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What is The Pre-Marriage Course?

The Pre-Marriage Course is an easy-to-run, practical five-session course for couples who are engaged or exploring the idea of marriage. No expertise is needed to run the course.

You may have experience of working on your own marriage or you are passionate to see marriages and family life strengthened in your community.

An individual can host a course using the DVDs or downloadable videos, though we recommend having a married couple on hand to offer support.

Key features of The Pre-Marriage Course:

  • DVD or downloadable videos, with designated breaks for discussion.

  • Leaders’ guide with clear instructions on how to host your course.

  • The format & material works well in a home or larger venue.

  • Each session is presented in an engaging and accessible way.

  • Inclusive and relevant content for any couple.

  • Couple Survey – this is an online survey that helps couples highlight issues that are important to discuss before getting married; it also affirms areas of strength in their relationship. It is not a test of compatibility.

How to run The Pre-Marriage Course


We first developed The Pre-Marriage Courses as a tool for our local Church here in London and we were amazed to see the courses grow first in the UK and then across the world. The Marriage Course and The Pre-Marriage Course act as a bridge between the church and local community by recognizing the need to go beyond the social, as well as physical, walls of the church to help couples with their relationships.

The Pre-Marriage Courses are very easy to run; the talks are available to download or on DVD and each guest and leader receives a manual. If you enjoy hosting people and have a passion for strengthening family life, you could run a course!

With advisers around the world, we also offer plenty of support to help you get started.




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Materials to help you run The Pre-Marriage Course

To purchase DVDs and manuals, visit the Alpha Store.

To purchase promotional materials, visit the Alpha Print Shop.


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