Look, I own it when I’ve been wrong. And this is one of those times.

I’ve been snarky for years (privately, of course) about couples who went to relationship counseling before they got married. My philosophy? If you can’t get your sh*% together without help before you get married, you probably shouldn’t be getting married.

Turns out, I was wrong.

If I’d thought about it, I might have realized that somebody older and wiser than me devised the whole pre-cana process for the Catholic Church. And most other religions have some sort of pre-marital counseling program that engaged couples must engage in prior to having a religious ceremony in that church. There’s a reason for that. It’s key to make sure both halves of the couple are on the same page about major things BEFORE they say “I do.”

Check out my blog in BRIDES, featuring Elizabeth Carroll of Marriage Boot Camp, to learn more about why pre-marital counseling isn’t a joke.

With that said, if you’re in the early stages of a relationship – as in, not even considering marriage yet – and you need to see the help of a professional to get along, that might be a sign that you weren’t meant to be together. #JustSaying

Good luck and happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!