Whatever and wherever your interests lie, we will work together to pull it all together into a beautiful and memorable ceremony!
Please refer to the sub-headings listed below for an over view briefly explained, as follows:
A traditional ceremony is very popular with my couples. It doesn’t require any props although one can always include recognition of important deceased loved ones.
Then there can be cultural or traditional ideas from your heritage that you might like to integrate into your ceremony.
Ideal for participation of the children or the parents of the couple.
Eg; The mothers of the couple light 2 candles before you take your vows. After the vows are exchanged, the couple take these lit candles to light a Unity candle to symbolise the merging of both your families.
Memorial Candle or Flower
Used when a loved one is deceased or not able to be at your wedding.
The candle is lit at the start or a flower is placed on a vacant chair to represent the missing loved one followed by the reading of a lovely verse about this person.
Excellent for 2nd marriages or Renewal of Vows too.
The couple (and all your children) have separate containers of different coloured sand. The couple pour their sand into a special bowl in unison symbolising the joining of their lives in marriage. Very visual and very meaningful for those with families.
This involves placing different coloured stones or flat marbles into an attractive glass bowl to symbolise each family member such as the grandparents, parents, step-parents and any children the couple may already have.
There are variations with this. One ritual involves a certain verse is read as the groom hands his bride a rose and she provides a vase to receive it.
The best man pours wine into a goblet from which the couple must take a sip from for the each wish they make. It symbolises sharing from the cup of life.
Warming of the Rings
Before the rings are exchanged, they are put in a pouch and this gets circulated amongst the guests during the ceremony. Each guest is to make a wish for the couple. It must be back in time for the rings to be exchanged of course!
Not recommended for a large group of guests.
During the ceremony the couple’s hands are tied together from the wrists with a selection of coloured ribbons that represents distinct meanings example: light blue means understanding and patience.
There are some dove handling businesses that provide a pair of doves that are released by the couple after an appropriate verse is read.
The location of the ceremony should dictate what rituals would be more suitable than others. For instance, lighting candles outdoors would be rather challenging if there are strong winds.