Rituals within your Ceremony
Why not add a unique element to your ceremony?
Your ceremony can be simple and beautiful without adding anything extra to it; however, if you’re thinking of including a ritual, here are some things to consider:
Does the ritual have a special meaning to you?
Would you like to include a ritual to acknowledge someone who may no longer with you?
Would you like to include other family members and/or guests in part of your ceremony?
Would you like to create a keepsake from your Ceremony?
Would you like to include children and pets?
Together, we will ensure your Ritual is unique and reflects who you are as couple.
“.......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 happily married - that gift would be a single rose.......”
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.”
Unity Candle Ceremony
“During a Unity Candle ceremony the a family member for each couple, light an individual candle. Each candle represents their family, their separate live and experiences before the wedding day. After the exchange of vows, but before the exchange of rings the couple each take a candle which has been burning during the ceremony and light the unity candle together. Thus uniting their families and future as one.”
This can also be a nice way to acknowledge those who have passed on.
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.”
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.
If you prefer, lets create your own ritual and start a new family tradition!