.
Silvana and Kenneth
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Apr 18, 2023

Silvana and Kenneth

I enjoyed how this course was broken up into different sections, each focusing on a different aspect of marriage. We discussed communication, expectations and roles, finances, problem solving, parenting, and relationships with family and friends. All of these topics were discussed in an open and honest way. The course had assignments that helped us learn more about each other and how to work through our differences. It was incredibly fun reminiscing back 10 years to when we first met. At the end of the course, I felt much more prepared for this next step in our relationship. We had a better understanding of what to expect and how to handle marriage challenges. We also felt more connected to each other and had a clearer understanding of how to make our marriage a success. Overall, the pre-marital course was an invaluable experience. It helped me to gain a better understanding of myself and my partner and gave me the tools to navigate any issues that may arise in the future. I am grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained, and I recommend the course to any couple who is preparing to get married. - Silvana

I was interested to see what I could learn from the course and how it would help me. Being together for a little over a decade, I thought we had everything down. Nothing new to learn. Ultimately, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of knowledge and insight the course had to offer. We discussed topics like communication, compromise, finances, family dynamics, and roles and expectations within the marriage. We learned the importance of trust, honesty, and respect, and how these values can help to build a strong and lasting marriage. The course also gave us practical tips and advice on topics such as budgeting, parenting, and handling disagreements. We were encouraged to have an open dialogue with each other and to practice active listening. The assignments were a great help. Overall, the pre-marital course was an insightful and invaluable experience. It gave me greater insight into the dynamics of marriage and helped me gain a better understanding of how to make it successful. It also gave me the chance to consider my own expectations and those of my partner, and to think about how we could work together to make our marriage a successful one. - Kenneth

A woman and a man pose in front of a large mountain and blue sky after having completed premarital counseling.
Caroline and Justin
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Apr 11, 2023

Caroline and Justin

I really enjoyed completing this course with Justin. It was helpful to talk through everything. We have great communication as it stands but it was enlightening to find a couple of areas we can improve on (finances and chores). I would absolutely recommend this course to other couples, no matter where they are in their relationship journey! – Caroline

I found this course to be very helpful. My fiancé and I have always had a very open and honest dialogue in our relationship, but this course allowed us to shed light on new ways to communicate even more effectively. The portion discussing chores was surprisingly helpful for us. When we first discussed that part of the course, we ran into some issues. We decided to use those issues around chores as our “issue” to focus on during the next part of the course. The issues process was very helpful, and we both finished the exercise feeling better and willing to compromise. I would suggest this course to any other couple entering marriage. – Justin

This Marriage Prep Course was Brilliant!
Melissa and Brad

Melissa and Brad

My fiancé and I recently journeyed through and completed Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson’s Online Marriage Preparation course, and it was brilliant!

The thoughts and conversations that were ignited led to significant growth in our relationship. We faced honesty, reality and spirituality square in the face, and have emerged stronger and closer than ever. There were emotional conversations, when we recapped the initial reasons we were attracted to each other, and revisited the moments we progressively fell head over heels in love with each other. There were hard conversations about things we don’t typically break down into steps or questions with specific answers. I love the concept of these conversations that target each area of importance in order to have a successful marriage.

After completing this course, we are truly more grateful for each other and for the relationship with which we have been blessed. – Melissa and Brad

Catholic Pre-Cana Improves Communication
Kathy and Ethan
Pennsylvania / Roman Catholic / Apr 01, 2023

Kathy and Ethan

I really enjoyed this course! I think the prompts were thought-provoking without being repetitive. I think they were perfect prompts to make myself reflect on thoughts from many different perspectives. I liked how there was a fair amount of individual work to be done in order to be introspective, but then there was a guided space to share all of our thoughts. I found the course very helpful in terms of highlighting the most important responsibilities of married life. I would tell other couples that Pre-Cana is essential in marriage preparation in order to put intentional time aside to discuss all the nuances of marriage! - Kathy

We found the course to be incredibly helpful in preparing us for our upcoming marriage. One aspect that we particularly enjoyed was the opportunity to discuss important topics such as communication, conflict resolution, and shared values with our fellow engaged couples. We also appreciated the insights shared by the experienced married couple who spoke during the course. Overall, we feel that the course helped us to build a stronger foundation for our relationship and provided us with valuable tools for navigating the ups and downs of married life. We highly recommend others to consider taking a Pre-Cana course as well. - Ethan

Jesus and Markisha
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Mar 20, 2023

Jesus and Markisha

This course was very informative and I learned a lot more about my fiance as well as how to resolve conflict in a healthier way. I enjoyed the new conversations we were able to have. For new couples I’d suggest that you make a date night out of all the courses because some can become stressful and if you are more relaxed it will make it more enjoyable for y’all. - Jesus

I loved this course a lot! It asked questions that we had not discussed and I found them very helpful and interesting and they helped me and my fiance be more on the same page. For other couples I’d say make sure that y’all are both taking this seriously because it honestly helps bring you and your loved one closer together.- Markisha

Man and a woman sitting with their dogs
Leah and Jeff
Minnesota / Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Mar 19, 2023

Leah and Jeff

I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful experience for my fiancé Jeff and me. We enjoyed doing the discussions together and talking through our feelings. It was a great bonding experience and I feel we have grown closer to each other because of this. I would definitely recommend this course to any newly engaged couple.  - Leah

Thank you for the great course. I feel it helped me open up with my communication a lot. I also learned a few things I didn’t know about Leah. The course also gave us new ideas for our life together. I think the course was worth the time it took to complete. I will recommend it to any one I know who plans on getting married. - Jeff

