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Candles

Candles can be used in different ways. A unity candle can be a good way of involving loved ones in the ceremony. Someone important to each of the couple will light a candle which will be handed to the couple so that they can use their individual candles to light one larger candle. This ceremonial candle can be kept at lit every year on the couple’s anniversary. This can also be used for blended families as the couple’s children can help to light the candles.

A candle could also be used as a remembrance of someone important who has passed on.


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Quaich

A quaich can be used with any desired beverage but is most commonly used in whisky blending. Each of the couple pour a measure of their preferred whisky into the quaich to create a special blend which they can then both drink. This symbolises the blending of their lives together.


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painting

The couple join hands to paint a circle on a canvas to symbolise their unity and everlasting love. This can then be added to by witnesses or guests who contribute messages, wishes or pictures.


broom jumping

The ceremony of jumping the broom came about as a result of slaves in the United States not being allowed to marry. They jumped the broom to the beating of drums as a way of ceremonially uniting. Nowadays a highly decorated broom is placed on the ground and jumped over. This can then be put on display as a keepsake.


lasso

A lasso is used to symbolise the couple’s commitment to their union. A ribbon or cord is placed over the couple’s shoulders or lightly fastened around their bodies.


Tree planting

Planting a wedding tree as a couple is an old custom that symbolises life, growth and being rooted in your marriage. In an outdoor, larger scale ceremony, a tree will be planted in the ground. In a smaller, indoor ceremony, a seedling can be planted in a small pot to be planted outside at a later date.


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Ringwarming

A ringwarming is a good way to involve everyone attending the ceremony. The rings pass through the hands of the guests who not only warm the rings but imbue them with hopes and wishes for the couple’s future together. The rings can be placed in a small bag, attached to a cushion or threaded on to ribbon.


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Stone

This is a way to involve everyone attending. Small pebbles or polished stones are handed out to all the guests. They then warm them in their palms instilling them with good wishes for the couple. They could also be asked to sign the stones, which will then be placed in a jar or vase for the couple to take home.


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flowers

This ceremony usually involves a rose as they has long been associated with love and romance. There are two main ways in which roses can be used. A rose can be given to the mothers of the couple as tokens of gratitude. Another way is for the couple to give a rose to each other as a symbol of their love.


Maypole

A pole is wrapped with ribbons of different colours. This can be done by the couple themselves or involve others so is suitable for a blended family.


Puzzle

A simple wooden puzzle, usually in the form of a heart, is completed by the couple to symbolise the way in which they complete each other.


Vow burial

A copy of the couple’s vows to each other is placed inside a metal container that the couple can bury in a significant place. This can be done during the ceremony or at a later date.

The vows can be dug up on an anniversary or whenever the couple need reminded of their vows.


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Sand

A sand ceremony is a very visual way to symbolise the blending of the couple’s lives and also perfect for blended families. A special jar is filled with various colours of sand; each person taking part can contribute a different colour. This will then act as a beautiful keepsake.


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Bell ringing

The peel of bells has long been associated with weddings. In Celtic times it was thought to ward off evil and grant wishes, while it is an announcement of the ceremony in the Christian church. In your ceremony the bells can be incorporated in several ways - the celebrant can ring them at the beginning, the guests or attendants can ring them or the couple can use them as part of their vows.


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handfasting

An ancient Celtic tradition, it was originally used to symbolise a betrothal, during which a druid priest would declare that the couple would be bound together. This engagement would last a year, as a sort of 'trial marriage'. In later times, it was used in a marriage ceremony, in lieu of the presence of a priest.

Ribbons or cords of different colours will be used to bind the hands together as a sign of the couple’s commitment to one another.


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A box or jar of your choice will be filled with the items of your choice. These can include bottles of alcohol, keepsakes, messages from each other/guests.

This is then sealed and then opened again on a significant date, usually an anniversary.


Piñata

A piñata can be filled with messages from the couple to each other, or from the guests. This can then be opened at the reception or on an anniversary.


If you would like an element that is not included in this list any others can be discussed.