I recently attended a wedding that included a tradition I’d never seen before: a love note ceremony.
Before their wedding, the bride and groom both write a good old-fashioned love letter to each other, expressing in detail how they feel about their relationship. They’re not allowed to see the other’s letters or show them to anyone else. The letters are then sealed and given to the officiant at the ceremony, who locks them in a box with a bottle of good wine, creating a time capsule and emergency wedding kit in one. If the bride and groom ever feel that the marriage is in jeopardy, they’ll open the box, drink the wine, and read the letters together. This particular couple has agreed to open the box on their 25th wedding anniversary if they never feel a need to open it sooner.
I loved the idea. Marriage is by no means easy, and sometimes we’re so focused on romance we occasionally forget that very important fact. But wow: I didn’t realize how controversial the love note ceremony was until we got to the reception! Some agreed it was a sweet idea, but others felt it was too depressing to be included at a wedding. I think one guest said it best: “Why make everyone wonder if this marriage is going to last before the celebration’s even over?”
Wedding guests on both sides of the issue raised some valid points, and I’d like to keep the discussion going. What do you think about the love note ceremony?
In this tough economy, what’s made me smile is how many families have worked together to design their own wedding details: floral arrangements, wedding favors, invitations. Not only do they save money by doing the work themselves, but they also come away with a closer family as they spend a few evenings together baking cookies for personalized wedding favors or designing their own flower arrangements.
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A wedding’s very serious stuff indeed, but if you planned it right, it’s also a pretty fun party. Hold onto that thought a moment while I show you this wedding cake topper.
Okay, so it’s not exactly your traditional wedding dessert figurine. Some might even say it’s tacky to have a bride figurine “fondling” her groom. To that I say, “lighten up!” I mean, she’s grabbing his tushie. That’s an assertive woman right there! And in my humble opinion, it’s also celebrating what every good relationship needs to go the distance: a healthy sense of humor.