Ralston and Barbara benefitted from the marriage prep prayers and guidelines
Ralston and Barbara

Ralston and Barbara

I found the guidelines, videos, and prayers throughout the course to be very informative and interestingly on point.  I would definitely recommend this course to couples planning to get married and hoping the content will have the same effect on them as it had on us. Thanks again for such a wonderful course to use as a guideline to assist us throughout our future together. - Barbara

At first I was apprehensive about doing the course but as I started watching the videos and going through the contents, I realized that there was so much information that was relevant to our circumstances.  The prayers and the guidelines have been a Godsend because it has been enlightening and informative to both of us.  I would recommend this course to anyone who is planning on getting married, it will definitely assist them by putting them on the right path to a successful marriage. - Ralston

A Healthy Outline for Marriage
Janesha and Prossineiky

Janesha and Prossineiky

I appreciated the course. I think this has really helped me and my fiancé to not only think about the planning of the wedding, but to also think about the importance of marriage to God and what is expected of two people who want to get married. It also was a good outline for what a healthy marriage between me and soon to be husband could look like. - Janesha

It helped me to express my love for her in just a small fraction of what I potentially know I have. Understanding her thinking process to create more submission and communication, as well as knowing I must lead by example in life. - Prossineiky

Carmen and Stephen
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Feb 25, 2023

Carmen and Stephen

Dr. Frank Nelson, thank you so much for this course. I really enjoyed having these conversations with Stephen. We have been dating for more than a year and a half, and while I think we have good communication, there are always difficult things to talk about, and this course helped us to do it in a respectful and effective manner. I enjoyed being able to learn more about my fiancé and I am grateful we now have the tools to have effective conversations and resolve issues together, as the team we aspire to be. Thank you so much. - Carmen

Dr. Rev. Nelson, thank you for your online guidance through the pre-marriage course.  What I enjoyed most about it was spending time with my fiancée.  We are still separated so it was all done online through video calls.  We filled out all the lessons together and discussed our answers. I was pleased to see how much we agreed on issues.  I was a bit surprised at how the Resolving Issues portion went because we honestly couldn’t think of a good issue to discuss up until a few minutes before we started.  We thought it wouldn’t be a big issue, but it did turn out to be more of one than expected.  Nonetheless, we came to a resolution.  We jokingly said that maybe we’ll use that form every time we have an issue to discuss.  We’ll remember the conversations we had while taking this course. Thank you for your congratulations and well-wishes beforehand. - Stephen

Harriet and Sebastian
United Kingdom / Roman Catholic Course / Feb 20, 2023

Harriet and Sebastian 

Seb and I really enjoyed this course. It tackled a lot of modern situations as well as the traditional principles and tools to build a good solid marriage. We are already incredibly close, so answering the questions was generally quite a straightforward exercise for us. However, it opened up conversations that may not have occurred to us to have otherwise, and I feel that as a result we are even closer than we were before. It was really great (and very reassuring!) to see just how many topics we had the same approach. I think we also both got to know ourselves better throughout the process too. Definitely a course to take slowly and enjoy each session rather than rush it, but a lovely gift to ourselves before the big day. So happy that we’ve done this as preparation for our life together! Thank you for creating such a thorough course. - Harriet

I found this course very useful in exploring ideas that would not otherwise have occurred to me to discuss with my fiancée. We were able to tackle some quite complex topics and I feel that we have grown closer together as a result. There has also been an improvement in our ability to communicate. The final PDF’s (Anniversary and Conversation Dates) will be useful handrails for our future together as and when we need to discuss issues. I would recommend other couples taking an hour or so each week to work through each conversation at a time. I look forward to our marriage and life together! - Seb

William and Betty
California / Roman Catholic Course / Feb 19, 2023

William and Betty

Father Frank, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the well thought out preparation for marriage course. I can confidently state that I was blessed to find a program that I truly believe helped us prepare for our upcoming marriage. I really wasn't sure if this type of program was going to benefit us in our journey, but I can freely admit to being mistaken. I especially enjoyed the preparing for the wedding and the rules for resolving conflict sections. We look forward to incorporating the weekly conversation and Anniversary sections as we move forward on our lives together. Thank you again. - William

Father Frank, in reviewing my experience with my completion of this program, I have reflected a lot on my previous religious education when I completed my First Communion and Confirmation. It allowed me to reflect on not only that but also the traditional teachings when attending mass with my parents as I was growing up. It has brought a renewed purpose in continuing, cherishing, and reflecting on my participation in mass. This wedding preparation course allowed us to increase our level of communication and understanding of each other in the Christian faith. I especially appreciated and valued the "before the wedding" section of the course. It allowed my fiancé and I to begin to communicate about all of the upcoming planning of our wedding. With much appreciation. - Betty

Anna and Jin
Vietnam / Roman Catholic Course / Feb 12, 2023

Anna and Jin

I finished the doctrine of marriage and also got my certificate in Vietnam. However, learning online again and answering questions in PDF form like some exercises for me to look at myself and better understand our love and issues. It made me understand better that family is about understanding and sharing responsibilities and not just romance like pink love. I understand and thank my parents for giving birth to me and educating me about faith in God and human personality. They are my best role models for building a family. I know how to run to our God more (in happy times as well as in difficult times), I pray more to our God and I know how to pray more and thank God for what he has given me. - Anna

The online course was very informational. I never expected an online marriage course to be this comprehensive. Although it’s not as long as a live class, it did require quite a bit of critical thinking especially when it comes to the questions corresponding to each exercise PDF. I enjoyed listing out my love and affection for Anna. I feel that by listing out our thoughts, we will be more prepared for future obstacles. When the marriage and family think as a whole, along with God’s blessings, nothing can stand in our way. - Jin

Asian woman wearing glasses embraces man on their engagement
Thi and Duy
Canada/Vietnam / Roman Catholic Course / Feb 10, 2023

Thi and Duy

Dear Reverend Frank, first of all, I would like to share that I and my boyfriend have a long-distance love. I live in Canada and he lives in Vietnam. We have been in love for 3 years, and it was a little bit harder when I studied the Marriage Catholic Course alone online, and he studied his Marriage Course alone in Vietnam.

