Meaningful Wedding Rituals for your Ceremony

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Most of Wedding Ceremonies are rooted in tradition and involve a series of steps or practices that have been taken for centuries. If you’re looking for some religious, cultural or spiritual practices in order to personalize and make your Wedding Ceremony even more poignant, here you will find the most popular Wedding ceremony rituals which you and your Groom-to-be could incorporate into your Special Day!

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Jumping the broom

The jumping of the broom tradition dates back to the early 19th century and has its origins in Western African Weddings. The tradition wants the couple to lay a broom on the ground and jump over it together. Nowadays, this practice represents a ‘brushing away’ of the past in order to start a new life together.

Light a unity candle

This Judeo-Christian tradition is one of the most well-known Wedding rituals and represents the unity of two people and their families too. Both the Bride and Groom hold a lit candle and combine their flames to light a third one that remains unlit throughout the ceremony. Only when the couple
exchanged their vows, they can light the pillar candle using their flames to symbolize the union of their love and their commitment.

Sand ceremony

For this popular practice, the couple pours two separate vases of sand, usually in different colors, into a larger vessel to symbolize their ‘coming together’ as a married couple forever. This practice is particularly meaningful if you’re gonna to tie the knot on a beach or want to use sand from meaningful locations.

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Cord of three strands

This religious Wedding ceremony ritual, also known as God’s knot, symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman and God into a marriage relationship with a purple string, a white and a gold. The cord of three strands ceremony could be a great addition to your big day, a truly unique element that friends and family will remember forever.

Have a handfasting

The handfasting ceremony tradition is an ancient medieval Celtic Wedding ritual, this practice involves binding the couple’s opposite hands together with a ribbon or a cord to symbolize their eternal union. You could even use colored ribbons, such as white for purity or red for passion!

Foot washing ceremony ritual

Foot washing is a Christian Wedding ceremony ritual inspired by some Bible verses in which Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. It is usually done to symbolize the couple’s service, humility and commitment to each other for the rest of their lives.

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Breaking the glass

The breaking of the glass is one of the most beloved traditions of a Jewish Wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, the Groom smashes a wrapped piece of glass with his foot followed by applause from the guests. Tradition says that the couple will remain married for as long as the glass is shattered!

Planting a tree

If your Ceremony will take place outdoors, you could consider this ritual! It has no official religious or cultural ties, but taking care of a tree symbolizes growth and love. During the Wedding ceremony, the Bride and the Groom will take turns adding soil from two separate containers and water to the seedling, representing two individuals coming together as one.

Whatever style of Wedding Ceremony you and your Groom-to-be will have, there is a unity ritual which can fit with your venue and your mood. It’s up to you to choose the right one for your #destinationlove

Alessandra