Intriguing idea from Parkcrest Christian Church: offer a free wedding and reception for cohabiting couples. Pastor Mike Goldsworthy preached at his Sunday service:
If your only barrier is the cost of a wedding, we will remove that.
High school sweethearts Angel Lewis’s and Christopher Woolbridge’s story, in brief:
(They) had lived together for years and were raising families. But the couple’s plans to marry kept getting stalled, partly because saving money has been a struggle while raising five children. And last year, wedding bands they had purchased were stolen from their home.
On two weeks’ notice, four couples jumped at the chance. Groom James Delgadillo, who proposed this wedding to his fiance in writing on the back of a church bulletin:
Opportunities like these are a blessing. To me, this is a wedding gift they are giving us.
We Catholics certainly couldn’t do this on two weeks’ notice. But our parishes could make the offer. What about yours?