Blaen Cwm Penant, near Porthmadog
(Click "Marriage Prep" above for the overview of Marriage Preparation)
This is just an outline of my usual premarriage course (in 4 separate meetings:)
1st hour-long meeting: Overview of the Church’s understanding of Christian marriage; how it has subtle features that are not seen in just 'living together' or even in a registry marriage of non-Christians; leading onto one or two exercises looking at how the two of you relate (these can be fun!)
2nd hour: Looking into aspects of marriage such as: continuing to explore how you relate; your parental family’s expectations of daily life vs. your partner’s family’s expectations; who does what in your relationship; each of your attitudes to religion; attitudes to money, etc.
3rd Hour: Your attitudes to having children and to their rearing; sexuality; some discussion on natural family planning; further time for questions; etc.
4th hour: Canon (Church) Law of marriage; filling in and signing of the Catholic Church’s “Information for Marriage” form and discussing the permissions needed (eg. for a mixed-religion marriage;) a look at the legal contractual words of the ‘Consent’ in the marriage service and their significance; planning your service- whether to go for a Nuptial Mass or for the Wedding Service without Mass and Holy Communion; the bible readings to be used and who would read them; the bridal march, hymns and wedding march; arrangements for flowers; arranging a date for a rehearsal and who can attend that; etc. Conclusion. (Note that planning your particular service will usually need to be with the clergyman who officiates at your wedding; not necessarily Fr. Bob.)