Wedding Ceremony Rituals Unify Your Hearts To Love

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Wedding ceremony rituals unify your hearts to love. From blessing of the hands, jumping the broom, and ring warming it symbolises everlasting commitment to cherish one another. But how do you get family and friends onboard?

To start with, let’s get real. Do your ideas 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. And whether you are spiritualist, atheist or religious this form of commitment is perfect to get family and friends involved.

Suited to every cultural tradition it’s a beautiful way to say, “I love you, with all my heart” and “thank you all for your support”. Here are more some ideas to celebrate and share your love with everyone. Here we go…

Wedding ceremony rituals

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Rosanne & Ricardo Elopement Wedding @ Dignita Hoftuin | Handfasting Ritual


Tip 1• 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, would you like to bend the rules a little? Well, allow someone’ to utter the Lord’s Prayer during the service.

Tip 2• 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.

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Smudging ritual

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Tip 3• Handfasting wedding ceremony rituals

So, how do you get mum and dad onboard? Easy! Obtain your legal paperwork before going ahead with your pagan handfasting or spiritual ritual. Go with some witnesses, preferably mum and dad to the town hall. Thereafter, invite relatives and friends to a after-party [this can be on another day]. But, what is really important you kick start the celebrations. Moreover, create everlasting memories for you and your guests. This makes everyone feel special.

Tip 4• Sand wedding ceremony rituals

Do you want to appease your family and friends’? Do you need 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.

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Sand ceremony symbolises togetherness, love and unity

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Tip 5• Jumping the broom

In addition, are you ready to jump the broom? Do you have a design idea for your invitations? Well, find on-line wedding card services and add your secular wedding day wishes. What about including a passage from the bible? A religious family or friend can  read it out. 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.

Tip 6• Smudging

Did you already pick the wedding date? Have you thought about the time and location? Which month suits everyone’s needs (within reason)? In evidently it should 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.


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Tip 7• Secular weddings

What is the number 1 non-religious wedding ceremony ritual? Well, during a secular marriage service it 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

Tip 8• Oathing stone rituals

So, you worship your parents, there is nothing wrong with that. And you really don’t want to hurt their feelings. Perhaps you’d prefer unity candles spilling over? Or an oathing stone might be more your thing. 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.

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Tip 9• Ring warming ceremonies

And there’s more…did you know 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 10• Sealing heartfelt letters in a box

Finally, sealing heartfelt letters in a box also symbolises enduring love and can mirror you’re deepest-held beliefs about commitment, respect and loyalty. And symbolic hand gestures enrich the act of marriage. Basically, you have the power of choice to plan something intrinsically linked to your taste and style. So, give mum, dad a call and share your true feelings with them! Good luck with all your  big day plans.

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Rosanne & Ricardo @ Dignita Hoftuin | Smudging Ritual

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