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Preparing for Marriage

The Ministry – through its network of partners – organises, supports and provides marriage education programmes to couples of various needs.


Overview of Marriage Preparation Programmes

Preparing for a wedding is merely the beginning of preparing for a marriage. As much as wedding preparations take time and effort, so does marriage. A good marriage needs a good foundation and it takes commitment, effort and skills. 

Marriage preparation programmes will help you understand issues relating to marriage and learn skills that help prepare for life together as husband and wife. 

Tips on selecting Marriage Preparation Programmes for you and your partner:

  • Shop Around. There are differences in the programmes offered. Do consider details such as duration of the programme, location, class size and cost.
  • Decide Together. Decide with your partner which programme is suitable and when would be a good time to attend.
  • Register directly with the service provider.

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP)

Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP)
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PREP is an evidence-based marriage and relationship education programme offered by the Ministry. It is designed based on over 30 years of research in US that aims to help soon-to-wed and newly-wed couples to;

  • Improve communication and problem-solving skills
  • Attain higher relationship satisfaction; and
  • Develop better conflict resolution skills

Research has shown that couples who attended PREP have higher levels of positive communication and interaction and greater confidence in the future of their marriages.

‘Introduction to PREP’ Talk

The Ministry provides a 2-hour 'Introduction to PREP' talk for couples getting married at the Registry of Marriages (ROM). The talk shares skills on how couples can communicate better, manage expectations and build strong marriages. The 2-hour talk is free of charge and offered daily at ROM from Mondays to Fridays, from 12.15pm to 2.15pm. The talk is conducted in English and Mandarin (on Tuesdays only), with materials available in both languages.

Interested couples may sign up for the talk during the process of e-filing for their marriage. Couples will be assigned a class on the same day as their verification of documents and statutory declaration date.

PREP 12-hour Workshop

Couples can also sign up for the PREP 12-hour workshop. The workshop, conducted over 2 days (weekends), provides deeper coverage on a range of topics such as communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving. Couples also have opportunities during the workshop to reflect on their relationship and learn skills to enrich their marriage. Click here for more information on this evidence-based marriage programme.

The Ministry provides couples a S$140 rebate* upon completion of the PREP 12-hour workshop.  The PREP 12-hour workshop is offered by the following agencies:


  • Couples' Corner - A Service by Care Corner Counselling Centre
    Contact No : 6353 1180
    Email Address : ccc@carecorner.org.sg
  • Course Fee (before rebate): $420 per couple


  • TOUCH Family Services Ltd
    Contact No : 6709 8400
    Email Address : familylife@touch.org.sg
  • Course Fee (before rebate): $420 per couple

  

*Rebate is applicable to all soon-to-wed and newly-wed couple(s) attending marriage preparation programme for the first time. Either one of the spouses must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.


Marriage Preparation Programmes in the Community

The Ministry also supports Marriage Preparation Programmes which are conducted by approved Voluntary Welfare Organisations. Sign up for a Marriage Preparation Programme today and enjoy a S$70 rebate* from the Ministry. View the list of MSF approved organisations here.

Sign up today to prepare for and build your Marriage of a Lifetime.

 *Rebate is applicable to all soon-to-wed and newly-wed couple(s) attending marriage preparation programme for the first time. Either one of the spouses must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.

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Last Reviewed On Thu, Apr 19, 2018