There are many ways to personalise your wedding ceremony, and including a ritual or symbolic gesture is a popular way to do so.
Here are 5 options that you may wish to discuss with your wedding celebrant!
The couple each has a lighted taper candle which signifies two individuals standing apart. They each use their individual candle to light a central candle which signifies unity. The two taper candles are extinguished and the larger candle left alight.
This ceremony expresses the coming together of two people, or two families into the one family. Each person has a different coloured sand and take turns in pouring it into one clear vessel, producing a layered effect. Children or other family members can also be incorporated.
Doves choose one partner for life and make this commitment until death. The white dove has been used throughout history as a symbol of love, peace, purity, faithfulness and prosperity. Doves released at the ceremony represent the love and commitment the couple have given to one another this day.
Goblet of wine:
The bride and groom both drink from a single glass of wine. This symbolises drinking from the cup of life and sharing all of its experiences together, both bitter and sweet.
An old pagan ritual where couples bind their hands together with a ribbon to symbolise the joining of two lives.