By Catherine Rogers: worldoncampus.com – Sarah and Luke Lillard met in 2008 as college freshman. They began dating in 2009, got engaged last July and said “I do” on May 4. Almost immediately after they announced their engagement, the couple wrote down wedding goals to help them plan the day they believed their wedding should be.
Most importantly, they wanted their wedding to defy the current trend that defines the formal event as the final step in married life. Their special day would emphasize the beginning of their life together. For the Lillards, the “movie was not going to cut out after the reception.”
No matter where the excess shows up, many of today’s weddings have become more about impressing guests and making sure the event happens according to plan rather than the true celebration of a lifelong commitment.
Christian wedding professionals say the focus on the externals reflects the dwindling view of marriage as a sacred spiritual bond.