I've been wanting to write this personal post for a while now. This subject is special and quite dear to my heart.
When Jeff and I were planning our wedding, we realized that in addition to our priceless and true-agape-love family, we were surrounded by an incredible group of friends. We were honored to ask several to be our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers. However, all were extremely attractive, and we didn't want them to think that was the reason we picked them!! :) I jest. But seriously.
We wanted the "wedding party" thing to mean more than a medium-to-large financial commitment and an extra-large emotional and time commitment. We wanted our friends to know that we expected their support not just on our wedding day, but also for the rest of our lives. I want my girlfriends to kindly correct me when I'm not loving and submitting to Jeff. He wants his buddies to call him out when he doesn't love me hard enough (like that'll ever happen). We want them to promise to love our kids, even if they come out goofy looking.
So we made them sign a contract.
Right after our rehearsal, but before the dinner, our groomsmen, bridesmaids, ushers, pastor and his wife all signed this document we carefully wrote and had printed. Then, we got the attention of all our family members and had our friends read the contract to them. Our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all got to hear our best friends pledge to surround and support us for the rest of their lives.
This might have been my favorite part of the whole wedding experience. It was certainly the most powerful gift we received.
Have a looksie:
Look at those sweet signatures. Some are rain-smudged, but I love the reminder of the beautiful-icky weather we had that weekend.
Feel free to read:
We have this hung in our living room. Our plan is to always leave it up, so that when we have children, they see that their "aunts" and "uncles" have promised to always, no matter what, hold us accountable to the promises we made to each other and God.