Officiant

Raleigh

Creating a Marriage Candle

To symbolize the bonding act of marriage the bride & groom will be creating a marriage candle.
Each has chosen a colour of wax to represent them.
Each brings to the candle a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.Your wax beads have created a candle and when it is lit & the wax melts, it further melds & bonds together and now it is the heart from which this candle burns.

This candle is also called a candle of Commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it aflame.


Unity Cross Ceremony ​

  The Unity Cross® is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, representing how the two become one. The two crosses are locked together by the three pegs that represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This unique and beautiful sculpture can be displayed in your home as a lasting reminder of the covenant you made on your wedding day. This is the newest most unique idea for wedding ceremonies today.

Unity Heart Ceremony

The Unity Heart is a beautiful symbol assembled in the wedding ceremony, illustrating how two hearts destined for each other become one. It is a lasting reminder that will be placed in the couple’s home reminding them of how two hearts entrusted themselves to each other and now they beat as one. The beauty about adding the Unity Heart continues as a symbol in your home long after the ceremony.

The Unity Heart ceremony can be adapted for non-religious or a Christian faith based script, however if you choose to have it the sentiment is beautiful!




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Unity Ceremonies

Wedding Unity Tree Ceremony
Celebrate your marriage with an age old tradition! Couples often planted a tree where they watched it grow over the years. There still remains wedding trees older than 70 yrs.
Include your children or parents in this delightful ceremony. The unity of the family is seen as your loved ones add soil to the potted tree & you finish the ceremony by both watering the tree together. The officiant explains to your guests how the tree & the essence of your marriage must remain strong, & flexible, & deep rooted. Using the metaphor of the growing tree to your marriage is perfect.

Heart Love Locks 
No one knows how or when this ancient Chinese custom began. Locking your love is the ancient custom of symbolically locking one's love on a never-ending chain. You can forever lock your love with beloved. For those who wish to symbolize their enduring love. Each one locks their heart padlock to the other's and slips the locks onto a chain or ribbon that creates a never ending circle. Then tie the keys to a separate ribbon attached to 2 helium filled balloons to be released into the sky, thus uniting your love for eternity

Unity of Sands
This is a beautiful and meaningful unifying ceremony that symbolized the joining together of the Bride and Groom, or the blending together of their families.


Vow Oath Stone
Vow Oath Stone Embrace this old European tradition. The Bride & Groom place their hands upon a special & decorated stone while saying their wedding vows. Taken from the ancient Celtic custom of setting an oath in stone


Guests Blessing Stones

Each of your guests can select a small smooth river stone to offer a blessing or wish over & then place in a container for the couple you’re your blessings & to display as a keepsake. 


Love Letters and  Wine Ceremony

A Love Letter Wine Box exchange is a romantic ceremony that will enhance your wedding and serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heart felt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away to be revealed several years into your marriage. A distinctive way to celebrate your love for one another.


Unity Candle

Lighting the Unity Candle symbolized the joining together or blending of separate lives. It is the coming together of two families and the merging to two individuals into one married couple, a love that burns jointly.



Sea Shell Blessing


Each member of the wedding party is given a sea shell to hold representing their unique individuality and their presence at the wedding. During the ceremony, the Officiant will ask each person to make a special silent blessing or wish over the shell after which the shells are collected into a decorative container symbolically joining family and friends, through the couple, into one.


Hand fasting Cord Binding


Most ancient cultures had some sort of "binding" ceremony for weddings. Cord Binding was traditionally a very simple ceremony – the bride and groom faced each other and joined right hand to right hand and left hand to left hand and Knots were tied over and around the hands of the couple, thus ensuring them health, happiness and fertility. The expression "Tie the Knot" came from this early Celtic marriage ritual. 



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Broom Jumping


Another old ceremony usually done at the end of the wedding ceremony. The jumping of the broom is symbolic of the leap of faith a couple takes entering marriage and also can be used to symbolize leaving the past behind and jumping into the future. In modern times it is seen as a symbol that both Husband and Wife will share the domestic chores. This ceremony can also include blended families. The Bride & Groom jump the broom first followed by the children.