Written by Madeline Kalu
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Getting married is a monumental experience. Exchanging vows with someone you love before God and your gathered assembly is not only a covenantal agreement of commitment, it is a true declaration of loyalty, and of course, the ultimate expression of love.
Therefore, on the day you stand at the altar with the love of your life, what better way to commemorate the One who brought you together, by placing Him in the center of your wedding day, and by extension, your married life?
The following are 7 ways that you can honor God on your wedding day.
1. Announce Your Nuptials With Scripture-Based Wedding Stationery
Announce your betrothal and later on, your wedding, with stationery that has your favorite Bible verse printed on it. Not only is this a great way to give testimony that God is the center of your proposed union, it lets your guests know that they will be attending a Christian wedding.
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2. Include Bible Verses in Your Wedding Decorations
Having Bible verses as a part of your wedding decorations not only personalizes your wedding theme, it is an outward declaration to God and your guests of how much you honor Him and that you are grateful for His grace and mercy in your lives.
Hang Scripture signs around your venue, including along the wedding aisle or use them as part of your table decor. You can also place soft furnishings such as pillows with Bible verse prints around your venue to make it more cosy.
3. Follow Christian Wedding Traditions
There are numerous wedding traditions that have Christian origins that many of us accept as standard. These include the groom entering the church first, the bride wearing white and a veil, the exchange of rings and vows, a cross at the altar, just to mention a few.
However, there are other traditions that you can include in your wedding ceremony which glorify God and outwardly declare that you and your spouse-to-be place Him in the center of your relationship.
Use a personalized Wedding Bible During the Ceremony
In order to make the wedding ceremony more personal for you and your betrothed and to further honor God’s presence in your relationship, you can use a Wedding Bible for the nuptials that you can have your names printed on.
After the ceremony, you can leave your Wedding Bible out for your guests to sign and to highlight their favorite passages.
Best of all, your Wedding Bible can be used as your family Bible in your marital home, and you can add the names of your children, their spouses, and your grandchildren to it!
Tie a Cord of Three Strands
During your ceremony, you can perform the ritual of the cord of three strands or “God’s Knot”, which reflects Ecclesiastes 4:12.
The couple braids three ropes during the ceremony, which symbolizes the bride, groom, and God. After the wedding day, the braided rope can be simultaneously used as decor in the couple’s marital home, as well as to serve as a reminder of the their unbreakable union with God.
Have the Congregation Lay Hands on You
During the ceremony, the pastor may request that the assembled guests stretch their hand towards the wedding couple and bow their heads in communal prayer, in order to bless them and their union. The congregation may even rise and encircle the bridal couple and lay hands on them whilst praying for them.
Wash Each Other’s Feet
Just as Jesus washed His disciples feet in John 13:1-17, so too, can the wedding couple wash each other’s feet during their nuptials as an expression of humility and a desire to serve and love one another during their marriage.
Light a Unity Candle
Although there is no mention of this in the Bible, having the bride and groom use individual candle tapers to light a unity candle is used in some Christian ceremonies to symbolize the union of two individuals becoming one entity.
Similarly, the unity sand ceremony can also be performed to the same effect. Both the bride and groom pour small vessels of sand into a larger vessel. If the sand used is colored, the result is a two-toned layer look, which accentuates the symbolism of unity.
4. Play Christian Music
It is a given that a Christian wedding ceremony includes hymns, gospel music, or even contemporary Christian music. Singing and praising God through music is a wonderful way to honor Him, especially in the presence of your wedding guests (Hebrews 2:12).
You can extend your worship of God by playing Christian music softly in the background during cocktail hour and even during the reception. Hire a Christian band, who can play a mix of wedding favorites as well as worship songs. You can also have a moment during the reception to collectively sing a worship song or a hymn.
5. Have Your Guests Share their Favorite Scriptures
Similarly to your Wedding Bible, invite your guests to write their favorite Bible verse in your Guest Book along with their names.
This is a wonderful way to include your friends and loved ones in blessing your union, as well as giving them a way to give a testimony of how God has worked in their lives.
6. Give Your Bridal Party Scripture-Engraved Gifts
Providing your bridesmaids and groomsmen with gifts is not only a great way to say thank you for their friendship and support, it is an act that unifies and creates lifelong memories of your happy day.
One way to share your love of Christ with your bridal party is to have your favorite Bible verse engraved on jewelry, which they can continue to wear long after your wedding.
For the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom, a thank you prayer makes a lovely gift, which she can hang in her home.
For the father-of-the-bride or father-of-the-groom, a pair of Bible verse cuff links is a gift he will definitely cherish!
7. Send Scripture-Inspired Thank You Cards
After your wedding day has come and gone, it is time to show gratitude to the people who God surrounded you with to spend your special day.
Why not send Thank You Cards with your favorite Bible Verse printed on them? Not only does it show your guests how grateful you are that God brought them into your life, it is a great source of encouragement and brings joy to those who receive your correspondence.
Alternatively, you can also place an additional Scripture card in your envelope.
We hope that our post gave you inspiration on how you can honor the Lord on your wedding day. We at Jacob’s Ladder wish you all the best on your nuptials and may the Lord continue to bless you and your spouse on your life adventure together!
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www.brides.com, “10 Christain Wedding Ceremony Traditions You Need to Know”, Sarah Zlotnick.
www.susanshek.com, “12 Essential Christian Wedding Traditions”, Susah Shek.