His English is not good enough to study this course in English like me, so he studied in Vietnamese. But when we studied, both of us always thought about the other and shared what we learned with each other.

I really enjoyed this course. We have had a lot of conflict and problems that we felt were so hard to deal with, but during this course we learned that the most important thing for our love is to have respect for each other. Before this I was an easy person to get angry at my boyfriend and always force him to deal with problems right away. I always expected him to be patient with me and listen to me more than what I would do for him. But during this course I have learned what steps I should take when we have a conflict. Additionally, I have learned how to express myself by listening to him and showing him the way how I respect him and our relationship.  Thank you so much for your course and hope the best for you. - Thi and Duy

A man and woman pose together for a picture of their engagement and they have Open Communication in their Second Marriage
Joseph and Celia
Oklahoma / Roman Catholic Course / Feb 01, 2023

Joseph and Cecelia

Dear Reverend Frank, first of all, my wife and I both want to tell you how informative your course was, and how much it would help younger folks prior to getting married. A little background on our situation, my wife, Cece and I were married in 2016.  I have recently been granted an annulment from the church because my wife and I wish to have our marriage blessed by the church. In order to do this, we found out we needed to take a pre-Cana course which could be done online.  We picked your course and have enjoyed it. - Joseph

Thank you so much for your very informative class. This was good and I can see parts of it being used at marriage retreats as well. Being second marriages for both of us, we have learned things not to do.  We spent much time talking about the pluses and minuses of our marriages and what we expected in this one. In these past 6 years, we have made a point to keeping our communication open with each other. Thank you for your class and for the videos. - Cecelia

Clay and Sierra

Clay and Sierra

I liked most of the questions that were asked as they required some thought. It made me more open minded to my feelings and where I truly stood. It will help me ask those tougher questions in the future knowing just how important it is to do so. It also made me realize there’s a lot more to marriage than just saying I do. I truly enjoyed this experience. - Clay

This was a great course for us. Not only was it Christian based but it also just helped us learn a lot about communication, something that is sometimes hard for us to do face to face and ask those hard questions. We really enjoyed the questions and the fact that it wasn’t just an 8-hour video to watch made it so much more enjoyable. Doing these exercises also reminded us why we are doing this. - Sierra

Amanda and Chris
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jan 30, 2023

Amanda and Chris

Thank you for the online course! We really enjoyed taking this online class! While Amanda and I have been together over 5 years (and I was skeptical at the idea of taking a pre-marriage course), I feel like we learned a lot! In particular, the love life, leisure/work, and money sections were the most beneficial to me. These questions required us to examine our relationship in a new light and consider ideas we had never thought of. I'd absolutely recommend this course to anyone before they get married! – Amanda and Chris

Francy and Jan
Columbia / Roman Catholic Course / Jan 17, 2023

Francy and Jan

I am very grateful God directed me toward your course. Thank you so very much Rev. Frank for making this available. The course brought out and compiled so many of the conversations Francy and I have had during our relationship and made us reflect on our marriage and God. We came out so very much reassured of our love and decision to marry. I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding experience, and I had no idea how important this was. Thank you! - Jan

We really enjoyed this course. It gave us the opportunity to do it at our own pace. We were able to enter into the deepest corners of ourselves and get to know more about our childhood, families, and relationships. The guided talk points were very focus-oriented and the whole course was guided in every single step. It was easy to follow, and we were able to complete it with a lot of enthusiasm. This really prepares us for a future married life, and it touches on the most relevant topics married people could experience. I definitely would recommend this course to all my friends, even to the couples that are not engaged yet. It opened our minds and made us think about our relationship from many different perspectives. The course went above and beyond our expectations and it was really well designed. - Francy

Michael and Ashley

Ashley and Michael

This course was very educational and interesting. I loved how interactive it was even though it was completed online. I felt this course really had some nice topics of conversations that are essential for a successful marriage. The topics opened us up to be more vulnerable and attentive. I even felt emotional as we were going through each session. Especially the one with our parents. I know they aren't perfect, and my parents did the best they could. I just hope that we can learn from them and do an even better job for our future children. The money topic was very important as well. We were able to discuss a good budget to help us save money while still being able to pay off debts. I am optimistic about our future together. Thank you so much for the convenience and opportunity to go through such an intense but necessary course before saying I do. - Ashley

I think the course was thought provoking on a lot of important topics for going into a marriage. It allowed us to explore some issues that may arise and allowed us to discuss how we would handle it. I like the faith-based aspects of the course that we took (regarding the prayer and associated scripture) as the two of us are in agreement on this matter. The course was simple but provided a lot of important information that can help us on the road in our marriage. - Michael

Kenneth and Jessica
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Dec 20, 2022

