The Bridal Survival Guide

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How to Keep Your Relationship Strong for Tying the Knot

Let’s face it....planning a wedding can be exciting, yet it can also come with many complications. The stress of planning, the financial strains, and the family dynamics can get tangled up and drive a wedge in between many couples. My goal is to help you build a solid foundation and help you two feel very confident when you are saying “I do” at the wedding altar.

These links will help you find the ins-and-outs of keeping your relationship strong and healthy while planning your wedding. The bridal survival guide is for your relationship, plain and simple.

Premarital Counseling

Your San Diego Relationship Therapist Jennine Estes will give you a toolbox full of helpful ways to communicate, discuss financial needs vs. wants, interact with the in-laws… and so much more.

Premarital Questions to Ask Before you Say “I Do”

Marriage is not a simple, everyday thing, make sure you are ready for this life-long commitment by addressing some of the fundamentals of a successful relationship.

How to Find a Premarital Counselor

Premarital counseling is a preventative tool, a way to maintain a healthy connection in the relationship and create a lasting commitment through effective communication.

Premarital Counseling Package

This premarital package is designed to help you as a couple prepare for a solid marriage and understand your strengths and improve your areas of growth. These sessions will be customized and catered to your relationship.

Blending Children Together in a Second Marriage

You are in love. You found a true mate that allows you to be free. And you are the happiest you have ever been. Only there’s a catch…. The person you fell in love with this time around has children.

The Premarital Counseling Workbook

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT, wrote this workbook to provide a cost effective, do-it-yourself, therapist-guided alternative to premarital counseling. I highly recommend it!

10 Successful Ways to Improve Intimacy

You wouldn’t try to drive a car without filling the gas tank, and you shouldn’t attempt to nurture a relationship without honest, open communication. Here are 10 ways to improve intimacy in your relationship.

Is Wedding Budget Stress Getting to You?

In spite of whirlwind that can become the months leading up to the big day, there are ways to get through it in one piece. One of the most crucial ways in which you can bring your blood pressure back to normal levels is by controlling your budget.

Successfully Communicating with Wedding Vendors

Here are some tips from some San Diego wedding experts on how to prevent miscommunication and effectively communicate with vendors.


Getting married is a big event in anyone’s life, but there are some big questions that need to be addressed first. I’m here to help you and your partner have the tools necessary to both get to and through this exciting day, as well as face whatever obstacles the future may hold, together.


About Jennine Estes, MFT

Think of me as your relationship consultant, I'm your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and help you figure out what's really going on. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Supervisor. I write relationship and self growth advice for my column Relationships in the Raw. Creator of #BeingLOVEDIs campaign. MFC#47653