Monday, September 24, 2012

Special Ceremonies







Your wedding ceremony will be filled with love and celebration. 
Consider adding one of these popular special ceremonies to your wedding ceremony 
to create extra special memories and mementos.


  
Unity Candle
        You will need one decorated pillar candle (aka the unity candle), two taper candles, and a butane lighter. You will also want holders for your candles and possibly a mirror or something to place under the set to catch any dripping wax. You can find unity candle sets that include all the necessary parts to make it easy. 
         The unity candle ceremony is meant to symbolize the joining of two families and the joining of the couple to create one life committed to each other. Typically the bride's mother and the groom's mother will light the taper candles in the beginning of the wedding ceremony and later, when prompted by the officiant, the bride and groom each take one of the lit taper candles and light the unity candle. 
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors, because the flame won't be challenged by the breezy or inclimate weather. 


  
 Sand Ceremony
      You will need one mid-size vesicle that can be corked and at least two smaller vesicles (typically tall and cylindrical), all of which need to be capable of holding sand. You will also need sand (typically colors of your wedding) to fill your smaller vesicles.You can find sand ceremony sets that include all the necessary parts to make it easy to assemble. 
         The unity candle ceremony is meant to symbolize the joining of the couple to create one life committed to each other and often to symbolize the joining of families. Typically the bride and groom will take their smaller sand filled vesicles, when prompted by the officiant, and pour their sand together into the larger vesicle. If the couple getting married has children they will often have smaller sand filled vesicles for the children as well to include them in the ceremony. This is a great way to involve the children in the wedding ceremony and make them feel special too.
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors or outdoors and is especially attractive to those having beach weddings.



Unity Cross
Unity Cross
  You will need one decorative and curvy center cross which is meant to represent the bride and one simple and strong cross which is meant to represent the groom.You can find unity cross sets that include all the necessary parts to make it easy or if you happen to know someone that is great with wood working they can create you an extra special unity cross set. 
         The unity cross ceremony is a relatively new idea and meant to symbolize the joining of the couple to create one life committed to each other and to God. The bride and groom will take their designated pieces and join them together on a small platform by attaching the small pegs or screws into three upper points of the cross (as depicted above). 
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held in a religious setting such as a church and is becoming especially common for those of a Christian background. 


Breaking the Glass
        You will need a glass and a cloth to wrap it in. You can find beautifully personalized sets online to use for this type of ceremony. 
         The glass breaking ceremony is meant to symbolize the idea that just as it would be impossible to return the glass to its original condition, the lives of the wedding couple are changed forever. It is a way to symbolize the new beginning for the couple. 
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors or outdoors and is especially common for those of a Jewish background.


Dove Release
        You will need a professional to help you with this type of ceremony. A professional can provide you with the doves and the appropriate type of cage, container, or basket to contain the dove in until they are to be released. 
         A dove release is meant to symbolize the purity and faithfulness within the couple's relationship. It is also meant to symbolize the new beginning of the couples union and hopes for the blessings of a peaceful life together. In most occasions the bride and groom will release the doves together from their hands or a container, but can also be released by a professional after the couple has been announced husband and wife and begins to make their way down the aisle.
          This type of special ceremony is always utilized at wedding ceremonies being held outdoors or as the bride and groom exit an indoor location. 


Butterfly Release
      You will need a professional to help you with this type of ceremony. A professional can provide you with the butterflies in the appropriate packaging and instructions for an easy and safe release.
         Butterflies symbolize transformation, celebration, and freedom, so they can be a beautiful addition to a wedding ceremony A butterfly release symbolizes the transformation of the couple's relationship into a beautiful, committed, and long lasting marriage. Most times the bride and groom will release the butterflies together from a container during the wedding ceremony, when prompted by the officiant, or the guests will be given smaller containers or packets of butterflies to whisper a special wish for the couple to and release as the couple are announced as husband and wife.
          This type of special ceremony is always utilized at wedding ceremonies being held outdoors or as the bride and groom exit an indoor location.


Handfasting
        You need will long lengths of ribbon and/or cord which can be used as is or braided together for a more decorative effect. These items can be found at your local craft store or online.
         A handfasting ceremony is meant to symbolize the couple's unity and permanence of their marriage to one another.The bride and groom have their hands literally tied together by the officiant during a heartfelt blessing, after which they place the ribbons into a basket. 
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors or outdoors and is especially common for those of a Celtic background.


Jumping the Broom

        You need a beautifully decorated handmade broom. The broom is often made by the mother of the bride and decorated by the bride. The items to make your broom can be found at a local craft store or online.
         Jumping the broom is done to symbolize the sweeping away of any past problems and beginning new and fresh in marriage to one another.The bride and groom literally jump over the broom in declaration of their marriage to their wedding attendees.
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors or outdoors and is especially common for those of an African or European background.


Hands or Feet Washing Ceremony
        You will need a two chairs, a basin, a water filled pitcher, and a decorative hand towel to wipe your hands  or feet on at the end of the ceremony.
       The feet washing ceremony is meant to symbolize the couple's dedication to each other and desired to make each other feel cared for.In the feet washing ceremony the couple take turns washing one another's feet while declaring their love and respect. The hand washing ceremony is meant to symbolize purifying the couple's hearts and spirituality before entering into their marriage. In a hand washing ceremony the couples hands are washed by the officiant as they are blessed or on occasion by a group of guests who bless the couple with well wishing. 
          This type of special ceremony is typically utilized for wedding ceremonies being held indoors or outdoors and is especially common for those of a Jewish background.

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These are just a few ways to make your wedding ceremony even more of a special and personal occasion. Every culture and religion has their very own unique ways to celebrate a wedding so for more ideas research your background or ask your wedding planner for advance!