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Saying “I Love You”

by admin on August 5, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions, Relationship with No Comments

One of my favorite ways for a husband and wife to touch base before they say “I do” is the love letter. I saw this done at a wedding. They hadn’t seen each other or spoken to each other all day, which made for a glow in their eyes when they finally saw each other. There ceremony commenced traditionally, but before the bride and groom exchanged any vows or rings, they turned to each other and pulled out letters.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Sharing Marital Wisdom

by admin on August 3, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with 1 Comment

This young couple, who were friends of the bride and groom, offered a three point teaching based on their own marriage experience. 1) Patience, 2) Partnership, and 3) Passion. They worked in their personal stories in order to illustrate the importance of each tip they were offering. They were public speakers by vocation and were humorous and thoughtful by nature, so their words were easily captivating.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Centerpiece Heights

by admin on July 25, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions, Flowers, Reception Traditions with No Comments

When you are choosing your centerpieces, one of the most important considerations is the height of the centerpiece.  The rule of thumb is to avoid blocking your guests’ eye-lines. Having shorter centerpieces is the easiest way to circumvent any eye-line issues.  If having a cake stand, a traditional vase of flowers, floating candles, eclectic herb jars, bowls…continued here

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Serving Your Guests

If money is an issue, you can still plan with your neighbor in mind by asking yourself what you would want or need if you were the guest. Many of those things do not cost any extra such as providing water as people arrive to the ceremony; making sure there are always chairs for the elderly, pregnant, or injured to sit in; planning your ceremony and reception at places close enough together; or making sure your sound equipment is loud enough and properly placed without blowing out anyone’s ears.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Cord of Three Strands

by admin on July 6, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with No Comments

In a covenant marriage, we wives are woven together with our husbands as one flesh. What is even more beautiful than that picture, however, is the fact that God is the central strand in our cord. He is the One who holds us together.

Whether Solomon was referring to marriage specifically or not, he brilliantly captured a picture of covenant marriage by this quick reference to a cord of three strands.

In a wedding ceremony, this symbol of covenant marriage can be demonstrated by braiding three cords together, using Ecclesiastes 4:12 as explanation for your guests.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Rose Ceremony

by admin on July 1, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with No Comments

The beauty of the rose is that it is a long-time symbol for love. Like any flower, the rose begins as a bud and eventually opens into full bloom, paralleling the growth of the bride and groom’s relationship. Usually the roses given are red, the color of love.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Sand Ceremony

by admin on June 29, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions, Reception Traditions with 6 Comments

The sand ceremony depicts this through the combination of various colors of sand. Traditionally, the bride has one color of sand and the groom has another. Either right before the vows, as a demonstration of what they are about to pledge, or right after the vows, as a demonstration of the covenant they have just made, the bride and the groom alternate pouring small amounts of their vases of sand into a third, central vase of sand.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Unity Candle

by admin on June 27, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with 2 Comments

Being a fairly modern addition to the Christian wedding ceremony, the tradition stems more out of conceptual symbolism than out of historic ritual. For example, the concepts that Jesus is the Light and that we are to let our lights shine before men in order to reflect God’s glory (Matthew 5:16) make the use of flames a poetic depiction of two Christian lives becoming one. Once the two flames merge and create a new flame, there is no way to then separate out the two individual flames. They are inextricably one.

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The Marriage Covenant

Our marriage covenant echoes the covenant that Christ made with us, His bride. As God did with Abraham and as Christ did and will do with us, we are to enter into and fulfill a binding vow with our spouse. We are responsible for upholding the covenant with 100% of what we can give, not a contractual 50/50 split as many secular marriages, business relationships, or perhaps even friendships operate. Marriage is 100/100.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Veil

by admin on June 20, 2011 in Attire, Ceremony Traditions with 54 Comments

Because the veil has become more of a fashion statement than a necessity, we have the privilege of applying whatever meaning we want to it. Perhaps a veil is important to you because it was your mother’s veil, and her mother’s veil. Perhaps you want it to symbolize your purity as you are covered in an ethereal net of white.

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