Wedding Ceremony Rituals Symbolise Your Enduring Love

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What are virtual wedding ceremony rituals? Well, from blessing of the hands, jumping the broom, and sealing heartfelt letters in a box it symbolises enduring love. It’s a blessing to reflect you’re deepest-held beliefs about commitment and one another. But would you prefer to exchange good old fashioned wedding rings?

Even if you want a finger or body tattoo as an alternative ring. Exchanging traditional wedding rings is the usual thing to do. But with the rise of paganism many soulmates are opting for less conventional tokens of love, during a spiritual marriage ceremony.

What is paganism? It has been defined as anyone involved in any religious act, practice, or ceremony which is not Christian. Another thing, it gives you the freedom of choice to plan a matrimony service, how, when and where you want it.

So, are you a spiritualist or an atheist? Which form of commitment expresses who you are? Is there a wedding ceremony ritual best suited to your cultural traditions? What’s more, how do you involve family and friends? As a celebrant| interfaith minister, I’ll share with you some insiders secret about celebrating eternal unity [on-line / off-line]. Here we go…

Wedding ceremony rituals

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Rosanne & Ricardo Elopement Wedding @ Dignita Hoftuin | Handfasting Ritual

Tip 1• Creative wedding ceremony

To start with, let’s get real. Your ideas could drive your religious parents’, family members and friends crazy. With old age marriage traditions stirring up the modern generations emotions, maybe everyone thinks you are cuckoo. Whether you choose for a pagan ritual or spiritual wedding, it’s your choice. So, keep hatching your plan for a non-religious ceremony. Continue reading…

Tip 2• Sacred ceremony

First things first, the sole mechanism of a symbolic ritual gives you absolute flexibility to add an extra dose of magic to your wedding. However, you value, love and trust your family and friends’ opinion. And you don’t want to disrespect somebodies need for the presence of God at your celebrations. So, why not bend the rules a little and allow someone’ to utter the Lord’s Prayer during the service.

Tip 3• Wedding ceremony pagan rituals

Secondly, do you feel closer to nature? Well, you might be excited to hatch out an amazing plan for your spiritual ceremony. And as a loving couple, you’ve chosen for a symbolic event based on your idea of a dream wedding. So, showing your parents respect and gratitude is important to having a smooth running non-religious ceremony.

The burning of sage during a naming ceremony. Native american indian ritual cleansing.

Smudging ritual

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Tip 4• Handfasting wedding ceremony rituals

So, the third step is to get everyone on-board and obtain your legal paperwork before going ahead with your pagan handfasting or spiritual ritual. Take them along with some witnesses to the town hall. This makes them feel special. And the best part is your guests are at the start of your joyous celebrations. Above all, you create everlasting memories for you and them.

Tip 5• Sand wedding ceremony rituals

Appease your family and friends’ and allow them to endorse your wedding vows with an intricate sand ritual blessing. It is a beautiful way to demonstrate your respect for them. Likewise, one of them can bless your wedding because they are non-religious official, registrar or celebrant. Afterwards, allow your chosen wedding professional to continue the proceedings with spiritual marriage readings.

Tip 6• Jumping the broom

In addition, before you jump the broom find on-line wedding card services and add your secular wedding day wishes. You can include that your family and friends will read a passage from the bible. This ensures they feel acknowledged and everyone is up-to-date with the schedule of events. And there will be no surprises for non-religious guests.

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Sand ceremony symbolises togetherness, love and unity

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Tip 7• Smudging

Hence, you need to pick the right wedding date, appropriate time, location and a month that suits everyone’s needs (within reason). In evidently this will work in yours and everyone’s favour. As it gives you both time to come to terms with everyone’s wishes and desire of a smudging ceremony. Additionally get out your calculator and make a list of key wedding items. And be realistic about the accumulated funds you have to invest.

Tip 8• Secular weddings

The number 1 non-religious wedding ceremony ritual during a secular marriage service is handfasting. So, how do you perform the act without mocking your family’s religious wishes?” Well, you need to be realistic about the consequences of planning a non-religious ceremony. There could be some inevitable backlashes, for example some family members could cut all ties with you. Read more about it at

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Tip 9• Oathing stone rituals

Another thing, if you don’t want the unity candle spilling over then an oathing stone is perfect. Although you may worship your parents this might not hurt their feelings. So, get mum and dads input ahead of arranging your alternative ritual. They will appreciate your openness and thoughtfulness. State your wishes and let them do the same. At the end of the day, you will know what they think. Ultimately, it’s your wedding so you decide.

Tip 10• Ring warming ceremonies

And there’s more…For centuries ring warming ceremonies have been part of wedding ceremony rituals. Included in the matrimony, you can involve every one of your guests to hold or touch the rings. And accompanied with this is a saying, blessing or a prayer to wish you, the newlyweds a happy life together. But, remember strict adherence to tradition is a thing of the past. So, don’t be nervous about your parents wishes.

Tip 11• No setbacks but real wedding plans

Finally, using symbolic hand gestures during your wedding celebrations enhance the marriage act. The power of choice to plan a non-religious sermon is totally personal to you. So, you can start now with all the preparations. Go on give mum and dad a call! And if you need any help, you know where to find me. Good luck with all your symbolic tying the knot, pagan handfasting, sand rituals and jumping the broom big day plans.

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Rosanne & Ricardo @ Dignita Hoftuin | Smudging Ritual

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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