Ceremony Within a Ceremony

smroseWhile the exchange of vows and rings are the centerpiece of most wedding ceremonies, many couples choose to symbolize their joining together by including other beautiful rituals. Some of our most popular ceremonies are briefly described below. Many of these have traditional, updated, long or short versions.

It’s easy to research and find the perfect expression of your love for each other. If you decide to include one of them, we can review the versions together and work out precisely how they will fit into your wedding. On your wedding day the rituals you have chosen will come to life in the presence of your family, friends and Spirit. Read more about some of these beautiful rituals by clicking each title.

Lasso ceremony

Hands Ceremony
The Hands Ceremony, or Blessing of the Hands, is meant to draw the couple closer. The officiant asks each to recognize and bless the hands of one’s mate who will be their partner in life through the years. Often begins, “These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you…”
Lasso Ceremony
A Hispanic tradition, also called Lazo ceremony. To symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads or a white satin cord is placed in a figure eight shape (infinity) around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows. The symbolism of the lasso is to show the union and protection of marriage. This is usually done by the officiant, however, family members can also take part in this ritual. The couple wears the lasso throughout the remainder of the service.
Rose Ceremony
The couple exchange two roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony may also be used to convey how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other. In another version, the gift of a rose is presented to each of the couple’s mothers.
Sand Ceremony
Also called the Unity Sand Ceremony, it involves a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. Each partner pours sand into a third vessel – first alternately, then together. If you are blending families, a sand ceremony is a nice way to include your children in the wedding ceremony. The officiant’s narrative may include: “As the individual grains of sand can no longer be separated, may your bond also be inseparable.”
Unity Candle Ceremony
Also called the Candle Lighting Ceremony, the unity candle ceremony is used in many faiths. The ceremony provides an opportunity for the couple to involve and honor their parents and family during the wedding. Two taper candles, representing the couple as individuals, are used to light a single, larger candle as a visible symbol of their commitment to each other. Traditionally, the officiant declares:”As this new flame burns undivided, so shall your lives now be one.”
Warming of the Rings
Or Ring Warming Ceremony, involves the wedding guests. During the ceremony, the rings are passed among the guests for them to imbue with warmth, prayer and blessings. As each guest receives the rings, he or she is able to take a moment to privately add prayers and wishes before the rings are exchanged by the couple.

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