Rituals: what are they, why include them?
There are many rituals (often referred to as ceremonies or rites) within marriage and commitment ceremonies: some are religious, some cultural traditions, others’ origins aren’t known.
The exchange of rings is a common ritual – the ring symbolises endless love: it has no beginning, it has no end…and it’s a physical illustration of your commitment. (There’s no requirement for wedding rings, it’s a personal choice for each of you.)
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Another very common ritual in Australia is the ‘giving away’ / presentation of the bride (and groom) .
Including a ritual with special meaning for you in your ceremony will add quality, depth and distinction: it’s an opportunity to reflect and illustrate your personalities; to demonstrate and reinforce your values and beliefs – about marriage, union, family, culture and heritage….and love.
This is a means to include, actively involve, honour, or symbolically join your families and guests in your ceremony.
Rituals may be performed by, and include anyone you choose.
I’ll give you a range of ideas, and refer you to others if you wish…
The naming ceremony you put together for Brodie was such a beautiful and special day for (us) all – it meant so much to us to have chosen you to share the experience with us. You’re an amazing celebrant… You had some amazing ideas; all the hard work you put in, and all the behind the scenes work you did definitely showed in the presentation.
Thank you so much again. I highly recommend you to others if they’re looking for a great, and easy going celebrant.
As part of the process of preparing for their wedding ceremony, I ask couples to reflect why they’ve decided to formally commit to each other, and I suggest they take some time out to really focus on this. I provide them a long list of questions.
Here’s one to think about today:
What’s your funniest experience together?
My answer is….
wow,…where do I begin?
I bow deeply – Thich Nhat Hanh
Standing quietly by the fence, you smile your wondrous smile,
I am speechless, and my senses are filled by the sounds of your beautiful song,
beginningless and endless.
I bow deeply to you.
The most meaningful words you can say, your wedding vow is your promise of your love and your commitment to the future with each other.
Made freely and spoken in front of witnesses, you’re saying:
‘I’m choosing you – above all others – to spend my life with’.
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.