A. General Resources

412711: The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, New Edition--Hardcover Special Edition
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, New Edition--Hardcover Special Edition
By Gary Chapman

This handsome new gift edition of Gary Chapman's The 5 Love Languages features gilded page edges, 2-color interior pages with enhanced design features, a ribbon and presentation page. It makes the perfect gift for engagements, weddings, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, and other special occasions. Includes an updated version of The 5 Love Languages personal profile.

447729: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
By John M. Gottman, Ph.D. & Nan Silver

The bestseller that revolutionized the way experts understand, repair, and strengthen marriages! Based on his own study of couples over many years, Dr. Gottman reveals the habits that can make---or break---a relationship. Learn to resolve conflicts; create new common ground; achieve greater levels of intimacy; and handle issues surrounding sex, money, work, family, and more. 295 pages, softcover from Harmony.

564653: The Marriage Course: The Marriage Book
The Marriage Course: The Marriage Book
By Nicky & Sila Lee

How can we be happily married to one person for the whole of our lives?

How do we resolve conflict?

How can we discover and rediscover sexual intimacy?

Full of practical advice, The Marriage Book is easy to read and is designed to prepare, build, and even mend marriages.

631871: The Meaning of Marriage, Paperback
The Meaning of Marriage, Paperback
By Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

Are you and your spouse struggling to keep your marriage alive? You'll welcome Pastor Keller's wise insights about love and commitment. Drawing from his sermons, he and his wife frankly discuss difficulties couples experience and show how God's Word can provide a blueprint for a healthy, loving lifelong relationship. Ideal for couples, pastors, and marriage counselors.

342199: The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating
The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating
By Andy Stanley

"Am I the person my future spouse is looking for?" "Are the Bible's teachings about women relevant today?" "If sex is only physical, why is the pain of sexual sin so deep?" Offering straight-talking answers to tough questions, Stanley helps men and women avoid relational self-sabotage and prepare to say "I do" - and mean it.

977851: Question of the Day for Couples: Capture Your Conversations
Question of the Day for Couples: Capture Your Conversations

In Question of the Day for Couples, Dan and Lana Taylor offer a three-year question-a-day journal for couples on a wide array of topics and themes. While you will discover how you're changing and growing through the years, you'll bring your relationships closer together and closer to God. Whether you've been together for 35 years or 35 minutes, you'll enjoy creating a fun keepsake with these easy and thoughtful questions.

411740: 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple"s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together
52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple's Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together.
By Randy Southern

"52 Uncommon Dates is more than a book. . . it’s an experience! Each date will set the scene for you and walk you through making it happen. Learn how to practically speak each other’s love language, incorporate prayer in ways that are natural and relevant to real life, and finish strong with questions that help keep conversation alive. Ignite playful connections in ways that deepen the relational, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your relationship, one date at a time.

B. Premarital Preparation

346289: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
By Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

One of today's most trusted resources for engaged and newlywed couples - now expanded and updated! Relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott offer time-tested principles to help couples debunk the myths of marriage, establish lines of communication, fight a good fight, master money management, and become true "soul mates." Includes a new SYMBIS Assessment. Hardcover.

481832: Things I Wish I"d Known Before We Got Married
Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married
By Gary Chapman

With a divorce rate that hovers around 50 percent, don't let yourself become a statistic. In Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, Gary Chapman teaches you and your future spouse how to work together as an intimate team! He shares with engaged couples practical tips he wishes he knew before he got married. Discussion centers around love, romance, conflict resolution, forgiveness, and sexual fulfillment. Included are insightful questions, suggestions, and exercises. Paperback.

572592: Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage
Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage
By Rob Green

Tying the Knot offers soon-to-be-married couples a practical vision of Christ-centered marriage that is realistic, hopeful, and actionable. This nine-session study guides couples through issues like conflict, expectations, communication, finances, and intimacy, showing how each can be successfully resolved with Christ at the center of the marriage.

Knowing the stresses and needs of a couple in their season of engagement, Green has helpfully designed the study to require a manageable (and healthy) 60 minutes of at-home work per session, with questions and exercises to build communication and intimacy at the end of each chapter. Tying the Knot also includes an appendix for mentors, making it easy for a married couple, lay leader, or counselor to lead an engaged couple through the book.

