Partial List of Sub-Ceremony Add-Ons

Love Lock Ceremony

If you are looking for a unique add-on ceremony to include in your wedding, the Love Lock Ceremony may be the perfect one! It is a visually beautiful way for a couple to symbolize the strength of their commitment to their marriage. There are several ways the ceremony can be done. The couple can use a pair of heart locks that they padlock together on a single chain or, the couple can use a single lock and secure it to a permanent structure. The ceremony does not end with simply securing the locks through. The key to this successful love lock ceremony is to throw away the keys so the locks can never be unlocked, opened, and released from the chain. This key tossing would make for a great photo opportunity. Traditionally, couples have tossed their keys into the water or woods where there is no hope of retrieving it. You may even bury the keys in a meaningful location, tie them to balloons or melt them in a bonfire. However, due to sentimental value and environmental concerns, many couples choose to keep their keys as a special keepsake of their wedding day. The trend is for brides to string the keys onto a plain bracelet or necklace chain, which she then wears around her wrist or neck during the ceremony. You may also want to give them to your mothers for safekeeping.

Sand Ceremony

A type of unity ceremony, the wedding sand ceremony expresses the coming together of two people or two families into one new family. It is a very simple idea that can be incredibly powerful. Typically, each person has different colored sand and takes turns pouring it into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect. Sometimes just the couple participates, and sometimes the couple's children or parents join in with their own colored sand, adding to the layers of colors, and expressing the harmony of the entire family. The advantage of the sand ceremony is that there is a lasting memento to display in your home. Sand is also a better choice for an outdoor wedding since wind is less of a concern than it is with a candle.

Love Letters and Memory Box

A Love Letter and Memory Box ceremony will serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heartfelt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings along with relationship mementos are locked away in a box to be revealed several years into your marriage. The letters you both write should describe the good qualities you find in one another, the reasons you fell in love, and your reasons for choosing to marry. Your completed letters are then sealed in individual envelopes and you should not see what the other has written. Both Bride and Groom choose a special occasion, such as their 5th or 10th year wedding anniversary, or to celebrate the birth of their first child, to open and reflect on the contents placed in this meaningful box. I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honor prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.

Candy Jar Ceremony

This is a great ceremony for a blended family with children . Each family member has an amount of their favorite candy. Each person pours their candy into a larger glass jar. I talk about the sweetness of sharing life together, the work that goes into a being a family, and how each member brings something unique, sweet, and special to the new family.

Flower Presentation to Mothers

This ceremony is especially meaningful as it is used to thank the bride and groom's moms, step-mothers, or any other special woman in their lives for their love, wisdom, and help. I can either keep two flowers with me or the bride and groom can pull them from the bridal bouquet. These special women are called forward during the wedding ceremony and handed a flower and read a special tribute written by honorer.