Our vintage locks shipped today We’re using these in the love-lock portion of our ceremony and I just had to share. We’re replacing the unity candle portion of our ceremony (outside 3 p.m. = no sense) with these. I was all for using the small, silver, heart shaped locks, but Fiance was adament that if he had to participate in “mushy” stuff the locks had to be “manly”. So these are our compromise.
Are there any other bees doing a love-lock? What type of locks are you using?
@FutureMsVW: Thank you. In the version i have seen the bride and groom tied the keys to balloons and released them into the sky after the locks had been closed on a circle. But…I’m anti-littering so I think we’ll just say these locks came without keys
OMG. I love this idea. I am thinking of stealing this idea for our weddinG even though we were planning on having a unity candle. Our theme is Secret garden and we have a lot of skeleton keys incorportated into our wedding minus the ceremony. So this is something that would work well for us also. I am going to talk about this with my mister! Love love love!
@arametta127: Thank you I got the idea from a padlock ceremony where the bride a groom lock a padlock around a gate or a bridge and toss the keys into a river or ocean. I think it started in China, but I know it’s also done in Russia and Italy.
In the video I saw the bride and groom tied the keys to balloons and released them into the sky. I’m opposed to littering so I think Fiance and I will exchange keys as part of the ceremony….I haven’t ironed out all the kinks yet.
@sapphiregriffin: He liked the idea, so now I am running with it. I’ve been searching all over eBay for the perfect pair of padlocks and I may have found them! We are also incorporating balloons that were not going to be used whatsoever into a send off type thing at the end of the ceremony as well. Sending a big thanks toward you for writing this post. 🙂
I am so glad I found your post!! I too was thinking about using a love lock as part of our ceremony. We got engaged in Paris and left a love lock on the Pont Des Arts. I thought it was so romantic and really wanted to incorperate it into the day somhow. I am very much at the beginning stage of looking and have seen some ideas such as a picture frame, a plaque, a bracelet with 2 locks on etc. The main thing I wanted to ask is how are you going to introduce it to your guests? Are you having a reading about Love locks and what they mean? I have tried to google this but can’t come up with anything. Any thoughts??
P.s I also love your Ballon Idea. We threw our key in the river Seine but we won’t have that pleasure at our wedding venue. 🙂
@CharmBracelet: So glad the mister liked the idea and glad I could help. Sorry it took me so long to respond.
@Mrs-in-the-making: So glad I could help. That is so awesome you and your love could actually leave a lock on the Pont Des Arts. I’m jealous 🙂
I plan to include an explanation of the locks on the back our our wedding program. The officiant will either read the explanation from the program during that part in our ceremony or write something of his own to explain what’s going on. I’m from a small town and I know the majority of our guests probably won’t have seen anything like this before, so an explanation is a must.
Something along these lines is what I’m thinking of including in the programs:
Love- Padlock Ceremony
In lieu of a unity candle the bride and groom have elected to participate in a Love Padlock Ceremony. Two padlocks have been placed on the table. The padlocks symbolize an unwavering commitment to this marriage and one another. The locks will be joined together affixed to a circle. The circle represents God and family. As the locks are closed for the last time the bride and groom will release the keys into the sky symbolizing a committment to each other and their marriage that can never be undone. As our hearts and souls are joined in love these locks will remain forever combined as a symbol of love, marriage and commitment to one another.
It needs work.
I also included the youtube link to the ceremony that gave me the idea below.
When I was in Paris a couple of years ago, I took a ton of pix of the love locks on the bridges that cross the Seine river near Notre Dame. Then my camera card got screwed up! ugh! But it was beautiful…all of those locks on the bridge!
Thanks Sapphire you’ve really been a huge help. The idea of writing something on the back of the program is great, and what you have written is really beautiful. I am infact gatecrashing your site because I am actually from the uk so must admit I am not au fait with the unity candle you have mentioned.Thanks for posting the clip, looks great and has really inspired me.
GFerg- That’s such a shame that you lost your photos, however your memories will live with you forever