Wedding Ceremony Rituals To Attract A Happily Ever After

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Fancy wedding ceremony rituals during your nuptials? These rituals were created to attract good fortune, health, and a happily ever after. On top of that, a symbolic blessing completes your marriage celebration and portrays how much you cherish one another. So, how do you plan it?

Well, you may be worried that your religious parents’ think you are crazy. Or your modern-day gestures don’t reflect old age marriage traditions. It could be that you just don’t have a clue about wedding ceremony rituals.

But you shouldn’t let these concerns stop you from planning a dream wedding day. So, keep hatching your plan for a unique ritual ceremony. Would you like to find out more? Let me help you decide which wedding ceremony ritual fits you both. Here we go…

Wedding ceremony rituals

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Rosanne & Ricardo Elopement Wedding @ Dignita Hoftuin | Handfasting Ritual

Tip 1• Religious vs non-religious

First things first are you a spiritualist, atheist or religious? Well, whatever your faith a wedding ritual ceremony is a meaningful occasion. In fact, it can soften the coldest heart and warm your love to the highest heights. Wedding ceremony rituals symbolise everlasting love, commitment respect and loyalty.

Tip 2• Sacred wedding  ceremony

Secondly, the sole mechanism of a symbolic ritual gives you absolute flexibility to add an extra dose of magic to your wedding. But you value your family and friends’ opinion. Perhaps you don’t want to disrespect their need for the presence of God at your nuptials? So, bend the rules a little. Allow them to utter the Lord’s Prayer during the service.

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Smudging ritual

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Tip 3• Wedding ceremony pagan rituals

Pagan wedding ceremonies are called handfastings. This wedding ceremony rituals marks the coming together of two people in a formal, loving and equal sexual partnership. As a couple you take the swearing of oaths very seriously indeed. In fact, it’s an important part of your ethical beliefs system. Source: www.bbc.co.uk/paganism/rites/weddings

Tip 4• Handfasting wedding ceremony rituals

Handfasting otherwise known as “tying the knot” is a beautiful, symbolic marriage ceremony. The ritual is the action of binding and shaking someone’s hand to agree on something. A coloured ribbon, cord or other form of material is bound around the couples hands. And this action symbolises the union of love.

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Sand ceremony symbolises togetherness, love and unity

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Tip 5• Sand wedding ceremony rituals

“The sand wedding ceremony ritual expresses the coming together of two people or two families into one new family. It is a very simple idea but extremely powerful. Sometimes just the couple participates, but you can include your children. Or you can ask your parents to join in with their coloured sand. This adds to the layers of colours, and unites the entire family.

Tip 6• Jumping the broom

Jumping the broom is a time-honoured wedding tradition in which you both, the bride and groom jump over a broom during the ceremony. The act symbolises a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past, and can also signify the joining of your two families. In fact, it offers a respectful nod to family ancestors.

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Tip 7• Smudging wedding ceremony ritual

A smudging ceremony is a purification ritual. Tied to many indigenous cultures it has found its way into modern day weddings. A smouldering bundle of sage/herb is used to cleanse the air around you, to purge negative energy. And this allows you as newlyweds to start a new phase in your relationship on the right foot.

Tip 8• Oathing stone rituals

The Oathing Stone is an ancient wedding ceremony ritual from Celtic Britain. The belief that a vow/oath made over a stone permeates the stone. And this helps you integrate the wisdom of the past into the start of your new married life. This is a great alternative to exchanging rings. It symbolises an eternal and unbreakable love.

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Tip 9• Ring warming ceremonies

A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold the couple’s wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. By the time your rings make it on to the fingers of the couple they will be saturated with the love of their friends and family. Source: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/marriage/content/ring-warming-ceremony

Tip 10• Winebox ceremony ritual

Finally, the winebox wedding ceremony ritual symbolised enduring love. What is it? Well, you seal heartfelt letters in a winebox. The two sealed letters and bottle of wine are tightly sealed away for the future. When do you open it? You can open it, when you need to have a serious but necessary life changing conversation. Good luck with all your  big day plans.

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Rosanne & Ricardo @ Dignita Hoftuin | Handfasting & Smudging Ritual

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots 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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