CEREMONY RITUALS

CELTIC HAND FASTING

Celtic Hand Fasting is one of the oldest traditional wedding rituals in Ireland and where we get the expression tying the knot.  The cord or ribbon that is placed upon your hands will be done so with the blessing of your friends and families and the knot created will always be there to remind you of how strong you are together.

SAND BLENDING

A sand ceremony involves a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The meaning is clear: The blending of two different beings, the bride and the groom, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage - the joining of their lives. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that's how difficult it is to separate these two people. This ritual is often used with couples who have children or are a blended family. In this case the children choose their colour sand and pour into the vessel to join this family as one. It's a great way to include children into the ceremony.

UNITY CANDLE

A unity candle is a candle used in a wedding ceremony to symbolize two people joining in marriage. Use of a unity candle generally symbolizes the joining of two individuals into the marriage bond. The flame may be said to represent the passion in each individual's soul for their spouse. The two outer candles are generally lit by a parent or family member on each side, and then the couple will light the centre candle from the flames of these candles. This represents the love passed through each family to the couple.

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ROSE CEREMONY

A rose ceremony is a beautiful but fun ritual which involves the couple giving each other a red rose. Having picked a special location in your home or life you celebrate each anniversary by taking a rose to this spot, a re commitment of your love for each other. You also promise that during your first argument as a married couple when you cannot find the words to say your sorry, a rose left in this spot will be enough to reconfirm your love for each other and allow you to forgive and forget.

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