To say I’m excited would be an understatement, but since I’m currently at a loss for better synonyms, I’ll just say it: I’m excited to get married in just under 3 weeks!
I used to mock people who, in my estimation, were obsessed with the picture perfect wedding. I thought it was stupid to spend copious amounts time and money on something that only lasted for a day. At one point in our engagement, I even tried to convince my fiancé that we should just ditch all the wedding planning and elope.
However, the closer I get to our wedding day, the less I think this way.
While there are many who are caught up in their weddings to an unhealthy, materialistic, and competitive point, I have come to the realization that there is a certain sacredness to all this planning and preparing. Because of my small wedding budget, I have had to make a lot of my own decorations, paper goods, and so on. Somehow, as I bend over projects into the wee hours—methodically and carefully plodding away—I feel a special warmth with every stitch, cut, and craft. This is a labor of love. I am preparing for something special and it, the whole entire process, is beautiful.
Maybe it all boils down to intentionality. The intentionality with which I am preparing for our wedding day will set a president of putting our relationship first. I have had to put certain things on hold, like my album, in order to set time aside time to prepare for this wedding.
Though I know not everyone can afford to put their careers on hold for relationships, I encourage you to truly invest in them. The intentionality of putting aside time or effort serves as a symbol that the relationship comes first. If you want to feel the sacred bond of a deep friendship, partnership, or (especially) your relationship with God, you have to intentionally put aside time. It’s simple. It’s beautiful.