Sashing the Bride

A Scottish ritual is the sashing of the bride where the bride is presented with a sash in her husband’s  tartan, by her mother in law.  If wearing a tartan sash it should be worn on the right shoulder –

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Saptapardi – The Seven Steps

Saptapardi – The Seven Steps

Each step around the sacred fire represents a commitment that the couple makes. In the traditional Hindu wedding the accompanying words are spoken in Sanskrit, however you may choose an English interpretation that makes sense to you, or adapt to

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Bell of Truce

Bell of Truce

A tradition from the West of Ireland, where the Celtic temperament has undoubtedly led to some very firey, passionate marriages.

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Drinking from a Shared Cup

Drinking from a Shared Cup

There is a lovely tradition from several different places where the bride and groom celebrate their union by drinking from a shared cup. In the Celtic/Irish version, the couple drink three times from the Loving Cup –  to the love

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Benediction – Words of Blessing

Benediction – Words of Blessing

Traditionally, the first part of the wedding ceremony is about where you have come from, the middle part is about the commitments you are making today, and the closing part is future oriented, about receiving the blessings and well wishes

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Jumping the Broomstick

Jumping the Broomstick

An old Romany custom, also adopted by African Americans during the slave times when they were unable to legally marry. If it appeals to you, jumping the broomstick together could make a great finale to your wedding ceremony.

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Pebble Ceremony

Pebble Ceremony

A nice way for all your guests to be included in your ceremony. Can be done with river stones, polished gemstones such as rose quartz, glass wishing stones, shells or other found items. Other options for involving guests include: the

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Elemental Blessings

Elemental Blessings

Invoking the blessings of Earth, Air, Fire and Water – with words or symbols. This could be done by the celebrant, or by special guests who are happy to have a speaking part in your ceremony. Earth =  stability, endurance,

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The Wedding Kiss

The Wedding Kiss

A very traditional part of most weddings. The symbolism is about sealing the contract, or in a more romantic interpretation, the two lovers inhaling some of each other’s souls…

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Overcoming Symbolic Obstacles

Overcoming Symbolic Obstacles

In traditional Chinese culture the groom is stopped at the door to the bride’s house where he must overcome obstacles and challenges playfully set by the bride’s family before he can carry her off from her family home for the wedding.

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Candle Lighting

Candle Lighting

If you are having an indoor ceremony, lighting one or more candles can add to the ambiance. (Outdoors it is a bit more tricky to get candles to stay alight.) A candle can be lit to symbolise: your hopes and

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Roses for Love

Roses for Love

What better first gift to exchange than a red rose, signifying love? Or perhaps you would like to gift a rose to each of your mothers as an acknowledgement of their love and support over the years?

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Sand Pouring (Family Unity) Ceremony

Sand Pouring (Family Unity) Ceremony

The symbolism of the sand pouring ceremony is simple: once the grains of sand have been poured together into a single vessel, it would be practically impossible to sort them out into the seperate containers again. A lovely way of

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Under a Canopy or an Archway

Under a Canopy or an Archway

A decorative archway is quite a popular feature at outdoor weddings.  The couple getting married might stand underneath the archway for some part of the ceremony, symbolising the transition that they are making from their pre-married lives to the married

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Wedding Crowns

Wedding Crowns

In an Orthodox wedding the crowns or stefana are symbols representing the creation of a new household or “kingdom”.  The crowning establishes the couple as the King and Queen of their home, which they rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity.

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