Blessing Stones or Shells

Blessing Stones or Shells

Almost any item can be given symbolic significance. The blessing stones or shells ritual is perfect for a natural setting : the exchanging of stones or shells by the bride and groom, coloured or inscribed, instead of, or as well as, rings. The stones are cast by the...
Releasing Doves

Releasing Doves

Last time I wrote about the releasing of butterflies as a symbol of hope for the future and dreams fulfilled. Another symbolic finale to a ceremony ( and not just a wedding : I have seen this one work beautifully at commitments, namings and funerals) is releasing...
Releasing Butterflies

Releasing Butterflies

  Releasing butterflies is a stunning symbol as the finale to a ceremony – after everything, including the signing of the documents, is over – the instant after you are introduced as Mr and Mrs or married partners or a married couple. Obviously butterflies must be...
The Seven Steps

The Seven Steps

Civil ceremonies are underpinned by freedom – the opportunity to compose your ceremony with a minimum of rules. I can give you guidelines but f you want a unique ceremony it is up to you to create it from ideas you have come across and convictions you have held … so...
The Wine and the Wooden Box

The Wine and the Wooden Box

  This is thought to be a Dutch tradition. The couple should find a wooden box that will hold a bottle of wine and two wine glasses. They should then write one another a letter with the reasons they fell in love, describing the qualities they find most endearing in...
The Handfasting Ceremony

The Handfasting Ceremony

Last time I wrote about the Hand Blessing Ceremony. The Handfasting Ceremony is different again but can be included in a ceremony with the hand blessing words – if one does not detract from the other. Many couples have asked for variations of hand fasting. You need...