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T -47 days: The man from the marriage preparation course, he say “Yes”!

11 January, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yes, we have the certificate to prove it. We have officially passed the course. Admittedly the FMA got an ‘A’ and I got a ‘C+ could do better if he didn’t spend his time making gags’ but I imagine that’s not a surprise to anyone.

If you don’t know, if one wishes to get married in the/a Catholic church then one must do a course with Marriage Care. Sounds oppressive, right? Sounds like a hurdle to go through and a hoop to get over? (or similar) Well, we were surprised to find it a lot more fun than that. Basically it’s a relationship advisory session – with a focus on commitment, conflict resolution and communication – with 10 other couples – with two session leaders who were the wry, witty, realist and humane Ingrid and the mildly distractingly attractive 30sthg lawyer Shellane. There was lots of chat and no role playing. Or praying. Or group hugs. Thank you Ingrid and Shellane, it was well worth while. But get the heating fixed.

Oh, and to all the other couples who are pulling their hair out because the ribbon from the bridesmaids dresses doesn’t match the ribbon on the stationary … Ffs, get a grip.

In other news…

Gifts: We’ve gone vouchers from John Lewis, good booze from Highbury Vintners or charitable donation to my mum and dad’s charity ‘Kimberley Kids’ which supports township kids in South Africa. More info on the Wedding Info page.

Flowers: sorted. Venue, RIBA: sorted.

Dress code: I’m delighted to hear that a number of guys are joining me in morning dress. The more the merrier – come on gentlemen, it’ll be cool. Ladies, glamour is good. Kids, fancy dress is good. Actually, fancy dress gets big points for anyone who is brave enough.

Invites: We’ve been gathering address details and getting stuff sorted. Most people who need to have the day free know by now … and the formal confirmation of that will be with you next week.

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  1. 12 January, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I LOVE that you did this! Did you know that participating in Marriage Prep decreases your odds of divorce by 50% in the first 5 years? …Kudos to you!!

    • Richard
      12 January, 2010 at 7:33 am

      I didn’t know that – but obviously I’m glad to see we’re on the right side of the stats! thanks.

  2. Brian Horn
    20 January, 2010 at 11:58 am

    C and I did this in Jamaica. We were genuinely doing a bit of travelling to plan our wedding so the priest said we could do the course by watching a video series….a correspondence course if you will. I promise we didn’t succumb to the temptation to fast fwd.

    Glad you guys did it and found the experience as enjoyable as you did – in retrospect I think we would have much preferred that experience to our “shall we bung in a video” version

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