There are symbolic rituals that you may consider as part of your ceremony. Here are some suggestions. We can discuss how these or other ideas that you have can be incorporated.
This marks the joining of two lives, families and friends. Two containers of sand are poured into a third vessel. As the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be..
You may choose to present each other with a rose as a first gift to one another after marriage. You may also choose to present roses to your parents or mothers in gratitude for their love.
This is a festive way to transition to a reception. Champagne flutes are presented to the couple and their guests. The bride and groom toast one another for the first time as a married couple.
Couples with Children
I take great delight in helping couples involve their child or children in the ceremony. I have many suggestions for meaningful ways to include them.
Love Letter Ceremony
Like a time capsule, letters to one another are locked away in a keepsake container to be re-opened at a later date as a way to celebrate and remember your love and feelings for one another at the time of your wedding.
This consists of lighting two candles by the couple or two family members . After the pronouncement, the bride and groom light the unity candle with these two, lit candles. This symbolizes the merging of two individuals, their families and friends.
A stone is given to each guest who is asked to think of a loving wish for the couple while holding the stone. These are then collected and held in a vessel as a keepsake for the newly married couple.
Blended Family Vow Ceremony
Blended families are extremely common and many wish to include the children in the ceremony. During this ceremony, vows are spoken from the partner entering the new family. These vows are spoken directly to the child(ren) and speak of guidance, role modelling and encouragement, support and love.
You may wish to present the child(ren) with a small symbolic gift (it does not have to be expensive-just meaningful!) after the vows have been shared. Many couples also wish to incorporate the sand ceremony afterwards to include the children even further.
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