The inclusion of rituals by your marriage celebrant in your ceremony can be a wonderfully symbollic was to celebrate the occassion. Clients and guests often find the completion of rituals incredibly meaningful in terms of getting those special messages across. Below are only some examples of rituals your marriage celebrant could perform:
Rose Ceremony (Wedding Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
The couple give each other a single red rose. A single red rose has always meant "I love you". Family members can play a special role in the rose ceremony e.g. the roses could be handed to the couple by the mothers as recognition of their acceptance of their new son or daughter-in-law into the family or by step children. The couple can be asked to make a special place in their home for roses. When a rose is placed in this special place by one of the couple it may done so to say 'I Love You, I'm Sorry or I Forgive You' a way of saying words which can sometimes be difficult.
Candle Ceremony (Wedding Ceremony, Naming Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
The candle ceremony can be used in wedding, commitment renewal of vow or naming ceremonies. The ceremony can symbolizes the pledge of unity between a couple, the merging of two families or the commitment of parents and godparents to a child. During a wedding the mothers can each light one of the side candles. The couple can each take one of the side candles and together they light the center candle. They may then blow out their individual side candles to symbolize the extinguishing of their two single lives. Or, as is more common today, they may keep those candles burning to symbolize that their individualness is not extinguished, even though they are united in marriage.
Wishing or Memory Box (Naming Ceremony)
After the ceremony family and friends can write their special wishes to the child and place them in the special wishing or memory box which has been provided. Alternatively special items can be placed in the box representative of the times in which their naming day took place. A wonderful keepsake that would make a very gift to share with the child on their 18th or 21st birthday.
Sand Ceremony (Wedding Ceremony, Naming Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
A sand ceremony is a popular ceremony for wedding, commitment and renewal of vow ceremonies. Using different coloured sands, representing the lives of the couple, they fill a vase call the Unity Vase as they exchange their vows. This captures the meaning of two lives becoming one and the sand filled vase becomes a symbol of a new life together, never being abe to be separated again. The ceremony is quite popular for blended familys, a great way to involve the children and have them feel part of the marriage ceremony and recognised as being part of the new family.
Rose Petal Blessing (Naming Ceremony)
A rose petal blessing for your naming day ceremony is a simple and beautiful addition.
This usually includes the godparents or other important family members or friends and
parents showering the baby in 4 different coloured rose petals. Each colour of the rose
petals represent different qualities and aspiration such as innocence, friendships to
come, tender love and compassion, and kindle the fire of love for life. A beautiful blessing
is shared with words representing the meanings of each of the colours of petals as they
are showered over the child.
Wine Ceremony (Wedding Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
The wine ceremony symbolises the blending of your two lives into one. There are many ways to perform a wine ceremony. The glass of wine is symbolic of the cup of life. One option is that the couple each take a glass, bottle or carafe of wine, one white and one red, and pour it into a single glass. This blended wine is then poured back into their glasses, arms are linked and wine is sipped. The blending of the red and white wine creates a light pink rose wine, celebrating the blending of the two individual lives and love of the new couple.
Warming of the Rings (Wedding Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows).
Near the beginning of your ceremony, have your celebrant will let your guests know that your rings will be making their way through the assembled guests, with an invitation for each of them to hold the rings, say a silent prayer/wish for your marriage, and then pass it on. The celebrant can pass out the rings, and continue on with the ceremony until it's time for you and your partner to present the rings to each other. Should you have a large number of guests you could choose just to do this with the family who may be sitting or standing at the front of the guest area.
Balloon Release (Naming Ceremony)
Balloons are are a reminder of the joy and fun of childhood. They are commonly used as decoration in the area in which the baby naming ceremony and are incorporated in the actual ceremony. A balloon release symbolise hopes and wishes for the child.You can have the godparents or siblings release balloons or the parents can release a single balloon or even your guests. Special wish notes can be placed in them. Balloons can be a risk to wildlife. So choose latex balloons or biodegradeable balloons to minimise the risk.
Dove Release (Wedding Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
Typically the bride and groom will hold a white basket with two white doves inside. They will open the basket and the two doves will fly up into the air symbolizing the
bride and groom entering the world together to begin their lives as a couple. The bride and groom may want to read
a poem or have the best man read before opening the basket. You can plan the release of the birds in your own way.
You can even hold the birds in your hands and release them simultaneously. You may even decide to have each member
of the wedding party hold a dove and everyone release them together.
Butterfly Release(Wedding Ceremony, Naming Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
Releasing butterflies is a popular new tradition.The butterfly has long been symbolic of new
beginnings, good fortune and joy.Plus, releasing butterflies is a colourful, lively and
environmentally friendly alternative to rice, confetti or balloons.
Handfasting (Wedding Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony, Renewal of Vows)
Nowadays, the handfasting ceremony is only used symbolically. The couples hands are joined together, usually holding hands so the wrists and pulses are touching, with a ribbon or symbolic material looped over the couples wrists and tied by the celebrant or a friend. Words are usually spoken by the couple which express their love and commitment for one another and like the cord or ribbon, which has two individual ends, they are two individuals. Yet, in essence, they are one.