by Dusty King of King's Event Planning and Rebecca Norris
Yesterday I shared with you the wording my friend and I came up with for a "Branding Unity Ceremony". I decided to offer an alternative to my coworker in case the couple didn't have all the necessary supplies to do that ceremony (or in case there might be safety concerns preventing it).
The couple has a fishing theme for their wedding. A little offbeat, but the decor that Reginna (my coworker) was telling me about, sounded very unique and beautiful. The centerpieces, for example, are bowls filled with river rock, water and fake fish, set atop flat pieces of log. I haven't seen photos yet, but I'm pretty excited to see how those came out!
Back to the unity ceremony. I found this river rock unity ceremony in my search for anything on the branding ceremony, and thought that this would be a great way to incorporate their current theme into the ceremony using supplies they probably already have! Again, there was no wording available for this, so we had to come up with our own. Here's what we created:
"As you entered today, you were asked to pick up a stone to hold throughout the ceremony. Symbolically, throughout this wedding, your joy, love, prayers, hopes and wishes for the (BRIDE) and (GROOM) have been absorbed by these stones. The stones also represent the foundation that you have helped build for them as individuals and as husband and wife. When you enter the reception (OR DURING THE RECEIVING LINE), we ask that you place your stone in the (CONTAINER) and convey your congratulations to (BRIDE) and (GROOM). This (CONTAINER) of stones will set in their home as a permanent display, reminding them of the strength they have as individuals, as a couple and as a community with you. They can look upon these stones and feel the joy and love they felt for each other and from all of you today. Today, their lives are intertwined and their love as strong as stone."
Basically, you have a container of pretty rocks at the guestbook table or another table where the guests are entering, with a sign asking them to take one and hold it through the ceremony (see photo above). After the vows and before the kiss, the officiant says the words above, the couple kisses, announcement, cue music, recessional. If the couple is having a receiving line, place a table (maybe move the first table!) close to the couple in the line with a second decorative container that the guests can drop their stones into. Or, you can place this container at the head table if the couple is not doing a receiving line. Either way, they'll have their beautiful container full of stones, love and prayers from their ceremony to keep forever!
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I'm Rebecca, owner and clergy for True Hearts Weddings. I love performing weddings, I love my 4 children, and I love life.