KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Getting married is one of the biggest days in someone's life, but it can also be one of the most costly.
On Sunday, thanks to a Knoxville church, six local couples got the wedding they'd been dreaming of, but simply could not afford.
They said their "I do's" on "Tie the Knot Sunday" at Northstar Church.
Sunday's morning services were all about celebrating marriage, and love was definitely in the air.
Six couples took part in a joint wedding ceremony, making it official in front of their church family.
Church leaders say "Tie the Knot Sunday" is a way to give couples the wedding they've been wanting but just couldn't make happen financially.
Every part of the wedding was provided by the church, from the ceremony and wedding dresses to the pictures and reception.
"That was just kind of the goal here, to love on people and encourage them to honor God in marriage and be devoted, husbands to wives, wives to husbands. It's just been neat for our church to rally around them," said Brad Raby, connections pastor at Northstar.
"What a wonderful, wonderful day. So special," said Chad and Leslie Dawson, one of the couples who got married.
But it's not just about a wedding.
To help them on their marriage journey, these couples have been in pre-marital counseling at Northstar for months.
"We talk about communication and how important that is in a relationship. How to handle your finances and budgeting. We talk about intimacy. How to handle conflict. How to fight fair," said Raby.
The newlywed couples are so happy to finally be starting their lives together.
"I believe this was a God appointed day for us as well as the other couples. We're absolutely honored, humbled and blessed to be able to share in it," said Chad Dawson.
And while it may be a little different saying your vows next to five other couples, they wouldn't have it any other way.
"Can't be happier. I don't think it would have been the same if it hadn't been just the way God had put it on our church's heart to do it," said Leslie Dawson.
The couples are also receiving an overnight honeymoon getaway.
This is the first event like this Northstar has ever hosted.