Kenneth and Jessica

I want to thank you for this course as it's really allowed us to get even closer and ask a lot of questions that otherwise may not have been discussed. We have had some struggles getting over conflict, so the issues chapter certainly helped us. I've realized I need to truly give her space when she gets heated and come back and continue the conversation another day versus continuing to push her until she falls over the ledge. I believe this was very helpful and we are both firm believers in counseling and having sessions such as these from time to time to truly 'bring us back to earth' if that makes sense. I also loved the fact that it opened up so many new topics and discussions that we haven't necessarily brought up before. As far as helpful - absolutely, and would this be something I recommend to folks in the future? Absolutely, so thank you! - Kenneth

I didn't know what to expect before we started the course and initially thought that it wouldn't be the best use of our time since we already see eye to eye on every topic, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the guided conversations and new perspectives. Being able to have these conversations on a deeper level before our wedding day makes me even more sure I found my husband. Thank you for everything! - Jessica

samantha and stewart
Samantha and Stewart
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Dec 15, 2022

Samantha and Stewart

Our experience thus far has been rewarding. I’m usually the communicator in our relationship; however, this course and the way it asks questions has made it easier for my fiancé to share his thoughts, love, and feelings I never knew he had, and we’re just getting started.  I already love him, but this course seems to be growing that love even more. The most enjoyable part has been hearing my fiancés thoughts and feelings that I might have never known had we not taken the course. The course has been helpful in more ways than one, my favorite is we both enjoy it and are excited to share our answers with each other and look forward to the next set of questions to encourage us to communicate. I would 100% recommend other couples to take this course just to see how much you really understand their partner, their needs, wants and expectations prior to marriage. We are committed to completing the course and have agreed to retake it every 5 years to see how our answers may change. - Samantha

The Online Marriage Preparation course was great. My soon to be wife and I had a great time, truly expressing our feelings, wants and how we have changed for each other. The course was a lot of fun and really made us want to keep going to the next part and exciting to hear what one another's feelings were for each other. I would really recommend this course for all. It definitely helps you talk and learn things about each other that sometimes wouldn't be said.  We have already talked about sitting down in five years and doing it again. It’s great bonding time that I feel most couples tend to forget or are too busy to do, but I feel it’s a must for a successful marriage. - Stewart

Darchelle and John
Florida / Roman Catholic Course / Dec 10, 2022

Darchelle and John

I thank you very much for putting this course together. It was an opportunity for us to ask each other questions that we never thought of. Through the questionnaires, I have learned so much from John. Things that I would never have thought to ask him about. This course will help me understand him better, it will help us resolve issues much quicker than before. - Darchelle

I am very grateful for the opportunity to take this course. Now I have a better understanding on how to interact with Darchelle. This course has allowed her to open up herself better to me. We have strengthened our bond and are now ready to face our issues together as a couple. I truly hope that more couples could have the opportunity to go through this course, it would certainly reduce the number of separated couples in the country. - John

Hang and Andy
California / Roman Catholic Course / Dec 08, 2022

Hang and Andy

The online marriage preparation course that we completed was incredible. Once we both started on the journey, we were very excited to get through it so that we could have many of these conversations prior to being married. Through the course, we both feel like we have formed a stronger, more intimate bond since we now have a better understanding of each other. Thank you for putting this course together! It has really helped to set us up for success in our marriage!! - Andy

This course has been amazingly helpful and well structured! During our relationship, we talked about many important topics, but this course guided us to dive deep into each one. There are a lot of good and tough questions in each topic, especially children and faith. They pushed us to give more thoughts and share these thoughts with each other. We also realized that we have more differences than we thought and will learn to embrace these differences. We now know and understand not only each other but also ourselves at deeper level, hence strengthening our bond and deepening our love. This course also gave us an opportunity to prepare for the wedding beyond some details such as invitation cards, decorations, and reception meals. It drew us back to the main purpose of a wedding, it is about us, our love for one another, our unity in God and our life after this day! Thank you for such an amazing course! I will recommend it to any engaged couples and share our experiences during the course. - Hang

Kelsi and Chet

Kelsi and Chet

I enjoyed this course because it was a pleasant surprise of reflection and diving more deeply into conversations we had not initially dove very far into! It was a nice reminder of good communication right prior to our wedding. I felt like the videos were easy to watch and concise, while the questions really made you think. I look forward to utilizing some of these thought processes for my vows and reflecting upon this information in the future! - Kelsi

I would recommend this course to all couples, whether engaged or even already married. The course is concise but touches on a wide range of important topics that are crucial for couples to communicate about. It keeps the important things in perspective. I look forward to looking back at our responses in the upcoming years to see how much progress we have made, as well as which subjects still need work! - Chet

 

Michael and Lisbette
Cuba / Roman Catholic Course / Dec 07, 2022

Michael and Lisbette

This was an extremely helpful process for our marriage and partnership. We learned and discussed things about us that we had not thought to address. We now have a better understanding about what will make us a better couple. It was a very beneficial course. We enjoyed the openness that it brought about, and we had some fun in the process! - Michael

As a young person without any experience on long-term relationships, this course was highly beneficial. I learned how to manage a relationship, how to form a bond, and what the milestones of a good marriage are. I enjoyed taking it with my fiancé since I learned about his personality, his way of seeing life, and his expectations in our future marriage. I think this was the beginning of a long, fruitful journey as it brought us closer together and it made us understand what this kind of bond is really about. Without this course we would have faced issues and would have had many difficulties that we now know how to properly address. I am glad we took it. - Lisbette

Victoria and Andy
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Dec 05, 2022

