5 Trending Wedding Ceremony Unity Traditions For More Meaningful Weddings. No. 2 Is Truly Touching.
Wedding ceremonies were once straightforward affairs in which everyone in attendance could probably recite the whole ceremony along with the pastor or priest. The drawback? The whole thing feels formulaic: staid, stiff, and impersonal. Everyone getting married is subjected to the same generic wedding vows and rituals.
If you are a same-sex couple, a bi-racial couple, or just looking for something to add more significance to your wedding day, there are newer and more surprising ways to make your wedding ceremony completely unique. With the blending of ethnicities and cultures, and the approval of same-sex marriages, more non-traditional elements are being added to the wedding ceremony.
Wedding ceremony unity traditions
From writing your vows to including attendees in the unity ceremony to symbolize your commitment to each other, here are five trending wedding ceremony unity traditions to consider for your wedding day:
Handfasting or tying the knot
Handfasting is a beautiful unity ritual rooted in Celtic tradition. Done right before or after the exchange of wedding rings, the officiant binds the couple’s hands loosely with a ribbon or cord to symbolize the couple’s joining. The couple usually keeps the cord as a reminder of their commitment to each other.
When one or both of the couple is re-marrying, with children from a previous marriage, a medallion presentation is a great way to show your commitment not just to your partner but to your blended family. The best way to do this is to purchase a medallion, ring or any trinket and present it to the children during the ceremony along with a sincere promise to be there for them.
Unity sand ceremony
The unity sand ceremony is a meaningful alternative to the unity candle ceremony. Its roots is said to have come from Apache Indians. Colored unity sands are used to symbolize an indivisible union during the wedding. Bride and groom each have different colored sands in a decanter which they alternately pour into a third embossed or decorated vase. This is especially nice for a beach wedding or a wedding outdoors. It’s also a perfect medium to include your families in the ceremony.
Jumping the broom
In England in the 1800’s, jumping the broom signifies a non-church union for couples. In America, the ritual is traced back to the time of slavery when marriages between slaves are illegal. Jumping over a broom decorated with ribbons is a couple’s way of honoring their ancestors. More from How Stuff Works.
The unity cross comes in two pieces, with one cross larger than the other. The bride places her smaller, more delicate cross within the groom’s larger one during the unity ceremony. The couple locks the cross with provided pegs as the officiant intones a blessing. The unity cross can be displayed after the wedding.
As faiths and cultures merge, you’ll see more wedding traditions borrowed from other cultures make its way into the mainstream wedding ceremonies. Remember to choose a unity ceremony object that holds meaning for you both, be it culturally, ethnically, or religiously rooted. Share the symbolism with your wedding guests and try to include the attendees to create a stronger connection and a more meaningful ceremony.
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