913947: 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged
101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged
By H. Norman Wright

Are you ready to walk down the aisle? Deciding who you are going to spend the rest of your life with is a huge decision. Be sure to get to know your partner before you take the big plunge. In 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged, couples counselor Norm Wright steers you through a series of questions concerning spirituality, finances, family of origin, past relationships, and annoying habits. A dynamic book for anyone seeking God's guidance in finding a lifetime companion that will last a lifetime.

588204: The Everything Mother of the Bride Book: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide for Mom! 4TH Edition
The Everything Mother of the Bride Book: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide for Mom! 4TH Edition
By Katie Martin

She's met "the one" and set the date - now she needs your help to plan the big event! The Everything Mother of the Bride Book, 4th Edition is completely updated and revised with the latest information you need to get your daughter down the aisle in style. Wedding planner Katie Martin explains everything you'll need to know, including:

  • Planning showers and engagement parties
  • Meeting the future in-laws
  • Navigating sticky situations like ex-spouses and former family members
  • Picking out the perfect dress
  • Knowing when to speak up - and when to keep quiet!

Complete with new sections on social media etiquette, this practical guide covers everything you'll need to make sure your daughter has the perfect - and stress-free - day of her dreams.

438646: Easy Wedding Planning Plus
Easy Wedding Planning Plus
By Alex & Elizabeth Lluch

Easy Wedding Planning Plus contains everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams! Stay organized and on top of all your wedding plans with our comprehensive wedding planning timeline, budget analysis, checklist of things to do, plus in-depth descriptions, things to consider, and tips for saving money at every stage of the wedding planning process. Keep track of important information with helpful forms, worksheets, comparison charts and more. Spiral Bound.

Organizational Tools:

  • 13 Dividers
  • Two Organizing Pockets
  • Wedding Planning Calendar

C. Relationship Challenges

43149: Boundaries in Marriage, Paperback
Boundaries in Marriage, Paperback
By Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend

They're at the forefront of today's Christian counseling movement, and now Drs. Cloud and Townsend help guide couples. Recommending boundaries even in marriage, they show how respecting a spouse's personal "territory" actually strengthens a relationship as well as how to safeguard marriage from intruders such as idols, affairs, and well-meaning parents. A Focus on the Family Recommendation.

337379: Sacred Marriage, Revised Edition
Sacred Marriage, Revised Edition
By Gary Thomas

Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages. Revised Edition.

212062: The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, Revised and Expanded Edition
The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, Revised and Expanded Edition
By Ron L. Deal

In The Smart Stepfamily, leading expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you'll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships. This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with more real-world advice on stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

4232558: Thriving in Love and Money: 5 Game-Changing Insights About Your Relationship, Your Money, and Yourself
Thriving in Love and Money: 5 Game-Changing Insights About Your Relationship, Your Money, and Yourself
By Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn

Money issues run much deeper than budgeting! There are emotional and spiritual components to finances that most couples ignore. How can you agree on a budget if you disagree on the basic purpose of money? How do men and women view money differently? How can they get on the same page? The Feldhahns provide insights and answers. 251 pages, hardcover from Bethany.

555274: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
By Dave Ramsey

Is your "owe" starting to show? Shrink your waste line, bulk up your bank balance, and get into financial shape with money expert and radio host Ramsey's comprehensive---and simple---plan for debt-free living. You'll be fiscally fit in no time! This revised edition of the bestseller features all-new "Dave Rants" and forms; and updated statistics. 288 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

D. Marriage Conference

1. Family Life’s A Weekend to Remember:

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“Where is your marriage today? Is it drifting towards isolation or intentionally moving toward oneness? You know what “oneness” feels like — conflicts resolve quickly, adventures happen together, and sex is on point. It’s great. But great marriages don’t just happen. Greatness takes investment. And isn’t that why you walked down the aisle – because you longed for a great relationship that lasts a lifetime? Find out what over 3 million couples worldwide have experienced at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember. It’s your turn to make a great marriage happen.”

E. For more information on Marriage License Laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Ohio, please click here:

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This will detail what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws in each state before filling out the marriage license application. In Pennsylvania, the Marriage License Bureau is part of the Clerk of the Orphans Court and Register of Wills.

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"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." - Martin Luther, 1483 - 1546