Already full of life's experiences, Older couples rarely need the pomp and circumstance of a large traditional wedding. The wedding words for most ceremonies are words for young love, beginning anew, inexperienced. They don't need the words about starting a family because they usually have children, mostly grown and are combining families and assets that they have acquired along the way. They may also be a couple whom has already been together for many years but due to divorce, being a widow or widower, they have put off making it official. A sense of comfort and ease with an exit strategy that doesn't require losing half of what they have worked hard for like homes, physical assets, pensions and 401K or just plain old fear of failure, and even worse yet, family members not accepting the new partner into the family, might have them put off having a wedding ceremony.
Mature couples who do tie the knot once again are amazingly happy, full of joy, belly laughs, crude jokes and just over all fun!
Helping couples find the right words for their situation makes all of the difference. I found this poem among many words I have collected and created over the years. I would like to share it with you.
Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
I am not the first person you loved.
You are not the first person I looked at
with a mouthful of forevers. We
have both known loss like the sharp edges
of a knife. We have both lived with lips
more scar tissue than skin. Our love came
unannounced in the middle of the night.
Our love came when we’d given up
on asking love to come. I think
that has to be part
of its miracle.
This is how we heal.
I will kiss you like forgiveness. You
will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms
will bandage and we will press promises
between us like flowers in a book.
I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat
on your skin. I will write novels to the scar
of your nose. I will write a dictionary
of all the words I have used trying
to describe the way it feels to have finally,
finally found you.
And I will not be afraid
of your scars.I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.
Many older, mature and established couples own their homes and have enough space for a really nice backyard wedding or host the wedding inside their home. Others just want a small private space to exchange vows. 50% of mature couples choose to write their own vows.
It still amazes me to get chosen by these wonderfully diverse and spectacular couples. To get for just a little while to be a part of their love story, learn a little about who they are and share a bit of one of their important life moments.
Some couples meet at the wrong time and have to wait almost a lifetime for it to be the right time to come together in marriage. What a wonderful thing it is to find someone to spend your golden years with.
Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful,never haughty (arrogant) or rude, Love does not insist on its own way: it is not irritable or resentful; it doesn't rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (fails) Corinthians 13: 4-8
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is obtained by following a righteous path.
~ Proverbs 16:31
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