Creating Celebrations of Love, Joy and Togetherness
Y ou may want to consider the addition of special rituals or create your own. The following are beautiful, meaningful commemorations:

UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY This ceremony symbolizes the union of two lives. One candle is lit from two separate candles held by the bride and groom. Creative variations can be added to the ceremony, such as the mothers of the bride and groom, or any designated member of the wedding party, lighting the candles after they walk down the isle or during the ceremony. The couple may keep the candle (some re-light the candle each year on their anniversary). A lovely variation for a beach wedding can be done with sand pouring.

THE BLESSING OF THE RINGS The wedding ring is the visible sign of an inward bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows made to one another. It symbolizes living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.

BREAKING OF THE GLASS The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony usually is reserved for Jewish ceremonies. However, it is a beautiful ending to any wedding. Breaking the glass serves to remind us of two very important aspects of a marriage. The bride and groom and everyone present considers these marriage vows just as permanent and final as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable. The breaking of the glass also is a warning of the frailty of a marriage. Knowing that this marriage is permanent, the bride and groom should strive to show each other the love and respect befitting their spouse and love of their life.

CHILDREN SERVICES Many couples are remarrying and want to include their children in the ceremony. There are numerous ways this may be done.

FLOWER CEREMONY This is a family/friends ceremony. Each designated person comes up and places a different flower in a vase to create a garden of love.

HAND CEREMONY Often used in the place of traditional vows and becoming a favorite of many couples, this is a three to five minute ceremony in which the officiant uses the phrasing, "These are the hands that..." to create a preliminary set of vows.

HONORING THE MOTHERS A brief reading is done and then the bride and/or groom present their mother(s) with a small gift (flowers usually).

JUMPING THE BROOM There are many different versions of this ritual which involves the couple jumping over the broom. Essentially, the jumping of the broom is a symbol of sweeping away of the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of a new beginning.

SILENT BLESSING & MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE Both are small blessings/readings honoring the deceased. They may include specific names or a general statement.

RIBBON CEREMONY/HAND-FASTING The ancient Celts tied the hands of the bride and groom. The officiant loosely binds the hands together. They remain that way for the rest of the ceremony

ROSE CEREMONY A symbolic ceremony using roses, the symbol of love. The couples who have chosen this have described it as an extremely beautiful and moving ceremony.

WINE OR WATER CEREMONY The couple share a cup of wine or water while the officiant says a blessing and a reading.

BLESSING THE FOUR DIRECTIONS This prayer service designates the four points on a compass with human virtues.
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