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Additions and symbolic elements

In a modern celebrant led ceremony, there are many extras and symbolic acts/rituals you can include to make your day extra special. Some can be classed as a Unity Ceremony, symbolising the coming together of individuals and/or families and blending them into one. Below are a few ideas but you may have some of your own!

Scroll down for ideas. There is no extra charge to include any of these. You can obtain separately any items required yourself (e.g. candles) or we may agree that I will provide them in which case we will agree the cost.

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Rest assured – whatever you choose, I’ll craft the perfect ceremony for you. Let’s do it your way!

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Exchange of Rings

The exchange of rings is a significant and symbolic moment that represents your commitment, never ending love and the beginning of your journey together.

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Handfasting Ceremony

Handfasting is an ancient ritual with its roots in ancient Celtic and Pagan traditions. Also known as Joining of Hands, the couple’s hands are tied together to symbolise the binding of two lives. The couple faces each other, join hands and ribbons, cloths or ropes are tied around their hands in a knot. Hence the term ‘tying the knot’.

You can choose cloth, ribbon or rope made of a particular fabric or colour that symbolises something important to you. There are several ways of carrying out handfasting. e.g. you may choose to have three cords, one each and one to represent you both together or four as is the Irish tradition of using the fundamental elements that underlie all of creation: air, fire, water and earth, symbolised by yellow, red, blue and green.

The act of binding your hands together creates a physical and emotional connection. It serves as a powerful reminder of the promises you’re making to each other, deepening the emotional bond between you and creating a lasting memory. Read more about handfasting here in my blog.

Handfasting is ideal for Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Commitment and Vow Renewal Ceremonies. It can be a beautiful addition to your special day.

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Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremonies: perfect for any ceremony and for involving children. The pouring of sand from two (or more) separate vessels into a unified, central one, represents people coming together in unity as the grains cannot easily be separated. Coloured sand can be used to form a pattern in the chosen container. Once sealed it becomes a lovely keepsake of the day. Kits are available for sand frames or glass vessels.

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Your love story

An enchanting aspect of a ceremony led by a celebrant is the opportunity to incorporate your unique love story. Share as many details as you wish about your journey so far.

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The Cup or Quaich Ceremony

A Cup Ceremony celebrates a couple’s bond with each partaking of a drink (traditionally whisky) from the same cup. In Scottish tradition a Quaich is a two-handled cup, often known as a loving cup.

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Bell ringing

Guests can join in a bell-ringing ceremony, ringing small bells to symbolise their good wishes during the ceremony and/or as the couple exits. Alternatively, a couple can unite as they ring small bells together.

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Interactive vows

Instead or as well as traditional vows, you could create an interactive experience by involving your guests. Ask them to respond with words of affirmation or share their wishes for your marriage, making the ceremony a collective celebration of your love.

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Oathing Stone Ceremony

The Oathing Stone is an old Scottish tradition taken from the ancient Celtic custom of ‘setting an oath in stone’. The couple hold the Oathing Stone together in their hands as they say their wedding or civil partnership vows, setting their promises in stone.

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Rose Ceremony

A Rose Ceremony is beautiful and is suitable for any ceremony. Couples can exchange roses and others can be involved, such as bridesmaids, children and witnesses. For a Naming Ceremony, each parent and supporting adult can present the child with a rose. Of course you don’t have to use roses – what about sunflowers or wild flowers?

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Pebble Ceremony

Guests choose a small colourful pebble as they enter. They write a word or a very short message on it. Children can draw on it. During the ceremony, each guest holds one and makes a wish for the couple. A basket or jar is passed around to collect them resulting in a lovely keepsake.

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Traditional cultural elements

Embrace your heritage by including traditional cultural elements and honouring your unique identities. Multicultural weddings can be a breathtaking fusion of heritage and customs, creating a truly unforgettable celebration of love and unity.

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Unity Candle Ceremony

A Unity Candle Ceremony involves either simply lighting one Unity Candle or using individual candles to light one Unity Candle. Family and friends can also be invited forward to light their own candles from this in a symbolic act of togetherness and the merging of families.

This ceremony is suitable for all civil ceremonies and is also often used in Wedding Celebration or Naming Ceremonies. Do check with your venue that candles are allowed.

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Letter and Box Ceremony

This is suitable for couple ceremonies and for naming ceremonies. It involves the couple and/or friends and family writing letters to the couple or child in the weeks before the ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, the box is positioned at the front of the room and at a chosen part of the ceremony each is asked to place their letters in the box, which will then be sealed to be opened on a specific special day in the future.

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Religious elements

You can include your religious beliefs, ensuring your ceremony reflects your faith and values.

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Tree Planting Ceremony

Planting a tree is carried out as a symbol of coming together as a coupe in a lasting and sustainable relationship, that grows strong roots and branches. If you are planting your tree directly into the ground, you must have permission of the landowner. Alternatively, you can plant a sapling or a plant that is special to you in a lovely pot that can be transferred later. This means that with permission of the venue, it can be carried out indoors. Tree planting is also excellent for Naming Ceremonies.

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Cocktail Ceremony

A Cocktail Ceremony involves choosing a special blend just for you two and mixing it on the day to share between you.

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Unity painting

Move beyond the traditional unity candle or sand ceremony by creating a unity painting. Build your blank canvas during the ceremony. Add abstract layers/drawings with paint or coloured pens to create a beautiful and meaningful piece of art symbolising your union.

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Jumping the Broom

An old custom, Jumping the Broom represents sweeping away single lives and jumping into your future together in love. The wooden handle represents the strength of your commitment, the straw represents family, and the ribbons hold you together.

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Ring Warming

Ring Warming gives wedding guests the opportunity to hold your rings and say a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage or partnership. The rings can be placed on a ribbon or pillow, or inside a muslin or lace bag or in a box to be passed around. When all your guests have taken part, the rings will be full of their love and good wishes, ready to be placed on your hands.

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Time Capsule

A Time Capsule adds a special touch to any ceremony. You can buy a capsule or create one yourself. It can contain whatever you want it to, whether it’s photos, letters, mementoes of your special day, a newspaper from the day or a bottle of champagne. The container is sealed and not opened until a specific point in time, maybe a wedding anniversary or on the birth of a child.  Once sealed you decide where you want to keep it or give it to someone to keep for so you won’t be tempted to open it too soon. When you do open the capsule all the memories, of your special day will come flooding back.

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Exchange of Gifts

Not everyone wants to exchange rings; gifts can be exchanged instead. The gifts can be a surprise on the day.

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There's more

These are just a few ideas. Get in touch to discover more!

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"Make of our lives one life"

Maria, West Side Story