Including a symbolic action into a ceremony can be a lovely way to create a special visual moment.
Today I would like to think about mixing sand or liquid. Both of these are irreversible changes.
When mixing sand each person can select a different coloured sand. At the appropriate time the individual containers are poured into a larger one.
Just as the grains of coloured sand can never be separated out so the lives of those taking part are forever linked together.
Or why not get the chemistry fizzing by mixing two liquids ?
Maybe make your favourite cocktail - and share it !
Symbolic actions - Unity candles
Including a symbolic action into a ceremony can be a lovely way to create a special moment. Over the next few weeks in my blog I will be focusing on a variety of symbolic actions.
Today I would like to share some ideas about Unity candles.
Candles are a symbol of love and hope, light and warmth, and celebration.
Unity candles are used to symbolise the coming together of two people or families. They can be used within all ceremonies.
The Unity candle is placed in the centre between smaller candles which are lit before the opening of the ceremony.
At the appropriate time tapers are lit from the small candles and then used to jointly light the Unity candle. Each small candle represents an individual and together they help to light the Unity candle.
Have you thought about incorporating a Naming ceremony into a 1st birthday celebration ?
First birthday's are a wonderful time to hold a Naming ceremony.
During their first year a child has so many significant milestones, their first smile, laugh and steps towards becoming truly individual.
A 1st birthday celebration incorporating a Naming ceremony can celebrate all of this and is an ideal opportunity for parents and other significant adults to make their promises to the child and look to the future.
Tying the knot
I'm sure you have heard the expression "tying the knot" but did you know that it refers to the tradition of handfasting ?
In early times a handfasting marked the first stage of marriage - a temporary contract lasting a year and a day. If at the end of this time no child had been born and the couple did not want to continue the betrothal lapsed.
Today we see forms of handfasting in many different types of wedding and commitment ceremonies. The joining of hands with ribbons, scarf or cord symbolises the tying together of two people's lives and their acknowledgment that their destinies are bound together.
The different colours used also have different meanings. For more information about this please visit my facebook page and open "notes".
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.