Reality vs reality tv

May 10, 2009


I attended a wedding this weekend. No one related or really close but I am happy for him (and his bride). They were married in a nondenominational church. OK, not that interesting. What was different from other weddings I’ve been to was the church. Being raised Episcopalian, my ideas of “church” involve so many things that weren’t present. There was no alter, no pews, no kneelers, no hymnals, no prayer books…not a bible to be seen. Instead it was wall to wall carpet with comfy padded stacking chairs (upholtered in blue and mauve; depending on the row). The entire church was lighted courtesy of Menards/Home Depot/Lowe’s. There were no images of Christ at all (not even the really hot one where Christ looks like a coverboy from a romance novel). Apart from the cross shaped window over the area where minister stood, it felt more like I was at a city hall meeting.

The marriage ceremony matched the surroundings. The whole thing took about an half an hour (Yeah! smoking cessation was tolerable. (I can’t go to Catholic weddings)) The one reading: Ephesians (Wife submit; Husband love) . After the vows, the entire “blended” family went up to the wedding area for the “Sand Ceremony“. Huh? Now that’s a new one for me. Had to look that one up.

This unique celebration was recently brought into the public eye with the marriage of Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter of the TV series, “The Bachelorette.” Rather than the time-honored ritual of the Unity Candle Ceremony, the famous couple chose the alternative, Unity Sand Ceremony. Their decision has sparked a craze in weddings across the country.

This is what I get for watching only What Not to Wear and CSPAN.


2 Responses to “Reality vs reality tv”

  1. col Says:

    Meh to Ephesians!!! (says this serially single girl).

    i watched the bachlorette, but don’t remember the sand ceremony. i do, however, remember belinda’s hit.

  2. superdave524 Says:

    Episcopalians know how to do ceremony. Call it “Catholic Lite”: all the ceremony; half the guilt. Credit Henry VIII and Thomas Cramner for not throwing the baby out with the Reformation bathwater.

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