I can include many more symbolic Elements beyond readings, rings, songs and vows in order to make your wedding more meaningful
Handfasting is one of the most popular additions (made famous by Braveheart) and is an ancient Celtic ritual in which the hands are tied together to symbolize the binding of two lives. Originally, it was a public declaration of intent to marry so, it can be used as a betrothal (engagement) OR be incorporated into the wedding ceremony usually in advance of the ring exchange. It normally incorporates pledges or vows and some couples even use it as their main moment of commitment.
Sand Mixing Ceremony
The unity sand ceremony is a tradition in which a couple pours sand from separate vessels into a unified, central one. It represents two people coming together in marriage, never to be separated.
There are no rules for a unity sand ceremony, and anyone who wishes to participate can. It’s especially powerful for blended families with children, as it’s a visual way to represent the coming together of two groups into one. It is performed during the wedding ceremony, and many couples display their vessels of blended sand in their new homes as a reminder of their union.
Wine Box or Time Capsule
The couple write love letters to each other in advance of the wedding which they will seal in an envelope. They choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of choice and place these and any other
memorabilia in the wine box. If clients choose this ceremony option during the wedding ceremony, they will seal the box and vow not to open the box until an anniversary of their choice. The only other time that the box can be unsealed is when they are having challenging times or less romantic days. Then they will drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind them why they fell in love and chose to be together in the first place.