Blessed John Paul II said, "a person is an entity of a sort to which the only proper and adequate way to relate is love." I first came across these words, from Love and Responsibility during my days as a Philosophy minor and was so drawn in by his person-centered approach to what matters; it's such a truthful, countercultural notion in a world where things are often valued more than persons and when people are more often used than loved. It wasn't until after those classes, spending a year as a chastity speaker and doing more reading of my own, that I've realized how much fruit the Pope's views have borne in my life and my outlook. I've noticed that the lens through which I see the world is most clearly is that of the dignity and uniqueness of the human person, especially in regard to sex and love.
I'm digressing, but my point is, on your wedding day and every day, you, wonderful unrepeatable you, and your fiance, wonderful repeatable him, should be celebrated big time. It's so much fun to browse through Pinterest and bridal magazines, seeing all the amazing crafts, decorations, and dessert displays you can whip up, but it's also overwhelming in the sense that it can be hard figuring out what's actually you (or you two), rather than just something fun to dream about. You know?
And so, I'd like to suggest to you a way to make your day more yours, more personal, and save some money in the process: what do you collect? I think it'd be so special to incorporate your collections into your reception decor! Float flowers in your grandma's teacups, turn corks from your empty wine bottles into placecard holders, put your pretty books on display...I was inspired by these ideas!
|These books are decorated with new, wedding-related covers. It'd be so simple to design the spines in your wedding colors or with titles meaningful to the two of you!|
|Cupcakes served in teacups. Adorable.|
|Do you save wine bottles like me, hoping to find a use for them? I love these simply painted and embellished ones! You could even use unopened bottles to serve to each table.|
|I'm in love with this perfect seashell bouquet! Such a pretty, unique way to turn your collection into a sweet keepsake.|
|OK, maybe no one actually collects leaves on her own. But, theoretically you could collect some for a Fall wedding, if only to gorgeously letter your guests' names on them for escort cards!|
I'm so curious: what kinds of treasures do you collect?