Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:10 PM
Unity Candle Ceremony
A Unity Candle Ceremony can be added to any wedding ceremony. The
lighting of the one Unity Candle with the 2 tapered candles is a visible
symbol of a coupleâ€™s commitment to each other. It is placed near the end
of the ceremony, following the Exchange of Rings. The mothers of the bride
and groom can light the two tapered candles as they are escorted to their
seats at the beginning of the ceremony. The lighting of the Unity Candle is
usually followed by the pronouncement of the couple as husband and wife.
"___________________ and ________________ the two lighted
candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your
separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that
together you light the center candle. The individual candles represent your
individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that
your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining
together of your two families and sets of friends to one."
Reading after the lighting:
May the blessing of light,
Be with you always,
Light without and light within.
And may the sun shine
Upon you and warm your heart
Until it glows
Like a great fire
So that others may feel
The warmth of your love
For one another.
(Adapted from an Irish Blessing)
Children can be included in the lighting of the Unity Candle by
having the bride and groom light the taper for the children and then
everyone lighting the center candle together.
Couples like to keep their Unity Candle and relight it on special
occasions, such as their anniversary.
Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:10 PM
The Sand Ceremony is based in Native American tradition, is similar to the
Unity Candle but offers a beautiful and meaningful alternative for an
outdoor wedding. At the appropriate point in the ceremony, the couple
each takes a vial of colored sand and pours their sand into the central
"( ) and ( ), you have just sealed your relationship
by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this
covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they
will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most
beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You
have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other.
Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of two individual
containers of sand one, representing you, ( ) and all that you were,
all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing
you, ( ), and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you
will ever be. As the two containers of sand are poured into the third
container, the individual containers of sand ceased exist, but are joined
together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and
poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be."
“To symbolize the importance of the individuals within the marriage and the
joining of two lives into one entity, three colors of sand will now be
layered into a vase.”
(Give Bride clear jar of pink sand, then Groom a clear jar of blue sand. The
Officiant has one small clear jar filled with a neutral colour sand and a
large empty jar).
“We begin with a layer of neutral sand which symbolizes that the marriage
(Officiant pours a little of the neutral sand into the jar)
“Then we layer the individual colors. This symbolizes that the marriage is
based on the strength of the individuals.”
(Groom pours a little of the blue sand in first, followed by a little more of
the neutral sand from the Officiant. Bride then adds a little pink sand,
followed by some additional neutral sand from the Officiant).
“And now we combine the colors, which symbolizes two lives joined as one
(Groom and Bride simultaneously pour their remaining sand into the large
jar until their jars are empty. The Officiant caps off the sand with the
last of the neutral sand. The Officiant then holds the large jar up as if
presenting to the wedding audience and places the jar to the side).
Children can be included in the Sand Ceremony by giving them their
own colored sand to pour in the central container.
Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:11 PM
In the hand ceremony, the officiant invites the
bride and groom to view the hands of the other as a
The bride takes the groom’s hands, palm side up.
"These are the hands that will work along side
yours, as together you build your future, as
together you laugh and cry, and together you share
your innermost secrets and dreams."
The groom then takes the bride's hands, palm side
"They are the hands that will passionately love you
and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of
happiness, as she promises her love and commitment
to you all the days of her life."
“ These are the hands of your best friend, young and
strong and full of love for you, that are holding
yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love
each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are
the hands that will work alongside yours, as
together you build your future. These are the hands
that will passionately love you and cherish you
through the years, and with the slightest touch, will
comfort you like no other. These are the hands that
will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe
the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and
tears of joy. These are the hands that will give you
strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the
hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be
reaching for yours, still giving you the same
unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”
“Our prayer for you today is that both of you will
use these hands to build a marriage where all your
dreams come true.”
Posted 28 April 2007 - 07:11 PM
In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride & Groom give each other a Rose. Two roses are all that is necessary. The Rose Ceremony is
placed at the end of the ceremony just before being pronounced husband and wife. A rose has always been considered as a symbol
of love and a single rose has always meant only one thing – it means “I Love You.” Often, couples will stop on their exit and hand
the mother of the bride and groom each their Rose, whispering “I Love You” before proceeding with their exit. Additional roses
may also be given to grandparents, sisters and other special guests.
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| Originally Posted by SASSYGIRL |
I really like the hand ceremony and the sand cermony - would it be wierd to do both?
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