I would be a liar if I mentioned I wasn’t a big fan of marriage and wedding ceremonies. Wedding ceremonies are beautiful. I always get blown away by the colour combinations, the decor, the music, the bride’s dress, the bridal party and all that there is to the ceremony. Personally, I attend weddings to watch how the couple celebrate their love and my most favorite part of the ceremony is when the couple share with the guests how they met 🙂
Weddings are fun, no doubt about that. It is the period where family and friends gather to celebrate the union of a man and woman who have come to the conclusion they would want to spend their lives together. It is awesome but in the celebration of love, a lot of couples get carried away. They forget about the union and make the ceremony their main focus. Interestingly, marriage is NOT the wedding ceremony. Neither is it the pomp and pageantry that accompanies the ceremony. According to renowned counselors, the wedding ceremony is the vows that are made by the couple in the presence of God, with the guests as the witnesses to the vow.
I am not saying spending money on the ceremony is not important. If you have the money and you can afford to feed the entire town during your wedding, why not? Just do it but if you are a young couple from a humble background with other dreams which requires money, then I believe a smaller wedding is best option for you.
I have spoken to a number of couples who had small and very intimate marriage ceremonies and the tips they provided include:
“stick to your budget, no matter what”
“do not announce to the world you are getting married so you cut down on the numbers.”
“do not entertain too many opinions. They are likely to inflate your budget.”
I have vowed to keep these tips in mind when I am preparing for my wedding ceremony. There are other websites that provide additional information, tools and tips on how to reduce your budget when organizing a wedding ceremony. One of such sites is Pinterest .
Instead of breaking the bank to organize a huge wedding, why don’t you invest some time into some “hot” prayers for the union itself? I met a couple in my church who will be getting married in September and they are doing the most amazing thing ever and that is something I haven’t seen any couple do yet. The couple with their bridal party have been meeting once in a week to commit the ceremony and union into the hands of God.
God is the architect of marriage. In Genesis 2:18, after he had created Adam, he saw that Adam was alone therefore he created a helper (Eve) for him. If you have plans to tie knot sooner or later, why don’t you start putting everything into the hands of God, the one who initiated the union?