Ritual Ideas for your Ceremony
Rituals can be a great addition to a wedding ceremony. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that you, your friends and family will remember.
1) Sand Ceremonies
Sand Ceremonies are a unique way of showing the unity of two souls joining. It can also involve family showing they are an important part of the new union.
2) Hour Glass Ceremony
A take on the sand ceremony but it can be turned on every anniversary.
3) Water Ceremony
The couple each pours different coloured water into a single glass, creating a third colour with the water. The new mixture cannot be separated into its original halves, signifying a lifelong, irreversible bond.
4) Actually ‘Tying the Knot’
Both the bride’s and groom’s mothers present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colours, maybe your wedding colours) which you will tie in a knot to symbolise the union of the two families.
5) Dove release ritual
The significance of releasing white doves on your wedding day is that you have chosen one partner for life. It is also said that if doves are seen on your wedding day a happy home is assured.
6) Covenant Salt Ceremony
From earliest times, salt has been known as a preservative and purifier that prevents decay and corruption. It is eternal, enduring, never changing, and abiding forever; it is the very symbol of God’s character and reliability. The term “Covenant Salt,” is indicative of the everlasting nature of the Covenant relationship between the children of God and their Creator. Entering into a Covenant of Salt means binding oneself to another in utmost loyalty and truthfulness.
7) Feet Washing Ceremony
The bride and groom take their shoes off, placed the sponge in the bowl, pour the water on top of the sponge and lightly wash the others feet. Then they dry of the others feet with a towel, and placed their shoes back on.
This is a beautiful way to symbolise being humble and thoughtful.
8) Tree Planting Ritual
Symbolic tree planting ceremonies are an age-old ritual, spanning many countries and numerous cultures. Putting a healthy, young tree in the ground or pot is a symbol of celebration: representing life, hope, growth and continuity.
9) Make a Time Capsule
(Love letter book/box wedding ceremony ritual)
You might not be able to wrap love in a box, but you can certainly capture the essence of your wedding day by creating a marriage time capsule that you will open at a specified time.
10) The Chord of Three Strands Ceremony
The Chord of Three Strands symbolises the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, you’re soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the centre of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.
Significance of the Colours of the Cords
Gold Strand - Represents God
Purple Strand - Represents the Groom
White Strand - Represents the Bride
11) Ring Blessing Ceremony
The ring blessing ceremony is an important part of the wedding ritual in which the visible symbol of the pledges made between the bride and the groom are presented and the symbolism explained.
12) Rose Ceremony
The rose is considered a symbol of love and a single rose meaning is “I love you.” So it is appropriate that for your first gift as husband and wife, that gift would be a single rose.
14) Red String of Fate
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
15) Butterfly wedding ceremony ritual
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. The butterflies are released to carry forth the good news of your love and commitment for each other.
16) Hand Fasting Ceremony
(Also known as Binding of the Hands)
The Hand Fasting Ceremony is Celtic in origin that dates bake to the medieval and renaissance period. It involves the tying of hands together to symbolise the coming together and remaining tied together.
17) Ring Warming Ceremony
A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage.
By the time your rings make it on to your fingers they will be saturated with the love of your friends and family.
18) Truce Bell
A bell is rung on the wedding day, the happiest day of the couple’s lives and then is placed in a central location in the home.
19) Take the Bitter Along With the Sweet in the Chocolate and Champagne Ceremony
In this ceremony, the couple together eat some bitter dark chocolate and drink some sweet champagne.
The ceremony symbolises the idea that with marriage, you will have sweet moments and bitter moments, and either way, you will share them and weather them as a unified front.
20) Jumping the Broom Ceremony
The “Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband.
21) Unity Candle Ceremony
This ceremony is a very recent tradition and has been known to symbolise a couple of different things. As the joining together of two families and their love for the bride and groom however more often it is to symbolise the union of two individuals, becoming one in commitment
22) Pinning of the Tartan
The Pinning of the Tartan Ritual is a Scottish tradition, when a groom’s parents
present the family tartan to the bride after the couple have been declared
married. This is to show the bride that the groom’s family accept her into the
23) Unity wine Ceremony
The carafe symbolises the cup of life. As you share this wine, you promise to share all that the future will bring. All the sweetness the carafe of life holds for you is sweeter because you drink it together; and whatever drops of bitterness it contains are less because they are shared.
24) German or Bridal Wedding Cup
The “Bridal” or “Wedding Cup” is a symbol; love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.
25) Rock Ceremony for Weddings
(Also known as The Pebble Tradition, or Well Wishes Rocks)
This ceremony symbolises that before the bride and groom met, their lives were on different paths with different destinations. But love has brought them together and joined these separate paths into one.
26) Helium balloon Release
Everyone at the wedding holds a balloon, makes a wish for the bride and groom, and then lets the balloons fly up into the sky.
Alternatively the bride and groom can be given balloons with wishes tied to them.
27) Tasting of Four Elements Ceremony
Tasting the elements is an African-American wedding ceremony tradition whereby the bride and groom are asked to taste four elements. This ritual dramatises the “Traditional” promise to love “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.”
28) Create Your Own Special Ritual
I can help create a ritual that will be unique and have a special meaning to you both.