Lindsey Hoskins & Associates take pride in creating a unique wedding ceremony Great Falls couples will love. As a wedding officiant, we are always looking for ceremony ideas. When choosing the person who will be responsible for one of the most important days in a couple’s life, being able to offer ceremony options that are different than the “usual” exchange of vows will no doubt set you apart from other wedding officiant choices they may have. Here are some ideas that will not only leave lasting memories for the couple who are exchanging vows, but also for all their guests who have gathered to share their joy.
Blending of the Sands
A great idea for a unique wedding ceremony Great Falls brides look for, especially for a beachside wedding, is the blending of the sands. Each person pours a small amount of sand into a larger container as a way of symbolizing their “coming together” in marriage. This can be made even more special by using two different colors of sand.
Blending of the Wines
In the same idea as the blending of the sands, the couple can mix together two different types of wine to symbolize the coming together as one. Rosé and white wines work well for this unique wedding ceremony Great Falls couples want.
Another meaningful idea in an outdoor wedding is the water cleanse. This can be a type of purifying ritual, where the couple can either perform washing of the feet or you can pour a pitcher of water over the couple’s hands. This can be modified for an indoor venue by having the couple hold their hands over a bowl as you pour the water. Having the bride and groom share a goblet of water during a unique wedding ceremony Great Falls brides look for can also symbolize this cleanse.
Planting a Tree
Couples who are getting married in the great outdoors can plant a sapling in the location where they are exchanging their vows as a symbol of their relationship, and just like the tree, each year that passes the marriage will grow stronger and stronger, weathering the storms and challenges that arise along the way.
A couple who is exchanging vows in an indoor venue can also incorporate this into their ceremony, but instead of a tree, they can pot and water a plant together, symbolizing the same meaning as the planting of the tree.
In ancient Celtic wedding traditions, the tying together of hands, referred to as handfasting was a part of the exchange of vows. Have the couple hold opposite hands, with their arms forming a figure eight, which is the eternity symbol. The couple’s hands are then tied together with ribbons to symbolize their becoming one.
Jumping the Broom
This old ritual is traced back to the early 1800’s when slaves were not allowed to formally marry. To symbolize their commitment to each other, the couple would lay a broom on the ground and jump over it together. Today’s couples can use the jumping the broom tradition as a symbol of brushing away the past and started a clean start together.
Tying the Knot
Tying the knot is an old Irish tradition and one that many Game of Thrones fans may recognize. The couple uses ribbon to tie a fisherman’s know which symbolizes their bond, which becomes stronger under pressure instead of breaking.
If you’re looking for a wedding officiant who takes pride in creating a unique wedding ceremony Great Falls couples love, give us a call at Lindsey Hoskins & Associates today.