The following are Web Site Links and recommended resources for those of you who are planning your wedding. It’s a monumental day, no doubt. But whatever you do, make sure you also make plans for your marriage. The wedding is a one-day event. But a marriage is supposed to be a life event.
We pray you will find the following web site links helpful.
Planning Your Wedding Web Site Links:
• Approaching the Wedding Day This is a Focus on the Family link to articles that can help you to better plan your wedding. A few of the questions addressed are: “What does it take to build a fulfilling, lasting marriage? How can you avoid the problems that commonly end relationships? And, how do you prepare for that quickly approaching wedding day?” We recommend you take advantage of reading the articles they make available for you.
• Christiangroomadvice.blogspot.com There isn’t a lot of advice and tips available for Christian men getting engaged or married. So Jonathan “decided to come out with this site. It is a resource meant to help men getting married become the best grooms they can.” In it you’ll find help in planning the: “Bachelor Party, Engagement, and Wedding Tips for the Groom and Groomsmen” and more.
• Godsknot.com — “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” While planning their own wedding, the founders of this web site realized that there is “an abundance of wedding resources on the internet, but not very many focused on Christian weddings and Christian marriage.” They have designed this site to collect and organize information related to a Christian wedding ceremony. They believe that “a wedding is much more than a day of celebration. As scripture teaches us, it is a miraculous union between God, husband and wife, made possible by our salvation through Christ.”
• Growthtrac.com This is a web site that is an online resource for Christian marriage, resources, spiritual growth, advice, and community. They also have a section that can help you with your wedding plans. When you go to their home page click into the “Singles and Dating” topic and on the drop-down box select “Your Wedding.”
• Planning Your Christian Wedding Ceremony as posted on About.com. As they say, “A Christian wedding ceremony consists of several elements. These resources are designed to give you a guide for planning and understanding each element of your Christian wedding ceremony. From sample wedding vows and sample pledges to a step-by-step walk-through of a complete Christian wedding ceremony, these tools will aid you in every step of your planning.” To access the tools they have posted, please click HERE. And then to read what they have in the section titled: Christian Wedding Ceremony — A Complete Guide, please click HERE.
• Startmarriageright.com Whether you are single, dating, engaged, or newlyweds, this web site is created for you with articles, interviews, and resources to help you prepare for marriage, because as they say, “We believe that your wedding day is just the beginning!” (And we agree.)
Planning Your Wedding Recommended Resources:
• Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget is written by Denise and Alan Fields, published by Windsor Peak Press. This book contains “secrets” to throwing a fantastic wedding on a realistic budget. Some of those bargains would only pertain to the U.S. and to Canada. However, there is a lot of information that could work most anywhere throughout the world. They have a lot of web sites listed as well as questions to ask your photographer. There are clever tips on flowers and invitations, etc. It’s not a Christian book, but it has a lot of good tips regardless.
• Complete Book of Christian Wedding Vows, The: The Importance of How You Say “I Do” is written by H. Norman Wright, published by Bethany House Publishers. In addition to providing practical advice (“Expect something to go wrong at your wedding!” he tells all couples in premarital counseling), Norm Wright offers tips on writing Christ-centered vows. He also presents sample wedding prayers from several different Christian denominations. There are the pages filled with examples of other ceremonies, vows, and prayers. There are also vows to include others, reaffirmations, etc. And in the chapter on writing your own vows, there is an excellent worksheet.
• Christian Wedding Planner is written by Ruth Muzzy and R. Kent Hughes. It is published by Tyndale House Publishers. In a revision of this popular comprehensive book, it includes updated information. There is also an expanded budget and ceremony guides. Plus, there are additional work sheets, and a convenient comb binding. This isn’t a book about different wedding “ideas” (“how to arrange the tablecloths”, “how to deal with new in-laws” etc.). It is a “GO-TO” resource on the actual planning of the ceremony/celebration. It gives template sheets and other helpful information you will find helpful.
Additionally, as You Are Planning Your Wedding:
To help you in your upcoming marriage, we wrote a book that can help you to build a good foundation day-by-day for the rest of your life together. You will find many tips, advice from us and many experts and more for building your marriage in healthy ways. We encourage you to obtain: