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6 Books To Read Before Getting Engaged (or Married)

Getting married is a HUGE deal. That’s why it’s worthwhile being prepared. Here are 6 books that will prepare you for your engagement or marriage.

#1 BIG Weddings SUCK! by Dave Westfall

How would You like to Save 50-90% on Your Wedding?

BIG Weddings SUCK! is a contrarian book for engaged couples that takes on the BIG Wedding Industrial Complex and their condescending attitudes, predatory practices and upsell procedures. BIG Weddings SUCK! teaches engaged couples how to reduce the cost, energy, stress and time to plan their wedding.

I know how because I eloped before eloping was cool, says Westfall whose website has helped over 1.1 million couples save $25 billion on their weddings. My experience provides me with a unique perspective on Where, What, When and How Much Engaged Couples are willing to spend.

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Contributor: Sandy Lawrence from Perceptive Public Relations 

#2 The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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This book by Gary Chapman is essential reading for anyone in a relationship, as it teaches you about communicating with your partner. According to Chapman, there are 5 different ways by which people love, including physical touch, quality time, acts of service, receiving gifts and words of affirmation. As everyone has a different order of preferences when it comes to these factors, reading this book can help you and your partner understand each other better.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#3 Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach

In this book, David Bach seeks to help couples navigate the stressful topic that is money management. Bach outlines 9 steps that a couple can take to secure a financially stable future for their family and communicate effectively about money. The book is very comprehensive, covering topics such as retirement, credit cards and investing.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#4 How to Buy an Engagement Ring by Dan Moran

This is a comprehensive and fun guide for those looking to buy an engagement ring. Private jeweler and diamond expert Dan Moran helps navigate the complicated world of diamonds and answers questions such as which of the 4 C's is the most important, how to properly budget and sneakily how to get the right ring size.

With the average cost of an engagement ring in the US exceeding $5000, Dan has some advice to offer those about to take the plunge on purchasing an engagement ring to make sure they're getting the best deal they can on a diamond.

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Contributor: Dan Moran

#5 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged by H. Norman Wright

The reason why I'm recommending this book is because it facilitates a conversation between the couple about real life issues such as: finances, past relationships, childhood upbringing, etc. I remember before I got engaged, I thought the only requirement to have a successful marriage was to love each other. But I've learned after 4 years of marriage that you need way more than love. You also need communication, sex and an agreement to finances. This book helps you communicate on a deeper level that helps you establish a stronger relationship for marriage.

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Contributor: Ingrid Ortiz from AO Cinematics 

#6 Loving Bravely by Alexandra H. Solomon

Loving Bravely by Alexandra Solomon is a must read for individuals and couples alike. This book is an exploration of self, self in a relationship and strategies or lessons on how to make your relationship even stronger. I wouldn't get engaged before you have done the work in this book to learn more about yourself, history and how it will affect your relationship.

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Contributor: Nicolle Osequeda from Lincon Park Therapy Group

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