Post # 1
I am wondering if anyone can give me ideas of any neat things to do just after we are married at our Ceremony as Bride and Groom… We cant do the Sand or Unity Candle. Keep in mind we are having a destination wedding in Vegas so we cant bring anything to big or fragile on the plane. I was thinking of something tied to a balloon but we would need helium for that which we wont have.
Post # 3
@Anxiouspeanut: we are writing a letter to each other that we will exchange during the ceremony and put in a box. The officiant will mention that on our one year anniversary, we will read the letters and write another to be put in the box and read the following year. Every year we will have a letter to read, so something to look forward to and look back on. You can easily transport letters! 🙂
Post # 4
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: That is true, We are already writing each other love letters to read seperatly that morning when we are getting ready. but I will keep that in mind…Thank you
Post # 5
We did a different variation of handfasting. Back in the day, the all the wedding guests would tie ribbons around the bride and groom’s hands. But, since our wedding was big and that would take forever, we had members of our wedding party tie our hands. Then, at the end, our parents came up and tied all the ribbons together in a “love knot.” There are a few photo’s/a tiny recap of it here.
And, if anyone is interested in what we had the officiant say, I can let you know! =)
Post # 6
@Chicken Little: oooo i think your idea is so different!!!! what did you have the pastor say??
Post # 7
@Chicken Little: thanks for the pics, I’m SOOO keen to do a handfasting!
Post # 8
You could do a Ring warming, Unity Bell, Rose unity, Wine unity or Lasso unity.
The couples ask their family and friends to bless or put good thoughts and wishes upon the rings. The rings are passed from person to person during the first part of the ceremony. Each person holds them and instills in the rings their thoughts for the happy couple. As it reaches the time for the ring vows, the rings are passed to the ring bearer or best man/woman. This ceremony is to show unity in both the couple and the love of their family and friends.
The wedding lasso is a cord or beaded double rosary. The couple stands or kneels facing each other holding hands. The lasso is placed over the couple’s heads and rests on their shoulders. Throughout the ceremony this remains on their shoulders as they say their vows. The lasso is often placed on their shoulders by the Officiant; however this right may be performed by a person or couple that is special or close to the bride and groom. This ceremony is to show the act of two people uniting in the unity of marriage.
In this ritual, the bride and groom each present one another with their first gift as a married couple. They each exchange a single long-stem rosebud as a symbol of their love, and then place them in one vase to share water. The two flowers use the shared water so the buds can open into larger blooms. This ceremony is usually preformed just after the clergy presents the couple, but before the recessional.
Wine or Sparkling Juice Ceremony
In this ceremony the Bride and Groom each have a small decanter of wine (one – white for the Bride and one – red for the Groom). They pour wine from their decanters together into a larger center decanter. By doing so they create a rose (blush). Then the Groom pours wine from the center carafe into a glass for the Bride. Then the Bride pours a glass for the Groom. They each take a sip and face their guests.
Is a hand bell that the couple rings together 3 times. The first ring symbolizes their Past (thankful for their memories as individuals), the Second (thankful for their current life) and the last ring is for their future (they send their wishes, hopes and dreams out to the universe.)
Post # 9
WINE BOX CEREMONY!!!! We loved the idea and got a beautiful box we will nail shut. Put a bottle of wine, 2 letters and anything else you want in a box and the officiant reads about how the box is not to be opened untill you ___ anniversary or can be oppened if there are problems in our marriage and somebody is ready to walk away…. Its a really nice ceremony and will be fun to hammer our beautiful box shut!
Post # 10
what did you have the officiant say? we are doing a handfasting and i am at loss on what our preacher is going to say!
Post # 11
@coffey0429: have you googled some ceremonies? That’s what I did. There’s a few sites that offer the wordings, like this one http://www.wendyhaynes.com/handfasting_ceremonies
Post # 12
Oh and search weddingbee for some handfasting ideas from previous bees!