Victoria and Andy

I wasn't sure what to expect with this course, but I was pleasantly surprised with how helpful it was! I really enjoyed the "Before We Say I Do" module, and I really enjoyed the "Faith, Core Value and Beliefs" and the "Our Wedding Day" module as I have done all of our wedding planning. I think for other couples, especially those that haven't lived together before, this would be an especially helpful course! I would say to them that I wasn't even planning on doing any sort of counseling, but I'm thankful that I was able to squeeze this course in because not only was it helpful and needed to have these conversations, but it was actually fun to reflect on myself and learn a little bit more about my partner! I am really looking forward to using the "Conversation Dates" worksheet as we implement our weekly date nights! Thank you again! – Victoria

We found the experience to be useful and productive. With the stress of planning the wedding from far away as we are living in a different state now, this was a nice way for us to come together and affirm our feelings and promises to each other. It showed me that Tore and I have a very healthy relationship, because we have spent lots of time talking about pretty much all of this stuff already and are on the same page or confirmed our feelings about these things to each other. I would recommend this course to other couples because it will either 1) show them that they are making the right choice and are prepared to marry each other or 2) open up important conversations that they may not have had but that they need to have before getting married. Thank you for putting this course together! - Andy

Joyce and Rudy
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Dec 03, 2022

Joyce and Rudy

This was truly an amazing experience. I hadn't done marriage counseling before getting married, but I am glad we found your course. We talked to each other in depth with every question, staying up to 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning not realizing time had passed. We answered questions about our families and past that neither of us had wanted to answer. I wasn't a believer before, but the simplicity of the course made this so easy and enjoyable. I definitely learned more about Rudy, even though I thought I knew him so well already. Would do this again in a heartbeat. - Joyce

I have to say I was shocked at the content within this marriage counseling.  I had done marriage counseling in the past, but it did not force the types of conversations that this one did.  So many of the conversations you asked us to perform are absolutely critical to understanding where we are each coming from.  What in our past has made up who we are today.  While we knew a lot of the things discussed about each other, we didn't know the depth to it all.  And as your conversations pushed us into the depths, we grew closer through the process.  I valued the conversations about family as well as about our sexual/romance life because I feel these two areas are incredibly important to me and historically, I have not voiced my opinions and/or feelings about these subjects.  With Joyce, I catch myself being very open and these conversations fueled that openness even more.  Thank you so much for the guidance you built into this counseling! - Rudy

Jessica and Michael
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Nov 28, 2022

Jessica and Michael

Thank you so much for making this online marriage preparation course widely available and accessible to all. I thought the Issues session was the most helpful, and I hope to be able to use that template in the future to discuss any issues that are bothering me. I felt so much lighter and freer afterwards, not weighed down by my worries that I hadn’t had the courage to voice aloud to my partner yet out. Even though the issue isn’t fully resolved, I felt so much better just to talk about it openly and lay to rest some of my fears about how I thought my partner felt about it, which weren’t even true. Now I see how everything in a marriage really is about communication, like you said at the beginning of the course! I also enjoyed getting to learn more about my partner on topics we hadn’t discussed yet explicitly, such as money, our parents and childhoods. I was blown away when my partner wrote some really sweet things that we can use in our wedding vows during the ceremony. I would highly recommend this course to friends and tell them that even though it might seem unnecessary at first (like it did to us), it was truly helpful and set the stage well for a strong marriage moving forward. - Jessica

I believe the course was very informative. While we often contemplate how we’ll act in certain situations, writing them out and sharing our intimate thoughts with each other provided more structure, room to grow and learn, and a deeper fondness for each other. I now feel closer to my bride to be because we are now more intimately familiar with each other’s emotions, wants, and desires. While I cannot say that this program has created a definite positive change moving forward, it has armed us with better tools to deal with the problems and issues that may arise in our relationship. We are still not perfect people and our relationship is not perfect, but Dr. Rev. Frank has helped us to grow as couple and build a stronger bond. - Michael

Tessa and Austin
Minnesota / Christian (Non-Denominational) Course / Nov 16, 2022

Tessa and Austin

This course was so beneficial to our relationship. There are so many things included in the course that we have never talked about or having talked about in years. Another great feature of the course is that we could complete the course at our own pace and when it was most convenient for us. Thank you for this incredible experience. - Tessa

I believe this course provided healthy and positive discussions. There were topics that we don't talk about on a daily basis which led to some powerful thoughts and emotions. A topic that I enjoyed and learned a lot from was "doing my part". That discussion taught me what I can do to be the best possible partner to be for my soon wife. I would like to thank you for providing us with the reading and videos. I can confidently say that this had a positive impact on us. - Austin

Kevin and Jerlyn
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Nov 09, 2022

Kevin and Jerlyn

We are more understanding of each other on how marriage works. We were able to speak more about the future. We also realized a few things we can change in the near future to be better than we were before. The best part of this whole course is feeling a lot more ready and happy to be marrying the women that owns my heart forever. - Kevin

The course is a fun thing to do before getting married. I feel like the course brought us a lot closer than before. I feel as if we talked more about our future. It helped us as a couple to understand the full meaning of marriage. There's so much more when it comes to committing to each other, and this course helped us understand that. Now I am ready for our big day, and I am loving him more than ever. - Jerlyn

Lianny and Ryan
Florida / Roman Catholic Course / Nov 09, 2022

Lianny and Ryan

I want to begin by saying this course was extremely eye opening. We discussed topics we’ve never discussed before and learned so much about one another. We shared laughs, we got emotional, and this made us closer together. I am very thankful to have found this course, I was very stressed out, but you made the entire process so easy for us. - Lianny

First going into this I didn’t really know what to expect. I was somewhat upset that we had to do this so last minute, but after this experience I am thankful we did this. This was very eye opening. Not only did I learn things about my future wife, but I learned a lot about myself. I am also happy to see my fiancé stress free. - Ryan

