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For religious ceremonies, you can coordinate with your officiant to find a way to include your wedding party and families in a group prayer. You can invite all those willing to participate to physically support you by saying a prayer together with you on the alter.
Do you and your spouse have scientific backgrounds? If so, then why not celebrate your union by creating a safe chemical reaction during your vows. Keep an element of surprise for your guests by not telling them what will happen when the two liquids are mixed together.
For this one, I could not find a better explanation than the one provided by the makers of this beautiful piece, so I decided to quote it here for you: The Unity Cross® – “Borrowing from one of the holiest icons in Western culture, the sculpture is made of two interconnecting crosses. The groom’s bold outer cross strengthens and frames his bride while the bride’s delicately carved inner cross brings fullness and beauty to her husband’s life.
During the ceremony, the groom and bride join their crosses together, and secure them with three carved nails, representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The unity cross becomes a beautiful, permanent reminder of the love and commitment in your marriage… is a beacon of the couple’s love for each other – and their future in Christ.”
The Unity Heart® – “is also a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, representing how the two hearts become one… Two hearts are locked together by the Crystal Ball peg that represents the Bride and Groom’s shared Faith in God. The groom’s sturdy outer heart provides strength to frame his bride’s intricately carved inner heart giving support and beauty to her husband’s life. It as a permanent reminder of the love and commitment to your marriage.”
If you’re getting married outside, consider planting a sapling tree – it represents growth, something you and your new spouse will do (a lot of!) together. During the ceremony, the bride and groom should place soil from two separate containers on top of the planting, representing two individuals coming together as one. If you prefer a smaller plant to keep in your house as a decorative reminder, plant on using a potted plant and cups of soil on the ceremony table You can use soils from your respective hometowns.
Also referred to as a “blending of the sands” ceremony sometimes, is a tradition in which the uses 2 small containers with sand of different colors that they pour into a larger container to symbolize they are coming together. Just as it is hard to separate that sand once it has been mixed, so should your union not be easily broken.
Last but not least, is the cord of three strands. Also commonly known as God’s knot, “It symbolizes the joining of one man and one woman by God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.”This symbol of unity is taken from the following bible verse: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12.” The white cord represented the bride, gold the groom, and purple God.
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