Mandy said: “Couples are busy and often they haven’t had the time to sit down and talk about what really matters prior to entering the marriage.
“Some couples haven’t talked about whether they want to have children or about organising their finances.
“There’s also less dating nowadays. When you are living together you tend to live parallel lives, but couples aren’t necessarily getting to know each other.”
Kevin and Mandy run Care for the Family’s Marriage by Design Course, which is not faith-based although Christian couples can request a Christian course if they wish.
During the course, each couple sit at their own table to listen to presentations and watch video clips, then music is played while the couple discusses any issues the film has raised.