A wedding involves so much more than the love of two people who are committed to spending their lives together. While the wedding is the launch of the marriage and thereby the next chapter of life for the newlywed couple, the wedding itself is a time of bringing together a collection of people for one special event.
There are a lot of ways that you can involve your friends and family in your wedding. If you have an uncle or cousin that loves to bake, ask them to make your wedding cake. It is a big task, but they may jump at the opportunity to get the experience. Likewise, if you have a close friend that is a photographer ask them to come along after the ceremony to take photos. If they have not done a wedding before then your wedding pictures may help to build their portfolio.
Weddings are a very personal time, so there is no need to have a total stranger marry you. You can add an extra personal touch to your wedding by having your wedding officiant be someone that is close to you. A family member or close friend can get ordained online through the services of the Universal Life Church. This can take a lot of the stress out of a wedding ceremony as you are not guided through your vows by a stranger or government official, but instead joined in matrimony with the blessing of a close friend. Having a friend or family member marry you is also a way to involve someone in the ceremony that wouldn’t otherwise be in the bridal party but is a special part of your life.
Even if you do not have a close family member that you are particularly trying to involve in the wedding in this special way, having a friend perform your ceremony may still be a good idea. People move around a lot and for young people in particular it is often hard to stay committed to one church for an extended period of time. It is rare that a young couple has a minister to turn to that knows them personally and is excited to marry them at no charge. And the fee for a wedding officiant is not small.
Use a friend’s talent to your advantage. If you have a close friend that is a poet, a writer or even just a talented public speaker tell them you would be honored for them to marry you. At no cost to them they could get ordained online through the Universal Life Church. In addition to saving funds on an officiant, you may make a friends day by asking such a special favor.