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Blessing a Marriage: Give a Gift That Will Encourage the Bride and Groom

 

Keepsake Box 1

Celtic Cross Shaped Keepsake Box

When I was a young girl my mom had a promise box that was a special part of our days. Most days mom would have each of us four kids pull a brightly colored card from the assortment of God’s promises and read it aloud. It was a great foundation for learning that God’s word is full of truth and we can reach out for it every day to give us strength and courage.

One idea that reminds me of the old promise box is a Blessing Box. If you are planning to attend a wedding anytime soon, you might consider one of these for the bride and groom. It will be a unique wedding gift, but more than that it will be one that encourages them for weeks and months to come! Here’s how you can make your own blessing box to give away:

1. Visit a craft store and choose an attractive box. You could also visit a Christian bookstore and buy an appropriately-sized keepsake box.

2. Choose a biblical blessing that you would like to offer the bride and groom. During church, one of the most precious moments is when the people of God receive a benediction before heading back out into the world. Blessing a marriage with words like those found in Numbers 6:24-26 is ideal “May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord turn His
face toward you and give you peace.”

3. Pick out an attractive font and print out the blessing in a size that allows it to be placed on the underside of the box lid. You can use Modge-Podge to glue the blessing in place.

4. Next, choose some appropriate scripture verses that will bring strength and encouragement to the couple. You can choose verses that focus on subjects pertinent to young marrieds. For example:

Being grateful for your spouse

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds
what is good and receives favor from the Lord Proverbs 20:6-7 Many a man claims
to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?  The righteous man leads a blameless life, blessed are his children after him.

Realizing we don’t have what it takes

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to think anything comes from ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God

2 Corinthians 12:9  My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness

There are so many verses that could be put in your blessing box to encourage the bride
and groom.

5. Print the verses in an attractive font that is small enough so that each verse can be rolled up as a small scroll and placed inside the blessing box.

6. Tie each of the scrolls with lovely ribbon – light blue, silver or white and gold are nice.

Like my mom’s promise box, the blessing box will be a place the couple can visit regularly to share eternal truth together. And you will be strengthened in your own faith just by blessing a marriage with God’s Word. Other ideas for placing inside the box include biblical prayers (Daniel 9, Habakkuk 3, 2 Chronicles 20 etc.) or Holy Cards.

Holy Cards and keepsake boxes can be found at Catholic gift stores like The Printery House. Visit The Printery House online and get inspired today– blessing a marriage can be personal and meaningful and fun!

 

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Personalized Wedding Gifts: For Keeps, For Generations

Catholic Wedding Bible

Catholic Edition Wedding Bible

Wedding season will be here soon. Halfway into May, you will have probably already attended one or more wedding showers. June brides are making their final fitting appointments. Parents of the bride are double-checking flower orders and reception menus. As the guest, you’ve got it made – all you have to do is show up. Get your wedding gift sooner rather than later, and then there is nothing for you to do but to enjoy the happy event.

Most couples today have made a complete list of the many necessities they need and desire with at least two big-name stores. Buying from the gift registry is a good way to help the young couple set up house, and helping young married couples get set is a real blessing. However, personalized wedding gifts can wind up being more treasured and valued for years to come.

Cash, for example, is fast becoming a popular wedding gift. But as appreciated as it may be at the time, it is not a gift that will be connected to any particular item and it will not likely be long remembered. Money as a gift may say ‘generosity’ and ‘practical’ – but it doesn’t say ‘personal’. Gifts that reflect what you know about the couple do say those things.

Christian couples who wed this summer might be blessed to receive a Wedding Bible. The Printery House offers a beautiful New American Standard edition Bible perfect for newlyweds.  The Bible even has a place for the couple to record the bible verses that were part of the wedding ceremony. This is the kind of gift that gets passed on to the next generation.

Another fun idea under personalized wedding gifts, is a musical keepsake box. The Printery House has a music box which plays the tune of On Eagle’s Wings, with eagle artwork on the lid.  However, the box is made purposefully with easy access to the artwork so that you could also slide it out and replace it with a 4×6” photo of the couple under the glass to personalize it. This keepsake box will be a keeper.

Believing couples have thought ahead to needing a toaster, a blender and bath towels, but they may not have thought about the holidays they will be sharing. Why not bless them with the gift of an Advent Candleholder? When December rolls around they will be so appreciative…and the December after that….and the December after that….

Consider going off-registry this summer. Try giving personalized wedding gifts instead. The Printery House has them. Take a look soon, then relax and enjoy the ceremony and the cake.

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