The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony
There are many different explanations for the breaking of the glass. The glass is broken to protect their marriage with the implied prayer…”May your bond of love be as difficult to break as it would be to put together the pieces of this glass.” After the glass breaks , everyone is invited to shout the Hebrew words “Mazel Tov,” meaning “Good Luck” and “Congratulations.
The Family Vows and Blessing Ceremony
It is a very sweet way to include children into the ceremony. Often a symbolic gift is presented to each child so they have something to tangibly remember not only the ceremony but also the forming of this new family that they are now a part of.
The Hand Blessing Ceremony
Is a visual, meaningful, romantic and has an option for humor. It is placed before the ring exchange because it puts the focus on the hands. This often receives great responses from family and friends.
The Hand Fasting Ceremony
May be used as a substitute for the Declaration of Intent. Hand-fasting is a wedding ritual in which the couples’ hands are tied together with a ceremonial cloth or cord. Hand-fasting is a declaration of intent, where the bride and groom clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will.
The Mothers Rose Presentation
Is a visual, meaningful and very touching. The bride and groom first present a rose to the bride’s mother; the bride embraces her mother followed by the grooms embrace. The bride and groom then present a rose to the groom’s mother; the groom embraces his mother followed by the brides embrace. What an awesome surprise!
The Red Rose Exchange
Is a visual, meaningful and very romantic. The Bride and Groom present to each other a red Rose as their first gift as husband and wife. Two red roses are all that is necessary. The Red Rose Exchange is placed near the end of the ceremony just “after” being pronounced husband and wife.
The Sand Blending Ceremony
Is a highly visual and very meaningful. The Sand Blending Ceremony is a beautiful and significant alternative to the Unity Candle ceremony. We provide use different colors of sand for the bride and groom and each family member you would like to include in the ceremony. The combined sand makes a wonderful wedding keepsake and is a constant reminder of promises from the wedding day.
The Unity Candle Ceremony
It is a symbolic ceremony that has the bride and groom light a single candle representing their willingness to walk life’s pathways together as one. It is placed near the end of the ceremony, following the Ring Exchange. The mother’s usually light the two outer candles as they are escorted forward at the beginning of the ceremony.
The White Dove Release Ceremony
As a true symbol of Love, the White Dove chooses its mate for life, therefore they are a very fitting and final addition to any wedding. They create a magical atmosphere as they circle the skies before leaving on their new journey together.
The Wine Ceremony
The Wine Ceremony is symbolic of the pledges you have made to one another to share together the fullness of life. Wine has certain properties that are sweet and bitter representing “Life’s Journey”. As you drink from one cup, you acknowledge to one another that your