Rituals in a civil ceremony are important . They are used to celebrate milestones and significant events, and mark the transitions between one stage of our lives and the next. Ceremonies are celebratory, welcoming the changes that are to come.
A wishing box
A wishing box where guests write wishes for the couple to open on one of their special anniveseries. This special keepsake box is the gift that keeps on giving. Each one of your guests can offer a special prayer or wish for your future that will be treasured forever.
This ritual will suit a Name Giving ceremony as well as .The guests ,adults and children, write wishes for the child and he/she open it later on in life. (on their 18th or 21st )
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HANDFASTING is an ancient Celtic wedding ritual in which the couple's hands are tied together with a ceremonial ribbon or cloth. The celebrant wraps the couple’s hands in a strip of cloth. It's often done in modern times with a beautiful ribbon the couple chooses. It's tied in a bow with an opening loose enough so that the hands can come out freely, or simply draped across the hands. The couple saves the ribbon or cloth as a keepsake. Handfasting is quite popular today. Many people find that their own lifestyles call for an alternative joining ceremony than that provided by more typical traditional wedding ceremonies.
Releasing of Doves
The Flight of the Birds signifies a new beginning!! A White Dove Release is one of
the most exquisite additions to your wedding ~ It is by far the most spectacular of all, and certain to please your guests! Snow White Doves being released into the sky above will certainly make your celebration a glorious occasion!
Like colours of the rainbow we’re all different and special, valuable, and precious. Therefore, it is only fitting that you be shown as an important part of this ceremony. The containers of sand represent each of you and your importance in this family, whether it’s a love ceremony or a family one. The sand ceremony can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to your vows. It can also be an additional symbol in any other ceremony,especially uniting families and Name Giving Ceremony.
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The Rose Ceremony
In the Rose Ceremony, the couples give each other a Rose. Two roses are all that is necessary. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony . In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant “I love you”. The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of “Husband and Wife” or “partners for life”. The Rose Ceremony may be added to any other ceremony.
The years of life are as a cup of wine poured out for you to drink. This “Cup of Life” contains within it a wine with certain properties that are sweet and symbolic of happiness, joy, hope, peace, love and delight. This same wine also holds some bitter properties that are symbolic of disappointment, sorrow, grief, despair, and life’s trials and tribulations.
Together the sweet and the bitter represent “Life’s Journey” and all of the experiences that are a natural part of it. Those who drink deeply from the “Cup of Life” with an open heart and willing spirit, invite the full range of challenges and experiences into their being.
Candle lighting Ceremony
The unity candle lighting ceremony is becoming more and more common in today’s ceremonies. The lighting of the Unity Candle has become a popular and symbolic wedding tradition. The ceremony symbolizes the pledge of unity between the partners and the merging of two families.
Traditionally, there are three candles. The mothers each light one of the side candles. The partners then each take one of the side candles and together they light the center candle. This symbolizes your union as one in marriage/partnership. If you prefer, you can also leave all three candles lit in their holders.For personalized candles
The partners hold each other's hands, palms up, so that they may see the gift that they are to each other. These are the hands that will passionately love and cherish each other through the years, for a lifetime of happiness. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from each other's eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will comfort each other in illness and hold you when fear or grief fills you. These are the hands that will give you support and celebrate with you in your accomplishments.
Release of Butterfly
A butterfly release is a unique experience. After you have spoken your vows, hand your bride or groom a beautiful little box with butterflies in it. They will be truly thrilled! Butterflies are symbols of the spirit of freedom and happiness.
Your guest will surely appreciate this unusual opportunity to participate in the creation of your own Island beginning !It looks great on videos and photos.What would be more appropriate than to affirm your vows to one another -"on the wings of a butterfly "?It will hold a special meaning for all to watch as your butterfles are released with your wishes ...to soar into the heavens with good fortune.Butterflies Release photos
Wishing Stones Ceremony
When a ceremony is outside and near water, Blessing or Wishing stones are either gathered at the site or provided by the couple not only for themselves but for the whole party and guests as well. After the ceremony all follow the bride and groom's / partners recessional to the water / a big bowl with water, make a wish or blessing for them and cast their stone into the water. The ripples that are made represent the love and good wishes not only for the couple, but for all the world... as our ripples cross and re-cross one another's, so do our love and good wishes touch and retouch all around us and those with whom we come into contact.
Another way of celebrating-Through the exchange of a wedding wishing stone the Bride and her Groom reveal the power of their love, by granting one another a wish. So long as the wish remains within the power of the grantor, the wish shall be granted.
After being announced husband and wife…
(Bride and Groom take a shell from a basket while the celebrant says a suitable blessing at this stage)
Your guests are presented with either polished rocks or stones or seashells. They hold them throughout the entire ceremony filling them with good wishes and thoughts. At the end of your ceremony, you can either collect these in a decorative container which you can keep forever, each year on your anniversary adding to the original.
Or if having a waterfront ceremony, your guests can toss them into the water with their wishes, symbolizing the blessings and wishes to be neverending as is the tide. We'll have to make sure that the venue you choose permits the tossing into the water as some of our areas are protected here and have restrictions.
Love is kind
Love is thoughtful
Love causes no evil
Warming of the Rings
During this ceremony Bride and Groom will exchange rings. These rings are the visible signs of their commitment to one another. As this ceremony proceeds we ask that the families take part in the warming of the rings. We ask that their family and friends wish them health and happiness, and all that is noble and good in life. We pass these rings to the families of Bride and Groom and I ask that each family member hold them for a moment, warm them with their love, then pass them on to the next person. I ask that all present voice a silent wish or prayer for this couple, for their marriage and their future together: When these rings come back they will contain, in their precious metal, that which is more precious, that which is priceless: the guests' love and hope and pledge of support for this union.