Let’s talk wedding ceremony traditions, shall we?
As someone whose wedding ceremony was literally ten minutes long and super minimal, I’m always so intrigued by different traditions and rituals that couples choose to incorporate into their big day! I love that the trend in ceremonies is getting more and more personal, and I’m a huge advocate for personalizing your vows (but that’s a post for another day!). These are five traditions I’ve seen in some of my weddings this year that really stand out!
1. SMALL GROUP PRAYER
During Sarah and Marcus’s wedding ceremony, they had their entire small group join them at the altar for a special time of prayer. This was such a sweet tribute to their church community, which Sarah and Marcus are very involved in. The way they were surrounded with love was so moving. It was a great way to honor the people in life that support them so well, and it shows that their friends are committed to helping Sarah and Marcus uphold their vows.
2. THE WARMING OF THE RINGS
I love that Gillian and Sean included a ring-warming in their ceremony. The officiant announced at the beginning that the rings were to make their way around as each guest took a moment to bless the rings with well-wishes. This is another great tradition that ties in the community aspect of a wedding day. It’s not just about a single day, but a marriage! And the support of friends and loved ones help a marriage thrive. This ring warming was a thoughtful way to acknowledge each guest and allowed for a personal connection during the ceremony.
Gillian and Sean’s wedding day was jam-packed with personal details! Towards the end of the ceremony, before the exchanging of vows, Gillian and Sean included a handfasting. Handfasting is a wedding ritual with ancient Celtic roots, and involves the tying or layering of knots over the wedded couple’s joined hands. Gillian and Sean had their close friends and families layer ribbons over their hands, combined with a short reading on the symbolism of each. It was such a unique ritual, and I loved that it pulled in their closest friends.
4. UNITY SAND
Okay, so I know that unity sand ceremonies are nothing new, but the way Ashley and Michael made it work for their family was so sweet! The typical ceremony involves two shades of sand, symbolizing the mixing of the husband and wife. Instead, Ashley and Michael had their three children help them blend a unique mixture that represented their entire family. I love that their ceremony was so inclusive of their children and how they showed their commitment as parents. There weren’t many dry eyes after this ritual!
5. PLANTING A TREE
Okay, I think I’ve saved the best for last! Leslie and Dan planted a tree during their wedding ceremony and it turned out beautifully! Not only will that tree serve as a beautiful reminder of their wedding, but it also reflects their roots. They both grew up in and around farms, and their tree ceremony included jars of soil from different places that were significant to them, like where they grew up and fell in love! Leslie and Dan planted the tree just before exchanging vows, and I have to say they executed it so well. Not a drop of dirt on Leslie’s dress! This was such a unique way to tie in personal details, and will be a lasting memory!