Symbolic actions - letters
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 this series of posts I am going to explore some of these. I hope they may provide you with inspiration for your own ceremony.
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.
However, the stresses of everyday life sometimes mean that although we don't realise it the romance in any relationship gets pushed into the background. Should this happen then the letters can be either opened or reread. Looking at them again might help to recapture some of the excitement and special feelings that you together in the early stages of the relationship. What better way to reaffirm or rekindle some of those feelings?
Letters can also be used within a Naming or Welcoming ceremony too. Parents can write a letter for the future expressing their love and hopes. A variation of this is to ask guests to also contribute their best wishes in a book or written on a card. In years to come these can be shared with your child as they grow.
Next time: Love locks
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