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wow thank you for getting this together! i've never heard of a hand ceremony but I started tearing up while reading it....this is a def must do at our wedding now! thanks!!!

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We haven't finalized anything (still far away) but we're thinking of including a quick ukrainian (groom's background) and irish (my background) tradition as follows:


Officiant reads:

"In Ukrainian tradition, the hands of the bride and groom are being joined with an embroidered cloth, or rushnyk, to signify their newly forged union. This symbolizes that their marriage is a never-ending journey that they now face together."


Bride and Groom remain bound together as NAME comes up to read the Irish Wedding blessing:


NAME reads:

“May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon the fields.


May the light of friendship guide your paths together.

May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.

May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips,

A twinkle from your eye.


And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love,

May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days.

May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands.


Here is how we think the ceremony will go (it seems like it will be long but it is actually quite short and sweet).



Memorial candle lighting


Officiant Reading to replace OCAMPO’S LETTER


Exchange of rings

Ukrainian and Irish traditions

Sand ceremony



Probably will be tweaked a few times but that's the gist! We love it.



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I've never heard of the hand ceremony, but I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for posting it....now I have to check with the FI and hope he loves it too!

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COSMIC CEREMONY'S! =) Soooo Beautiful


One of the most beautiful ceremony's I saw was from a DEL SOL photo-shoot. You can view the slide show HERE.


I believe they are called, "Cosmic Ceremony's" or Mayan Weddings. I really wanted to have one ,but the fiance wasn't a big fan. We compromised and incorporated the Element of "All White Weddings"


Check you the photos hoot. Its amazing. Del Sol is one of my favorite photographers.

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Carolina24, question for you on the witness portion.  Seems like I read on here that you need to have like 2 or three songs to play while the witness portion of the ceremony because it takes up a lot of down time while everyone signs??  Is this only if you are doing a legal/religious ceremony do you know?  We are getting legally married in Mexico and I am working on my music and I thought I needed to have songs to play during the witness portion and also the sand portion??  Anybody know?






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