Now more than ever, many loved ones are unable to attend weddings, large or small. While many couples choose to video stream ceremonies so that guests can join virtually, I’ve resurrected an old trend in my ceremony delivery: adding quotations from guests who are not at the wedding.
Just recently I married a delightful American bride and British groom. His closest loved ones were not able to join in the festivities. So, I offered them the chance to include a thought, good wish, bit of advice, and hearty congratulations to the wedding script. I added their words to the beginning of the script, along with a favorite quotation by Paul Pearsall, “Family is the center of our soul’s existence…they teach us what everything means and how to make everything meaningful.” Of course it isn’t the same as having individuals at the wedding, but it is a sweet and appreciated gesture, nonetheless.