A Christ-Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big DayCatherine Parks, Catherine Strode Parks, Linda Strode
Wedding planning has spawned a major industry. The average cost of the occasion now exceeds $25,000, and societal pressure to create the perfect day is so strong that even Christian couples forget what God originally intended for the sacred marriage ceremony.While paying att... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 1, 2014
- UPC: 9781433681141
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 392
- Publish Date: May 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012050"
- ISBN: 1433681145
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- Wedding Book I've Recommended Most by Jennifer on 2/2/2015
Please note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher so I could review it. All opinions are my own.
Since June, I have been in wedding planning mode. There's so much to get ready. I've looked at several wedding planners, and even purchased one, but I had been lamenting the one thing I wish I had: a guidebook to help make sure that the wedding is a Christian one. So many times we go to weddings, and no matter how much money spent or time planning, after a few years they seem blur into another wedding in our memory. Fourteen years ago, I went to a wedding that was the most Christian wedding I'd ever been to. I'd been hoping I could find a copy of my friends' wedding tape because I still couldn't remember what all was done except that it was a beautiful faith based wedding.
I didn't need to find a copy of their wedding tape because I decided to read A Christ Centered Wedding. This book had everything that I've been wishing for -- from advice on the ceremony, the dresses, to the reception. After reading the section on the bouquet and garter toss, my fiance and I decided that's one tradition we want to forgo, especially because I'm an older bride and I don't want to give the indication that women need to be married to be complete. We are using the suggestion for the bouquet toss with a twist mentioned in the book, and I already have friends looking forward to this. (You need to read the book to find out this fantastic suggestion.)
I grew up in a church that frowned upon dancing. I've never danced. Many of my friends would be uncomfortable at a reception with dancing. Yet, I've already received some grief about this decision. This book is absolutely fitting with the way I am approaching my wedding planning -- I want people to remember what is there, not what is missing. I want my guests to come away from the wedding talking about the unique and fun things we planned and not saying, "But there was no dancing. Where was the alcohol?" A friend had been saying we should have an alternative to a first dance, and using the suggestions from this book, we're going to do a video presentation of photos of us growing up set to Christian music. (Just as the book suggests, they won't all be good photos. He's picking some of me, and I'm picking some of him that will make everyone laugh.)
We are having a budget wedding. (More like a shoestring!) There have been a few things I haven't wanted to skimp on that aren't traditional in this area. (But then again, I remember the days where wedding receptions were punch and mints in the dank church basement after the ceremony and entertainment was watching the bride and groom open wedding gifts.) This book helped me realize that if there is something that I would like to do, it's not really a waste of money if we are showing love and appreciation to our guests. This makes me feel so much better because I do want to stretch every wedding dollar we have.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 8/27/2014
As Christians we are called the bride of Christ. Even in all of our flawed earthly bodies God has chosen to use the institution of marriage as a glimpse of the perfect marriage with our perfect groom, Christ. With that in mind we often set out to make our wedding ceremonies reflect our longing and desire for a Christ-centered life.
If you are already married or well into the planning process you know first hand how out of control all the planning and preparations can become. What happened to that simple ceremony declaring that we are Christ followers and are now joining as one to honor and serve Him in our home? Sure we want it to be memorable as well as beautiful, but it can also be meaningful and held in check to accomplish what the ceremony is meant to do.
Linda and Catherine have put together a wonderful book full of great suggestions and resources for you to draw upon. They have used their own experiences as well as those of others who have chosen to honor Christ on this very special of days. What sets this book apart from others is that it isn't just a great big to do list. The introduction sets the tone of the whole book by reminding you that there really are only a couple of times in your life that you will have the opportunity to unabashedly share the gospel with your friends and family. Those occasions are weddings and funerals. In the first couple of chapters they go through the "best marriage ever" and discuss the bride of Christ and the gospel. I personally loved this background because it was a gentle yet powerful reminder of what the true purpose of marriage is.
The following chapters will then begin to walk you through everything from engagement, pre-marital counseling, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception and everything in between. As I said earlier it isn't a to do list, instead it is more a conversation about what they have heard about that works. One of the most fascinating concepts that they covered was called a reverse ceremony. The description was intriguing and I thought it could be particularly moving.
If you are a soon to be bride, mother of the bride, or even a mother and daughter that assume that you have a wedding in your future, I would recommend this book. It is a beautiful look at how we can honor Christ while committing to the one our heart loves.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.