If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might be getting dizzy from the constant change of its look. What can I say? I’m a creative person, and easily bored. I’m in continuous search of ways to make it look more professional, edgy, or pleasing to the eye. The problem is that I am stuck in a blogging platform that doesn’t allow me much freedom to customize. In a few weeks, I will be making a changeover to one that will allow me to create it from scratch; almost.
Weddings can be that way. Cookie cutter ceremonies abound. Have you heard the same vows repeated, or the same songs played, at the past five weddings you have attended? How many times have you done the Chicken Dance, the Electric Slide, or the YMCA, at a reception? Have you felt awkward as you watched the groom pull the bride’s garter off with his teeth? It’s all been done, and done, and re-done. Your wedding should be a reflection of who you are.
Personalizing your wedding has absolutely nothing to do with your budget. There are many ways you can do this. My favorite example of personalization was Erin and Kevin’s wedding. Everything about their day was a reflection of who they are. Erin is carefree and fun; Kevin is more reserved.
They married in the chapel at the college, where they met. They wanted an outdoor feel to the wedding. The ceremony was relaxed, but reverent. A vocalist led the congregation in praise and worship songs. Liturgical dancers danced down the aisle with colorful banners, preparing the way for the bridal party. Kevin and his parents entered and stood on the stage. Erin and her parents appeared from the balcony. Each of the moms read letters from the bride and groom about why they chose each other.
Erin came down from the balcony and entered the chapel door. She walked down the gerbera daisy lined aisle to Kevin. Her parents followed. By this time, everybody’s eyes were filled with tears.
The minister asked if anyone in the congregation would like to say a brief word of testimony about Kevin or Erin. Several spoke. It was very sweet.
The parents prayed a blessing over them.
For me, the most moving part of the ceremony was when Kevin knelt to wash Erin’s feet. He wanted to do this as a sign of his commitment to take care of her. It was a beautiful display of his servant heart. As he did this, and as they took communion, the dancers danced around them.
We made an adorable display for his groom’s table. Consistent with the country feel of the wedding and reception, Kevin whisked his bride away in a pick-up truck.
And they lived happily ever after!
For those who didn’t know Kevin and Erin that well prior to the wedding, they certainly knew much more about them by the end of the day. Think about ways that you can personalize your wedding. It will be more memorable for you and your guests. And HERE’S the Rest of the story….