One more checkmark off the list --- our shells and chest for the ceremony. Here are pics and some of our ceremony script so you can understand what they're for. So excited about this!! ** And of course, the charm on the chest is a compass! **
During the welcome/intro of the ceremony, the officiant will say: Each of your family members and friends here today has chosen a shell that not only represents their unique individuality and their presence at your wedding today but also has a meaningful word on it that represents a value youâ€™d like to honor in your marriage together. You also each have a shell of your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives, separate sets of friends, separate families, and the different lifeâ€™s journeys that you once traveled. I ask that everyone hold this shell throughout the ceremony. Fill your shell with positivity, prayer, wishes, and blessings of good will for Casey and Tammyâ€¦ for the future of their marriage.
Later, after the vows and rings have been exchanged, the officiant will say: We will now pause to collect the shells that have been blessed with good fortune.
The union of these shells has now symbolically joined your once separate lives. Through you, just as the shells have been combined, so now are your friends and family joined. Your once solitary lifeâ€™s paths are also now one, and all that was once separate is now shared. In this sharing, you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life path. Shells stand the test of time. Over time they can even become stronger and more beautiful. Let these shells be a reminder and a memorial of the love, blessings and support that your family members and friends have provided you here today.
The chest will be filled with sand with the shells on top.