Blog Category - (Symbolic) Wedding  Rituals

 
A ritual is a symbolic act, a visual expression of an intention. When used in a ritual, a symbol is a means by which we convey, in an intuitive rather than logical way, the transcendent. Therefore a genuine symbol does what it symbolises. The exchange of vows and rings, now the central ritual and therefore an integral part of any marriage or commitment ceremony, both symbolise and create the union. But those are not the only symbolic rituals that you can include in your ceremony.
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Warming of the Rings - a Powerfully Inclusive Ritual

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(28/02/2021)
In the Warming of the Rings ritual your wedding rings are infused with the love, energy, strength, and commitment to  support your marriage of friends and loved ones. In this blog post I discuss the charm and the challenges of this ritual, one of my favourites, particularly since COVID ... More ...


False Origin Claims about Three Wedding Rituals

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(24/01/2021)
There is no need to attribute invented traditions to long ago and far away to give them authority. Misattribution is both disrespectful and unnecessary. These ceremony enhancements are enough, as they are. They can stand alone. ... More ...


Love Locks: a Ritual with Ancient Relevance and Contemporary Problems

Categories: | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(14/08/2020)
The love lock unity ritual is a relatively new ritual inspired by the custom of lovers attaching a padlock to a public structure and throwing away the key. It offers numerous possibilities for meaningful personalisation, but needs to be mindfully prepared and performed on the day ... More ...


Redesigning Wedding Ceremonies for 2020

Categories: | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(19/07/2020)
While developing my own COVIDSafe plan for the ceremonies I officiate it became clear that many parts of the ceremony now need a different approach in order to keep everyone safe. The challenge is how to adapt the ceremony to make it safer without compromising the emotion of the occasion ... More ...


Wedding Cake Unity Ritual

Categories: | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals | Wedding Traditions |
(15/07/2020)
A wedding cake unity ritual, where you cut and share your wedding cake during your ceremony, works well, both symbolically and practically, and is a great way to deal with the new COVID-19 restrictions on sharing the cake with guests  ... More ...


Let's Talk About Bubbles in Your Wedding Ceremony

Categories: | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(03/06/2020)
Bubbles of both kinds (champagne and bubbles you blow) can add so much to a ceremony....  More ...


Romantic Wedding Ring Ideas

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(21/04/2020)
One of the most emotional (and romantic) high points of your marriage ceremony is the exchange of your wedding rings. Why not make that moment even more romantic by adding something unique to the two of you, something that emphasises that your rings symbolise your love and unity  ...  More ...


How to Write a Love Letter

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning | Wedding Rituals|
(15/04/2020)
What could possibly be more romantic than receiving a love letter? Writing one! Putting your love in writing is a way to have it endure for ever....  More ...


May Love Be Your Umbrella: Using Umbrellas and Parasols in Your Wedding Ceremony

Categories: | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(21/02/2020)
Umbrellas present fabulously Instagrammable opportunities for your wedding, including many richly symbolic ways to feature them in the ceremony ... More ...


Tree Planting Ritual  

Categories: | Naming Ceremonies | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(19/11/2019)
The planting of a tree during a wedding, naming ceremony, or memorial ceremony is a powerful ritual. ... More ,,,


Balloons and Bushfires 

Categories:  Naming Ceremonies | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals | Wedding Planning |
(12/09/2019)
Balloon releases can cause or spread bushfires  More ...


OMG! We forgot the rings ...

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning | Wedding Rituals |
(24/08/2019)
Forgetting the wedding rings happens. But it doesn't have to if you have strategies in place to avoid this. Worst case scenario? There are multiple creative ways to deal with being ringless on the day... More ...


Jumping the Broom

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(17/08/2019)
Jumping the broom is a joyful transition ritual that ends a marriage ceremony on a high note. Hand-in-hand the marrying couple move into married life by jumping over a decorated broom at the beginning of their walk back up the aisle... More ...

Oathing Stone Wedding Ritual

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(26/07/2019)
The oathing stone is an ancient Celtic tradition that can add meaningful symbolism to your wedding ceremony - and can be used as a planned or emergency substitute for wedding rings... More ...


Sweet Wedding Rituals

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(14/07/2019)
Honey and sugar are traditionally used in many cultures to wish a couple a sweet married life. These customs can add a beautifully romantic moment to a contemporary wedding ceremony... More ...


Coffee Unity Ceremony

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(11/07/2019)
A coffee unity ceremony can be a variation on the wine ceremony, or a variation on the sand ceremony, depending on whether you use liquid coffee or coffee beans.  More ...


Wine ceremonies for vineyard weddings

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(19/06/2019)
A wedding in a winery or vineyard offers not only a wide range of settings for your ceremony - both indoors and out, depending on the facilities made available by the particular winery - but also creative inspiration for the ceremony. ...   More ...


Unity Candle Ceremony

Categories:  Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(27/04/2019)
The Unity Candle Ceremony - what it is and how to prepare for it ...    More ...


Unity Sand Ceremony

Categories:  Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(25/04/2019)
The Unity Sand Ceremony - what it is and how to prepare for it ...    More ...


Tossing the Garter – Yes or No??

Categories: Wedding Rituals | Wedding Traditions |
(08/01/2019)
Tossing the Garter is a wedding tradition that a growing number of couples are choosing to skip altogether for various reasons.  But skipping the embarrassing bit (the retrieval from the bride's leg) and changing up how it is tossed can add a lot of fun to the occasion while avoiding the things that can be an issue    More ...


Wine Box or First Fight Box? 

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
(20/09/2018)
Why an Anniversary Wine Box is a more appropriate ritual for a wedding than a First Fight Box    More ...

Multicultural Fusion Weddings

Categories: Inclusive Weddings | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals | Wedding Traditions | Wedding Planning |
(08/01/2018)
If you are an intercultural couple, how do you navigate your ceremony?  It is not uncommon to have two ceremonies.  But there is a third option - a fusion wedding ceremony that incorporates the traditions of what are important to you both .... More ...

How to Remember and Honour Deceased Loved Ones in your Wedding Ceremony

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals
(09/09/2016)
Memorialising deceased loved ones is something many couples wish to include in their wedding. There are many ways to do this, and many things that need to be considered ... More ...