Alternative forms of union ceremonies for couples

Remembrance of absent family or friends

Remembrance of absent family or friends

Weddings are very much about the bonds of love that join family and friends across distances of space and/or time. At a wedding there are some absences that are most poignantly felt – some special people who will be thinking

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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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Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

Wedding rings have been adopted as a nearly universal symbol of marriage in the western world and beyond. (However there is absolutely no requirement to exchange rings as part of a legal marriage ceremony.) If you search the internet, you

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Wedding Vows

Wedding Vows

The heart of any wedding or commitment ceremony, the vows are your personal promises to each other. This is where you get to spell out what your life-long commitment to your partner means to you, and the kinds of values,

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