- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
I have seen all kinds of creative ideas to replace the unity candle, but none have really fit our personalities. We’re not religious(no unity candle), not getting married on the beach(no unity sand), etc., etc. Then I found the tree watering ceremony! I really love the idea because it’s so different. We’re getting married outside, so this will fit right in with the ceremony. We will also be moving into our first home right after the wedding, so planting our unity tree in our new home would be kind of neat. This is an example of how the tree watering ceremony would go:
Before the ceremony, a tree in a pot was placed off to the side of where the ceremony would be taking place. During the processional, both mothers walked in with a small vase full of water and added it to a watering can. Then during the ceremony, officiant spoke to the symbolism of the tree and how it related to a marriage- the stable trunk, the outstreched limbs that offer comfort etc. The water that the mother’s had added to the watering can symbolized the love and nurturing that each family provided to bride and groom as they were growing up. And as bride and groom added water to the tree to help it grow, they were adding the love and nurturing that both families provided to them to their marriage to help it grow.
Celebrant: Bride and Groom will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each other’s family today.
Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change.
Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment.
Bride and Groom, would you please water the sapling?
(Bride and Groom water the sapling.)
Celebrant: Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love. This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential – just like this tree. The Bride and Groom will plant this tree in their backyard to always be a symbol of their love for each other.
So, what do you think? Is the tree watering ceremony a neat idea or really lame? Do you have any other creative ideas?