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There are SOOO many mini-ceremonies that you can include within your ceremony to personalize your wedding – and new ones are created every day! The options to personalize your ceremony and mini-ceremony are endless! You can purchase the items needed or craft them yourself and save money. Many of these can include your children and/or parents. Only include these ceremonies if they have meaning for both of you! – the mini-ceremonies add a few minutes to the length of the ceremony, but can be adjusted easily.
- Unity Candle – The couple can light a candle at any point during the ceremony to symbolize uniting as one.
- Sand Ceremony – Where candles are not permitted or feasible, the sand ceremony is an excellent mini-ceremony to symbolize uniting the couple and can even include children. To personalize the sand you can add colors, glitter, crystals, gemstones, or even small toys for the children.
- Wine Ceremony – Choose two wines that complement each when blended – have fun but be responsible when testing!
- Chocolate Ceremony – Two flavors of chocolate, usually bittersweet and sweet to show that you are joining together for the bittersweet moments as well as the sweet, tender moments in your marriage.
- Stone/Crystal Ceremony – Have a box of stones and/or crystals for guests to pick up as they enter the ceremony. The guests are asked to say a blessing or prayer over each stone as they leave the ceremony. These stones can be a beautiful keepsake for the couple. If the stones have a smooth surface, the guests can write their blessings on the stone with permanent marker.
- Hand-Binding, also called Hand-Fasting – The “tying” of the knot is the original idea of the hand-fasting long before rings were exchanged.
- Unity Cross – A beautiful sculpture to display in the new couple’s home, and to remind them of their covenant of vows – abase to hold the assembled cross, the outside of the cross and the inside of the cross are assembled after the vows.
- Wine Box & Love Letters -A box containing a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each other, sealed into envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. A very romantic time capsule for the anniversary of your choice.
- Scriptural Readings or Poems – Many couples wish to have specific scriptural readings by a family member or the officiant.
- Bouquet Ceremony – As the bride walks down the aisle, family members and friends hand her a flower to include in her bouquet.
- Rose Ceremony – The couple exchanges a Rose as their very first gift to each other.
- Ring Warming – The wedding rings are passed around to specific family members or guests to say a blessing over before the ring exchange.
- Tree Ceremony – A small tree is chosen, soil from both of the parent’s homes is sprinkled on top and planted at the new couple’s home.
- Hand Blessing – The couple joins hands and take a moment to breathe and look at the gift of their hands they have given each other.
- Remembrance/Memorial – Taking a moment to light a candle or place a flower by the picture of those loved ones who have passed.
- Balloon Release – For an outside ceremony, guests choose a balloon, write blessings/prayers and then release to the wind. Can also be used to remember those who have passed.
- Honoring of Your Parents – A wonderful way to thank your moms and/or parents for all they have done for both of you.
- Create Your Own Mini-Ceremony!