Handfasting has it`s origins in ancient celtic tradtion but is becoming increasingly popular today. It was traditionally a promise made between a couple for a year and a day. At the end of that time they could decide whether to marry or to go their separate ways!
The couple join hands and face each other. As they make their vows different cords are tied loosely around their clasped hands. Different colours hold different meanings eg red for passion, green for new life and white for purity.
You can be as creative as you wish with the cords and make it even more personal by inviting friends & family to tie the cords or include your children.
It is a beautiful and often an emotional way to end your ceremony and the ties can be kept as a keepsake of your special day, I love it!
Jumping the broom is a symbolic ceremony that has roots in many cultures around the world. It symbolises the brushing away of the past and the sweeping in of new beginnings. A leap of faith into a new life & usually takes place at the end of the ceremony.
One of the attendants passes the broom to the groom who makes a sweeping gesture before passing it to his bride. She then lays it on the ground. The celebrant invites everyone to count 1 2 3 JUMP! The happy couple then hold hands and jump over the broom then continue down the aisle to great applause. It`s great fun.
The broom is usually decorated by the couple. This would work so well with a Harry Potter or Halloween themed wedding!
This is a beautiful but simple ritual that symbolises the joining of two people & two families.
At the start of the ceremony, a member of each family, usually the mothers, light the two smaller candles. Following the exchange of rings the couple each take one of the candles & together light the larger one uniting two lives & now brighter & stronger together.
Other fab ideas to consider include a wine blending ceremony, time capsule, tree planting & wine box. These can all be adapted or you could create your very own.......the only limit is your imagination! Get in touch to find out more.