There are two things more difficult than writing. The first is editing, the second is expert level Sudoku where there’s literally two goddamned squares filled in. While editing is a grueling process, if you really work hard at it, in the end you may find that your piece has fewer words than it did before, which is great. Perhaps George Bernard Shaw said it best when upon sending a letter to a close friend, he wrote, “I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” No quote better illustrates the point that writers are very busy.
Hi Sam! That’s a tough one! Part of me would say honestly, embrace the tears. As long as they’re good tears. In terms of ideas, I’d say possibly incorporating something Dad did or said into the ceremony would be very meaningful. Whether that’s a story from when your niece was little that showed Dad’s love for his girl or something more recent. I’d suggest trying for something with a funny or happy ending to keep it light, and then moving on with the rest of the program so that the focus stays on the moment they’re in.
However, there are loose threads in every scene you write. For example, let’s say that the protagonist and another character are engaged in conflict in a scene. If the protagonist “loses” the conflict, this will lead to a direct reaction in the second part of the scene where the protagonist reacts to what happened and makes a decision. But, let’s say that the other character “lost” and then went off screen. The readers follow the protagonist and do not see the reaction of the other character. But, remember, every reaction serves as a cause for a different reaction. Later on in the novel, let’s say that this other character tries to kill the protagonist. It would not be something out of the blue, because the other character has had time to react off screen and decide upon such action. This type of cause has a delayed effect, but it also serves to move the story forward and make the story more cohesive and whole.