Below are the different types of special ceremonies to choose from. These ceremonies take place immediately after the ring exchange.
This is a wonderful ceremony for outdoors or beach weddings. You can choose different color sands and keep the beautiful Unity Vase as a keepsake in your home.
When purchasing your Sand Ceremony set, make sure that the Unity container has a cover or lid for safe keeping.
Like the Unity Candle, the two vases of sand represent your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. This special covenant is a pledge between two people who will agree that they will commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives. This special bond is symbolized through the pouring of the two individual containers of sand, representing all that you were, all that you are and all that you will ever be. As the two containers are poured into the Unity containers, your two lives will be joined together and just as the grains of sand can never be separated again, they become one, and so will your marriage forever be.
After you pledge your love to one another, through your vows and the exchanging of the wedding rings, you will further symbolize the commitment of sharing your lives together through the creation of one flame.
The two outside candles are lit to represent your lives as they were until today. Together you will light the Unity Candle and extinguish the side candles. Your lives are now joined in one light, creating one family and sharing one Love...that neither time nor circumstances can alter.
Mothers and children can participate in this beautiful ceremony by lighting the side candles for the couple.
Nice and simple ceremony immediately after the ring exchange. First, the groom will hold the bride's hand while the officiant reads:
"These are the hands of your best friend, holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work along side of yours as together you build your future. And these are the hands that will passionately love you and care for you through the years".
The bride will then hold the groom's hand while the officiant continues:
"These are the hands that with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will give you support as you both chase your dreams. And these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still reach for you, giving you the same unspoken love forever".
May your hands be there to heal, protect, support, guide and love -- always!
On your wedding day you are surrounded by traditions: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The Rose Ceremony also involves a tradition. In the past, a rose was considered a symbol of Love and when given to some one, it always meant: "I love you". Therefore, it would be very appropriate that your first gift - as husband and wife - you would be giving one another a rose.
It truly is a lovely ceremony with a very special meaningful reading which I love to share with all my couples. You can also dry the roses and keep them in a special location in your home, reminding you always of the vows you have taken on your wedding day!
Want something different? This is a beautiful and modern ceremony where the bride and groom write love letters to each other expressing their feelings, their hopes and dreams for the future. The couple will place their letters in a sealed envelope and will not read what the other has written until a desired date is chosen, usually an anniversary date. They will place the letters in a beautiful box with a bottle of their favorite wine and two wine glasses. On the anniversary date, they will read each other's letters toasting with a glass of wine and remembering the love and wedding vows that brought them together for always!