A. The information covered in your presentations is exactly the same regardless of which experience you choose to attend. The difference is in the timing and format. A 3RE is shared over seven to eight sessions that last two to three hours each. Couples attending a 3RE will have homework between sessions. A Marriage Encounter Weekend is a 44-hour retreat, where couples stay at a hotel and experience all the presentations between Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
The 3RE experience is often offered as a DVD presentation. One presenting couple will facilitate the seven to eight sessions in person, playing a DVD that features three couples (one a clergy couple). These couples share stories from their own marriage journeys and provide time-tested communication advice on the video. The local couple will answer questions in the room.
Some 3RE experiences are presented live where the presenting couples are live and in-person at every session. This is only possible in areas where four presenting couples live close enough to present at seven to eight different sessions.
On a Marriage Encounter Weekend, there are typically four couples (one of them a clergy couple), who take turns presenting in sets of two couples. They share their personal stories in person along with presenting the proven Marriage Encounter communication techniques. They are available during meal times and in the evenings to answer questions.
Both experiences can have an amazing impact on your marriage. You need to choose the right format for you.