Sharing the Chalice

Sharing the Chalice

I used this ceremony in one of my first weddings 20 years ago ( here’s a photo of it, very special to me as my husband, since passed away, took it). The chalice of wine holds very strong symbolism – holy communion, the Last Supper, promises exchanged, commitment...
The Rose Ceremony

The Rose Ceremony

Some ceremonies I have done have included the “ Ceremony of the Roses” in which couple exchanged roses as a symbol of love. All flowers have symbolic significance but the rose is the symbol of love and was included in ceremonies of a bygone age. There are several...
Acknowledging Children

Acknowledging Children

These days marriage is not only the legalization of the union between two people but the formal consolidation of a family : whether it is of children shared by the couple or of a merging of two former, independent families. While the primary relationship to be...
The Unity Candle

The Unity Candle

The lighting of candles is a powerful symbol in all kinds of rituals. If you don’t want to be too elaborate with your words, the quiet lighting of a candle speaks volumes and sets a tone of reverence, respect, thankfulness – it has the dramatic effect of setting the...