September 25, 2014

Symbolic Gestures During Ceremonies

Weddings are steeped in history and tradition. Cultures from around the world all celebrate weddings differently. In Korea the bride must participate in a traditional introduction ceremony where she is accepted into the grooms family. In India wedding ceremonies will often be a multi day event involving many intricate ceremonies, such as painting of the hands and feet of the bride called a Mehndi. All cultures seem to have weddings that once were or still are steeped in traditional celebrations and blessings to ensure the couple have a happily married life. Couples in the western world today may not have these rich traditional elements in their weddings however many still choose to have symbolic gestures that still represent the depth of meaning and love between two people.

At A Lavish Affair some of our beautiful couples have shared some very sentimental declarations of love and commitment to one another during their ceremonies. Here are five great ideas we have come across in our research that we were inspired by and would love to share them with you.

Planting of the Tree

Many couples choose to light one candle together or combine sand into a jar. Instead of this popular idea, couples can choose to plant a young tree in a pot together. As your guests arrive provide small cups of soil that they can tip into the pot, this pot will then be used in the ceremony by the bridal couple to plant a tree. It is a perfect idea if you are holding an outdoor ceremony. This gesture is also a great symobol for the guests to participate in and show their support to the foundation and growth of your marriage. Photo Credit Tree Plant – Libby Photo

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Mother & Son Walk

Groom walks his mother down the aisle before waiting at the altar. A very popular tradition in France this is a really lovely gesture to honour a mother as well as soften the hearts of your guests.

Groom walks mother down the aisle
Presentation of the Rose

The wedding is also the blending of two families together which up until the day of the wedding were separate. The bridal couple can choose to honour this joining of families by presenting a rose to their mothers as a thank you for their many selfless sacrifices they have made and their unconditional love they have shown to their children.

Rose Ceremony
Ring Warming

Having a ring warming during the ceremony. There are different variations but the idea remains the same. For example the bride and groom’s wedding bands are placed into a small pouch and are passed around to all guests prior to the exchanging of the rings. While each guest has a hold of the rings they are encouraged to say a prayer or blessing for the couple. This is a great way to include your guests into the ceremony. Photo Credit Heart – Etsy Seller Alisa Mayde, Photo Credit Ribbon – Amy Wurdock Photography.

Ring Ceremony Etsy

Ring Warming Ribbon

The children say I do too!

For families who already have children, incorporating them into the vows can be a bonding moment for both the children and the new couple. Have the children think of their own vows and guide them through the process to saying I do too! It is also very special to the child when a vow is made to them also. This is a good moment to have tissues at the ready for your guests. Photo Credit – Ed Peers Photography

Children say Vows


Of course there are many more ideas but these are a few beautiful suggestions. Feel free to share in the comments below what you would like to do during your ceremony.


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