With anything brand new, there are new skills to build, a learning curve, and a roller coaster of emotions. That is why it is almost universal that first-time marathoners train before their big race. Not only does training set you up for greater success, but it is half the fun. Running a marathon is not just about race day but the entire experience — and this is similar to wedding planning!

Without the proper “training,” many couples walk away from their wedding day feeling like it was one big stressed-out blur. However, by treating wedding planning like training for a marathon, couples can set themselves up to experience the amazing, memorable day they crave and have much more fun along the way. Here are five lessons engaged couples can learn from first-time marathoners…

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