Ceremonial Elements

Some of the most popular elements which can be included in your ceremony are listed below however, if you have an idea of your own please let us know and we will create a very personal ceremony element just for you two.

Unity Flower Ceremony

Once the bride has arrived and received by her groom they both step forward into the centre of a semi-circle of flowers. Members of both families and very close friends can come forward and each place a flower until the circle is closed – a very simple yet beautiful way of demonstrating their blessing on the marriage.

Ring Warming Ceremony

The rings that you will offer to each other will be the outward symbol of your commitment to each other and before the rings are exchanged during the ceremony they can be passed between family members (or the entire gathering) on a ring cushion or in a bag.

Everyone who has been asked to take part in the ring warming will hold the rings for a few seconds and say a little blessing or wish for you both as they hold them. As you begin to make your vows and promises, the rings, having made their way around the room, will be ’warmed’ for you to give to each other.

Alternatively, the rings can be displayed at the ceremony entrance and as your guests arrive they can offer their blessings and good wishes over the rings before sitting down.

Hand-Fasting

The most famous colloquial wedding term “Tying the Knot” comes from the age-old Celtic tradition of hand-fasting. It is a simple and traditional ceremony element which involves the tying of hands together with personalised ribbons or cords which symbolise betrothal.

Sand Ceremony

Pouring two, different coloured sands into a single vessel symbolises the blending of two individuals into a single, inseparable entity. The Sand Ceremony reinforces the fact that grains of sand, once mixed, are impossible to separate – so it is with marriage

Rose Ceremony

Roses have always been considered the flower of love and can be exchanged as simple, first marriage gifts to one another. The roses should be taken from a rose bush that will be later planted in the garden of their marital home and if tended well, will come into bud each spring, offer fragrant blooms through the summer and softly drop petals in the autumn.

The Rose bush that was part of the wedding ceremony will always remind the bride and groom of the turning of the seasons and how love itself changes and grows through the years.

Celtic Oath Stone

The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to ‘set them in stone.’ The stone can be decorated and include the names of the bride and groom and the names of their children can be added as they arrive ( if there are children already their names can be added to make a family stone. The Oath Stone can also be placed in a prominent position in the home after the ceremony as a permanent reminder of the commitment to each other.

The Pebble Warming Tradition

Before the wedding collect seashells or pretty pebbles and offer them to each guest as they arrive, ask them to hold a shell or pebble in their hands during the ceremony and make a wish for your lives together. After the ceremony, the pebbles are placed in vase or other see-through container and displayed in the home

Jumping the Broom

This simple and fun element has it roots based in various cultures and is thought to symbolise sweeping away the old and welcoming the new. If used at the very end of the ceremony it is wonderful way for the bride and groom to literally take their very first step together as husband and wife and ‘jump’ into the future as one.

Emergency First Argument Box

Before the big day, write a letter to each other explaining why you fell in love and seal it in an envelope. During the wedding ceremony, the letters are placed into a box along with a bottle of your favourite wine.

This box will be opened in the event of your first serious disagreement. Open the bottle, pour two glasses and take the letters to separate rooms, and read whilst having a drink. These letters will remind you both of why you fell in love and the vows you have exchanged. The Emergency First Argument Box is a light-hearted element for the ceremony and will, one day, be needed.

First Kiss ~ Last Kiss

A heartwarming way to get your mums involved in the ceremony especially if they would prefer not to do a reading. At the beginning of the ceremony, both mums come to the front, and kiss their own child… a lovely symbolic transition from mum’s first kiss to her newborn to her last kiss to her adult child.

Breaking the Glass

A tradition originally linked with Jewish Weddings but now accepted universally as a wonderful way to end a ceremony. A wine glass is placed in a heavy linen napkin and placed on the floor infront of the bride and groom. The fragility of glass suggests the frailty of human relationships.Since even the strongest love is subject to disintegration when the glass is broken by the newlymarried couple it is with the declaration “As this glass shatters, so may our marriage never break.”

Time Capsule

A fun way of sealing in and saving memories which can be especially poignant for a naming ceremony. Get all your guests to write a note to you or your child, to be opened when they come of age. Memories shared and revisited in years to come. Can be used for a wedding ceremony too… to be opened when celebrating a milestone anniversary.