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Incorporating Symbolic Wedding Rituals into Your Ceremony for a Personal Touch

Apr 28, 2023 | Weddings

Incorporating Symbolic Wedding Rituals into Your Ceremony for a Personal Touch


Hello, lovely engaged couples!

I’m Sally, a professional wedding celebrant servicing the Costa Almeria, Costa del Sol, and Costa Blanca. I am passionate about helping couples create unique and personal wedding ceremonies that truly reflect their love story. One way to do this is by incorporating symbolic wedding rituals into your special day. These rituals can add depth and meaning to your ceremony while allowing you to express your individuality and values as a couple. In this blog post, I’ll share some popular symbolic rituals and how you can include them in your wedding.

Examples of Symbolic Wedding Rituals for a Personal Touch

Unity Candle Ceremony

The Unity Candle Ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the joining of two lives. Each partner lights a separate candle, representing their individual lives, and then together they light a larger, central candle. This act signifies the merging of their separate lives into one united partnership. To personalize this ritual, you can choose candles in your wedding colours or ones that reflect your personalities and you can even include other family members to take part.

Unity Candle Lighting


Handfasting Ceremony

Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition that involves the tying of the couple’s hands together with a ribbon or cord. This symbolizes the binding of two lives and their commitment to support and care for each other. You can choose ribbon’s in colours that hold special meaning for you, or even have a custom-made handfasting cord designed to represent your unique love story.

Hand Fasting Wedding Ritual


Sand Ceremony

The Sand Ceremony is another beautiful way to represent the blending of two lives. The couple each pours different coloured sand into a single container, creating a stunning visual representation of their union. This ritual can be easily customized by selecting sand colours that match your wedding theme or have personal significance. This is also a great ceremony if you are bringing two new families together where the children from each side come together on their parents’ special day and join in the fun!

Sand Ceremony at Wedding in Spain

Wine Box Ceremony

In the Wine Box Ceremony, the couple selects a bottle of wine and writes love letters to each other. These letters are sealed in a box with the wine, only to be opened on a predetermined anniversary or special occasion. This is a lovely way to create a lasting memento of your wedding day and the love you share. Choose a wine that has personal meaning or one you both enjoy, and consider using a beautifully crafted wooden box to house your precious letters.

Tree Planting Ceremony

For eco-conscious couples, a Tree Planting Ceremony is an excellent way to incorporate a symbolic ritual that also benefits the environment. The couple plants a sapling together, symbolizing their love’s growth and commitment to nurturing their relationship. The tree can be planted at your wedding venue or in a special location that holds meaning for both of you.

Love Letter and Time Capsule Ritual

This ritual involves the couple writing love letters to each other and placing them in a time capsule, along with other mementos from their relationship. You can also ask your guests on the day to pop in little words of advice or memories of special or funny times you’ve spent together.  The time capsule is then sealed and set to be opened on a predetermined anniversary date. This ritual serves as a beautiful reminder of your love and commitment and provides a heartfelt surprise to look forward to in the future.

Love Letter in Time Capsule


Ring Warming Ceremony

The Ring Warming Ceremony invites your guests to participate in your wedding ceremony by holding and blessing your wedding rings before you exchange them. The rings are passed among your guests, (this can be done whilst playing a favourite song of yours) who are encouraged to take a moment to offer their blessings, good wishes, and positive energy to the couple. This ritual creates a strong sense of community and support as you begin your married life together.

Wedding Ring Holder Pillow

Wedding Ring Holder Pillow

Water Ceremony

The Water Ceremony is similar to the Sand Ceremony but uses water instead of sand. The couple each pours water from separate vessels into a single container, symbolizing the blending of their lives. To personalize this ritual, consider using water from a meaningful location, such as your favorite beach or a river where you shared a special moment. This can then be poured together into a special cup/glass and drunk from during the ceremony following the ring exchange.

Breaking the Glass Ceremony

Who doesn’t want to break something?! Originating in Jewish tradition, the Breaking the Glass Ceremony involves the groom stepping on a glass (wrapped in a cloth or placed in a bag for safety) at the end of the wedding ceremony. This act symbolizes the fragility of life, the importance of cherishing your time together, and the commitment to stand by each other in both joyful and challenging times. Couples can further personalize this ritual by choosing a specific type of glass or incorporating the shards into a keepsake after the wedding or even have them made into a special mosaic.

Break the Glass Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Jewish Wedding Ritual Break the Glass

Dove or Butterfly Release

Releasing doves or butterflies at the end of your wedding ceremony is a beautiful and symbolic way to celebrate your love and commitment. The release of these creatures represents the start of a new chapter in your lives together and the spreading of love, hope, and happiness. Ensure you work with a reputable vendor who follows ethical guidelines for the care and release of these animals.

Butterfly Release Wedding Ceremony

Butterfly Release Wedding Ceremony

When planning your wedding ceremony, consider incorporating one or more of these meaningful symbolic rituals. Not only will they add a personal touch to your special day, but they will also create lasting memories for you and your guests to cherish.

Remember, the most important aspect is to choose rituals that resonate with your values, beliefs, and love story.

As a professional celebrant, I’d be delighted to help you create a ceremony that reflects your unique journey. Contact me to learn more about how we can collaborate to make your wedding day truly special.