A wedding … and well-constructed sentences

You may be wondering how those two things are related. Well, keep reading and I’ll explain.

Today I went to my friend Juliette’s wedding. (Juliette used to work at Adis). Anyway, the Reverend who officiated Juliette & Shaun’s wedding talked about what makes a well-constructed sentence. I guess his choice of topic may have been influenced by Juliette’s profession — she’s a medical writer. He suggested that all good sentences consist of “a few words, well-placed”. He had 5 fridge magnets (this choice may have been influenced by Shaun’s profession – he works for Fisher & Paykel). Each magnet represented 5 well-constructed sentences that are needed to build a good marriage. Holding up colourful number magnets from 1-5, he explained that the sentences contained 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 word(s) as follows:

5: I’m sorry, please forgive me.
4: Can you help me?
3: I love you.
2. Thank you.
1. Chosen.

I was so taken with his message and the way he delivered it. And he’s totally right. Those 5 sentences are the building blocks to a good marriage. If you can’t say those things, you’ve definitely got something to work on. He said #3 is one you will never get tired of hearing. How true is that? And I know if we all used #5 and #2 a bit more, the world would be a happier place.

I was just reminded today of how wonderful marriage is. I feel totally blessed to have such a great marriage, and to be married to such a great guy. I hope all those who read this post will get something out of the message, even though I couldn’t share it as eloquently as Reverend Norton did today.

And finally, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mr & Mrs Allport! You guys looked awesome today and I hope you had a really wonderful day. It was so neat to be there and share in your special day. It was also a neat surprise to see Robyn and Andrew – you guys are so cute together!😉

7 thoughts on “A wedding … and well-constructed sentences

  1. Hannah, I thought you did a good job explaining that. What he said is so true, its funny but I say I love you to Mike everyday and more than once and vice versa. Love the other well contrsucted sentences too. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love going to weddings as a married couple too, it is a great opportunity to reflect on your own marriage and relationship. Those words are wonderful and should definitely be used often🙂

  3. this is sooo true & nice to have a reminder – as tracy said, that’s one of the reasons I love going to weddings now too!

  4. It was a beautiful wedding and what the Reverand said has stuck with me as well – as well as my own version of it!!!🙂


  5. How lovely – I havent been to a wedding for eons – so thanks for sharing Hannah! Leo and I went to a hot tips for couples and came away with so much! We take so much for granted and forget our marriages need TLC just like evrything in our lives.

  6. that made me tear up a little. I’m sure I would have been bawling at the wedding.

    What a beautiful message….and you’re right, I’m sorry and thank you need to be heard more.

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