The Wine Ceremony
This ceremony symbolises the joining together of the bride and groom. With two different colored wines, the celebrant talks of the “cup of life” and the coming together of the couple. The couple then take turns to add a different colored wine to each others glass, and the two drink together the “new” wine. The Groom may now toast his Bride with “Now our lives are one” or, “To our lives together”. His Bride lifts her glass and gives the same toast, or she may change the words. You each can create your own toasts,
to make it personal and more meaningful to you both.
The Sand Ceremony
This is a beautiful ceremony where different colored sands can represent different people, the couple, the parents, children from previous marriages, etc. There is a time in the proceedings where the sands are joined together…never to be separated. It is very symbolic and is useful to involve certain members of the family. There is an online shop (see links to the right) to view and purchase sands and glasswear.
Hand Fasting Ceremony
You stand facing each other, cross your arms in front of your bodies, now, hold your partner’s hands, your arms will create a figure eight which is the symbol of infinity. In a Handfasting ceremony you can choose silk, cotton, or hemp; you can include a gold chain, ribbons, or something that belonged to your much loved grandmother or grandfather. While the Celebrant gives a Blessing of the Hands, somebody special to you, maybe your best man or maid of honour takes the material and ties it around
your wrists and through your hands to bind them together.
Candle Lighting Ceremony
This ceremony usually has one middle candle and two taper candles that are placed either side of it. At the beginning of this ceremony the two taper candles are lit by somebody special either a family member or friend, but it can be both mother’s who come up and light their own child’s candle. The couple then light the main candle together, symbolising that they are individuals who are now joined as one.
Heart Padlocks Ceremony
Love locks, love-heart locks, or simply old-fashioned padlocks… whatever you call them, using a padlock in a marriage ceremony is symbolic gesture of everlasting love. The story goes that once a couple close a padlock together, just as the lock cannot be unlocked, nor can their love and commitment to one another. If the padlock comes with a key, the key is tossed into a river (or ocean), or tied to a helium balloon and released during the wedding ceremony.