"I'm not quite sure why so many people cared about the details of my wedding. They were quite often appalled that I couldn't plan each detail of my wedding to make it "the wedding I wanted." Sigh. The wedding I wanted was a Catholic wedding, and as long as I was able to marry my beloved, I didn't care about the minute details...."
Mandi from the blog Catholic Newlywed has written a sensitive article about how to plan a wedding that is both Catholic and counter-cultural. In today's society whatever we do needs to reflect and express ourselves, to be just the way we want. For some that might mean having a wedding in a spot that has personal meaning and wearing a dress with just the right lace.
For Mandi, her wedding was a reflection and expression of who she was as a Catholic. She offers four suggestions for planning a wedding that is wholly faithful (and explaining it to others):
- Think of the priorities you want to set for your marriage and model your wedding off of them.
- Be kind, but don't be afraid to state your wishes.
- Pesonalize your reception.
- Remember that your wedding is a part of something greater.
She states: "I loved that my wedding wasn't all about my husband and me. Instead, our wedding, our marriage became part of something greater than the two of us. It was about Christ and His Church, it was about serving each other and a greater good--our God, our families, our communities. And that is a good thing. That is more enduring than any marriage has ever been or ever will be. Having a wedding as part of a Mass added the weight of 2,000 years of tradition behind our marriage."
To learn more about Mandi's four secrets to a Catholic wedding, visit her guest blog post: http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com/2012/11/guest-post-from-mandi-catholic-wedding.html