Blending sand is powerful and vivid way to symbolize the blending of your hearts and minds during your ceremony. It also gives you a fun keepsake of your special day that you can display prominently in your home. The picture to the right was taken from a wedding that involved three children, it’s a great way to include kids without giving them a speaking part. Other couples have taken sand from their parents’ homes or other important places in their lives to add depth to the meaning of the ritual.
If beer is more your thing, then we’ve got you covered! After we explain the symbolism of the qualities of each beer, you pour a dark beer and a light beer together into a common glass. This symbolizes your own unique characteristiscs, which compliment each other when blended together. However, you will leave a little in each bottle to show that you retain your individuality, even though you face the world united. Whether you each take a sip or enjoy the entire glass is completely up to you!
In Europe, until the mid 1700’s, few unions were sanctified in a church or synagogue. Rather, they were celebrated by a simple handfasting ceremony in which the two partners had their hands tied together over the village anvil, in the fields, or in the groves of trees. We can recreate this ritual for you, and we have several different options for doing so. If this is a tradition that is part of your heritage, it’s a great way to show respect to your family and your lineage.
Wine Box & Love Letter
Before the ceremony, you will each write love letters describing the good qualities you find in one another and the reasons you fell in love. You will not see what the other has written. During the ceremony, you will place the letters in the box, along with a bottle of wine (or whisky), and then seal the box. You are to keep the box sealed for 5 years unless your marriage hits a rough patch, in which case you are to open the box, enjoy the wine, and read the letters to remind you of why you fell in love and chose to marry each other.