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Incorporating Natural Elements and Blending: In marriage, you combine your personalities, ideals, and dreams into a new entity called “Us!” One way to symbolize this union is through a sand blending ceremony. Some couples purchase colored sand at a craft store. Others make a sand-gathering date to collect it from their favorite beach. Either way, this results in a beautiful memento of your wedding celebration. “Just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so may your marriage be a blend of your love and your joy and your commitment to each other.” 28 Weddings Elsewhere | FALL 2014 Stone or Shell Blessing: This would be especially meaningful if your ceremony is on a beach or near a lake or other body of water. Your guests are given a small stone or shell and asked to hold it during the ceremony while thinking of a blessing or wish they have for the two of you. At the end of the ceremony everyone tosses the stone (or shell) into the water. “The ripples that are made as the stones hit the water represent the crossing of our paths, and affirm the love and good wishes not only for this couple but for each of us as well.” Water Ceremony: This simple ceremony is especially lovely for couples who choose to hike to their ceremony location, or whose ceremony is held in a warm, tropical setting. “When you hold a true and abiding love with a partner, even plain water tastes sweet. As you each drink of this cup of refreshing water, be mindful of the love and commitment you share. By devoting yourselves to cherishing and nurturing this love, may your marriage grow sweeter with each passing year.” Hand Washing Ceremony: Another simple ritual using water, this symbolically washes away the emotional ties of past relationships while acknowledging the wisdom gained because of them. While you wash each other’s hands, the officiant might say: “You carry with you the benefit of past experience, and the refined gems of wisdom you have gained in your life. Today you begin anew, pure and clean in your love. Let your partner help you to let go of the past and reach for the opportunities of the future.” Lei Exchange and Honi: If your wedding will take place in a tropical setting, it might be appropriate to include the traditional exchange of leis and giving of a Honi (kissing each other’s cheeks and then touching noses and foreheads). When you give a lei, you are showing your honor and respect Sand Blending S


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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