That man squeezes my hand as we sit side by side, watching our friends embark on this same adventure. It’s a silent, soft reminder, a little, “Hey — remember when we did that?” And it’s that simple. I watch a couple make earnest declarations, and I think of how beautiful it is that people can love each other so much that it makes them cry. I think of how lucky I am to have found a partner who thinks I’m the best, and who tolerates it when I’m being the worst.
Forget the tiny jars of local honey or the chocolate monocles on sticks. Evoking appreciation for spouses and partners and lifelong commitment — the best wedding favor you can give to your guests.
Sara Faith Alterman can be reached at email@example.com.