Couples are encouraged to find creative ways to make
their special day unique and memorable. Here are a few ideas you might
like to use, or even improve upon.
Handfasting - is
an ancient marriage ceremony that is becoming more popular. Rather than
exchanging rings the couple or even whole family is symbolically bound
together with ribbons or cords.
Wishing Stones -
are a fun addition to a wedding, and make a great keepsake. Small
smooth stones are given to the guests, along with a sharpie or paint
pen. The guests then sign or write wishes on the stones. Friends of
the bride can be given different colored stones than friends of the
groom, and the stones mixed during the ceremony to symbolize the joining
of the two circles of friends and family.
Unity Candle - A
beautiful addition to your ceremony. Each spouse takes a thin candle
called a tapir, and together you light a large single candle Your
individual flames join to become your new family flame. Unity candle
sets are available and make a great keepsake after your ceremony.
Signing of the Register -
At most weddings guests are encouraged to sign a book providing a list
of attendees for the couple. Alternatively, as the ceremony is
completed the officiant can invite the attendees to come up and sign the
register. As each person signs they say "I witness your joining, and
wish you joy."
Sand Ceremony -
Bring a touch of color and elegance to your ceremony as you and your
spouse pour colored sand into an ever mingled blend of life, love, and
earth. If you already have children, their colors can add to yours.
Partner1 and Partner2 Will now exchange very special
gifts. They are books that have been chosen for their wedding
day. These are books that truly represent their thoughts and
feelings. It may be a book that had a huge impact on their
outlook on life when they were growing up. It may be a recent book
that they found to be a stunning revelation. Or a book from any
time that they read again and again. If one of you is away and
you are lonely, take down your gift and read from it and your
beloved will be there with you. If you feel lost or confused by
something your partner has said or done, turn to this book for
enlightenment and understanding, and to again feel the love of
this moment. So I ask each of you, what book have you gifted to
the other, and why.
Book Exchange - Simply add this text to any ceremony for a special moment that shows your love for each other and your shared love of reading: