10 Ways to Enjoy World Kindness Day

November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day

I will be just returning from the Holy Land on this sweet day in November. As I think ahead to this post, knowing I will have the dust of sacred footsteps in my suitcase; I can’t imagine a more precious act of kindness than what our Lord did for us.

In honor of His sacrifice, I have a challenge for those who practice random acts of kindness. Christians are known as the bride of Christ, as someday we will join the marriage supper of the Lamb. So as part of that bride, I challenge each of you to do something special this week for a bride you do not know.

Here’s an example:

This Chapel of Love story will melt your heart. These nurses organized the sweetest wedding. I wish I could have attended just to see everyone’s face.

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Weddings are the happiest time of our life and the most stressful. My precious daughter walks the aisle in January 2020 and I can’t imagine adding the heartbreak of this story, or any like it, to the planning of the big day. However, as this bride said, “But God!” HE IS BIGGER!

While I’m not suggesting you go to the extreme of what these nurses did (but hey, it would be awesome) here are a few suggestions to make the day of a random bride or someone in her party a little better. You’ll feel pretty good afterward, too.

Random Acts of Kindness for the Bridal Party

  1. Contact a wedding venue and ask if there is something simple a bride wanted but couldn’t afford and offer to pay for it anonymously.
  2. Search for local engagement announcements and send a gift, signing the card as a raktivist. (Random Act of Kindness Activist)
  3. Ask your favorite hair stylist if she/he can recommend a bride for a free hair appointment.woman with scarf
  4. Give a manicure or pedicure to the mother of the bride. (This is not a hint! 😉 )
  5. Prepare a meal for a family who is a week away from the wedding.
  6. Purchase pocket squares or handkerchiefs for the groomsmen of a wedding being held at your church.
  7. Leave a basket of flip flops or slippers for bridesmaids on the day of the wedding.
  8. If you know a hostess giving a shower for the bride or groom, offer to help clean up after the shower.
  9. Offer a floral arrangement to the mother of the groom for the rehearsal dinner.Floral random act of kindness
  10. Drop off a few packs of thank-you cards on the bride-to-be’s porch.

These are just a few examples. I’m sure you have even more great ideas for World Kindness Day. If someone has recently been kind to you, please share in the comments below. And, if you have ideas to share with others for more random acts of kindness this week, please share them on my Facebook page.

Praying someone shows you extreme kindness today.

Wedding Weekends

Tomorrow my nephew will be a groom, my sister will walk the aisle as the “mother of the groom” and we will be celebrating with friends and family. As my sisters and I discussed what we would wear during this wedding weekend, it reminded me of how much weddings have changed from when I was a young bride.

Way back then, most weddings were performed in churches, homes or outdoor gardens. Now brides walk down the aisle in barns, on the beach, in football stadiums and even jump out of airplanes. The dress styles have had to change with the times and now it is often confusing as to what guests or members of the wedding party should wear. I made suggestions in my post Wedding Guest Dresses, but would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Is it still true that if a wedding is in a church and after 5 pm, it is considered a formal wedding? If it is held in a barn, can guests assume the dress is casual? And what about second marriages? Or vow renewals? Does the formality of the invitation indicate what type affair it will be?

Diane Davis is a photographer here on the coast and she captures the beauty of beach weddings perfectly. Her company, “I Do Gulf Coast Weddings,” creates the perfect story of these events on our sandy shores. You can feel the sand under your feet, the gentle breeze blowing a few tendrils of hair, imagine the gulls squawking and waves crashing in every photo.

Number 3 Resized

In this 15-Year Vow-Renewal, the mood is relaxed and casual. I imagine the guests in sundresses and casual slacks.

I Do

From this day forward

This young couple, Kelsi and Justin, suggest dressy-casual.

For Better or Worse

The gulf waters are a fitting backdrop to the sparkling smiles on these two faces. I envision the party of Holly and Jarvis to be lively and entertaining and guests to be dressed somewhat sporty.

Something Blue

After a more formal affair with the groom in a summer suit, I love that her prince carries her “something-blue” slippers after a night at the ball.


 

To Have and to Hold

Here my friends, Pat and Ted Dupre marry in the Chapel at Monte Carlo a few years ago. Hers is the perfect dress for a second wedding. Sunday morning church attire is what I imagine with their guests. However, she is such a sweetheart that I can hear her saying, “just come on, I don’t care what you wear!” Open arms and open heart!

Wedding Weekend

My cousin Mallory and husband Ross after their wedding in Nashville, Tennessee. This photo suggests formal attire for everyone. Gorgeous!

She seems to be saying "look at my husband."

A very happy couple and one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever attended. It was all about the marriage – not the wedding.

Baseball Field

Dustin and Ashlyn will be married tomorrow in a church in Huntsville, AL. They could just as easily have been married on a baseball field with all of us in shorts and t-shirts. After all, they met at a baseball game and the proposal included a real “baseball diamond.”

A Baseball Diamond

May the Lord in HIS goodness strengthen your commitment and fill you both with HIS blessings.

Love you!

For more information on your beach wedding, contact:

Diane Davis Photography

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Cell: 251-978-4754