Unity Candle...With a Difference
This ritual becomes more enjoyable, if the guests are also included in it. A lit candle can be given to the oldest relative of either the bride or the groom. All the other guests are given unlit candles. The flame is then passed on from this relative to the guest sitting next to him and so on, till everybody's candles are lit.
The term "tying the knot" originated from the age-old Irish tradition of tying the bride and the groom's hands together with hand-fasting ribbons representing their union as husband and wife. In this ceremony, the officiant asks the bride and groom to hold hands and he ties a ribbon around their wrists to "Join" them forever.
Garland and Circling Ceremony
It is derived from the Indian Hindu weddings. In this ritual, the bride puts a garland, known as "Varmala" in Hindi, around the neck of the groom, which the groom accepts by putting a garland around the bride's neck. After this, both of them proceed to circle the altar seven times which signifies an unbroken bond and commitment to each other.
Unity Sand Ceremony
Some say that the origin of this ritual can be traced back to the native Americans, while others say that it is the Hawaiians who started including it in their weddings.
Unique and distinctive ideas provide young couples with the flexibility to personalize their weddings according to their lifestyles and beliefs. In addition, a differently conducted ceremony will remain etched in the guest's, as well as the couple's mind for a very long time, creating memories that can last forever.