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#1 soma1133

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    Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:06 AM

    I am thinking of doing a shell ceremony. This is where each person in attendance gets a shell to make a wish and throw in ocean. Anyone have a poem or info to go with this.Thanks

    #2 divadivine25

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      Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:50 PM

      Never heard of it, but it sounds very nice. Ill be watching this thread to see what you come up with.

      #3 MsShelley


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        Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:25 AM

        this is what i found on it:

        Blessing Shell Toss

        While guests are arriving they are asked to choose a shell from our treasure chest. Each shell has a word of blessing and wishes for the couple etched onto it such as, Love, Trust, Happiness, and so on... At the end of the ceremony the Bride, Groom and Guests are directed to the waters edge and after a verse is read by the officiant, the couple counts to 3, and everyone tosses their blessing shell into the ocean together. Not only is it a special
        photographic moment, but is another way for everyone in attendance to be
        involved in this special day!

        and a poem:

        Blessing stone poem:
        Each of our guest have been given a stone
        To hold, bless and protect
        Sam and Kelly ask that in your mind and heart
        You pray that their marriage be blessed.
        Come cast our stones into the sea, and as the ripples
        Touch and intertwine with one another,
        May our love also touch and intertwine
        To spread love and good wishes to all around us!
        May God bless us all!

        #4 sstotz

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          Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:36 AM

          NICE!!! OMG.. would it be to much to include this AND our sand ceremony??
          ~Soon to be Shanny May
          June 20th, 2009
          Cabo San Lucas, MX


          #5 Ashley0802

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            Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:53 AM

            What a beautiful idea! Love it!

            #6 soma1133

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              Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:24 AM

              I think I am doing both. Sand during the ceremony and shell to close it. Almost like throwing rice, but shells instead.

              #7 jennyatk

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                Posted 02 January 2009 - 11:28 AM

                I found a ceremony on one of the threads that uses a rock ceremony. Everyone takes a rock and during the ceremony the rock gets blessed and at the end each guest places the rock in a vase with their blessings and we will bring that home as a keepsake from the ceremony. I decided to just replace the rock idea with a shell. It is really cute!! I have the thread saved I believe if anyone is interested?

                #8 KellyG24

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                  Posted 07 January 2009 - 02:10 PM

                  Yes, will you send it to me

                  #9 jennyatk

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                    Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:04 AM

                    This is part of the ceremony I found on the forum somewhere and I thought it was just wonderful! I am using part of it and like I said I changed the stone to a seashell. I have the whole ceremony but i wasn't sure if you wanted all of that so I included some of it with the seashell part.

                    On behalf of Anthony and JenniferI would like to thank everybody for having traveled to this beautiful location in tulum to witness the ceremony of union between them, to surround them with our love, and to share in their joy. You have been invited today because you are special to them, special as family and as friends. It is in this beautiful place, with all of you gathered here, that these two people have chosen to make their vows of commitment.

                    When you entered today, you received a stone. Anthony and Jennifer ask that you hold this stone in your hands throughout the ceremony and put your blessings for them on it. At the end of the ceremony they ask that you put them in the vase at the back. This vase of stones will be in their home as a reminder of all who were present today at their wedding and it will hold your good wishes for them.

Anthony and Jennifer - you are here surrounded by friends and family. Some people here have known you your entire lives and some for only a few years, but no matter how long or in what circumstances they know you, I can guarantee that everyone here knows what remarkable individuals and what a remarkable couple you are. As individuals, you are remarkable for the breadth and passion of your interests and for the fact that you both have an extraordinary understanding about who you are and what you stand for. As individuals you have shined throughout all of your unique and colorful endeavors. That might have been enough had you never found one another, but you did find one another and this is cause for further celebration, because as a couple you are able to bring out the best in one another. You have the opportunity to create a relationship that is beautiful, original, and meaningful. You've impacted each other and those who surround you on this happy day. Now we surround you, Anthony and Jennifer, and return the favor with our good wishes and our loving thoughts, as you state your intentions and declare your commitment to one another.

                    And when a commitment this strong is made by two people, the force of that commitment, of that love, of that courage, reaches out and touches all of us around you, so that our lives are changed and we share a part of your love. Like a stone dropped in a small pond, the ripple of the love from this celebration extends and changes the world we live in.

                    Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together. In this ceremony, you dedicate yourselves to the happiness and well-being of each other, in a union of mutual caring and responsibility.
                    Each family is enriched and enlarged as our sons, daughters and siblings find partners and find homes for the next generation. Would the parents and siblings of the bride and groom please stand.

 This occasion is a special celebration for you, the parents who have brought these children into the world, and the families who have nurtured them into adulthood. Today you are witnessing another stage in the lives of your loved one. Your continuing support and encouragement will be needed as Anthony and Jennifer unite in marriage. As they join their lives in marriage, they also bring you together in a new relationship, creating new bonds of trust and ties of affection.

                    Will you who have loved and nurtured these two, with the greatest love and wisdom you have, support this new couple and help in every way? Answer: Yes!

                    The affirmation of family and friends:
                    Now, in the spirit of joy and affirmation, I want to ask your families and friends a question:

                    Do you the families and friends of Anthony and Jennifer give them your blessing and support, wishing them a wonderful life together as they marry? If so, please show them your support by saying "we will”.
                    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 goodwill for the couple for the future of their marriage.
                    [[Moment of silence to place blessings on stones.]]

                    #10 vlynnw

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                      Posted 12 December 2010 - 05:28 PM

                      I really want to do this during our ceremony, but I'm having difficulty trying to figure out where to put it in.  Jenny I like how you have it under the affirmation, but do you have the minister make a comment at the end of the ceremony about throwing them into the ocean....or put it in the program?  I'm trying to organize this correctly so it flows and will make sense and our guests will know exactly what to do with their shells.

                      Veronica & Adam - May 6, 2011 - Dreams Tulum

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