There are many different types of occassions that people decide to celebrate with their friends and family and within these celebrations there are many types of special rituals that you might like to include in your ceremony:
“.......In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as husband and wife - that gift would be a single rose.......”
“........Each of you today bring to this ceremony a bottle of coloured sand. Each colour represents you as an individual. The things that you like, and things that you dislike, the things that you are good at and the things that you still need help with. Each colour represents your individual personality ......”
Wine box Ceremony
“A strong wooden box to hold two bottles of wine and two wine glasses is needed. The couple then each write a love-letter to the other, expressing their feelings, why and how they fell in love and their hopes for the future. They keep these letters secret and they sealed them in the box with the two bottles of wine and two glasses. The idea is then to open this box on an anniversary in the future. The couple promise to open the box, drink the wine together and read the letter that they wrote to each other in preparation for their nuptials, as a reminder of their love.”
“.......You drink from the same cup to be reminded that you will share pain & pleasure, struggle and hope or the years of life are as a cup of wine poured out for you to drink. The cup of life contains within it, the sweet wine of happiness, joy, hope and delight. The same cup, at times, holds the bitter wine of disappointment, sorrow, grief & despair. Those who drink deeply of life invites the full range of experiences into their being........”
Unity Candle Ceremony
“........During a Unity Candle wedding ceremony the mothers of the bride and groom light candles to the side of the unity (center) candle which represent the separate lives, families and experiences before the wedding day. After the exchange of vows, but before the exchange of rings the bride and groom take each side candle and light the unity candle together, uniting the families and experiences into one. ......”
Hand Fasting Ceremony
The bride and groom’s hands are joined together, with a ribbon or symbolic material looped over the bride and groom’s wrists and tied by the celebrant or a friend/family member. “.....we now bind you…hand to hand, heart to heart. “Together, these hands form the symbol of infinity . . . . These are the hands of your best friend . . . to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. . . . . And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”
How about choosing something a little different – like a Chocolate Ceremony? Chocolate is a delightful (and delicious) metaphor for love and life. The possible flavours and textures of chocolate are endless; sweet, creamy, dark and nutty! Also a delicious treat the guests can share together.
There's a nice bit of symbolism in releasing balloons - about the two of you starting your journey together. The Bride and Groom each take a balloon and tie the two balloons together. With balloons united together, bride and groom released them to the sky signifying two united souls flying together. The guests can also join in and send their hopes and wishes for you as they each release a balloon.
Love Lock Ceremony
The love lock is a symbol of the commitment you have made to each other. The message written upon your lock is the promise of love, acceptance and unity. The story goes that once a couple close a padlock together, just as the lock cannot be unlocked, nor can their love and commitment to one another. If the padlock comes with a key, the key is tossed into a river (or ocean), or tied to a helium balloon and released during the wedding ceremony.
Each ritual can be tailored to suit your beliefs and dreams for your future. Each ritual is created to suit the bride and groom on their own or to include friends/family within the Ceremony.