A Different Generation
Times are changing, and weddings are no longer as conservative as they used to be. It is not uncommon to stumble upon somebody who has already planned most of their weddings without so much as an engagement ring.
People spend hours on end on the internet, trying to find ideas for their wedding, how to save money and what songs would be perfect for the first dance. Many people ensure to hire a videographer to capture their big day, but some wedding videos are wildly different than others.
Attention To Detail
There is something magical about your wedding day. Brides do everything in their power to make sure that their wedding is different from the rest. Color schemes and floral arrangements are chosen months in advance, and their vows are already written shortly after their partner gets down on one knee.
Brides are the world’s most meticulous planners. However, for one bride, she wanted more than just a breathtaking wedding.
She Had A Secret
Cassandra, a Florida resident, spent months planning her dream wedding. From what flavor the cake would be to the groom’s tie, she made sure not to miss a thing. However, she planned something else that not even her fiance knew about.
Paired with her surprise, she also organized a videographer to capture everything so that they could relive the moment. And on top of all this, the entire internet witnessed what she had done.
An Important Aspect
Most wedding guests bring a gift to the wedding. These gifts are intended to help kickstart the young couple’s life, so guests usually gift them with brand new household appliances. More and more people move in before their wedding day, so gifts are no longer required to be home-related.
No matter who the gifts are from and what they are, gifts are still an important factor that contributes to the perfect wedding. And Cassandra was ready to raise some eyebrows with her wedding gift.
A Sweet Remembrance
It is not unheard of for brides and grooms to buy each other a small gift in celebration of their union. They are not ordinarily extravagant gifs but rather silly gifts such as fuzzy socks if one partner gets “cold feet,” a pocket-handkerchief to help with all the “tears of joy,” and sometimes a special letter from the heart.
But Cassandra decided to do something a bit more unconventional for her wedding gift. It was sure to cause a stir and place a lot of focus on her husband-to-be.
An Unconventional Approach
Making a speech at the wedding is a responsibility that lies in the hands of the best man as well as the bride’s father. They usually share a funny anecdote about how the pair met and explain why they are perfect for each other.
However, the bride rarely, if ever, makes a speech. Cassandra decided to go against the grain of tradition and make a speech at her wedding. Her speech left all of her guests, husband as well as people on the internet astonished.
What Was Going On?
Cassandra’s wedding was beautiful, and there were no problems at all. Guests were laughing and enjoying the music when all of a sudden, Cassandra tapped on her champagne glass so that everyone could quiet down and pay attention to her. The guests as well as the groom, were confused by what she was doing.
The room soon fell quiet, and the guests’ gazes were fixed on her. Men began walking into the room, and their minds were boggled. The men swiftly walked up to the groom and positioned themselves behind him.
A Little Something
It seemed as if the whole room was confused by what was going on, including the six large men. Everybody waited anxiously to hear why the men were there, but Cassandra had other plans.
She began explaining to the confused group of people that somewhere in the room, something was hidden for the guests. This caused quite the stir in the guests, and their confusion soon got replaced by excitement.
Cassandra urged her guests to begin scouring the room to try and locate the presents. Suddenly, all the guests got up and started the treasure hunt.
In a whirlwind of excitement, the guests searched high and low to find the mysterious gifts. They rummaged through the wedding flowers, the tables, and even near the wedding cake. Nothing was off-limits, and they had one goal in mind. Cassandra could feel the guests’ excitement as she made her following announcement.
Even The Guests Gets A Gift
Most couples provide their guests with a gift in remembrance of their wedding. The favors range from coasters to magnets, and they normally contain the names of the newlywed couple.
Thus, the guests naturally expected the gift to be exactly that. A small gift indicating the couple’s gratitude that they shared their special day with them. However, they received something completely different.
Eventually, one of the guests found a small envelope and yelled out that they had found it under the seat. Everyone quickly searched under their own seats, and sure enough, they each found their own sealed envelope.
They were wondering what the envelopes contained. But once the bride gave them permission to look inside, everyone’s excitement became pure confusion.
The guest’s eyes widened as they ripped open the envelopes and looked inside. Inside every envelope was a $3 Dunkin’ Donuts voucher — enough to buy just one treat.
But why was the bride giving out something as unromantic as Dunkin’ Donuts vouchers? Everyone was extremely confused, but this was all part of Cassandra’s plan.
After such a massive buildup of excitement searching for the gifts, all the guests felt quite underwhelmed at the sight of the cheap vouchers.
And what was the relevance of this random offering from the bride? Even the groom himself didn’t know what to make of Cassandra’s strange speech and gifts.
Then, Cassandra tapped on her champagne glass and asked for everyone’s attention again. A sea of confused faces quietened down and looked back up at her as she began to explain herself.
You see, the vouchers that had been given out were not intended to be for the guests in attendance. Murmurs of surprise rose up from the room.
Who Were They For?
