- Last updated on May 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm
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Ok, so I was trying to think of ways to personalize the ceremony and REALLY add meaning to it. I just went to 2 weddings in the last 2 weeks and one was "eh" and the other was awesome. The big difference really started with the ceremony. In the former it was quick, unemotional, and just felt disconnected. It didn't feel deep (not that their love wasn't deep, but the ceremony just felt void of something special). I'm a bit biased and think that it's partially because they're not religious people and they basically stripped it of anything spiritual, but that's a total me opinion. Anyway, the awesome one just felt rich with emotion and family love. And thus my latest and greatest idea was born...
We are going to do family vows. We're going to list it in the program but our families won't actually know what it means until the ceremony. We are writing a paragraph that he will first turn to my family and read, then I will turn to his family and read. The rough draft sounds something like:
"Smith family, thank you for setting such a beautiful example of marriage, love, and fidelity for Eric. You raised him to be a righteous man, one who is respectful of and open to the power of love. I will honor you and your family from this day forward through my marriage to your son. I will continue to uphold our family's values in my commitment to him here, in front of you and in the eyes of God. Thank you for accepting me into your family."
If that doesn't get the moms crying, I don't know what will! :)