The best thing you can do to personalize your wedding and make it a unique experience for you and your guests is to give back to your parents. After all, they are the people that gave you life!
Growing up I always thought my Pappaw would be the one to marry me and my future husband. He was an ordained pastor and such an instrumental part of my spiritual raising. However, in March of 2000 Pappaw passed away from health problems, and Our Heavenly Father called him home to Heaven.
Since then I knew someone else would be the pastor at my wedding, and I worried what the ceremony would be like without my Pappaw.
When Brandon and I started talking about how our wedding would be, we knew we wanted to have a ceremony that would be special and unique to us and our families. And when we met with my home church Pastor I just knew everything was going to be perfect.
Our pastor suggested something to Brandon and I that would make our ceremony completely unique to us. He had only done a tribute back to the parents with one other wedding.
He asked us to write a letter to our parents thanking them for all they have done for us. Things they would only know about us. He read our letters to our parents during the ceremony. The tears were flowing. It was absolutely the sweetest gift we could give to our parents.
We chose to light a unity candle to symbolize the two of us coming from separate families and becoming one in the sanctity of marriage. We also had a song playing while we lit the candle. The song I chose was nearly 3 minutes long. After lighting the candle we stood there waiting and laughing at ourselves for picking such a long song.
Our entire wedding party. We were so happy to be surrounded by all of our friends on the most special day in our lives. We owe a huge thank you to all of you! Hugs!!