Karen Dearing J.P.
Marriage Celebrant

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OTHER CEREMONIES


“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairytale


We are all individuals and different, your ceremony should reflect your individuality and echo your dreams and wishes for your special day. Some couples like to incorporate a ritual into their ceremony.


Following are some ideas that you can incorporate into your ceremony, be it a theme or tradition.


Words can be intertwined with the rituals to embody your love and union or to just celebrate the special occasion of your wedding, whatever your desires or wishes, I am here to assist you in making your day the most memorable day of your life.


Rituals vary greatly, mostly because there are no rules. Should you favour a particular custom, go with it.


The following rituals are the most popular with couples and these ceremonies take place after the official ceremony has taken place just before pronouncing you husband and wife.



Rose Ceremony


In the rose ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a rose. Two roses are all that is required and can be real or silk. The rose ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony just before being pronounced husband and wife. In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant “I love you”. The rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honourable title of “Husband and Wife’.


Unity Candle


The Unity Candle ceremony is easily incorporated into the ceremony and consists of two slender candles (Tapers) and the centre candle (usually larger). The two outer candles (taper) represent your individual lives before today and represent your individual families. As you each take a single candle and light centre candle, you will each extinguish your individual candles afterwards, usually the bride will blow out grooms candle and the groom blows out the brides candle.


Hand Fasting Ceremony


The hand-fasting ceremony is an ancient custom that was performed in Scotland and Ireland. In Scotland and Ireland it is normally done before the exchange of the rings. But here in Australia the ceremony itself is performed after the ring exchange.

The bride and groom cross arms and join hands in a figure 8, the sign of infinity and lasting commitment to each other. The celebrant then “binds” the couples hands with a ribbon or cord, ties it in a knot, the couple remove their hands and the ribbon or cord remain tied. This ribbon or cord is presented to the couple in an organza bag.


The above are but a few more popular additions that can be added to your ceremony.


Others include a Sand Ceremony, Lovelocks, Wine Ceremony, Jumping the Broom, Ring Warming and so on. If you are interested in any other ceremonies, please feel free to discuss this with me, I am happy to research any others you may be interested in for inclusion in your wedding ceremony.