Posted: 10 August 2017
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It’s a day full of love and caring, and the day you join your life to someone else’s.
You will always remember your wedding day, of course, but adding a few personal touches to the ceremony can make it all the better to look back on.
Here are a few wedding ceremony ideas to incorporate into your service.
A time capsule is a fun way to get your guests involved in your marriage. Ask your guests to write down their best marriage advice and well wishes after the wedding ceremony.
Seal up the box during the reception and open it with your spouse on your first anniversary. You’ll experience all the love you felt from family and friends all over again.
Fight boxes, like time capsules, are sealed up during the wedding ceremony or reception. The purpose of the box is to rekindle the love and excitement you both felt on your wedding day when you might be going through a rough patch.
Before the ceremony, each of you writes a love letter to the other to express your joy for marrying and the love you have. Box these letters up with your favorite bottle of alcohol and two glasses and agree to open it in 10 or 20 years. You can even open it earlier if you feel you need to be inspired by your former selves.
Use Family Mementos in the Wedding Ceremony
Family mementos are a heartfelt way to bring two families together. Some couples opt to use a Bible that’s been in the family for generations while others might use wedding bands from grandparents or great-grandparents.
If you don’t have family mementos, create your own during your wedding. There’s no limit to what a memento can be as long as it’s passed down through the family.
A wedding sand ceremony demonstrates the blending of two people into one. The bride and groom each bring sand from their hometowns and pour them into a small vessel to be displayed in the home. It’s particularly fitting if your wedding is on a beach.
If you and your beloved aren’t from beach towns, consider having a tree planting ceremony where you each bring soil from your hometown to add to a potted sapling tree.
Involving your guests in your vows gives a special meaning to your wedding. It also helps guests feel like the ceremony is more about the group than just you and your spouse.
An easy way to incorporate these vows into the ceremony is to ask the officiant to relay similar vows to the audience. These vows typically ask the guests to guide, love, and support you, the couple, on your journey through marriage, and is answered with a resounding “we will!”
There are truly no limits for the kinds of small rituals you can incorporate into your wedding ceremony. Some couples opt for religious rituals while others go for something a bit more secular and heartfelt.
The important thing is each part of the ceremony is meaningful to you and your spouse.
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