Non-religious brides – blessing alternative?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We had a secular ceremony but still had a “blessing” at the end, which really meant well wishes, I suppose. I didn’t have issues with the word, but I can understand why some may.

Perhaps you could call it “uniting of the hands” or something? That’s the best I can come up with!

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

dms0622:  We did a handfasting and I think we called it “joining of the hands” or something like that.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Is there some reason it needs a name? 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

dms0622:  We did a ring warming ceremony 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

JenGirl:  I’m guessing the wedding program.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We had a secular ceremony and had a secular ‘blessing’ at the conclusion. That’s actually what it was called when I found it on the internet. We didnt’ have programs so not such an issue there but I guess I just thought a blessing could equate to well wishes etc. as a PP said, not necessarily only religious sentiment.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

We plan on going a hand fasting ceremony and using that same reading. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

dms0622:  Gotcha. Personally, I’d probably just go with “blessing” because that isn’t a particularly religious word to me. But maybe “commitment” or “devotion” or “dedication”.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

dms0622:  The rings get passed through the bridal party so they can think happy thoughts and send good wishes to them. In my case, my rings were passed in a box containing a crystal that was broken in half and half was buried with my dad when he passed away.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My officiant is doing a “Final Blessing”, not sure if that’s what you’re looking for, but it goes like this :

April and Scott, I wish you the courage to keep your loving hearts open to each other for the rest of your lives, and to cherish the precious love you share. May you continue to find delight in each other and in your being together. May your love forever nourish you and keep you strong.

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