WORLD WEDDING RETUALS
The wedding rituals of a culture or country, and ethnic or religious group, or even a family serve much the same purpose-they is tried-and-true symbols of the joining of two people in marriage. They are the ways the community-the people present at your wedding, but also everyone else who follows the same traditions and shares the same beliefs-recognizes the importance of the step the two of you are taking, and a way for you to take your places next to all the couples who came before you. They are also an ideal way to include the people close to you in your ceremony: Your mothers can light the candles for your unity candle ritual, or grandparents can take part in an African-American libation, for example. We've collected an array of the countless rituals you may choose to include-and, where applicable, the words that go with them.
Traditional Wedding Vows
Each religious faith has shredding traditions and practices, including marriage vows that have beers passed down through generations. The exact phrases used vary slightly from place to place and among different clergy ---- your officiant will most likely give you an outline that describes the estate ceremony as he or she generally performs it, as well as printed vows, which may decide to say as written or use as a jumping-off point. Below you drill find the common wordings and a few notes on the ceremony for each religious denomination. Don't be afraid to respectfully ask your priest, rninister, or rabbi for a departure from the words they usually use. more>>>
Exchanging Wedding Rings
After you exchange vows, you will exchange wedding rings. Almost all weddings, regardless of culture or religion, contain a ritual of exchange. The bride and groom may exchange flowers and food as a symbolic gesture, or they may exchange tangible objects, such as rings and money. Your officiant may say a few words first about their symbolism; if you're having a religious ceremony, your priest, minister, or rabbi will likely say a blessing over them, as well. Below are some phrases you can use during the exchange, or you may choose to compose your own. The most simple and traditional phrase:" With this ring, I thee wed." more>>>
Unifying Wedding Rituals-"Handfasting"
There are many rituals that demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple. In many cultures, the hands of the bride and groom are literally tied together (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot"). more>>>
"Giving Thanks"-Wedding Rituals
Wedding ceremonies are largely focused on the bride and groom, but their families are an important part of their marriage, and there are many rituals that recognize the couple's ancestors, their God, and the path that brought them to this day.
Symbolic Wedding Rituals
In some of the most ancient wedding rituals, the couple demonstrates their love and devotion by using symbolic objects, such as candles, food, and even brooms. more>>>