If you and your partner are getting married and love horses, this theme idea may be for you. Horses would work well with a beach setting, or possibly, a farm or field location. With the beach setting, your decor could be very light and breezy. You could braid colorful ribbons in the horses’ manes. If you use the farm theme, you could choose between the light and delicate idea, or use a western motif. Just make sure that the individuals that are responsible for the horses are well versed at keeping them calm and under control. If you are not comfortable with live horses, you could locate a park with a carousel. It could be a stationary backdrop for the services and then a fun opportunity for everyone to share after the service.
The bride rides up in a horse drawn carriage and walks down the aisle draped in elegance to exchange vows with the man of her dreams. A pretty little flower girl dressed in a fairy costume would be an adorable touch. At the end of the ceremony the happily married couple will ride off together in the horse driven carriage and circle around to meet their guests at the reception. This would be an excellent setting for the groom to wear a tuxedo with tails. This will add to the formal atmosphere that you are creating. This theme will look beautiful at a beach setting, a clubhouse location, or at the church of your choice.
The Indianapolis Zoo has a spectacular underwater dolphin pavilion that is a perfect setting for a wedding. How awesome would it be to have these magnificent creatures swim all around you and your guests, in a glassed off pavilion, as you exchange your vows. They have an adjacent banquet room for a wedding reception so you can continue to enjoy the view. You could decorate in a nautical theme with a dolphin ice sculpture as a center piece.
Dolphins have played a vital role, through out many centuries, in reminding humans of their connection with the divine. They express the qualities of pure joy, playfulness, unconditionally love and gentleness.
Dolphins have been considered the “kingfish” by many cultures due to their kingly and gracious qualities in their reign. Christian symbolism conveys the dolphin as an aspect of Christ. These gentle creatures convey a sense of wellbeing and purity of heart.
Suggested Vows for Dancing Like Dolphins
Let us dance like the dolphins in our journey together through time. May we always be playful, joyful, compassionate, good natured and kind. When life is not always smooth sailing, may we still find humor to cheer us through. We shall be adventurous and embrace what God has in store for us while always remaining a close and trusted companion for one another. May we never loose the pure unconditional love that we share here today, as we continue to nurture one another towards the divine.
This style of wedding can be a mixture of leather and lace. This is the kind of ceremony that is a little rough around the edges with a touch of class. The wedding couple can ride up on their motorcycle which will then be used as a focal point and the backdrop for their vows. A hand binding ceremony might be a nice touch. Invite your guests to dress in jeans, boots, t-shirts bandanas and any type of motorcycle apparel. If most of your guests plan to arrive at the wedding site on motorcycles it makes it all the better. There is nothing like a display of cycles to set the mood for this happy event. If you are die hard bikers then you need no suggestions here. You just need a minister which we can easily provide. Our own Reverend Lee Ann Cornell is officiating this ceremony.
If you cannot go to the beach then bring the feeling of the beach to you. Book your wedding in a place that has a lake or a pool. Places such as a country club, club house, park, reservoir or marina. If you do not want to surround yourself with water then try a gazebo or a wedding arch decorated with lots of bright beautiful tropical flowers with a little sand in front of it surrounded by tiki torches. Set your refreshment table up to look like a tiki bar. Decorate with cool blues and greens and a burst of bright tropical colors. Set Hawaiian leis around for your guests to pick up.
Play a little Jimmy Buffet or Hawaiian music to set the mood. Make the food for the reception bright and colorful. Fruit punch, five cup fruit salad with colored marshmallows, tropical fruit, coconut shrimp, etc. If you plan to leave the wedding party behind for a tropical honeymoon you might create a wish list for your guests and list your itinerary of places you want visit and things you want to do. Your family and friends can put a honeymoon package together for you and help take care of the expense as a wedding gift.
Blessed are the man and the woman who have grown beyond themselves and have seen through their separations. They delight in the way things are and keep their hearts open, day and night. They are like trees planted near flowing rivers, which bear fruit when they are ready. Their leaves will not fall or wither. Everything they do will succeed.
1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And Hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds.
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.
A wedding is between two reflections of God. Two pairs of eyes see one vision. They are dedicated to serve one another and the humanity at large. Two minds come together to help each other realize their true nature. Going side by side with the right partner is a good way to reach God quickly. When the husband’s and the wife’s love for each other blends together and becomes love of God, marriage is a divine institution.
Love is a mighty power,
A great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing,
and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable.
Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.
Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love know no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
Attempts things beyond its strength.
Love sees nothing as impossible,
For it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.
Love is not fickle and sentimental,
Nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
It surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.