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Alternative ceremonies

Lots to be done, the venue, the flowers, the rings, the cake, the bridesmaids, that dress, the suits, the photographer, the menu. But what about the ceremony? Whether you choose religious or civil, the choice of ceremony is not of your choice. The ceremony you have is the same as everyone else’s (give or take some small details).
Here are some of the different cermony options that a Celebrant can offer:

unity candle

Unity candle – One of the most popular ceremonial elements.  This involves personalised candles being lit at the beginning of the wedding ceremony (often by the parents of the couple) to symbolise your separate lives.  After the couple has exchanged their vows and wedding rings, they will be invited to use the single candles to light the large unity candle representing their married life together.  It is suggested to all Cherish couples that they light their candle each year on their anniversary to recall their wedding vows

Handfasting cords – This beautiful symbolic gesture provides a wonderful keepsake of your wedding day.  An ancient tradition, it involves tying cords or ribbon around joined hands.  Originally, a handfasting was a commitment for ‘a year and a day’ – a sort of trial marriage!  You can have your own handfasting cords with your choice of colours and fabrics, or your celebrant will suggest colours to you.

red roseRose Ceremony – The rose is a symbol of love, and can be used to show that, like a rose, a marriage needs to be cared for and nurtured to bloom to full maturity. The couple exchange a rosebud as their first gift.  They can keep them, or they can offer them as a gift to their mothers (or mothers in law!) as they leave the ceremony, in exchange for a kiss…

Jumping the broom – At the end of the ceremony, as the couple prepare to leave the ceremony, they are invited to join hands and jump over a ceremonial broom.  This ancient tradition originated as an elopement or informal union – the phrase ‘living over the brush’ is still used today.  It also refers to sweeping away the past and stepping into a bright new future together.  Brooms can be decorated with flowers and ribbons in colourschosen by the couple to tie in with their wedding theme.
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