8 Premarital Counseling Services in Atlanta to Explore

Make that marriage foundation rock solid.
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Hillary Hoffower
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  • Hillary is a contributing writer for The Knot Worldwide, covering all things weddings.
  • She has also written for Brides, WeddingWire and BridalGuide.
  • Hillary got her start in the wedding industry interning for celebrity wedding and event planner Colin Cowie.
Updated Jun 05, 2024

There's one thing you need to add to your wedding checklist, right next to finding an officiant and writing your vows: premarital counseling. Every couple has their issues, and marriage is a journey. That's why there is plenty of premarital counseling in Atlanta to help you build the strongest foundation possible as you move from engagement to marriage.

In fact, you need six hours of education on marital issues within a year from your wedding to get a marriage license in Georgia. You must go through the program together, and use the services of a professional counselor, social worker or marriage and family therapist; a psychiatrist or psychologist; or an active member of the clergy who is trained in premarital education. You can use apps for that, but to find someone in person who fits the bill, go The Knot Vendor Marketplace to the officiants page and filter by "Wedding Events," followed by "Premarital Counseling." There are many Atlanta premarital counseling options for you, and we've listed several of them below.

ENGAGE Premarital Counseling in Atlanta, Georgia

ENGAGE Premarital Counseling is a woman-owned business offering in-person and telehealth premarital counseling in Atlanta, Georgia. A team of counselors, social workers and premarital coaches will help you prepare for marriage by cultivating openness, learning more about each other and developing strategies for a successful relationship in six to 10 sessions. The program will walk you through everything from communication and conflict resolution skills to discussing financial planning and appreciating personality differences.

Better Together 365 in Douglasville, Georgia

Better Together 365 is a woman-owned business offering officiant services, relationship education and Black premarital counseling in Atlanta, GA—a holistic approach to love, as its name suggests. Heading it up is Taliah Ayers, who is certified through the PREPARE-ENRICH program and The National Council on Family Relations. In six hour-and-a-half sessions no later than three months before your wedding date, she helps couples dive into everything from children and finances to love languages and apology languages. As she puts it, "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

Brooks Marriage Counseling Services in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Ordained minister Anthony Brooks of Brooks Marriage Counseling Services offers Christian premarital counseling in the Atlanta area alongside his wife. They help couples navigate the complexities leading up to and after the big day. Their premarital services focus on providing the knowledge, support and guidance needed to build a strong foundation for a successful and healthy marriage. They explore areas like communication, conflict resolution and effective problem solving.

Sensational Ceremonies Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia

Sensational Ceremonies Atlanta consists of seven ordained ministers who work closely with couples, including those who are non-religious or interfaith, on everything from creating your ceremony to premarital counseling. Many couples raved about Rodney Hunt for premarital counseling. One bride said she'd highly recommend premarital counseling to all couples. "Rodney truly helped us to open up and discuss things that couples don't always discuss regularly," she wrote.

Colleen The Officiant in Cumming, Georgia

Colleen The Officiant is a Christian and non-denominational Christian officiant offering a premarital program in the Atlanta metro region and northern Georgia. The program is just under three hours and readies you for the start of your marriage and beyond. She also takes the time to learn couples' love stories. Several brides said they enjoyed the course and one of them wrote that she is "caring, well-spoken and down to earth."

The Modern Officiant in Atlanta, Georgia

One of Jemelle Wootens' favorite things is learning how couples met and fell in love. This serves her well as The Modern Officiant, who also offers counseling and coaching to help clients prepare for life after their wedding. While Jemelle works with all couples, she specializes in same-sex unions, believing that love is about merging two souls. "She is the most kind, caring and loving person I have ever met," one reviewer who used her for premarital counseling and their wedding ceremony wrote. "She was patient and understanding with us learning how to communicate properly. She went above and beyond for us. What makes her amazing is she really truly cares about us and our relationship."

Beau Beginnings in Cumming, Georgia

Hadassah of Beau Beginnings bills herself as a "wedding wellness whisperer," offering everything from wedding ceremony and marriage license support to relationship counseling and premarital education programs. It's tailor-made for couples with the goal of equipping you with the skills and insights to navigate communication and conflicts while building a solid foundation of love, trust and understanding. While she works with those who are non-religious, she's specifically affiliated with Christian, Jewish and interfaith weddings.

Weddings by Randy in Marietta, Georgia

Randy Walterman of Weddings by Randy has been an ordained minister in the Atlanta metro area with 38-plus years and 1,400 couples under his belt. He has a custom approach, focused on bringing out each couple's personality and love story. His premarital counseling services are excellent, said one bride. "He really gets to know you as a couple and talks you through big topics that are important in marriage," she wrote.

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