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Unity Sand Ritual
The unity sand ceremony, a variation of the unity candle ceremony, is a tradition full of symbolism. Two people take sand from their individual vessels and combine the grains into one. The act represents the joining of two individuals and the creation of a new union and family. The joined vessel symbolizes the marriage of both partners’ hopes, dreams, and values. The origins of the unity sand ceremony are in Christian and Catholic ceremonies. However, the ceremony has evolved, and now couples of all religions and denominations use this beautiful ritual in their ceremony.
The Lasso is a wedding ritual in which the couple is bound together with a ceremonial rosary. The loop is symbolic of the couple’s love which will bind the couple together every day as they equally share the responsibility of marriage for the rest of their lives.
Handfasting or “Tying the Knot” Ritual
Handfasting is literally “Tying the knot.” It is a very ancient tradition practiced by lovers dating back to 2000 BCE. It comes from the Celtic tradition and symbolizes the binding of your lives together. This is an excellent unity ritual for couples looking for a non religious wedding ceremony or those wanting to have a connection to nature. Hand-fasting has become increasingly popular in recent years as couples look for ways to add a personal feel and symbolism to their ceremony. The rope is tied into an infinity knot, representing eternity – hence the phrase, tying the knot!
Three Strands or God’s Knot
The God’s Knot Ritual involves braiding three strands together into a single cord. Each strand has a significant meaning. One strand represents God. One strand represents the Groom and his life. One strand represents the Bride and her life. In braiding these three strands together, they have demonstrated that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well.
In a rose ceremony, you will give each other a rose. This ritual is performed just before you are pronounced husband and wife and after the wedding vows. After the exchanging of rings, your first gift to each other, as husband and wife, is a single rose. The rose is a symbol of love, so it is appropriate that it is your first gift to each other as a married couple.
When a wedding is not held in a sacred building, such as a church or temple, many create a sacred space to hold the ceremony. The couple builds a circle before or during the ceremony, declaring the space sacred and holding the commitment of their love for each other. We know the Universe is showering this couple with love and blessings.
Love Letter -Wine Box Ritual
A wine box ceremony is a non-religious wedding ritual in which a bottle of wine is enclosed in a box so that it can be opened by the couple at a later date. Some couples add an extra layer of specialness by including love letters to each other and sealing them in the box alongside the wine.
Blended Family Ritual
When a couple gets married the wedding is about them and their commitment to each other. It often involves the blending of families. There are several ways to include other members of the family to symbolize the coming together of a new family unit. A sand ritual is a good example. Easy for kids to understand the symbolism behind the blending of colors. Another beautiful ritual involves the bride and groom both giving roses to each of the kids, looking them in the eye and telling them how much they love them.
Thali Necklace Ritual
This sacred Hindu ritual involves a necklace or mangalsutra the groom places on the bride. It is a mark of respect, love and dignity which is presented to the wife by her husband on the auspicious wedding day.
Ring Warming Ritual
Include guests in the ceremony by having each person bless your bands. Send one ring down one side of the aisle and the other down the opposite, giving every guest a chance to hold your rings and lavish their blessings and positive thoughts toward your marriage.