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A Different Kind of Wedding

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Think with me for a moment about the weddings you have attended. What is it that makes them different from one another? Does one stand out as being truly unique? I can think of just a handful in my experience that really stand apart. It’s not the dress, the music, the food or the venue that make these particular weddings so different. Much of the time, when it’s all said and done, those things just tend to blend together. Instead, the weddings I cannot forget are those that have a distinct gospel focus.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a wedding in which the gospel was front and center—on display for all in attendance to see and at which to marvel. The bride was radiant, the groom beamed, but the true focus was on Christ and His sacrificial love for His bride, the church.

If you have witnessed a wedding like this, you know what I mean. The humility of these two people was evident as they marveled not at their own greatness, but at the greatness and goodness of a loving God.

As my mom and I work on writing A Christ-Centered Wedding we love hearing stories of Gospel-rich weddings. We would love to know what you have seen or done in weddings to focus on Christ and proclaim the Good News to others.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. The best advice I can give is to not draw attention to yourselves (the bride and groom), but rather to the Lord and to the guests. Practically demonstrate the ways in which His love overflows from Him to you to others. Express your gratitude to guests for celebrating with you in the words you say to them, the gifts you give to them, the affection you give them, and the time you spend talking with them during your reception. Be a good steward of your money. Pray about going on a missions trip combined with a honeymoon. Speak with your pastor about the exact message you want to be presented as he marries the two of you. Have a time of worship after vows are exchanged. Walk down the aisle to a worship song! Create a huge board or wall of bible verses and pictures of each one of your guests. If you are doing wedding programs, have the gospel written in plain language. Remember not to use “Christianese” if you will have non-believers at your wedding. But more importantly, I would say that instead of what could be called deeds that I mentioned above, make sure your own heart is right with God and that every intention behind every decision you make about your wedding is pure and good. Pray that your wedding would not be a means to prove anything to anyone, but a real and true expression of the love that comes from our Father.

    • Catherine Parks

      Thank you so much for this. I love what you’ve said here–great ideas, but especially the last part about the heart. I want so much to convey that we can do all kinds of meaningful, symbolic themes and completely miss the point. Thank you for taking the time to comment with such great thoughts!


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