We usually think of people in nursing homes as being near the end of life. However, two residents of an Arkansas nursing home recently started a new life together by exchanging wedding vows. Their wedding was just one of the many life moments going on in Arkansas nursing homes. All of the staff at St. Andrews Place in Conway were in on the pre-wedding preparations. Nursing home administrator/wedding planner — not as far apart in job duties as you might imagine! The excitement was contagious. We’ll share pictures of the event soon.
Several homes have celebrated weddings in the last few years. Some families choose to have their weddings at nursing homes because they have a family member who, due to mobility issues, wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise. A bride who chose to have her wedding in the nursing home where her grandmother lived told her local newspaper that she didn’t care what building she was in — the moment of seeing her family was much more important.
The story below comes from a photography website:
“My aunt is in a nursing home in my old hometown and my dad goes out to visit daily. He made some friends with the residents there and found out that two of them were planning to get married. They tell him that they have no money for a wedding but wish they could get married.
So dad goes into action…
He got the preacher from our church to volunteer to do the services for free of charge.
He got a local floral shop to donate the flowers and archway for the wedding.
My aunt and uncle who sing in a gospel quartet sang at the wedding.
A friend of my sister who bakes cakes donated the wedding cake.
And me, my wife and Ruthie donated our photography.
And the wedding went off without a hitch in the nursing home’s cafeteria.”
Community and nursing homes go hand in hand, like bride and groom. St. Andrews Place found that community services helped them host the perfect wedding. Staff is a big part of that community, which is why in Arkansas the best is yet to be!