Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas:
- Honoring the Parents: Usually performed at the beginning of the ceremony, the officiant takes a few moments to acknowlege the role the couple's parents have played in raising them and bringing them up to this moment when they will be married.
- Moment of Silence: Also normally toward the beginning of the ceremony, taking a moment of silence to remember those friends and family who have passed away or could not attend the wedding ceremony for one reason or another.
- Handfasting Ceremony: An ancient Pagan and Celtic tradition, handfasting invlolves tying the hands of the couple together with a ribbon, rope, or braided cord to symbolize the unity between them and the connection they share.
- Unity Candle Ceremony: This candle lighting ceremony can be performed at any time during the wedding ceremony, and can be done in a number of ways. The popular version involves the couple lighting a single candle with two smaller candles to symbolize their new life together.
- Wine Box Ceremony: A newer tradition, the couple write love letters to one another and seal them in a wine box with a bottle of wine, opening the box on their first or fifth wedding anniversary to read one another's letters and share the bottle of wine to celebrate their marriage.
- Blended Family Ceremony: For couples with children who wish to incorporate their kids into their wedding ceremony as well, this ceremony includes the children of the couple in saying vows to one another affirming their commitment and promises as a family.
- Rose Ceremony: There are two versions of this ceremony, one involving the couple presenting one another with a single rose to communicate their love and commitment, and the other with the couple presenting a rose to their mothers as a way of thanking them for their love and support.
- Ring Warming Ceremony: Typically done at the beginning of the ceremony prior to the vows, the officiant passes the couple's wedding rings around throughout the wedding guests and asks each person to infuse the rings with their blessings and well-wishes for the couple's marriage.
- Jumping the Broom: A tradition which found it's way to the states as a part of African-American weddings, the couple has a broom placed in front of them and jumps over it as they exit the ceremony, popularized in the novel and miniseries, Roots by Alex Haley.
- Sand Ceremony: Similar in intent and execution to the Unity Candle Ceremony, the couple instead pours two separate containers of colored sand into a single vessel to symbolize their union. A great alternative for a windy wedding day!
- Love-Lock Ceremony: A love lock is a small padlock (or large, depending on how large your love is) which lovers lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the lovers names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.
- Toss or Keep the Keys
Traditionally, couples have tossed their keys over a bridge into the water, where there is no hope of retrieving it. In the spirit of ritual, you can bury the keys in a meaningful location, tie them to balloons or melt them in a bonfire.However, due to sentimental value or environmental concerns, many couples are choosing to keep their keys as a special keepsake of their wedding day. The trend is for brides to string the keys onto a plain bracelet or necklace chain, which she then wears around her wrist or neck during the ceremony.