Dec 10, 2013

Messages of Gratitude for your Wedding Program

Maybe it's because I'm so grateful for what I have, for being able to write about weddings - sweet celebrations of love - but also about a massive bridal industry that used to be more cuddly than complex.  It's good to remind ourselves that our parents are worth more than a vintage inspired satin and lace wedding dress by Claire Pettibone ($26,000) or an overnight stay in the Four Seasons Resort on the lovely island of Bora Bora ($1,780).  It's been a passion and a pleasure writing about weddings for the last 20 years, and in that spirit, I share these messages of gratitude with you today. 

 

A special thank you to our parents - for loving us, nurturing us and helping us grow into adults with happy hearts full of love and laughter.  You set a great example for us with your unconditional love and praise.  Your tender devotion allowed us to grow up into the mature man and woman we are today, ready to love and be loved.

On this most important day of our lives, we honor our parents, brothers and sisters, and extended family and friends.  Your joy, your enthusiasm and your presence fills our hearts with love as we promise each other a lifetime of harmony and humility.  We are blessed that you made this journey with us - a pledge to be true and faithful - as long as we both shall live.

Because of all of you, this sacred day of sweet love has exceeded all of our expectations.  In the presence of God we accept your good and beautiful blessings and commit ourselves to each other forever.  In good times and bad, we promise to remember the cherished day we spent with you, as we vowed to love, share and sacrifice.  Your blessing is a great and wonderful gift.

We welcome our warm and wonderful families with humble hearts.  Everything we are, we owe to your big hearts and open arms.  Our extended family - ready to take on travel and traffic to witness this sacred day of joy.  Our friends - people who were once strangers but decided they would rather be great listeners, coaches and caretakers.  Thank you for blessing us, with your unconditional love, a kindness and devotion that makes this sacred day even more special.

We are here today to pledge our love - a love that will see us through days of joy and seasons of sorrow.  We gather our strength from our loving families and friends - some who couldn't make it here today but are a happy memory in our hearts.  We are blessed beyond measure to have you witness the first day of our incredible journey, a journey of eternal love from this day forward.

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