June 18, 2012

NEW Ceremony Ideas

We love traditions because, well they are traditions but every now and then it's nice to mix things up! Thats why we flower shop girls love to do the unique and different flower designs. Recently, we have met brides who want to mix up the ceremonial-symbolisms that are used during their weddings. Here are a few of those ideas! Instead of unity candles, sand mixing or communion here are some ideas that can be just as meaningful.

First, instead of having all girls stand on one side and all guys on the other have your bridal party stand boy, girl, boy girl.  This helps spread your color across the front (which helps with flower costs). Also, during your wedding ceremony the officiant/minister can say "if the wedding party would please join hands (or not) and form a circle we will pray for the couple". Often times at this time the parents of the bride and groom will also join in and this becomes the Circle of Friends. This is an excellent time for scripture readings and a chance to say, "These are the brothers, sisters friends and family that will keep this couple accountable during the life of their marriage..."
A Second idea is doing a God's Knot. It requires a ring and three ropes or strands. This is a great alternative to a unity candle because the mothers of the bride and groom can carry one rope or strand down the aisle and take turns attaching them to the ring.  During the ceremony, the groom holds the ring and the bride braids the ropes together. The scripture associated with this ceremony is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which is below...  

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

New International Version (NIV)
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

This is also called Rope Ceremony, Wedding Rope ...etc. If the ceremony is taking place outside this is a great alternative because you don't run the risk of the candle going out or the sand blowing in the wind. God's Knot kits can be purchased online or for those DIY brides, can be created with various colored ropes, rings to make it unique to the wedding. 
A Third thought is to sign the marriage license during the wedding. This makes it more special than having the maid or matron of honor and the best man hurry to sign it post ceremony.  Sometimes, the bride and groom have already signed the wedding license at the court house but can "mock sign it" this depends on each states laws associated with obtaining the marriage license. 
There are many ways to symbolize commitment and love during a wedding ceremony, these are just a few that we love and recommend to our brides. 
Tell us your story! Let us know what you have seen, done or heard of that is different. We love finding new ideas to share with our brides. 

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