Quirky tips include advice to "thrash drunks" - be they man, woman or child - and to lie about your new wife's cooking skills.
Researchers at the British Newspaper Archive discovered the tips and hints once given by the nation's vicars.
According to the Rev AJ Waldorn of Brixton, the key to marital bliss in 1913 was pastry-based diplomacy.
In the Western Gazette he advised: "Whatever you do, don't spoil your wedding day by telling your wife what ripping tarts your mother makes".
If a bride's puddings are not up to scratch, he says, simply "swallow the bride's pie, and tell her it's a dream".
The Rev WG Roberts, of Horsley St Clements, was another advocate of domestic diplomacy.
His advice, from 1939, was to "never tell your wife you are going to be the 'boss"', as he points out that "it is a tactless remark, and is fundamentally untrue".
One vicar made some rather un-Christian suggestions in 1904, telling his parishioners to "thrash drunks" to prevent "suffering from softness".
Amy Gregor, spokeswoman for the British Newspaper Archive, said: "The unorthodox advice given in these columns may seem odd to us now, but at the time such advice was taken quite seriously.
"Until relatively recently, vicars were regarded as a source of wisdom and authority."