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Simple Weddings

Guest Author - Barbara Gibson

If you’re like most, your wedding day will probably be one of the most joyous… and stressful days of your life. Or will it? Why have a wedding like most when you can have a wedding that is simple and satisfying instead?

Thinking back on the big day, I have heard more than one new husband and wife lament all the hoopla. So consumed by the rush and hurry they couldn’t enjoy the big day and later, so ravaged by complete exhaustion they could not enjoy the wedding night.

Why not plan now to get a lot more joy and a lot less stress?

Need some ideas? Consider these…

Have a breakfast wedding.
Breakfast weddings can be very simple, and a bonus – inexpensive. The bride and groom can trade much of the pomp and circumstance for a simple setting where a great deal less is required. For example: with a morning wedding the bride can wear a dress or suit instead of a gown. Particularly during the spring months, brides to be can choose fun and flirty sun dresses in beautiful colors and a variety of styles. The advantages? You eliminate the trips and time required with fitting appointments, you’re likely to find something that you can feel comfortable in over a period of several hours; and you will not need another outfit to change into.

Take Your Wedding to the Park
When you take your wedding to the park you can enjoy all the beauty of nature without the time or expense of creating it artificially indoors. Before you choose this route, consult the Farmer’s Almanac to help you pick a date most likely to have optimal weather conditions.

Center Your Wedding Around a Shared Passion
A recent issue of Runner’s World magazine included a story about couples married during a run. That’s right…during a run; it may have been a marathon. I don’t remember the details. What I do remember is the picture, couples in sneakers and shorts exchanging vows; and the caption. They talked about the importance of beginning their married lives together by doing something that was really important to them. Each of these couples decided to forgo fighting with caterers and sweating about seating arrangements. Instead, they planned a wedding that was simple and satisfying. They walked off the beaten path to create a wedding experience that reflected their passion.

It's your day, don't be afraid to be creative!

Simple weddings make it really easy to include children in the big day, too. Here are a few tips.

Include them in your vows/commitments. Mention how you intend to include the children in your new lives together and what part they play in the love you share. You might also consider mentioning children by name during the toast.

Give them a task – for younger children, the usual tasks of flower girl or ring bearer can apply. Older children may want to be part of the planning or can be given an important job like ushering, dj-ing or another task that matches their talents and interests.

Include children in the lighting of a unity candle.

If your invitations use language such as “…join their lives on this date,” consider including the children’s names.

Consider allowing children to do a reading, song or verse from your favorite book of faith.

If giving gifts for the bride and groom, consider small gifts for the children, too.

Simply wonderful!

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