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#10 babycow

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:11 PM

Just thought I'd share this unique ceremony idea with you gals before I sign off tonight.

Blessing Stones

During the ceremony the Bride and Groom each take a stone from a basket
and repeat a verse together. The guests are then asked to take a stone.
After the couple are pronounced Husband and Wife,
everyone follows them to the edge of the water to make a wish or a Blessing.
The couple counts to 3 and everyone casts the stones into the water at the same time -
NOT at the Groom! Ha!
The ripples that are made represent everyone's paths crossing and bring love and good wishes not only for the couple, but for anyone that they come into contact with.
(Some couples opt to use seashells)

There's a great pic on their site of everyone lined up at the shore throwing their stone in the ocean.
~Enjoy
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#11 MorganShae

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:44 PM

Erica,

That is so crazy... I actually saw this same website tonight and came to the traditions section to post it and see if anyone had done this before. I think it is really cool and unique.

#12 BrittneyD

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:59 PM

I love this too. I saw this a few months ago. I am not very good at writing my own ceremonies though. I e-mailed these people, and they won't give it too you unless you are booking a wedding through them.
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#13 babycow

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:14 AM

Morgan: That IS so wierd!


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Originally Posted by BrittneyD View Post
I love this too. I saw this a few months ago. I am not very good at writing my own ceremonies though. I e-mailed these people, and they won't give it too you unless you are booking a wedding through them.
That's too bad, I have other ceremonies that I can't find the readings for either. You could ask your officiant/priest to write something for you or open it up to the ladies on the board for any suggestions on how to word it.
After posting las night, I was thinking about how I wanted something I could keep from all our guests; like a guestbook but more...meaningful.
I was thinking of assembling some sort of keepsake out of:
At the center: Sand Ceremony sand; representing FI and I
Surrounding sand:Item such as stones (w/guests names); representing our Destination wedding guests
Surrounding stones: Other natural item (shells?) (w/guest names); representing our At Home Reception guests.

It would be something circular but I can't figure out what to put it in so it can be kept out all the time. Any ideas??
Ooh...what about a pyramid shape, but then it would have to be items that can be glued down, like those macaroni portraits kids make in school...hmmm...Sorry about the rambling, I can see this in my head but can't quite get the details right.
Any help would be appreciated.
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#14 DreamsTulumBride

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 10:28 AM

I just love that ! Thank you for sharing this with us !

#15 StephanieMN

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 02:09 PM

I just found this and you could adapt it to work with this idea ROCK CEREMONY
Each guest has been given a small polished stone upon arriving.

Before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations.
But love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one.
Each one of your friends and family here today have been given a small
polished stone that represents their unique individuality and their
presence at your wedding today. You also each have a stone of
your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives,
separate sets of friends, separate families and the
different life’s journeys you once traveled.

I will now ask that everyone please take out the stone you have been
given and pause to make a wish or blessing for happiness and
good will for the couple for the future of their marriage.

Everyone pauses to make their wish.

Now, we will collect the stones and the couple will then
add their individual stones to the container as well.

The couple adds their stones to the container.

With the combining of these stones, you have now symbolically joined your once
separate lives. As the stones have been combined with love into one container,
so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one. And your
once solitary life's paths are also now one. All that was once separate
is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength
and joy as together you forge a new life's path and destination.

#16 babycow

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:04 PM

Thanks Stephanie. That reading is just perfect, I think I want to adapt it to sea shells for our ceremony and then have a printout for our at home reception guest table with stones, since I don't think it's going to be very beachy theme.
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#17 Yari

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stephanie 525 View Post
I just found this and you could adapt it to work with this idea ROCK CEREMONY
Each guest has been given a small polished stone upon arriving.

Before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations.
But love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one.
Each one of your friends and family here today have been given a small
polished stone that represents their unique individuality and their
presence at your wedding today. You also each have a stone of
your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives,
separate sets of friends, separate families and the
different life’s journeys you once traveled.

I will now ask that everyone please take out the stone you have been
given and pause to make a wish or blessing for happiness and
good will for the couple for the future of their marriage.

Everyone pauses to make their wish.

Now, we will collect the stones and the couple will then
add their individual stones to the container as well.

The couple adds their stones to the container.

With the combining of these stones, you have now symbolically joined your once
separate lives. As the stones have been combined with love into one container,
so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one. And your
once solitary life's paths are also now one. All that was once separate
is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength
and joy as together you forge a new life's path and destination.

I love this...I just saved it to come back to it later. Thanks!

#18 JanaBrooke

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 08:20 PM

I just love that idea, it actually gave me chills! So wonderful - I am definitely saving this to incorporate into whatever I end up doing. I still have a while to put something together, but this is a great addition!!!




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