Why Include a Special Ceremony in the Wedding Ceremony?

Why include a special ceremony such as the Unity Candle Ceremony or Unity Sand Ceremony in the Wedding Ceremony?
Bill and I have found that short, meaningful ceremonies offer a unique way to:
  • include loved ones in the wedding
  • capture keepsake memories on video and in photos.
  • incorporate cultural, religious or family traditions
  • share feelings of love for each other in public
  • acknowledge the sanctity of marriage
  • remember love ones who have passed
  • embrace children and family life
  • evoke tender emotions
  • celebrate a life-changing milestone
These are just some of the many reasons couples decide to include special ceremonies or what are also referred to as “rituals” in a wedding ceremony.
The most popular ceremonies are the Unity Candle, Unity Sand, Embracing Children and the Glass-Breaking ceremonies. However, Bill and I perform all of these and variations of them as well as a number of other very wonderful ceremonies. Sometimes we change words or rewrite or augment a ceremony to suit the couple’s desires.
The following list will give readers an inkling of the different special ceremonies Bill and I have performed:
Jumping the Broom
Presentations of Flowers to Loved Ones   
I
rish Wedding Bell
First Gift (Bride &Groom exchange red
Wedding Bell – Toll
Greek Orthodox Crowning
Asian Red Thread
Cambodian Red String
Italian Water and Seed
Hispanic Coin
Shawl and Tying
Planting a Tree
Letter in a Box
Wine and Letter in a Box
In Memoriam
Polish Bread and Salt
Irish Hand Fasting
Cana Wine
Wine
Tea Leaves
Asian Tea 
 Wedding Dove Release
Butterflies –Release
Garland (Hawaiian/Indian Versions)
American Indian Blanket
Roses (Gifts) for Mothers
Adaptations of the above and other ceremonies
All of the ceremonies mentioned have the potential of making a wedding beautiful and memorable. Why not explore the idea of including one or more of them? In reality the wedding ceremony itself is made up of three main parts or ceremonies: The Presentation of the Bride; Exchange of Vows and Exchange of Rings: these parts of the wedding can be adapted to meet circumstances and preferences.
Enjoy planning your wedding and don’t be afraid to explore the possibility of including a special ceremony. They are relatively short and the wording can be expected to be beautiful, memorable, meaningful, touching and sentimental in nature.

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