First of all, there are different types of Wedding Ceremonies regardless of what part of the world you reside in. These ceremonies are influenced by our society and culture.Marriages between people of differing religions are called interfaith marriages, while marital conversion, a more controversial concept than interfaith marriage, refers to the religious conversion of one partner to the other’s religion for sake of satisfying a religious requirement.
RELIGIOUS CEREMONY— is a particular denomination (Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Methodist, Muslim, etc.) or a combination of denominations characterized by religious elements, rituals, and traditions
SPIRITUAL CEREMONY— is an inspirational ceremony that is beautiful and sacred. It is a Divine ceremony, universal in content and is not based on any particular religion
INTERFAITH CEREMONY— (interdenominational) is a combination or blend of religions. It respects and honors all beliefs, values, and traditions of all religious and spiritual paths
CIVIL CEREMONY— (court house) is a non-religious ceremony and does not contain any religious prayers. Couple can choose to include readings of love and commitment
NON-DENOMINATIONAL— is a ceremony that is not of a particular denomination. It can simply be a general belief in a Higher Power. Serves couples who are of different religious backgrounds with general blessings, passages, and non-offensive prayers and customs
VOW RENEWAL – is a sacred ceremony re-affirming the couple’s marriage vows, love and life-long commitment. It can contain any of the above ceremonial type elements.
COMMITMENT– a personal and distinctive statement shared with family and friends. It is an intimate ritual celebrating the partners’ love and life-long commitment while marking the formal beginning of their new life together.
Within these different types of ceremonies, there are rites that can be added to make the ceremony relevant and memorable. Today’s couples are very different from previous generations and these rites help to make today’s ceremony a vast and spacious experience for all involved.
Some of the more popular rites, also referred to as Ceremonies are;
Unity Candle Ceremony
There are endless possibilities for the Unity candle ceremony. Above I present three of the most frequently selected. I have also conducted Unity Candle ceremonies ceremonies that include/recognize children (there are several ways to do this) and/or other family members.
Unity Sand Ceremony
There are also different possibilities for the Unity Sand Ceremony. This rite is a great alternative for outdoor and Beach weddings.
Chocolate Lovers Ceremony
If you and your fiance are chocolate lovers then consider including our new offering , “The Chocolate Wedding Ceremony.” This allows you and your love to share your mutual love of chocolate as you take your vows. No messy fingers, I promise! I do promise that it will be very memorable for you and your friends and family.
Wine Box and Love Letter Ceremony (Time Capsule)
A few weeks before the wedding, take some time to each write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them and your hopes and dreams for the future. In other words, you write a “love letter” to each other and place it in a sealed envelope, with the name of your partner on the outside. Do not read what the other has written. Other items can be included in this special box besides a bottle of wine and the love letters.
The Rose Ceremony
In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a red rose bud. Two red rose buds are all that is necessary. If you have children involved in the ceremony, you may have a rose for each of them too.
Handfasting or “tying the knot” is an ancient tradition dating from Celtic times. Today, a revival of the old Celtic traditions has resulted in a variety of handfasting norms and recommendations. Ribbon or cording can be used, from one strand up to 13, and in various colors or color combinations as desired by the bride and groom. Natural fiber such as silk or cotton is preferred. Handfasting can be used in a pre-wedding ceremony or as a part of a traditional wedding.
The Still Moment Ceremony Unity Cross
The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled during the Unity Service of your Wedding Ceremony representing how the -Two become One.
The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base as the Minister explains how God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman.
The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross as the Minister explains how God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One.
The Wine Ceremony
The concept is similar to that of The Candle Lighting Ceremony. It symbolizes the two people coming together as they form the marriage bond.The wine ceremony can be done two ways. The first is to have one wine glass filled with a liquid. (I would suggest a clear liquid in case any spills happen) After I talk about the meaning, the glass is handed to the groom who takes a sip; he hands it to his bride, who takes a sip and the bride hands it back to the minister.The other way encompasses the idea about drinking together but not from one glass, eating together, but not of the same loaf, etc. This ceremony can be done using two glasses and intertwining arms as you both take a sip. It’s cute and very romantic.