Wedding planning looks like it’s all fun and excitement, but when you actually begin preparing you may quickly realize how stressful the process can be. For many brides and grooms, the wedding preparation process can be a trial to overcome. It doesn’t have to be something so stressful though that it ultimately makes the wedding unenjoyable. With a little help from friends, family, and most importantly, God, you will be able to have a wedding that was more than you ever imagined. Here are some prayers to help you stay focused on the most important part of your wedding, celebrating love and the Lord.
A Prayer to Invite Jesus
One wedding invitation you might be forgetting to send out is the most important one - an invitation for Jesus Christ! During the wedding planning process, we forget to ask God to be there in attendance. This prayer from Beliefnet bloggers Mark and Jill Herringshaw is a great place to start.
Father, as we prepare for this wedding, we ask that You would be our most honored guest. When Jesus attended His friends’ wedding in Cana, He demonstrated both His power and His attention to detail by supplying what was lacking. Father, please see to it that any details we might be neglecting or any unforeseen challenges or issues be covered by your mighty power and great care. We rejoice in this celebration to come. We pray for protection over each traveler. And we pray for loving interactions between each of us, even when we feel the stresses that undoubtedly come with an event like this. More than anything, we ask for the Holy Spirit’s presence! Marriage was Your idea, Lord, and a beautiful wedding is a wonderful way to begin a brilliant marriage. Amen.
A Praying For Relief of Stress
Planning a wedding is a lot of hard work, and can get incredibly overwhelming at times. However it doesn’t have to be something you go at alone. When you are feeling stressed about your wedding planning, use this adapted prayer from iBelieve to help cast your anxieties onto Him.
Lord, thank you that you want us to cast our cares on you. Thank you that there is nowhere I can go that you are not there with me. Even during this hectic and stressful wedding season, I thank you for having a hold of my life, even as I feel like everything is crumbling around me.
Lord, I confess that I have let stress take a hold of my life, rather than You. I have let stress control my mood, my attitudes and my actions. I do not want to become the bridezilla, but rather keep this an event that celebrates You. Lord, I repent of this! Please Father, help me see what is stressful in my life and hand it over to You. Help me not let the stress win out. Help me actively think on Your goodness to me.
Help me live boldly in the truth of Your goodness and power today. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Prayer Your Family Can Pray For You
You don't have to be the only one praying for your big day. Chances are, your friends and family are already keeping you and your soon-to-be spouse in their thoughts. Adapted from a prayer series by Beyond Blessed Blog, this prayer is one you can ask your family to say on your behalf for additional support.
Dear Heavenly Father, as (names) prepare to exchange their vows in the near future, we would like to ask for your presence in their lives to strengthen. We pray that love will remain the fundamental key to success in their marriage. We pray for a marriage built on honesty, respect, commitment, forgiveness and endurance. May love inspire all these things to grow in their marriage. We pray that they will communicate with each other in a way that reflects their heart, especially during the stress of planning and preparation. May they listen patiently and let love lead. Amen!
A Prayer Asking For Help
There is no shame in asking God for help and guidance during this time. As the ceremony approaches closer and closer, you will need to rely on God more than ever. Anyone involved in the wedding can use this prayer written by Karen Barber.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am excited that the time of our wedding is coming nearer, but I’m also stressed out because of all of the things we have yet to do to get ready. You know how much I want the wedding to be beautiful and memorable. Here are the specific parts of our wedding that I most want to work out well (insert specific parts.)
I pray that you will clear my mind, restore me with rest and show others how to help me in the ways I feel I most need help and support today. Give me the ability to communicate my needs and concerns in clear and helpful ways.
But most importantly, amid all of the activities and deadlines, help me not to lose focus of the joy in heaven surrounding the mysterious joining together of two lives as it says in your Word, “For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Enlarge my vision to see beyond the wedding day to the new lifetime before me. Let me remember that however beautiful the wedding might be, it is not the end in itself but instead an entry way into a new life partnership. Amen!
If you are feeling overwhelmed about your wedding, don’t fret. You are not alone. God is going to be with you from engagement through the wedding and through your marriage. It will be a beautiful ceremony that glorifies God and the love you share with your soon-to-be spouse.