Going deeper …

Every week I am challenged to write something about weddings. There are a million places to get a million ideas for your wedding. Crafts, dresses, hairstyles and other details abound; signature drinks, place settings, signs, music selections, invitations, hold the date, décor of all kinds… the list really seems endless.

But I try to explore something else. I want to think more about the meaning of your ceremony and celebration. It is my intent to provide something that I see sorely lacking out there in the world of weddings, and that is more focus on the emotional context and content of this big day. I want to explore the deeper meaning of your commitment and celebration. Not that I don’t find the other stuff interesting, I do, and I do write about all that stuff, too. Its fun, and that’s a good thing.

But it’s also important to think about how to express your love, not only to one another, but to your family and other honored guests. After all, isn’t that why you invited them?

This may even be why all the little things become the big things. Couples are putting their taste and signature into their wedding through these details. That’s great, but I encourage you to move beyond the exterior style of your wedding and go deeper. Here are a few things to think about.

If you are close with parents or family, tell them! Express this in your ceremony or at the reception in word and deed. Present them with a symbol or through ritual, or perhaps share a story letting them know how grateful you.

Write a letter to your partner before the ceremony, and ask your partner to do the same. Share your thoughts and feelings, as you are about to embark on this journey together. Tuck those letters away and read them next year.

And if there are children please involve them in deeper ways that having them be a flower girl, ring bearer or junior bridesmaid or groomsmen. Have them participate and give voice to your continued commitment to your children and the joy of joining the families.

Bring a favorite charity, cause or issue to your celebration by donating and sharing your passion with your guests.

And don’t forget to get a group photograph of everyone right after the ceremony. You will cherish it forever!

A group shot is something to treasure!

These are just a few ideas to think about as your take the leap of faith that is marriage!


Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the wonderful photo! Can you spot me in there?

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