All the guests wanted to know who the vouchers were for. They all felt that the more the bride revealed in her strange speech, the more confused they were.
Then, Cassandra explained that the gifts were relevant to the six men she had called into the room. In their excitement, the guests had completely forgotten all about them!
The bride went on to explain that the vouchers were for someone that they all know but also may not have met yet. What was going on?
She introduced the men as brothers in arms to her husband – fellow police officers who served alongside her husband on the local police force. A little bit of recognition rippled through the crowd, but still, they were puzzled about why the bride had insisted on getting them up during her speech.
Lack Of Respect
She went on to describe the men – as courageous, selfless, thoughtful, strong, and kind. However, this was not always the way they were treated. So often, there is a lack of respect paid to the police force, and the public’s treatment of them is unfair, according to the bride.
She explained the sacrifice that her husband and his team make every day – risking their lives, leaving their families to report for duty, and never really having time off like most of the guests do.
What Did It Mean?
The policemen stood a little shyly, unused to such high praise and being the center of attention. The rest of the audience was also feeling a little awkward, thinking about what the bride was saying and asking themselves if they too, were guilty of the lack of respect that she was describing.
They were also, rather understandably, still curious about the situation and wondering what the vouchers were about. What did they have to do with the police officers? All was about to be revealed.
Playing To The Stereotype
There’s a common notion about police officers: they love donuts and coffee. This cliche has been perpetuated in many films and TV shows in pop culture.
Even the adult animated show The Simpsons portray policemen in this way – always drinking coffee and dunking a donut into it. Finally, the bride’s intentions were starting to become clear.
The bride was well-aware of this common perception about donuts and policemen, and she cleverly decided to play on the stereotype.
Each voucher she had provided for her guests would be redeemable to purchase one hot coffee and one donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. But, instead of using them themselves, the bride had another plan up her sleeve.
Paying It Forward
The bride tapped her glass with a spoon and addressed the confused crowd again. She pressed them to keep the vouchers for coffee and a donut and pass them along to the next police officer they happened to come across.
She intended for all her guests to show gratitude and respect for the city’s police officers by buying them a small treat. But why?
Random Act Of Kindness
Cassandra explained to her guests that – although the vouchers were just a small toke – like all small, random acts of kindness, they can go a long way to making someone’s day.
She hoped that the vouchers would make some police officers smile and feel as though they are appreciated. But Cassandra’s gifts actually meant so much more.
The Best Gift
To Ryan, Cassandra’s dumbstruck groom, the gesture meant so much more. He was touched that she had planned out such a unique and heartfelt way of telling him that she respected and supported his choice to become a police officer.
And, not only that, but her gesture had extended to his fellow officers as well. He quickly became emotional and tearfully thanked his wife for what she had done — it was the best gift he had ever received. The six officers gave the bride a warm hug to show how touched they were, too.
Ryan felt as if his gift to his wife would never live up to the amazing gesture Cassandra had planned so carefully — and, honestly, he’d be forgiven for thinking so! However, he had a speech of his own for his wife.
He promised to continue to serve his country, and he promised to do everything in his power to make his wife happy. With her love and support, he knew that they could weather any storm.
Of course, the entire wedding was recorded by the couple’s videographer and even by some of the guests. Soon, the footage was uploaded online for the world to see.
It was also a way to share the day’s magical events with those who had not attended the ceremony. But, nobody anticipated just how far it would spread. The video exploded on social media and went viral, garnering over 180,000 views! But how did viewers react to the touching video?
Spreading The Love
The comments continued to pour in. Civilians, police officers, and their families all showed their support and gratitude. One of the many viewers was the wife of a police officer.
In her comment, she explained how difficult it was for her to raise a family while her husband was out on long shifts to protect his country. She also voiced how difficult it was for her, knowing that something could happen to him while he was in the line of duty — a very real fear for police officers’ families.
The video was shared far and wide, and it inspired hundreds of people. People were so touched by Cassandra’s tribute to police officers that they decided to spread some love of their own.
It’s incredible to think that one bride’s wedding video touched the hearts of thousands of people worldwide. The video also happened to come at a time when tensions between the police force and civilians were especially high — making its message doubly important.
Cassandra had thought long and hard about the perfect gift to give her husband. But instead of settling on a token gift like a watch or hipflask, she decided to make a grand gesture to show her love.
Rather than giving her wedding guests a meaningless gift that would quickly be forgotten about, Cassandra had decided to give them something that they would remember forever.
Hopefully, this story inspires many people to remember those who it’s so easy to forget about while we get on with our safe, comfortable lives.
Of course, I’m referring to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect their country and the people living in it.
Next time you see a police officer, a small thank-you will go a long way! However, Cassandra taught her guests a second lesson that day.
Another lesson to learn from Cassandra and Ryan’s wedding video is that the best gift you can give your loved one is showing your support and appreciation for what they do.