RITUALS

There are many rituals that can be be used to give your ceremony your own particular style.   Here are some examples.

Sand Ceremony

” BRIDE and GROOM, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship is symbolised through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand; one, representing you, BRIDE and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, GROOM, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As you each hold your sand the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.

You may now blend the sand together symbolising the uniting of the bride and groom into one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”

 Candle Ceremony

Two small candles or tapers are lit (usually by mothers of the Bride and Groom) during the ceremony to signify the life of the Bride and the Groom. The Unity Candle is then lit simultaneously by the Bride and Groom using the individual candles to symbolise the joining of two lives into one and the creation of a new family. This candle can stand in a prominent place in your home and be relit on each wedding anniversary to symbolise the continuance of the love and the light you share.

Unity Bowl Ceremony

This tradition is a way to honor multiple generations of the bride‘s and groom’s families, and/or a way to include any children that the couple may have.

The Bride and Groom choose a glass bowl that will have a prominent place in their new home together. Each person who has some relationship to them through family ties, for example, grandparents, parents, siblings, or through other close ties (godparents, step-parents, guardians) is given a small bag that is filled with coloured marbles or stones. Each bag holds a colour that is unique to that person.

The stones are placed into the bowl that the couple has chosen. This represents the foundation of the family and the wedding itself. After everyone has added their stones to the mix, the celebrant mingles the colours and then the Bride and Groom add their stones as well.

Love Locked Ceremony

“Two hearts locked together forever.”  This ceremony idea has that something a little bit different.

Love locks are a custom by which sweethearts lock padlocks together and affix them to a chain joined together in a never ending circle. A unique ceremony idea using heart shaped padlocks with your names and special date engraved on them.

“As your hearts are now joined together in love, so will these padlocks be locked together forever.

Lock the padlocks together and throw away the keys at your favorite place, Or send them on a journey, tie them to helium balloons to be released into the sky. The locks can now be placed on the brides wrist for the rest of the ceremony. This wedding ceremony idea will leave you with a beautiful memento of your wedding day. Locking your love is an ancient custom said to have originated in ancient China.   Heart shaped padlocks are a new edition to wedding ceremonies now becoming very popular in today’s wedding ceremonies here in Australia.

Warming of the Rings

The wedding rings are placed in a small organza bag. They are then passed around family members or friends to be “warmed” or wished upon before being placed on the Bride and Groom’s fingers. This is a symbolic representation of family and friends wishing the best for the couple and recognition of their involvement in the lives of the couple.

Rose Ceremony

The Bride and Groom give each other a rose. A single red rose means “I love you” and this ceremony gives recognition to the new and honourable title of husband and wife as well as the first gift being given in this new role.

Sharing of Wine

This is a tradition where the Bride and Groom drink three times from the same cup. The first is a drink to friendship, the second to commitment of love and the third represents the unity of spirit.

Honouring a Special Person

With blended families becoming increasingly the norm, the inclusion of children into the wedding ceremony acknowledges the very real need to honour the uniting of two adults and their offspring. When families blend through a shared adult couple, there is potential for more than this loving relationship alone. Children can be included into the wedding ceremony to help make them feel special and a wanted part of the new family.

Stone Ceremony

This ceremony works particularly well for beach weddings. The Bride and Groom are given a stone each, and they cast it into a body of water (usually the sea or a river) to symbolise their unity so long as the river flows or the tide ebbs and returns.

Flower Ceremony

This is a simple addition to the traditional ceremony. It is also an easy way to acknowledge the mothers during the service. As the bride walks down the aisle she presents a single flower from her bouquet to her mother.  After the wedding ceremony is complete she hands a flower from her bouquet to her mother-in-law on her way back down the aisle. The Flower Ceremony brings you together in accepting all parts of your personality and uniting them.

Dove Release

For many centuries, the white dove has been a symbol of peace, love and new beginnings.

Butterfly Release

The Bride and Groom release several butterflies and as they fly upward, silently, the guests make a silent wish for the couple.

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