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Love Heart Lock Ceremony

If you are looking for a unique add-on ceremony to include in your wedding, the Love Heart Lock Ceremony may be the perfect one! I had the opportunity to include this in a recent wedding that I performed and thought it was a visually beautiful way for a couple to symbolize the strength of their commitment to their marriage.

Its origin is said to come from an ancient Chinese tradition, although it’s unclear if this is true. Regardless, it is a sweet, visible metaphor for demonstrating the couple’s dedication to remain joined together for the rest of their days.

There are several ways the ceremony can be done. The couple can use a pair of heart locks that they padlock together on a single chain or, the couple can use a single lock and secure it to a permanent structure. (I personally like the heart locks on a chain as the couple can keep it as a memento of their wedding day).

Toss or Keep the Keys

The ceremony does not end with simply securing the locks through. The key to this successful love lock ceremony is to throw away the keys so the locks can never be unlocked, opened, and released from the chain. This key tossing would make for a great photo opportunity.

Traditionally, couples have tossed their keys into the water or woods where there is no hope of retrieving it. You may even bury the keys in a meaningful location, tie them to balloons or melt them in a bonfire. However, due to sentimental value and environmental concerns, many couples choose to keep their keys as a special keepsake of their wedding day. The trend is for brides to string the keys onto a plain bracelet or necklace chain, which she then wears around her wrist or neck during the ceremony. You may also want to give them to  your mothers for safekeeping.

The locks and key can be purchased online (Etsy) and personalized with your names and wedding date.

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