Here are 25 ways to prepare for marriage other than dating.
Healthy friendships with the opposite sex.
Get a roommate. (same sex)
Spend time with a married couple that inspires you to be married.
Learn how to cook. (Poor eating habits is very unattractive and destructive to yourself.)
Establish the foundation of God’s purpose for your life.
Read books on marriage.
Attend conferences on preparing for marriage and relationships.
Identify your strength and weaknesses in relationships.
Establish a consistent prayer & devotional life.
Get financial intelligence.
Go to college.
Examine the good and bad of your parent’s marriage.
Serve at your local church.
Learn how to deal with conflict with your friends.
Go on a mission trip to another country with a team.
Take faith risks for God to break fear and learn obedience.
Examine all your failed friendships and see why things went sour.
Keep your home/room/closet/car clean. (No one wants a dirty spouse)
Get a hobby.
Become a glass house for your close friends. (Transparency as a normal part of your life.)
Ask your “real” friends what are areas of your character need development every 3-6 months.
Learn when to say yes, and when to say NO. (self control)
Work hard. (if you don’t want to marry a lazy person, then don’t be lazy yourself)
Develop a healthy lifestyle.
Get a biblical understanding of the role of a husband and wife in a Godly marriage.