Thursday, March 19, 2009

...another way of preserving memories

With all the planning that a wedding requires, it’s often easy to forget the most important part of the day. Sure you’ll be wearing the most beautiful dress you’ll ever wear your whole life, and all your friends and loved ones will be close to you- but what really matters are those promises you’ll make with the one person you love more than anything in the world.

I love that we get to choose to get married in a way that reflects our deepest convictions. Whether you get married in the temple, at a church or in a field of lilies, the location and manner in which you are married describes who both of you are and what you want to become once you are united.

It’s hard to find a way to remember all that was said during your marriage ceremony, especially when many religions or ceremony locations do not allow any type of recording devices (video or photos). So how do you preserve the most important part of your wedding day? Here's an example-

I wish I would have done this at my temple ceremony:

LDS temple ceremonies where recording the marriage ceremony is not possible, help the bride and groom remember what advice their sealer gives them during their ceremony. Take a pile of blank sheets of paper and a bunch of pens to the wedding. After the ceremony, as you wait for the bride and groom to come out of the temple, pass the papers to all those who were in attendance at the ceremony. Each person then writes down their memories - what the sealer said, the advice given to the couple and any other favorite detail they could remember- while it's all still fresh in the minds. (note that in an LDS temple ceremony there are many things spoken of that are considered too sacred to write down. Be sure to remind guests only to write appropriate memories) After the wedding day, collect all the papers and put them together in a book. While no one can remember every detail of what happened during the ceremony, with all memories combined, you can get just about everything written down!

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