Today, anything goes with regards to wedding ceremonies. Whether you’re writing your own vows or celebrating with a traditional ceremony, exchanging your vows will be one of the more memorable moments of your wedding day.
Your ceremony should be unforgettable, think out-of-the-box, after all you are about to embark on your life together as a couple…but where do you begin?
Typically a religious ceremony based on the faith of the bride and groom.
Does not adhere to any specific religion, but it is a spiritual ceremony.
Blends two or more faiths with reading or rituals from each religion.
Blends the cultures of both bride and groom such as a Filipino veil ceremony with a Chinese red string ritual.
Pop Culture Theme
Create a ceremony based on your favourite movie, book, TV show, wear costumes and write your vows to reflect your theme.
Traditional Buddhist ceremony, exchanging Buddhist vows.
Civil or non-religious
Non-religious ceremony can be very warm and heartfelt, focusing on the love you share for one another.
Renewal of vows
Mark a special Anniversary in your marriage by tying the knot again.
Once you have selected the type of ceremony you desire the next step to cover is the list of traditions and rituals. “Something Old , Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue”. In modern China, the bride wears three wedding gowns. The first is usually red in colour as this colour signifies luck in China, the second gown is typically white and fluffy closely resembling a traditional western gown and the third is the brides choice and is often an elegant ball gown. In India brides and their female friends decorate their hands and feet with traditional designs called Menhdi made from the plant dye Henna. The Mendhi designs are so elaborate and specialized taking many hours to complete and dry. Jumping the Broom, most often found in African American weddings, the tradition stems from the days of slavery when marriage wasn’t legal between enslaved men and women, so they would jump over a broom together to signify their union. Mazeltof! – the breaking of the glass by the groom, meaning “Good-Luck” the broken glass is a reminder that joy should always be tempered. Peruvian cake pull replaces the tossed bouquet in Peru. Ribbons are tucked into layers of the wedding cake and one ribbon has a fake engagement ring attached to it. Each lady holds a ribbon and pulls it out of the cake together, the ring signifies the next one in line for marriage.
There are many traditions from around the world and many ritual ideas for your wedding ceremony;
Sand Wedding Ceremony – You both pour sand into a vase from your separate vases, and the joined vase can not be separated and poured again, so shall your union make you inseparable.
Handfasting Ceremony – Pagan – Wiccan ritual in origin, and is also where “Tying the Knot” Comes From.”Handfasting” comes from the tradition of the bride and groom crossing arms and joining hands — basically, creating the infinity symbol (a figure-eight) with the hands.
Candle Ceremony – Two small candles symbolize you both entering into marriage as individuals and will not lose your identities, but rather create and strengthen your union together.
Dove Ceremony – Doves choose one partner for life. Releasing of two doves symbolizes love, peace, purity, faithfulness and prosperity.
Stone Ceremony – Wedding guests hold a stone during your ceremony and make a wish for you. You collect the stones and display these “lovely wishes” in your home.
Rose Ceremony – A Single Rose means “I Love You” For your first gift as Husband and wife you exchange the rose you hold.
Few Ceremony and reception venues compare with the casual elegance and timeless style of the Old Mill Toronto to help you realize your dream wedding. On site 16th century candlelit chapel and out door wedding garden add to the array of personal choices. We also provide the items you will need to have your Rose Ceremony, Candle Ceremony and Sand Ceremony on site.
Remember it’s your wedding, your way! Make every effort to keep your special day memorable and unique by planning your wedding to reflect who you are and don’t limit yourself with regards to tradition and convention. You’ve already made your biggest decision: Choosing whom to marry! – now have fun planning your wedding with your personality.
Yours won’t be just another cookie-cutter wedding—here are some top ideas to make your wedding a standout celebration.