The Love Story – Have you ever been to a wedding and not connected to the first dance? Stood there, wondering how long before you can go back to what you were doing before you were asked to watch…
The problem is it’s nothing special, it’s that dance that you have seen a hundred times before, at every wedding, you have attended. Maybe they stay out there for thirty seconds, looking awkward before everyone joins them or maybe they have taken lessons and have some elaborate dance arranged, but chances are there are still some that are still not engaged in what is happening.
The Love Story captures everyone’s full attention, hearts, and imagination for the 1st Dance
The Love Story is a way to emotionally involve all of the guests at your evening reception. It is generally read just before your first dance and has frequently been one of the biggest highlights for my couples on their wedding day. Your guests will cheer they will ooh and aaaahhhh, there will be laughter and maybe even an emotional tear. As I tell the story of how you met and fell in love, from your first date to that moment when you looked at partner and realised they were “the one” that you were destined to spend the rest of your life with. To how the perfect proposal was planned and delivered culminating in your love message to each other.
Your love story is unique but every couple has one and when I tell yours, couples at your reception will be transported back to when they first met, maybe even the day they got engaged! So when you step out onto the dance floor for your first dance as a married couple they are even more engaged in what’s happening.
It’s the one thing that will truly make your wedding day unique and I believe no wedding should be complete without one.
The Love Story is a narrated feature that will personalize your wedding in ways you’ve never imagined before.
The Love Story is the best way I know to engage your guests and done well, it can ignite the rest of the reception by connecting everyone with the real reason they are there “Love” It is the reason, the foundation of why everyone is there to celebrate.
This extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres explains it beautifully:
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like a volcano and then subsides. When it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together, that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
So how does the Love Story connect? Well put simply anyone that is married or engaged amongst your guests when your story is told, remembers the key moments in their courtship, when they first met through to the proposal and they remember how they felt and now they truly understand how you are feeling.
Let’s look at one of my couples, David & Leanne, for example:
When I met with David & Leanne to discuss their wedding, it came up in conversation that “Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper had played a big part in their meeting. So, I asked “why?” and what I discovered led to me writing their Love Story, which I then delivered on their wedding day. They shared with me about when they first met, for David & Leanne it was at a Halloween party hosted by his friend. David really didn’t wont to go, but was convinced to attend a party that was to change his life!
Here’s an excerpt from David and Leanne’s Love Story:
[At a party hosted by Mike, a mutual friend…]
People were jumping on the computer and cueing up songs all night long. After a while, Dave got up and, as it was Halloween, loaded on to the playlist one of his favourites, ‘”Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper.
A few tunes passed by and eventually, it came on. But, just 30 seconds in, Mike’s girlfriend (and now wife) Anya not only turned it off but put a song by Abba instead!!
It was then, that in complete unison, Leanne and Dave both shouted out from different ends of the kitchen ‘NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!’.
That was the first time Dave noticed Leanne, shocked to find someone else that even knew the song, let along liked it!! Leanne smiled back at Dave, half sheepish and half tipsy.
A few minutes later, out of nowhere, Dave heard the unmistakable intro to “Feed My Frankenstein'”start up again. He looked up and there she was Leanne, on the dance floor, beckoning him over. She was in full make-up with a completely whited out face and a black teardrop on her cheek, dressed in a black evil pirouette clown outfit with a pointy hat.
Not used to being beckoned onto a dance floor by any woman, let alone one dressed as an evil clown, surprisingly Dave wasn’t nervous at all…
David also shared the moment he realized that Leanne was “the one”. They were destined to be together and how planned the perfect proposal. Leanne sharing how she felt about David and memories of the day David proposed. How she felt, whether she guessed or not, that David was about to propose and how she felt when he asked her to marry him.
Ultimately telling me why they thought they were both perfect for one another.
This all led to their first dance, as they held onto each other tighter than they had all day, the love in their eyes for each other, they were lost in the moment. It was obvious to all who were there that they were in love.
Both David and Leanne shared their versions of their story separately, not knowing what the other had written, each wrote their version separately and I merged them together into one complete story. A special treat for their guests, how they met, how they fell in love and how the proposal was delivered. Not only would their guests hear their complete love story for the first time, just before their first dance, but so would they.
As I read through their story the guests applauded they ooohed & they aaaahhhed, there was laughter and even the occasional tear of joy. When they stepped onto the dance floor everybody was connected and engaged to the magic that was unfolding, the natural continuation of David & Leanne’s love story, their first dance
[The Love Story is an emotional story-telling skill developed by attending Marbecca workshops with Mark and Rebecca Ferrell].
If you would like to know more about The Love Story or to talk to me about your wedding, then please get in touch and let’s arrange an appointment as soon as possible.