Within a Couples ceremony the partners exchange letters they have written to each other. Prior to writing they are asked not to discuss the contents with each other. The letters explain what they feel about each other and their hopes for the future.
The letters are sealed and exchanged during the ceremony. (Often when making the promises.)
The couple agree on a date in the future when they will sit together and open the letters.
Letters can also be included in a Naming ceremony and be from any member of the family expressing their wishes and hopes for the child's future.
A rose is associated with love and romance. Giving and receiving a rose as part of a ceremony is a wonderful way of expressing your feelings.
A rose is also a gift which can be given to a child on their naming day, for just as the a rose buds and opens so a child’s life will unfurl.
As a reminder of the day on each anniversary a rose can be given.
Some couples like to take a rose from a rose bush as part of the ceremony. The rose can be planted into a garden later and be a permanent reminder of the day.
A sand ceremony creates a lasting and meaningful keepsake of the promises that are being made. A sand ceremony is suitable for all types of ceremonies.
During a sand ceremony different coloured sands are poured into a single container. Each participant has different coloured sand. They take it in turns to pour their sand into the container - creating layers of different colours. Once poured it is impossible to separate.
The wording for a sand ceremony reflects the different contributions each person brings to the whole.
As an alternative to sand coloured beads or marbles can be used.
Next time: Letters
Lighting a candle is an action which is found in many different cultures and traditions.
A candle gives us light to guide us along life's path. There are many ways to include lighting candle, for instance in a Couple's ceremony one large candle might be lit from two separate candles acknowledging that two individuals are now uniting in a new relationship.
Lighting a candle within a Naming or Welcoming ceremony symbolises the light which has been bought into the lives of those present, by the child. It may also represent the hope that the child's future will be filled with light and happiness.
There are many variations for the wording used for this simple act. The meaning behind the action may be different for each individual.
Next time: Sand ceremonies.
Celebrant led ceremonies are crafted to match your individual wishes. This is what makes each one unique.
Often couples choose to include a symbolic action. In my next few posts I am going to explore some of these. I hope they may provide you with inspiration for your own ceremony.
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.