Joe and Maricela
New Jersey / Roman Catholic Course / Oct 28, 2022

Joe and Maricela

I wanted to thank you for such a great course. My fiancé and I spent time going through the course and found that the questions and videos really helped us have meaningful conversations about what will be our new lives together come our wedding day in December. We are very excited and are happy that we took the time to go through the course together as it helps for us to plan our future by having these important discussions prior to the big day. I highly recommend this course to others. - Joe

Thank you for such a well-organized and thought through course.  It was informative and provided us with guidance on how we can have deeper, more meaningful discussions on very important topics that will impact our future together. We feel more prepared than ever after completing the course and sitting together to have such deep discussions.  We are so happy we’ve chosen this course! - Maricela

Tram and Phu
California / Roman Catholic Course / Oct 14, 2022

Tram and Phu

Upon taking this class, I did not expect to learn so much more from my significant other that I did not know before. I felt that while taking the class, it helped us as a couple to connect more deeply and intimately with each other and to have a much better understanding of one another. Our goals in life as husband and wife have become clearer as we worked together to set a goal for our future as husband and wife. I enjoyed learning what my significant other values in life and how he views his beliefs and practices. I admire him so much as the person he is. This course was very helpful as I feel like it has improved our bond significantly. What I might say to other couples is that I would encourage them to take the class as by doing so, it has improved our happiness as a couple tremendously then we already were before taking this class. - Tram

After taking this class, I understand the values of being a good husband to my wife and to always work things out no matter how difficult the situation may seem. It has taught me to love and cherish her as my partner in life. I admire her goals and aspirations in life and am honored that she has chosen me to walk this path of life with her. I enjoyed taking this class with my partner because I learned so much. To listen and compensate to where we both agree will always improve our communication together as husband and wife. I have learned many life lessons and will apply my learnings to our lifestyle together. This course was very helpful in connecting me and my partner together as one. I feel as though after completing this course, we have a much better understanding of each other and that our bond with God is spiritually greater than it has ever been. What I might say to other couples is that I would recommend them to take the class because it has made me look at life in a different way. A greater way. - Phu

Nhi and Rene

Nhi and Rene

We have heard our friends say they’ve done pre-marital courses but was not able to finish them and friends that wanted to but didn’t have the time to. It took a while to search for a pre-marital course. We didn’t know if we wanted to do in-person because of the time that we would have to take to go to location. With our busy schedules we decided online would be best. I found onlinemarriagepreparation.com and decided to give it a try based on the reviews and the options for a Christian-based course. It has been a blessing to us to have found such a well put together course that has helped us grow together. We got our course in July with a wedding date of October 1, 2022, and it has been great to have this be a part of our busy schedules. From the very first conversation we knew this is something we want to continue in our marriage, so we are so happy that this is set up for us to revisit our marriage in one year. This course is perfect for people with busy work schedules like us. We were able to get this done in the mornings, and Sunday evenings lounging on the couch. Some of the questions and discussions brought out a lot of emotions for me and it helped brought us closer together not only to each other but most importantly to God. - Nhi

Well thought out and thorough are the first words that come to mind when trying to describe this course. My fiancé and I completed the Christian non-denominational marriage course and we couldn’t be more satisfied. Mainly what we realized was that we have very good communication skills already, however we still were able to clear up some things that I didn’t realize we need to go more in depth with. I highly recommend anyone to give this course a try, plus the Couple Check-Up is a must! Thank you, Rev. Frank and your team, for making this online course possible. - Rene

Ewa and Todd
New York / Roman Catholic Course / Sep 07, 2022

Ewa and Todd

I found this course very lengthy but once you get on a roll, it's not too bad. I did enjoy doing this together as a couple because I was able to learn more about my fiance. The topics were very good discussions and I think it's important that every couple does a course like this before they get married. My only tip would be to make a schedule when you want to work on each topic. - Ewa

I liked the course and thought it was a good way to see into your partner's brain a little deeper. We spread the course out over a few weeks due to the amount of work it required. If you have a busy schedule like we do, then this is a good option for you. - Todd

Zuleyma and Fausto
Puerto Rico / Roman Catholic Course / Sep 02, 2022

Zuleyma and Fausto

I really appreciated the flexibility and privacy that this online course provided. Going through the conversations together, step-by-step, and guided by Rev. Frank, felt very personal. I really liked his videos and his calm and positive demeanor. The conversations and the topics allowed us to learn even more about us as individuals and as a couple, and I particularly learned a lot from the "Issues" conversation. Very insightful. I would definitely recommend this preparation course to other couples. - Zuleyma

I thought the course was easy to follow and the topics very appropriate for our personal growth. We enjoyed sharing our answers with each other and learning more about deeper topics we may not discuss all the time. - Fausto

Mike and Anastasia
Florida / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 31, 2022

Mike and Anastasia

As a Nuclear Engineer, I do not often delve into the emotional side of things, so it is refreshing to be "forced" into verbally expressing feelings that are sometimes buried within.  A pretty powerful shared four (4) hours together that really puts some focus on what we are about to enter into.  No shockers in Anastasia's response, but always good to hear how aligned we truly are, and I believe are well-positioned for a wonderful life together!  One of our biggest assets, but also biggest challenges is that we are both type-A personalities, so very important for us to understand each other and keep it front and center that "us" is more important than "I" and work hard to pause during those trying moments to better listen and not quickly, harshly respond.  All of the wonderful traits are there - we just have to keep the focus on that, not the distractors.  Once again, not my wheelhouse of expertise (emotions), but appreciative of having these quick conversations on topics that could present challenges for us. - Mike

