Post # 1
My Fiance and I are working on our ceremony and are trying to find a ceremony addition that is meaningful to us. We are having a non-traditional, religious ceremony outdoors at a vineyard. We have seen the unity candle and unity sand done many times and it doesn’t personally resonate with us, though we think it’s beautiful for others. We are considering doing a wine box ceremony but are not 100% sold on it yet. I’m interested to hear how others are incorporating the couple’s personalities into their ceremony.
So, tell me what you did or plan to do!
Post # 4
We’re doing a handfasting and ring warming, but instead of passing the rings, we are doing a ring communion of sort where people will come up and bless the rings.
Post # 5
One idea is called a “ring warming” There are different versions of this, but generally the rings are placed in a small bag and are passed around to each guest prior to the ring exchange. Each guest blesses the rings or says a prayer. I think this is sweet… but not sure if its your style.
I have also seen couples writing down their vows and placing it in a special box, and then vowing to open it in a year to remind themselves of the special day
Or joining two fish lol! Ok that might be rediculous. but its an idea. I hope that helps!
Post # 6
@ohmybears48:, @sdub2bsben: Thanks for the ideas!
I really like the ring warming idea. I’m just wondering if there is enough time to pass it all the way around with 150 guests. I’ll have to think about that.
Post # 7
I saw a bee post about doing a unity baking soda and vinegar expirement which seemed so totally awesome.
Post # 8
We are doing a hand blessing. It’s like a hand fasting but we just hold hands instead of having a rope/ribbon tied around them.
We’re also writing our own vows.
Post # 9
Have you seen the unity cross? www.shopinspiration.com
Post # 10
- I like the idea of serving a drink (i.e. water, champagne, signature cocktail) before the ceremony begins. One of our groomsmen is going to great guests and invite them to grab a glass of bubbly before the ceremony begins.
- We are having our ceremony in a circular setting – the rows will curve around us and our wedding party will complete the circle, then we’ll be in the middle!
- Giving guests fans (we’re making program fans).
- We’re also doing a handfasting (using 13 colours of ribbons, each with their own meaning which will be explained in the program) and a ring warming too (but we’re only having 30 guests!
- We’re having a friend of ours read an Irish wedding blessing (since we met in Ireland).
Hope this helps! I’ve been looking for ideas too!
Post # 11
We’re doing a rose ceremony after we exchange rings and do vows. There are a couple different versions of it, but this is the one I liked:
from http://www.nj-beautiful-weddings.com/nj-wedding-ceremonies.html: “In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing – it meant the words “I love you.” The Officiant notes that it is appropriate for the couple’s first gift to each other as husband and wife is a single rose. The couple exchanges their rose and the Officiant notes that in some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all as just a moment ago you were holding one small rose – and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.”
I think it’s nice because we’re living together, have a solid life together already, etc., so not much will actually ‘change’ for us after the wedding, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on marriage and the importance of what we’re doing with the ceremony.
Post # 12
@Future Mrs Armby: I love the Irish blessing and that is so sweet since you met there. I think we’re going to do that, too, because we are both Irish. I also love the circular setting. Our ceremony site isn’t conducive to that setup but I think it’s a really cool, unique way to do the ceremony.
@happypup: I’ve never heard of that but how cool! That’s exactly how we feel – we have lived together for a couple years and not much will *technically* change after the wedding. I really like that.
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Post # 14
We are doing a “wine box ceremony” (not boxed wine like I thought at first)
FI’s gpa is making a wooden box that we will put a bottle of wine in and letters we wrote to each other. We will open on our anni, drink the wine and read the letters. Then add another bottle of wine and another letter for the next year. I’m excited about it