Creative wedding ceremony rituals!
You may have heard of a sand ceremony, unity candle, or creating a time capsule that you open later in marriage as a wedding ritual. There is many other rituals as well:
Circle the bride or groom: In Jewish tradition, the bride circles the groom seven times to break down any barriers between them. Today, rather than the bride circling around her groom, the couple often encircle around one another.
Lasso Ceremony: In traditional Mexican, Filipino, and Spanish culture, couples can celebrate unity through a lasso ceremony, or el lazo ceremony. After the couple recites their vows, an officiant, parent, or relative drapes two linked rosaries or one floral rope across the bride and groom’s shoulders in the form of a figure eight, which represents the couple’s unity.
Hand-fasting: Participate in the ancient Celtic practice of “hand fasting,” or tying hands together. The bride and groom hold opposite hands (so their arms make a figure eight—representing eternity). Then, their hands are tied together with ribbon to symbolize a union. You could even use heirloom fabric to make it even more meaningful.
Jump a Broom: The “jumping the broom” ritual originated in the early 19th century, when enslaved African Americans weren’t allowed to formally marry. Instead, to unite, the tradition was to lay a broom on the ground and jump over it together. Today, the act represents a “brushing away” of the past in order to start clean.
Foot Washing ceremony: Best performed outdoors. The act symbolizes the release of any past emotional blocks, so both parties can enter the marriage with open hearts.
Plant a tree or pot a plant: Just as it says. As you grow in you relationship the tree or plant grows as well.
Paddle locks: Lock two paddle locks together and throw the keys as far away or tie the keys to a ballon and watch it drift a way to lock you love together.
Sketch Artist: Have a Sketch artist sketch the moment so you will have the moment forever.