Post # 1
I am getting married June 12th, 2011. Less than 2 months! I am 50, my fiance’ is a very young 63. Both second marriages. Last time neither had a big ceremony so this time we are doing things up right. 200 guests at a lovely bed & breakfast with reception in the party barn.
Theme is vintage/antique/shabby chic/country…. just very old fashioned. Colors, pink, tiffany blue, sage green with a touch of lavendar.
We feel unity candles are so over done and don’t want one. We also don’t want to do a sand ceremony which seems to be the rage now. We don’t want anything we have to keep a a memento, or in my case will probably get knocked over, spilled, or gather dust.
The thing is, we have a special song we’d love to use. All the spots for the songs before, after, seating, during dinner, etc. have already been taken. And we don’t have any song in the middle of the ceremony where this song seems to fit.
The song talks about gathering family and friends surrounds love and you can see it on their faces… and love never ends.
We are writing our own vows and ceremony and have a part that talks about our hands… holding them together, how his hands work hard to provide, and how mine embrace him when he is sick or needs encouragement…etc.
We have thought about some sort of hand tying/binding but not certain. The thing is something like that would require talking, and that defeats the purpose of playing the song… so some sort of symbolic gesture/ceremony with no words is what is needed…
Come on now fellow brides… help me out on this one.. !
Post # 3
What about doing something like a wine box ceremony like Mrs. Hot Wings did: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/15/wedding-wine-box/
Post # 4
Have you thought of doing a wine box ceremony? It is simple and romatic. I love the meaning behind it and the prospect for future uses.
(Also, just as an FYI, unity candles are a religious tradition, not an “over done fad”.)
Post # 5
We are doing a tree planting ceremony, and after the wedding we plan on planting the tree in our yard.
Post # 6
What about a ring warming ceremony? In large weddings you can have the wedding party, your children, or close family do this.
Post # 7
You could simply have the officiant ask the guests to hold hands during the song.
Post # 8
I second the ring-warming ceremony! We used it during our ceremony and had many compliments. It was a nice opportunity for our wedding party and immediate family to personally bless our marriage (although you can have the rings passed to everyone).
Here’s a couple pics of the rings being passed to our families:
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
What about a hand fasting
Love at The Ranch: The Ceremony (Part II)
Post # 11
we want to ‘release 2 butterflies’ you could hold hands and let them go together… butterflies mean new life and it’s also very pretty! nothing needs to be said, you can just watch them fly away together with everyone else =)