A perfect ceremony ritual for your destination, beach wedding is the “sand unity” ritual! For this tradition, the bride and groom use two different colored sands during their ceremony. Simultaneously, the couple pours the two sands into one large vase together. This represents their lives coming together in perfect harmony. Once the two different color sands are blended together, they cannot be separated. This symbolizes the happy and healthy life the newlyweds will be enjoying together for years to come! To personalize this traditional ceremony ritual, you can use sand from your hometown and sand from Tybee Island, where you get married 😉
What about literally tying the knot when you “tie the knot” with your honey? This old school, Irish tradition is quite popular as well. During the ceremony, the bride and groom join together to tie a two ropes (normally different colors) into a sturdy fishermen’s knot. Each rope represents the bride and groom’s past individual lives; the two ropes knotted together represent their lives joining together as one, according to A Wedding in Paradise. This is a great way to work together in front of your loved ones! According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the knot symbolizes the bond the newlyweds will share, which will become stronger under pressure, rather than break.
We’ve all heard of couples personalizing their ceremony by writing their own vows, but what about writing letters to your future selves? This is exactly what the “time capsule” and “fight box” rituals have you do! You and your significant other will write each other love letters as you are preparing for your big day of saying, “I DO!” Then, you will decide on a specific time you want to open these letters – some choose to save them for the “first fight” and others decide to save them for a special milestone, i.e. your first anniversary. You placed the enclosed letters and a bottle of wine – try choosing a bottle from the year you marry or the year you met! You will nail the box shut during the ceremony; don’t forget to test this prior to see how loud it may be. If it is too loud, you may nail down one nail at the ceremony and have it finished later on or maybe tie the box together with rope or ribbon for a quieter option. When you hit your milestone or experience your first fight, fill up one glass each with the chosen drink, go to opposite sides of the house and read these love letters. We guarantee the letters will cure any fight by reminding you of the immense love you were feeling before your wedding day!
The “unity candle” tradition is a popular ritual that incorporates your families into the tradition! This ritual represents the joining of two families; it is no wonder why it is one of the most popular! At the ceremony, the couple will have three candles sitting on a table on the altar. Before the parents take their seats, they will each light one of the candles on the ends, leaving the middle candle unlit. After saying, “I DO!,” the bride and groom each take one of the lit candles and, together, they use these flames to light the middle, unity candle. According to Wedding Wire, the middle candle represents the two families joining, as well as the family the bride and groom will make together. How sweet!
Lastly, but surely not least, is my personal favorite! It is not the most popular ceremony tradition but it is one that also involves your families and the rest of your guests. What tradition am I talking about? Ring warming! This tradition is also known as “passing of the rings.” In this tradition, the bride and groom’s rings are passed one by one along all of the guests. Each guest is to hold the rings in their palms and say a loving prayer or blessing for the bride and groom and their lives together! It is believed that when the rings are presented to the bride and groom, they hold positive vibes and blessings for a long, healthy, and happy marriage! Talk about wishing the couple a happily ever after!
Did you incorporate a different ceremony ritual into your own wedding day? Does your family celebrate at wedding ceremonies with their own cultural ceremony ritual? We are always ready to hear the ways in which couples personalize their dream day! Tell us all about it 🙂
Til’ next time,
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