The definition of marriage is to blend together or unite inseparably and I want to help you guide a strong foundation for a beautiful marriage! I believe that the marriage is more important than the wedding…I mean that’s the whole point of the wedding is the marriage right ;) 

My parents divorced when I was a teenager and as I navigate through the journey of marriage I know how important it is to have a strong foundation that is able to withstand the good times and bad. During your engagement I encourage you to talk about the things that make you uncomfortable, share your dreams and aspirations, discuss your family life and what you want it to be like. Spend time with one another and when you one of you starts to get stressed about wedding planning and the pressure of it all remember that the most important part of the day is looking into each others eye's, declaring your love, and saying I do.  

One of the best things we could have done for our relationship was attend the marriage prep classes through our church. We definitely were dragging our feet, but it was so incredible the amount of info we learned about ourselves, our relationship, the future and so much more. Check out the post I did about marriage prep :) http://www.brookemarcellablog.com/2016/05/24/why-all-engaged-couples-should-go-through-marriage-prep/

If you aren't sure where to start definitely check out the things below. I also follow a handful of marriage inspiring accounts to give me a little marriage advice each day :) 

- https://husbandrevolution.com/ and his wife https://unveiledwife.com/

- http://marriage365.org/

- http://beating50percent.com/

- Not married related, but finances play a huge role in why couples divorce or struggle definitely check out http://www.daveramsey.com. He's a financial guru and has helped us get on the right track for our future. 

Wedding planning can be…tough. There are so many little details that have to be considered and decisions to be made. Certainly some parts are more fun than others like wedding dress shopping and the bachelorette party ;) It’s easy to get wrapped up in all those details and forget what is really important to you guys as a couple. While planning my wedding I came across the idea of creating a wedding mission statement. It’s exactly what is sounds like: the ultimate goal for your wedding. I thought it was genius! So here is our mission statement:

"Our wedding will be a time to celebrate love, not only between each other, but with God for all our family and friends to enjoy." Anytime we was stressed or questioning something we asked ourselves, does this fit with our mission statement? It allowed us to cut some of the things that weren’t really important to us and focus our attention on what was important for us. Read more about it here: http://www.brookemarcellablog.com/2016/01/19/wedding-mission-statement-wedding-tip-tuesday/

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