A wedding ceremony can be greatly enhanced by the use of rituals and symbolism or by theming it. Rituals could be something like a hand fasting, an African bead ceremony or the lighting of a marriage candle. A ritual common to most weddings is, of course, the ring ceremony.

A theme could reflect a common like or interest the couple may have such as a colour theme or a country theme or a sporting one - there are many possibilities.

Here are some examples of what is possible.

 

Hand Fasting

A hand-fasting ritual involves tying the hands of bride and groom together with a sash or cord, which is then tied off around their entwined hands. It symbolises the bond that is being forged by marriage. The sash or cord can then be kept tied and retained as a reminder of the marriage vows made on the wedding day.

 Hand fasting ritual, Shanti & Mark, 2015

Hand fasting ritual, Shanti & Mark, 2015

marriage candle

A marriage candle ritual involves the couple lighting a single large candle from two individual candles. The lighting of the marriage candle symbolises the union they are entering on their wedding day. The large marriage candle can later be kept alight at the reception and/or on each anniversary where the ritual can be repeated, to symbolise a conscious awareness of the anniversary of their union and their vows.

 Marriage candle ritual, Tess & James 2015

Marriage candle ritual, Tess & James 2015

rings

A common ritual in most wedding ceremonies is the exchange of wedding rings, or even other items of jewellery such as ear rings. A ring is often exchanged by bride and groom, although sometimes a single ring is given by the groom to the bride.

 Rings exchange ritual

Rings exchange ritual