I think the course is very fulfilling and comprehensive.  There are so many different angles, and the questions are touching almost every aspect of a couple's life, from parents to kids to work commitments to most importantly, commitment to one another.  Some of the questions were pretty general for our situation, but some of the questions I found to be "tear jerkers".  Even though I believe I do know Mike very well, living with him for ~5 years, it's still good to hear the things that he answers to each and every question, reaffirming what I believe about us and him, as my chosen one.  I would highly recommend to every couple regardless of whether they are obligated to take the course or not.  It is a great tool for a couple to learn about one another. - Anastasia

Kayla and Antonio

Kayla and Antonio

Thank you for creating this course for future spouses. We enjoyed each time we came together to do our counseling. We learned new things about each other and gained a new understanding of our family history and we found this time together very intimate. There were a lot of thought-provoking conversations, and we are looking forward to our vows, children and building our life together. We have an amazing experience through this Faith and scripture-based course. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with us. God Bless, Kayla

The Online Marriage Preparation course was so eye opening! My fiancé and I made every session a date night where we could have deep, intimate conversations. We always prayed before every session and invited the Holy Spirit to invade the space and our hearts. We enjoyed all the guided conversations! They helped us dive deep on topics that we believe every couple should discuss before marriage. Through the process, the Holy Spirit even highlighted things that we thought were important to discuss that may have not been in the course. If you are living far away from each other or you don’t have as much time to get through a 7–11-week premarital course offered by a local Church, we highly recommend Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson’s course! - Antonio

Shelby and Matt
Indiana / Roman Catholic Course / Aug 29, 2022

Shelby and Matt

I enjoyed the ability to go at my own pace for this course as well as the questions as it helped bring good memories as well as brought thoughtful discussions. I would tell other couples to take this seriously as there are strong questions that will get you talking about things you may not have thought of before. - Matt

I found the course enjoyable as it was very easily understood and there were no “gotcha” questions. It just brought up good conversation and helped us identify something we need to work on in time management as a couple. My recommendation for other couples would be to really stick with this and see it through. If you have a problem putting some things into words this will help with that. - Shelby

Caitlin and Sam
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 29, 2022

Caitlin and Sam

This course really helped us realize how in tune we were in some areas and how we still needed to have discussion in others. I also loved that it reminded us why we wanted to get married in the first place and forced us to verbalize our thoughts and feelings for each other. We're currently long distance and the format made it very easy for us to both complete our documents and come together to discuss them. I'd recommend this course to others looking for premarital counseling! - Caitlin

This course was very interesting.  While Caitlin and I have discussed many of these topics before, there were some scenarios that we had not discussed, and I have no doubt that thinking about them ahead of time will be beneficial for our relationship.  I would recommend this course to anyone. - Sam

Nicole and Cameron
Ecuador / Roman Catholic Course / Aug 21, 2022

Nicole and Cameron

The course was very easy to follow. I really enjoyed the flexibility that we had to complete each step. The topics sparked deep and meaningful conversations. One of the things that I liked the most about the course is that everything we have learnt and the tools that were provided to us will be extremely helpful in the future for our marriage. - Nicole

This course opened doors to all aspects of marriage in life, and it was eye opening. The categories with lists of questions and topics to consider really helped my mindset of how my future wife and I will fulfill our lives, together. I especially enjoyed the discussions and working sessions. - Cameron

Ben and Marisol
Illinois / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 16, 2022

Ben and Marisol

Our work in this marriage preparation course was an enriching experience. It provided us with thought-provoking conversations which boosted my confidence ahead of our marriage. I felt that the module subjects were helpful to focus on specific areas of our lives. I enjoyed being next to each other and sharing the conversation together. It felt natural and emphasized being in this together. I believe that we now have a clearer picture of what our goals are for a shared life together as husband and wife. - Ben

We loved this marriage preparation course. As a couple, we already know we share a lot of the same values and goals but having purposeful, in-depth discussions about it made us grow together on a deeper level, really solidifying that we have a united vision and will continue being a great team. We enjoyed carving out the time to sit together, hold hands, and talk about the past, present, and future in the context of our marriage and everything that is entails. It has made us a stronger couple going into marriage and has given us new tools to continue healthy communication and partnership. - Marisol

Merrill and Steve
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Aug 14, 2022

Merrill and Steve

I enjoyed carving time out of our busy schedules to sit and really think through the reasons I am fortunate to be with and love and be loved by Steve and to think through and address issues that we will face as a married couple. Even more, I enjoyed sitting down with Steve to share my answers with him and hear his responses. The extra time this allowed us to have as a couple without other distractions is time I will cherish.

The modules addressing money, doing my part, children, and addressing issues were particularly helpful. Although we have talked about all these things previously, it was good to have direct questions and answers on these important topics to confirm we are on the same page and have open discussion on these topics. The resolving issues modules provides a good step-by-step process to addressing conflicts that may arise and we can use the tool of both coming up with ways to address the conflict that work for both of us. The entire course was very convenient to be able to do on our own time and in our own home. Thank you. - Merrill

Having time set aside for these conversations was really nice. While our lives are super busy, having distraction free time to remind ourselves why and how much we love each other meant a lot to both of us. The conversations covered a wide range of topics and reminded me why I’m choosing to spend the rest of my life with Merrill. I'd recommend other couples use the course as an opportunity to reinforce many of the things they've already talked about before.  - Steve

