There was the beautiful bride in a princess dress, her groom standing next to her while candles lit the fireplace in front of them. Behind them sat 250 people and in front of them the minister began to speak the words that would start them in their marriage. There were some funny stories, a prayer or two and then the minister started to get a bit heavy into what he thought marriage was. This part, was where many people in the room began to shift a lot in their chairs, while catching their spouses eye, wondering where this guy was going with this speech. We were all with him till he said the following words to the couple:
“How much you love one another, right now, in this moment, is it. You will never fall more in love with one another because marriage is hard.”
He continued for another, very long, 20 minutes about how hard marriage is and how tough things are going to get and on and on and on. Hey, I know, it is tough and you don’t have to sugar coat everything but woah. Just woah. I can tell you what people were talking about after the ceremony was over and it wasn’t about how pretty the bride was. It was about how apparently none of us will fall more in love with our spouse but we sure as hell will start hating them more. I don’t know where this man got his license to marry anyone or what his marriage is like (he was fairly young) but I don’t think he could have been more wrong.
I can tell you I fall more and more in love with my husband. Some days more than others but I can honestly say that I love him now more than the day we were married. I can’t imagine standing there on our wedding day and someone saying what that minister said. It was more than rude, it was appalling to those who were married in the room. Your wedding day should be the one day that you and your new spouse can look with rose-colored glasses into your future and dream of perfection instead of hell.
How would you feel if that was your wedding day speech from the minister? Or do you agree with him?