While I was in Utah last week I attended 3 weddings (it must be spring time) so I have weddings on my mind. All three of these weddings were different from a typical wedding in that they all took place in Mormon temples. Much of what happens in Mormon (Latter-day Saint) temples is sacred and we believe it is inappropriate to talk about these sacred elements outside the temple but I want to share what I can.
How does a wedding in a Latter-Day Saint temple differ from a typical wedding? One of the biggest things is the production of it. There is no aisle to walk down, no music, no procession, no flowers or fan fair. It is a very simple ceremony. There are sealing rooms in the temples that are set apart for weddings (we call them sealing rooms because we are sealed together for all eternity). The room has an altar in the middle of it where the bride and groom will kneel to be married. On each side of the altar are chairs for guests to sit and watch. The bride and groom enter the room together after all the guests have arrived and the officiator normally talks to them and the guests for a few minutes about the sacred nature of marriage and then the actual ceremony begins.
All together, from the time the bride and groom enter the room to the time they leave it probably only takes 30 minutes. I personally love the simplicity of the ceremony because it leaves the focus on the marriage rather than the wedding. We believe that the covenant of marriage is the highest order of the gospel. As I mentioned earlier, the couple and their future children are sealed together for all time and eternity through the power of the priesthood. It is a sacred and real commitment to God to love and respect one’s spouse and family, one we believe we will be held accountable for.
At each wedding I attended I was in awe of the beauty of the marriage covenant. It is a powerful thing to commit yourself, your loyalty, and all that you are to another person. I believe my life is better because of this commitment. If you’ve ever seen a Latter-Day Saint temple you know that they are beautiful buildings, but what is more beautiful is what goes on inside of them. I am happy I got to share in the experience of those that I love and witness their special days.