Colorado Wedding Officiant and Minister
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Jumping the broom is a tradition that grew out of several cultures. In it, you end the ceremony and, to either start the recessional or upon leaving the venue, hold hands and jump over a broom decorated for the wedding. It represents the beginning of a new life domestic together and sweeping away the old. Jumping the broom can also be done with children and is a fun way to include them in the conclusion of the formal ceremony. You also keep the broom as a beautiful display keepsake.
The elegant rose ceremony is usually performed near the end of the service. You exchange roses and place them into a single vase. Exchanging roses symbolizes both partners' willingness to give their lives and love to the other. The ceremony can be customized with the use of different flowers or can be expanded to include the wedding guests. Each guest is given a flower and invited to bring it forward and add it to your wedding arrangement. The arrangement represents the variety and beauty of bringing together two families and sets of friends in support of your marriage.
Have an unlit candle passed out to each guest. To start the candle ceremony, the couple lights a single candle together. Then, they use that candle to light those of their wedding party and family, who then start spreading the flame to the rest of the guests.
There are three candles. The two individual candles represent all that you are and all that you have been until this moment. The life that each of you experienced now, individually, will hereafter be united, for the two shall become one. Both candles will come together to create this new light of unity. The third candle (the unity candle) represents your new relationship.
This is a ceremony for family members and friends to participate in the wedding and creates a wonderful gift for the couple. Each guest gives the happy couple a flower to be combined into a Unity Bouquet, which is symbolic of their day or represents a wish for their lives together. Flowers can be passed out before the procession for each person to take one, think of a blessing for the marriage, and place it in the vase at the front of the room. The unity bouquet represents the loving contributions of friends and family members to bless the couple's marriage, as they have their life.
Wishing stones are presented to guests upon their arrival. They hold them in the palm of their hands and make a wish for the couple’s life together. Wishes can consist of anything from a healthy family to eternal love.
The rings are passed around so that the guests place their well-wishes, blessings, and good thoughts for your marriage. Place the wedding bands in a decorative pouch to be handed from guest to guest before the ring ceremony begins or during a period of music and reflection. Each guest holds the rings and silently offers a prayer or wish for the couple. Best with small weddings or to be passed around by the wedding party or family members.
A few weeks before the wedding, each of you write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love, and your hopes and dreams for the future. During the ceremony, you place your letter in a sealed envelope and in a decorative box. The letters remain sealed until your one-year anniversary in which you will open and read these letters to each other. The box remains in a place in your home prominently displayed near your wedding photos as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.
There are many rituals that have lasted centuries that symbolize a couples love and commitment. The hand fasting ceremony was used to acknowledge the beginning of a trial period of a year and a day during which time a couple was literally bound together - hand fasted. It was however a temporary agreement which could be made permanent after the trial period if both parties agree the hand fasting ceremony is used symbolically. The couple's hands are joined together by holding hands. A with a ribbon or cord is looped over the the couple's wrists and tied by the minister.
The minister says: "These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you. They are being held by yours on your wedding day as you two promise to love each other for the rest of your lives. The hands that you hold are the very hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future and share your innermost secrets and dreams together. These are the hands that will love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are also the hands that will hold you when fear or grief threatens to overwhelm you. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. And these are the hands that will give you strength when you need it the most."
In the modern tradition of the sand ceremony, a couple acknowledges their individuality, and their desire to merge their lives in marriage, by pouring two separate containers of different colored sand into one empty vessel. This symbolically unites the many aspects of their individual selves, and also brings together the families that are united by marriage.