Pre-marital counseling a good idea

Dear Dave: I just got engaged, and already people are telling us that pre-marital counseling is a good idea. What is your opinion?

- Bradley

Dear Bradley,

It doesn't necessarily mean that someone thinks you aren't right for each other when they suggest you think about pre-marital counseling. In fact, I think it's a great thing, a smart thing, and something every couple should do prior to marriage.

There are four areas in which you and your fiance should be in agreement before you walk down the aisle. These are religion, children, parents and money. Studies show that couples who agree on these issues prior to marriage have a much better chance of experiencing a successful marriage and spending long, happy lives together.

Unity creates romance, whether you're talking about holding hands or handling money. And it's not just about coming to an agreement, either. It's about sharing your innermost thoughts, goals, and dreams, and mapping out a life together that will make you both happy!

- Dave