Types of Ceremonies

 Below are some examples of the ceremony's that can be incorporated into your special day. If there is some other tradition or ceremony you would like, I would be happy to investigate that possibility as well. The day is yours.

Unity Candle Ceremony

The Unity Candle Ceremony recognizes the light of love that burns at the heart of every family. Using taper candles to light the “unity” candle, recognizes the joining together of lives, families, and loved ones through the marriage.The Unity Candle Ceremony honors the joining of couples and their families. As part of this service, the Bride and Groom may have one or more of their family members, such as their mothers, each light a candle. The couple then use these candles to light the Unity Candle.

Memorial Candle Ceremony

The Memorial Candle Ceremony honors deceased family members. In remembrance of departed loved ones, a single candle or votive remains lit during the ceremony.

Hand Ceremony
The Hand Ceremony is a hand blessing symbolically bringing two hearts together. It focuses on love, friendship, encouragement and connection to one another’s heart.

Breaking of the Glass
Breaking of the Glass is a tradition in which the glass or light bulb wrapped in cloth is stepped on by the Groom at the end of the ceremony. Traditionally, this represents both the permanence and frailty of marriage. Mazel tov!

Unity Glass Ceremony
As a lasting alternative to a unity candle or a sand ceremony you are creating a symbolic, highly personal, one of a kind art piece for your home. The process is collaborative and captures your spirit. You’re working together with a highly skilled glass artist to create a work of art that will last a lifetime.

Blended Family Vow Ceremony
Blended families are extremely common and many wish to include the children in the ceremony. During this ceremony, vows are spoken from the partner entering the new family. These vows are spoken directly to the child(ren) and speak of guidance, role modelling and encouragement, support and love. You may wish to present the child(ren) with a small symbolic gift (it does not have to be expensive-just meaningful!) after the vows have been shared. Many couples also wish to incorporate the sand ceremony afterwards to include the children even further.

Rose Ceremony
The Rose Ceremony is designed for the couple to offer a rose (or flower of choice) as first gift as married couple. This is a promise of commitment to providing this gift to one another on each wedding anniversary as a reminder of the love and joy felt on the wedding day.

Ring Warming Ceremony
Wedding rings are the strongest and most visible sign of the bond these two people are about to make. A commitment to life, to each other and to the future. With a ring warming, the rings will not only be a gift from one to another but will be given with the love, support and wisdom of all present. The rings are passed amongst the family where they each give their blessings upon the rings before being exchanged.

Moment of Recognition to Parents
Moment of Recognition to Parents is a time to recognize parents of the married couple. It is a moment to thank them for their love and encouragement over the years.


Champagne Ceremony
The Champagne Ceremony is a fantastic way to transition into an evening reception. Champagne flutes are presented to the couple as they make their first toast to one another. Cheers!

Sand Ceremony
The Sand Ceremony comes from Native tradition. It is a beautiful and meaningful addition to vows. After the signing of the Alberta Marriage License, the couple each takes a vase of sand and pours the sand into larger container. Simply find three containers. You may wish to leave a small amount of sand in each of the two smaller vases to symbolize that although you are now symbolically joined as one, each remain individuals. You may also wish to have pebbles or rocks at the bottom of the larger container symbolizing a solid fountain of your marriage.
The Sand Ceremony is terrific for Blended Family Ceremonies. It allows the children to pour their own sand into the central vase and allows them to feel more involved in the ceremony.

Stone Ceremony
The Stone Ceremony usually involves using highly polished small stones. The stones are presented to guests, family and the wedding party on their arrival. This is yet another great way to involve everyone present. Guests hold these stones and make a loving wish for the couple’s life together. Some couples provide felt tipped pens for the guests and family to write their names and to add their wish. The stones are then collected and placed in a container as a memento.

Wine Ceremony
The Wine Ceremony is a symbolic ceremony representing two persons becoming one in such that the couple drinks from the same cup. The wine of your choice is poured into a carafe and is placed on the signing table to breathe through the ceremony. After the Alberta Marriage License is signed, the ceremony takes place. Get creative if you wish! The cup may be a chalice, goblet or funky wine glass of your choosing.


Hand Binding Ceremony
Tying the knot is a term we have inherited to describe the marriage of a man to a woman, its ancient roots can be traced back to the tradition of “hand fasting” and today is often referred to as “hand binding”. Around the 15th century the “Clans of Scotland” followed closely by English citizens used the tradition of hand fasting”, to symbolize the joining of two as one.


Traditional Cultural Ceremonies
These ceremonies have a strong cultural connection. From Scandinavian to Indigenous, and German to Cuban. The world has endless options. Make it your day.

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