Loving your partner is an obvious component of a happy marriage. Premarital counseling focuses on liking your partner beyond the hype of engagement stories, marriage plans, and the novelty of a new life together. Loving beyond the hype is a less obvious component for many couples. After the glitter settles and the wedding gifts stop arriving, you’re left with two people having to navigate life somewhat in tandem and this is where differences in opinions, pace of maturation and growth, and expectations of marriage become more apparent. Premarital counseling can support engaged couples in identifying key individual differences and structuring potential ways of alleviating relationship stress.