We were married in the Catholic Church and went through the required pre-marital counseling sessions and retreat. We were actually really excited to go through the process and learned a lot about each other through it. The sessions and retreat were not as “intense” as we thought they would be…. at all. They were more geared towards making us think about the way we interact with each other, building our communication and understanding of each other.
I do have to take a moment to brag about the house we built (with limited resources.) I cannot at all recall what the lesson was here, but at our retreat we were given a bag of random materials and told to build a stable house on it. Luckily, Lincoln Logs were a total hit during our childhood so built the best out in the place! That is… as long as it doesn’t rain.
With the sessions and retreats, part of the experience you’ll get is from whomever is leading it. We got a lot out of ours, but we also came in with a positive attitude, eager to learn as much as we could about building a great foundation for our life together. If I could offer any advice, it would be to have fun, and enjoy the time you are forced to take apart from your normal every-day routine to get to know each other! The closer it gets to the wedding, the less and less of that you’ll have!