using ritual in ceremony

As I continue writing ceremonies over the winter (especially fun on these snowy days) I am challenged with each couple. How do I best express their uniqueness, their vision?

The words I choose are influenced by the words they share with me, and the rituals we have chosen together. As I like to say, ‘ritual is the language of ceremony’. Last week I blogged about vows – and that is certainly one of the central ways you can make your ceremony a true reflection of you. No matter how unusual or traditional – your vows speak volumes about your promise to each other, your, love, respect and your style.

Of course there are so many other ways to express the meaning of this big day. I love creating rituals that incorporate the family and even the guests.

Bread, salt and wine... together for a wedding ritual

Bread, salt and wine... together for a wedding ritual

Then there are the ‘sharing’ rituals – sharing bread and salt, an old Eastern European tradition, sharing wine, with so many deep connections to religions and cultures, or sharing milk, honey or dates. And you can combine these things in interesting ways as well. One I really like is the simple the sharing of water. This is an especially great ritual if you are having your ceremony by the water, in the Poconos that can be a lake, and often, the Delaware River.

A water ritual, by the water.

A water ritual, by the water.

A water sharing ritual resonates on many levels because water is one of the prime requirements of all life. Our bodies are made up of, and need water, and our planet as well. And of course water is used for baptism and other holy rituals from all religions around the world. Sharing the purity of water can symbolize many things. There are endless and interesting ways to do all kinds of rituals.

This couple chose to mix two wines together.

This couple chose to mix two wines together.

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