Wedding ceremony elements continuted

Unity Canvas Painting

Every marriage starts out as a blank canvas and every day is a splash of colour.

The paint colours signify the experiences that lie ahead; colours of joys, sorrows and blessings.

The colours represent the bride and groom’s milestones, their celebrations, tribulations, passions and dreams.

When you step back and look at the canvas in its entirety, you will see that it clearly is “An Original Masterpiece” unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Jumping the broom

Jumping the broom is a phrase and custom where the couple jumps over a broom.  The tradition of Jumping the Broom was an African tradition and symbolizes sweeping away the old and welcoming the new - a symbol of a new beginning. The broom can be decorated with ribbons, flowers or other items to match a colour, and be displayed in the home as a reminder of your day.

Love Letter and Wine Box

This box contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other.

The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry.

The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written.

Couples can chose to open the box on an anniversary and enjoy their memories.

Should the couple ever find their marriage facing hardships, they will open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then read the letters they wrote to one another to be reminded of the reasons why they are together.

The hope is, that the couple will never have a reason to open this box.

And if this is the case, they are to open this box to share and enjoy on tan anniversary of their choice.

Rose Ceremony

Roses are a traditional symbol of love and are therefore perfect to feature in a wedding ceremony. The ceremony can also feature family members the bride and groom wish to take part. The bride and groom each have a rose, and so does every family member they wish to take part in the ceremony. (Red roses are usually used due to their colour symbolism of love, and the family members can have the same colour or a different one.) Then the bride and groom swap their roses as a first gift to each other before placing them together into a vase. Then all of the family members add their roses to the mix.

The Oathing Stone

The Oathing Stone is a very old Celtic tradition where the couple place their hands upon a stone while saying their wedding vows to one another.  Referred to as the Oathing Stone it was thought to be the best way to express solemn promises to each other in a physical form, as wedding rings were not available back then.  During the reading of the wedding vows, an Oathing Stone was held in the hands of the couple. It is believed that holding the stone during the reading of their wedding vows would make them permanent as if they were symbolically cast in stone. An addition or alternative to this could be providing each guest with a pebble to make their own wish for the couple; finalising with the pebbles being put in a bowl or jar for the couple to keep.

Trees and Plants

You may wish to plant seeds or a sapling at the site of your ceremony, or in a small pot to take home with you, as a way to represent your new life together and the continued growth of your relationship here after.