Ceremonial Symbolic Acts

If you're unsure about including any symbolic elements to your wedding, just think about all the symbolic aspects that are usually in Weddings, white dresses, flowers, exchanging rings, wedding cakes, the day is full of them! So take a look at a few examples of mini symbolic ceremonies to make your ceremony unforgettable. 

Handfasting

Originally handfasting was a pagan ceremony that bound the couple together for one year and one day, if they didn’t make a child in this time the couple separated!


Luckily we don’t have those kind of pressures anymore! Try not to be put off by it being a pagan ceremony, it be as traditional and spiritual or as modern and romantic as you wish.

The couples hands are tied together (hence the term, tying the knot!) with cords or ribbons – these could also be something meaningful to you like a strip off the picnic blanket used on your first date, or a part of a loved ones wedding dress that was too old to pass on. Couples can recite their vows of commitment to each other while this happens, and you have the cord as a keepsake of your vows.

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The Rose Ceremony

The rose is a symbol of love and a single rose always means only one thing - it means the words "I love you."
So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as a married couple would be a single rose.

The couple exchange roses and once your promises are exchanged the roses will be placed together in a vase.

In every marriage there can be moments where it is difficult to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you. If this should happen, if you simply cannot find these words, look back to your wedding day and leave a rose for your partner - for that rose then says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.

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First Kiss, Last Kiss

Mums don't get much of a part in the wedding ceremony! Sometimes couples try get the mother of the bride involved with both parents walking the bride down the aisle, but why not make a part of the ceremony just for the mums!

First kiss, last kiss always brings a tear to the eye! This works best as a surprise for the mums, as the person that gave you your first kiss in life, they are asked to give you your last kiss before they hand you off to your new husband or wife with their blessing. 

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