Ana and Andre
Florida / Curso Basico No Religioso / Aug 10, 2022

Ana and Andre

I really recommend this course because it helps us see the little differences and how good our life is together. We have spent 17 years together and we think this is one big step in our relationship. Never before have we had the idea to get married, but now with this course, we know why and how it's going to help us in the next years together. Thank you, Rev. Frank, for creating this course! Because of it we got closer and we created a healthier relationship between us. – Ana and Andre

Cindy and Ivan
Canada / Roman Catholic Course / Jul 27, 2022

Cindy and Ivan

It helped me learn more about myself, Cindy and our life. I opened up more. I'm happy I did it and completed it. - Ivan

I genuinely really enjoyed this course more than I had thought. It really does go over every detail to prepare you for marriage. Our circumstances are a bit different with already having children & living together. But the course made me realize how healthy & strong our relationship is but also how to improve. - Cindy

Tina and Raytcho
California / Roman Catholic Course / Jul 21, 2022

Tina and Raytcho

My fiance and I really enjoyed your online marriage preparation course. We really liked the flexibility of the online feature as my work schedule is very intensive, which doesn't allow me much time for an in-person course. We liked that the guided conversations go over all the pertinent and necessary topics that we believe all couples need to discuss prior to marriage. We definitely recommend the course! Thank you! We will send you via a separate email all of our replies/conversations for you to review. Have a great day! – Tina

There were some very difficult conversations that were very necessary. We definitely recommend your course to our friends and family who will be getting married. I like the flexibility it had with our schedule. It was a great course! Thank You. - Raytcho

Carmelle and Tim
Alberta, Canada / Roman Catholic Course / Jul 16, 2022

Carmelle and Tim

What I thought was helpful were the important topics that the course got us to think about and discuss that would be important topics to consider in our future life together. It was nice to get a chance to think through the different aspects of these topics through the prompting questions and be able to discuss them before marriage. What I thought was enjoyable was practicing communicating on important topics after having a chance to prepare our own thoughts first. This will help us prepare for marriage by practicing important communication skills, including how to be a better listener and essentially a good spouse. - Carmelle

What was helpful for me was the structure and order of the topics that we discussed, as well as the different aspects of the issues the questions made us think about. What I enjoyed were the conversations that we had during the course. Sometimes having really busy lives, it's hard to find the time to really have a conversation with your partner. I think this will help us in the future to remind ourselves that we need to take time to talk to each other and really listen to what the other is saying. The course also made me realize there are some communication skills that I should try to improve which will help me with our relationship moving forward. - Tim

Tia and Troy
Minnesota / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jul 15, 2022

Tia and Troy

I really enjoyed taking this course with my fiancé, I feel like we were able to become closer and really connect from the discussions we had to complete. I think the one discussion that was most beneficial us was the “Issues” discussion and how we plan to work through our issues going forward. I would 100% recommended this course to any couples getting married. You are able to complete the course in your own time frame and in the convenience of your own home or wherever you decide to have your discussions. - Tia

It was good to see how both parties answer questions about what love is and what we see in our future. I liked that my fiancé and I had a lot of similar responses for what we think love is being kind to others and what we want to get out of having a family. It is a good course for couples to do in order to talk about things that they want or need from the other person. I don't have any complaints on the course, it was long enough but not super long where you did not feel overwhelmed. I also think it is something that couples could complete in a weekend if they needed to be done faster. - Troy

Sandra and Adan
California / Roman Catholic Course / Jul 05, 2022

Sandra and Adan

I really enjoyed this online marriage preparation. The course gave both of us the opportunity to reevaluate our lives and what we have accomplished as a couple. The course also brought us tears by reflecting on how fortunate we are to have found each other. We also realize how compatible we are for each other. This course pinpointed the importance of our lives with our past, present, and future. It also included details where we both reflected on how we can change for the better and to help each other grow, not on our own, but also with God by our side.  I would personally recommend this course to couples interested in connecting with each other personally. - Sandra

I enjoyed the course. I felt that it brought us closer together and reminded us that we are making a promise to each other, but God as well. I would recommend this course because it helps with preparing for marriage, the future, and helps you see how compatible you are with each other. I felt that it brought out a lot of good emotions between us and helped us reflect over our relationship in good ways that is helpful down the road. I recommend this to couples who want to see if they are ready for the full commitment to each other and God. - Adan

Jasmine and Travion
Texas / Basic (Non-Religious) Course / Jul 04, 2022

Jasmine and Travion

I want to take the time to thank you for the laughs and joy between my fiancée and I during the conversations and discussions. You opened my mind to topics that I never thought about when going into a marriage. My fiancée and I have been together for 3 years and we have been through a lot. We have learned our own ways of getting through our issues and some things were never talked about or discussed that bothered us or even considered from the other person. During this course, I have learned to be an empty bucket without judgement and hear him out, even when he is just rambling on. I have learned that sometimes the things that I want is not what he wants and that’s okay as long as we compromise. I have also learned to love each other WITHOUT conditions because we are all we’ve got. I am so honored to have taken the time to learn from you and your methods and I will refer this course to all my newly engaged friends. Thank you again for your wisdom and blessing this union. - Jasmine

This online marriage preparation course helped us in so many ways! It was very well thought out and helped us discuss topics even deeper than we had before. The best part was the details in every aspect of marriage together that were brought up for us to discuss. It allowed us to really pinpoint the thing we want together in our marriage and in our family. Even if you feel you and your partner are the most compatible and on the same page, this course will force you to dig deeper and talk about just what you guys see and plan for your future and I encourage anyone to take Reverend Frank Nelson’s Online Marriage Preparation Course! - Travion