10 Amazing Wedding Vows and Rituals for Your Wedding Ceremony

Wondering how to word your vows and express your union? Relax and read on.

We have witnessed couples exchange vows in a variety of ways. We have also seen many interesting rituals that couples perform to symbolically unite them. Some choose to write their own vows while others simply pick from those provided. Wedding rituals can be personalized too. Here is a handy guide on 10 amazing wedding vows and rituals.

1. Choosing Your Marriage Vows

Your wedding vows are such an important part of your marriage. You can ask other married couples for tips on how to write your own vows or you can adapt the traditional ones to make them personal to you. Vows can be short and to the point. In Australia, certain words must be included in your vows to ensure your marriage is legal.

2. Saying Your Vows

To make sure you do not miss any word, you can repeat your vows after your officiant or you can read them from a card. Writing down your vows is the preferred way of doing things but you can choose to memorize them if you want. However, if you decide to memorize your vows, just make sure you’ve given your officiant a copy so they can help along if you forget.

3. Sand Ceremony

The symbol of sand is a popular wedding ritual for many wedding ceremonies, especially when the couple has children. Different colored sands are poured into a vessel, creating unique patterns that symbolize the coming together or blending of families.

4. Handfasting

A handfasting ceremony or tying the knot symbolizes the making of a promise or a covenant. Many versions of handfasting exist and you can create your own version.

5. Rose Ceremony

The rose is a symbol of love and can be used by combining colors, such as white to represent your pure intentions and red to represent love.

6. Wine Ceremony

Many versions of the wine ceremony are available, such as the one where you seal love letters to each other into a box with a bottle of wine to share later on or toasting each other with wine.

7. Coin Ceremony

This is a ceremony where one partner drops coins into the other partner’s hands. This symbolizes the promise to help provide for each other. Your partner then drops the coins back into your hands, to symbolize the sharing of your earnings and wealth.

8. Cord Ceremony

Here, the cord, which is in a figure of eight, is looped over the shoulders of the couple. This symbolizes infinity and unity.

9. Candle Ceremony

Lighting a candle or candles is popular with couples today. In this ceremony, the bride and groom light the large candle together using the pre-lit small candles.

10. Wishing Tree Ceremony

The guests are given cards to write their wishes and hopes for the couple’s future and they hang these on a tree.

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