Wedding rituals have been a custom practice performed during nuptial ceremonies. Whether it may be a Jewish, Celtic, Spanish, or Greek Orthodox ritual, the list goes on. If you’re planning to incorporate at least one or two practices, there are certainly more ceremonies and rituals I can offer for you to choose from.
Below are some of the popular rituals used in ceremonies to signify love, romance and unity.
- Tying the Knot: Tying the knot after you and your spouse have exchanged your beautifully written vows and symbolic wedding rings is a wedding ritual done by some couples during their weddings. Usually, couples use a Fisherman’s rope or a ribbon to do this. Tying ropes together as a couple signifies your everlasting connection with each other
- Jumping a Broom: It may seem odd for some, but newlyweds, especially in the United States, perform this ritual to greet their new married life happily. To do this, the broom will be placed flat on the floor for you and your partner to jump over once the ceremony has ended. This wedding ritual has been carried out since the 1800s and was highly influenced by African weddings.
- Lighting of a Unity Candle: To administer this ritual, you and your partner’s mother will each place a candle beside an unlighted pillar candle. Once you have both said your genuine vows, you and your spouse will light up the candle. The lighting of the unity candle represents your obligation to your partner.
- Writing Love Letters: Just like the old times, writing love letters will never go out of style. To practice this ritual, you and your spouse will each need to write a love letter expressing your undying love for each other before your big day. The letters will then be placed inside a box during your wedding and will be given to each other during your anniversary or any important date in your relationship.
- Breaking the Glass: A Jewish wedding tradition, breaking a glass-covered in fabric means a lifelong marriage with your spouse. It should be noted that the groom should be the one to step on the glass with one foot once the ceremony is done.
- Passing of The Ring: Also known as a ring warming ceremony, this ritual is performed when your guests pass on your wedding ring to give their blessings to you and your spouse. The passing of the ring usually occurs before or during the wedding ceremony.
- Water Blending: Water Blending Ceremony on the other hand is done when you and your spouse blend coloured water together to create a mixture. To do the trick, you just need to add food colouring to the water and voila. You may also select which colours to blend in because each colour represents a value. For example, the colour blue can represent everlasting friendship and good health.
- Drinking Wine: One glass of red wine and one glass of white wine is needed to administer this ritual. After you and your spouse have exchanged your symbolic rings, you will mix and drink the red and white wine in a glass to signify undividedness.
- Handfasting: Handfasting on the other hand means the joining of you and your better half’s hands. While you both hold each other’s opposing hands, a wedding official will bind your hands together with a delicate fabric. It is important to note that handfasting is a Celtic custom.
- Releasing of Doves: A pair of white doves are released during a wedding ceremony to signify peace and the new life of the couple together. This uncommon wedding ritual is usually practised by Filipinos.
- Washing of Hands: If you want to practice the washing hands ritual during your big day, you will just need a mid-size bowl filled with water and two hand towels. Once the wedding official gives you the permission to wash your hands together, you may do so and after which, you will need to wipe each other’s hands.
- Giving of Roses: This wedding ritual on the other hand is applicable to you and your significant other’s mothers. In this wedding ritual, you and your partner will give your mothers a rose as a sign of your endless love.
- Encircling of each other: Encircling each other during your wedding ceremony is a Jewish custom that a lot of couples continue to carry out during their big day. Happily going around each other in circles represents that you and your partner do not have any walls around each other.
- Pouring of Sand: Pouring of sand takes place when you combine the contents of 2 bottles containing sand in different colours in one holder. Doing so represents unity and harmony between you and your spouse.
- Lighting of Fire: Lighting a fire alternatively during your wedding symbolizes you and your significant other’s binding together as one.