Marriage Prep 101
My fiance thought I was dragging him to a Mormon marriage class since the "Relate" test we took before the class was produced by BYU. Much to his relief (since we're both not religious), it was completely secular.
My fiance and were in the instructors' 60th class, and found it very helpful. I second everything the first reviewer said -- the couple leading the class are hilarious, with great stories and an approachable style.
After hearing about an experience a friend had with a class taught by another organization (which drew participants into the drama of other participants' lives), I really appreciated that the class was focused on the individual relationship you have with your significant other.
Even the food they provided was great -- desserts Friday evening, bagels Saturday morning, and yummy food from Green's restaurant and sandwiches from another place that were all good.
With all the wedding planning that goes on, it made sense to us to plan for the marriage as well as the wedding day itself. I've recommended to several friends that they take this class -- some are engaged already and others are living together but not yet engaged. I'd think it'd be worth it either way.
Michelle and Patrick were lovely people. Since neither of us is part of a church, but felt that marital counseling is a must, this was a very good alternative. We practiced some very valuable communication techniques and did actually learn things about ourselves and our behaviors that were quite intriguing. Because it's in a group format, you don't really get too much individual attention but the class was still very rewarding.