After such an investment of time, energy and money in the marriage ceremony… don’t you think it wise to invest in the marriage to come? I would love to guide you both through my own premarital coaching course.
We’ll do a lot of it “Newlywed Game” style – where I am seeing how well you know each other, and what you can discover about each other. We will discuss similarities and differences (and all differences are NOT bad! ie. two “spenders” had better have a budget!). We will talk about significant growing up experiences, parents, divorces, deaths, relationships, children, finances, pets, communication, love languages, future goals for your life together – and experiences from my own 33 yrs of marriage, you get the idea… everything! I will encourage you to talk about things “normal people” just don’t sit around and talk about – but should! I may recommend some books for you to purchase and read (homework?), or some websites that will be helpful down the road. I think your investment of time and money will be well worth it – and we’ll have some great laughs along the way.
After completing the coaching, I’ll give you both a form to take to the Duval County Clerk’s Office and you will receive your marriage license on the spot, as well as a discount of $32.50 off the $93.50 license fee. In Florida, without a premarital coaching (counseling) class & completed form by a registered instructor (me!) there is a three day waiting period, before you can receive your license.
If you are coming from out-of-state, you can get your license immediately at the clerk’s office without the coaching, by both parties showing proof of out-of-state residence, driver’s license, SS# etc…
I like to keep our sessions fun, and I think all my couples have benefited from, and enjoyed this investment in their marriage. The Premarital Counseling is reviewed in several of the wedding reviews – check it out!
This makes a FANTASTIC WEDDING GIFT from someone who cares about your marriage!!
Here’s just one of the reviews: “Pre-Marriage counseling was so key to developing our successful life together that we still thank pastor Bob for leading us through thought provoking questions. We were hesitant at first about sharing our stories with someone else, but Pastor Bob put us at ease. He made sure that those little details like finances, expectations, and different emotional needs were sorted through and understood. We genuinely enjoyed meeting every week, and can still put his sage advise to use.” Stephanie (married 4 yrs)
Excellent Officiant…and So Much More! “I’m so glad we found Pastor Bob. Not only was he an excellent officiant, but we also really enjoyed our pre-marital counseling with him, and have also visited his church. After being together for 9 years, we thought pre-marital counseling wouldn’t be helpful for us, but we really enjoyed our time with him the first time we met and decided to give it a try. We enjoyed the counseling and by the time we got to the wedding day, I felt like he knew us and it wasn’t some stranger marrying us. We’re lucky to have found Pastor Bob and I believe we will continue to seek his help and encouragement in the future to keep our marriage strong.”
Married at The Ribault Club
Pastor Bob was the perfect choice for our ceremony, as well as our premarital “coaching”/counseling. We learned a lot from him, and he made our wedding celebration so special and fun. I would definitely recommend spending the additional money for premarital coaching with him. He has a special gift for connecting with people, and he definitely made a lasting impression in our lives.