Making the Most Out of Attending a Wedding

Wedding season is upon us.

That means there’s a good chance you’ll have at least one wedding ceremony to attend over the next few months.

Some people love attending weddings… while others don’t.

But whether you enjoy going to a wedding or not, recognize this: it can be a great occasion to strengthen your own marriage.

Here’s why…

By their nature weddings are public events. They involve witnesses.

And it’s in this way newlyweds are officially recognized as a couple — with all the benefits and responsibilities that involves.

So a wedding is more than a time of celebration. It’s also a public ceremony of commitment.

The public nature of this event is designed to have a profound impact on the couple getting married… as they pledge themselves to each other before God, their family, and friends.

But this impact is not limited to the couple exchanging vows.

It also carries over to every married couple in attendance as they reflect upon their own vows.

Practically all wedding vows that couples exchange have at least some version of “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, ’till death do us part.”

And, any married couple that attends a wedding after their own has had their vows tested… even if it’s just by a disagreement.

So to watch a bride and groom exchange their vows is constructive for any already married pair.

Because it’s a reminder of their own commitment to one another.

And a time to seek God’s grace.

And, perhaps even a time that leads to repentance, forgiveness, and restoration.

So, make the most of any wedding you attend.

Let it be an occasion to refresh your commitment to your spouse…

… and to the Lord, as He is the only one who can make your marriage all it’s meant to be.

​​​​​​​For your best marriage,






Nathan Bell

P.S. You may not be aware of it, but part of our ministry at the Center involves premarital counseling. If you know of a couple who might benefit from this ministry, have them contact our office for details.

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