Religious and non-denominational ceremonies are still the most common wedding ceremonies performed. For couples of different faiths, it may be possible to perform a blended ceremony with a rabbi, priest, or minister.
A civil ceremony does not involve references to any specific religion and is usually quick and to the point.
Very similar to the unity candle ceremony, the couple pours various colors of sand from separate containers into one container, symbolizing their coming together as one.
In the shell ceremony, the bride, groom, wedding party, and/or guests are given shells to toss into the ocean’s edge at a designated time as blessing for the couple or to represent the ripples crossing and re-crossing. Often times the shells have the couple’s name, wedding date, or well wishes for the couple.
Unity Candle Ceremony
In the unity ceremony, there is a single candle that both bride and groom light from a flame of their own single candles to symbolize the joining of two lives. Parents or other members of the wedding party may also join in the candle lighting ceremony using candles of their own as well.
In the butterfly ceremony, the bride and groom, and sometimes along with the wedding party and/or the guests are given a butterfly to release together at a given time.
Doves pair up for life, so they have become a traditional wedding symbol. A pair or a flock of doves can be released as a blessing for the bride and groom.
This is a couple’s union ceremony. A public declaration of two people committing to each other.