“I Loved You Even Before We Met” were the first words in the vows spoken by a McKinney groom several weeks ago. I couldn’t imagine anything more beautiful, his statement said with passion and a quiet intimacy that brought the entire chapel to a hushed silence and were soon answered when his bride responded with words neither of them will ever forget, “I Will Always Be Here For You”. Nothing could have made that moment sweeter or more unique to that couple.
The best part of planning a wedding ceremony is making sure that what’s important to the couple is included in their ceremony. For most couples it’s about the realization of their personal dreams and being married to the one person who makes them complete. During the planning process it’s always fun when I ask the couple “what do you want everyone to know about the two of you?” and the answers are as unique and different as the couples themselves. Some answers are funny, others share secrets but the common thread is that their day would be important but not as special without their family and friends with them. They take time to recognize how important those individuals have been in their lives.
Several months ago, just when I thought I had heard almost every possible reason to share something, a bride piped up “We invited everyone to the wedding who told us we weren’t right for each other – and eight years later we’re here to remind them how wrong they were!” That got a great laugh and the bride and groom laughed right along with their guests.
So, what makes your ceremony unique is sharing the joy with one another and with your guests. Whether it’s in a story told, special music played, honoring your parents or just taking an extra moment to tell each other how much they mean to you, it’s your wedding and should reflect what’s important to you.