Symbolic Elements for a Celebrant Led Wedding Ceremony

Brides exchanging rings at a celebrant led wedding ceremony

Exchanging Rings – Possibly the most common Symbolic Element. The ring symbolises a never ending circle with no beginning or end, a perfect demonstration of your commitment to each other. The exchange of rings can be enhanced by a ring blessing where the rings are passed hand to hand among your guests who each spend a few moments holding them whilst silently giving the union their blessing and best wishes.

Hand fasting at a celebrant led wedding ceremony

A Hand Fasting – One of the oldest of these alternative unity ceremony ideas, and particularly known in Pagan wedding ceremonies. Handfasting is the joining of the bride and groom’s hands and wrists using vines, cord, rope, or ribbon tied into a knot. It’s often said that this is where we get the expression “tying the knot” from, and it often takes place at the end of the wedding ceremony as a final promise from one person to the other to bind their lives together.


A candle ceremony at a celebrant led wedding ceremony

A Candle Ceremony – A lovely element that often involves the parents of the couple and symbolises the creation of a new family from the existing families. This element can also be very meaningful in Ceremonies involving a blended family where one or both of the couple are bringing children into the union.

A rose given to the bride by the groom at a celebrant led wedding service

A Rose Ceremony – Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a red rose. What could be more romantic than the exchanging of roses during the Ceremony, as your first gift to each other as a married couple. This element can be expanded to involve other guests in creating a vase full of flowers to signify the creation of a new family, or a wonderful way to show your mums how much you appreciate them with the gift of a rose from the new son or daughter they now have.

These are just a few of the many options for Symbolic Elements that you could include. This list is almost endless, you could plant a tree, share a love cup, start a marriage memory box….. It’s your Ceremony, so let make it what you want it to be.

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