There are many reasons couples choose not to get married now (or ever). One of those reasons is that weddings are notoriously expensive. Even couples not interested in a WeTV â€œPlatinum Weddingsâ€-worthy shindig still find themselves shelling out an extraordinary amount of money. Brides magazine reports that the average couple spends nearly $27,000 on their big day.
Now, one Ohio church is attempting to do away with that obstacle by offering free wedding ceremonies.
The catch? Couples must be living together already.
Called â€œThe Love Gift,â€ Cathedral of Life Church in Canton, Ohio is making this yearâ€™s â€œSweetest Day,â€ which falls on October 20th, the wedding day for up to 15 cohabiting couples.
When my sister-in-law, who attends the church, told me about this event, I was surprised. I know more than one couple in my city whose pastor wouldnâ€™t marry them because they were living together, yet this pastor, Mr. Dana Gammill, wants to make it official for couples who are â€œshacking up.â€
According to their website:
Cathedral of Life decided to get involved because we care about the marriage act and we love people. Itâ€™s simple, we want to tell people that weâ€™re for them and remove any financial barriers that stand in the way of them leading a fulfilling life according to Godâ€™s purposes.
The Love Gift got its name because we want to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Cathedral of Life Church decided to host this event because we believe in marriage and we believe in Godâ€™s vision of family. We wanted to be a blessing in the lives of the couples who participate and show the love of God through this act of service.
The â€œfree weddingâ€ includes, pre-marriage counseling, minister service, a floral package, a photographer, and a light reception. Couples donâ€™t have to be members (or Christians!) to take advantage of the offer. However, they must be residents of the town where the church is located.
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