As President and Presiding Bishop of the largest faith based Universal Life Church I wish to comment on an article recently published on our friends the Gathering Guide's website in the past few days. This article was entitled: The Naked Truth About Nude Weddings
The word "nude" is not a dirty word. The naked body is actually a work of art, it is in fact God's greatest masterpiece. An individual in their natural state of being is a thing of beauty and only sick or demented people would turn it into something it is not. Those who view nudity as being pornographic or a lead-in to fornication we must remember those who indulge into pornography, that pornography is created by those who suffer from mental illness. We are born naked, pure and innocent in the likeness of our creator.
While I do not see anything wrong with a man or woman who wish to get married in the nude, I do have reservations. Whether it is the minister, a member of the wedding party or a friend or family member in attendance, the bride and/or groom being completely naked will in all likelihood offend or alienate someone. Furthermore, it would make this special occasion off limits to any child that would wish to attend.
It is not that I am a prude or close minded to nudity, however there is a right time and place for nudity to occur and I do not believe such is appropriate to be put on display at your own marriage ceremony in front of family members or friends. There is a more appropriate time and place for a couple to share their nakedness with each other. Granted it is the bride and groom's special day, however they need to think about others before their own selfish desires. The place for nudity between the couple is later that night following the reception in the privacy of their own home.
An alternative to an all nude wedding is what is common place here in Florida and that is a beach wedding with the bride clad in a veil and bikini and the groom wearing swim shorts. Being a Father, I would rather see my daughter clad in a bikini than standing in front of me naked during the ceremony or next to me as I walked her down the aisle.
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