Wedding season is here and for many LDS brides and grooms it can be hard to balance the revelry of a wedding reception and the sacred nature of the day. These five tips are designed to help you remember Christ at your reception and to help bring the Spirit to all your guests. Whether you will have a lot of non-members attending or your guest list is packed with people from your ward, these ideas are sure to make your wedding more memorable.
Have Your Guests Highlight Their Favorite Scripture
Instead of or alongside your guestbook, place a copy of the Bible and the Book of Mormon with some highlighters or marking pencils. Encourage your guests to mark their favorite scripture and leave their name.
Include an Explanation of the Temple
Place a small explanation of the temple inside your program or on a decorated plaque as part of your decor. If you need ideas on things to include, you can visit the Gospel Topics page or include some of your favorite quotes about temple marriage.
Use Scriptures for Wedding Signs and Decor
Incorporate scriptures into the decor of your wedding. You can add them to signs around the reception area or on the tables. Here is a list of popular scriptures used at weddings:
- Ruth 1:16 – Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
- Mark 10:8-9 – And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
- 1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
- 4 Nephi 1:11 – And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them.
Braid a Cord of Three Strands
In Ecclesiastes 4, there is a scripture that discusses how two is better than one, but three is better than two, stating that “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” This has been used to represent the role of God in marriage and how couples who included God are not easily broken apart. In many Christian cultures, brides and grooms braid three strands of rope together and keep it as a decoration for their home.
Instead of playing a game, such as holding up a shoe during a guessing game, braid the cord together and with each pass share something your spouse did during your courtship that you appreciated.
Ask for Wedding Toasts
Before cutting the cake and dancing, invite family members or a trusted Church leader to start the night off with a thought about the sacred nature of marriage and how the happy couple can keep Christ in their marriage. This is especially useful if you are planning on having a formal dinner or reception.
What ideas do you have to have fun but still keep the spirit of the day?