Useful wedding gifts help couples define relationships

Before they say “I do,” couples may want to say more to each other about issues that often come up during marriage.

When planning a wedding, the Equality in Marriage Institute suggests that couples plan for their future and build a strong foundation for their partnership.

To help couples make decisions about goals, lifestyle, finances, children, health, well-being and legality, the institute developed an interactive guide, titled “The Commitment Conversation.”

A recent survey by the Institute found that 70 percent of Americans don’t understand the marriage laws in their state. The guide encourages couples to define and protect their union. An electronic copy of the guide is available free at

One of the most useful wedding gifts may be a guide that helps couples define their relationship.