True Love – Author Unknown

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.

From “To Know Yourself”, by Swami Satchidananda

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.

On Love – by Thomas Kempis

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 stronger,
Nothing higher,
Nothing wider,
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.

It’s Okay To Be Selfish About Your Wedding

There are many aspects of the wedding about which family members and friends will want to voice an opinion.  It is kind and respectful to listen to these thoughts and suggestions, but ultimately the decisions must be your own, “your own” meaning yours and your fiancée’s.  Don’t hesitate to follow your first instinct and your heart.  This is your day and it should reflect your personalities.

Decide together if you want a casual or fancy event.  Do you want to have a special theme for the day? How large do you want your wedding party to be?  Determine approximately how many guests you would like to invite.  Think about the times you have shared and the music that has been playing.  Discuss where you would enjoy going on your Honeymoon and how long you are able to be gone.

Once the two of you have developed your basic plan you can start discussing details with others and consider their suggestions.  Just make sure that everyone understands that the final decisions are going to be made by the two of you.  Standing strong together will be a great start to your partnership while assuring that your day will be perfectly to your liking.