There are many special elements that can be incorporated into your ceremony and some are a great way of including family and friends. Here are a few examples.
Unity Sand Ceremony
This ceremony is ideal for any wedding. It expresses the coming together of two people or two families into one new family. It is a very simple idea that can be incredibly powerful.
Typically, each person has different coloured sand and takes turns pouring into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect.
It’s a great element to include if you want to involve children into the ceremony.
Wine Box / Love Letter Ceremony
This ceremony involves the couple writing letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope.
They will then choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of their choice and place these and any other memorabilia into the wine box.
During the ceremony, the will seal the box and vow not to open it until either an anniversary of their choice.
The only other time that the box may be opened is if the couple are having thoughts of separating at which time they will drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind them why they fell in love and chose to be together in the first place.
A wine ritual can be included in wedding ceremonies to accomplish several purposes. At the beginning of a ceremony, it can involve parents and signify the uniting of two families. Placed later in the ceremony, like Sand or Unity Candle ceremonies, a wine ceremony may symbolize the blending of two lives into one. By blending sweet and dry wines together, it can be used to symbolize the marriage bond that persists in times and joy and in sorrow.
The couple may choose to pour one white glass and one red glass to create a blush that they will both drink from or there can be a pouring of one glass that they will both drink from.
Regardless of how a couple chooses to use wine, it can add a touch of elegance to the moment.
Broom Jumping Ceremony
The Broom jumping Ceremony is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together.
In the Rose Ceremony the couple can chose to present roses to their mothers or grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support.
The roses can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other.
Ring Warming Ceremony
This is a great way to involve guests during the Wedding Ceremony or a Renewal of Vows Ceremony.
Before you say your vows and exchange your rings, the wedding officiant will ask everyone, including your wedding party to participate in a ring warming. The ring warming is an opportunity to send the bride and groom good luck and love through a silent wish to the rings when passed to them.
Hand Fasting Ceremony
More and more of my bride and grooms are choosing to incorporate this element into their ceremony. It is also another lovely way of involving family or friends.
The original meaning of ‘tying the knot’ comes from this Celtic tradition. The hands are tied with ribbons in the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolise the bringing together or the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity forever.
The ribbons can all be different colours, each colour has a different meaning and the couple can ask several guests to come forward and place a ribbon over their hands before the Celebrant ties the knot.
This ritual has long been used in the Catholic Wedding Ceremony, but as a traditional option, it holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the joining of the couple in a marriage as well as the joining of their two families.
The couple’s mothers can light individual candles for them as a symbol to show that they are moving on from their family to create a new family together.
Alternatively, the couple take the light from their own candles and together, light one joint candle.