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Breaking of the Glass

The traditional Jewish wedding ceremony includes a “Breaking of the Glass” This tradition represents the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Many times couples save the pieces of glass from the ceremony in a symbolic box. The Groom is offered a glass on a wooden pallet or wrapped in a cloth napkin, smashes it with his foot. The breaking of the glass symbolizes the fragility of life, because whatever we see before us as whole can be broken at any moment. It reminds us of the need to care for one another; for just as glass can be shattered easily, so can the marriage bond can be shattered with a single act of infidelity or repeated acts of emotional irresponsibility.

Ring Warming Ceremony

As wedding ceremonies become more meaningful and personalized, there are many different ways of bringing special touches for couples who want their guests to feel included in their ceremony. 

During a ring warming, the couple’s wedding rings are passed among their guests, who are asked to say a prayer, blessing, or make a special wish for the couple over the rings while holding them.  This intimate exchange brings all of the loving thoughts of the couple’s families and friends into the rings that the couple will be wearing for a lifetime. It brings an inclusive element of the ceremony and connects the couple with their loved ones in attendance.  As your partner places the ring on your finger, you will truly feel all the love and warmth rush over you as you realize that each and every guest has blessed this ring for you.  It is Very Special!

Since this is a fairly new trend and somewhat non-traditional, there’s a good chance many of your guests will have never heard of it or understand it. You may want to consider asking your officiate to explain its meaning or adding an explanation in your wedding program about how the ringwarming ceremony works and why it is important to you. When your rings finally come to rest upon your hand, they will contain not only the love you have for one another, but also the love, hope and pledge of support of all those that you love.

The Cord of Three Strands (God's Knot)

The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It is God who teaches us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.

"The Cord of Three Strands" ceremony is a great addition to a traditional wedding ceremony. It adds a unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. It can also serve as a substitute for the unity candle especially in situations where candles may not be used, or may be difficult. The Cord of Three Strands works especially well as a substitute in outside weddings.

At a certain point in the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife.

The colors of the cords is significant:

  • Gold Strand - Represents God at the center of the Marriage
  • Purple Strand - Represents the Groom
  • White Strand - Represents the Bride

Greek Crowning Ceremony

The Crowning Ceremony is the highlight of the Greek Orthodox Marriage Service.The Bride and Groom are
regarded as part of the "royal family" of God and is crowned king and queen of their new family.The Bride and Groom are crowned with thin crowns known as stefana (stephana), which are joined by a white ribbon.

The wedding crowns/stefana symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed on them by God, and the ribbon symbolizes their unity.Although typically performed in a church setting, this ceremony can be easily adapted to a non-church and outdoor setting.

Hand Fasting Ceremony (with ribbons)

Handfasting wedding ceremoniesare Celtic wedding rituals. It involves the tying of hands together to symbolize the coming together and reaming tied together. One possible wedding vow during the Handfasting is this sample:

As this knot is tied, so are your lives now bound. Woven into these ribbons, into their very fibers, is all of the love of your family and friends. In the joining of hands and the fashion of a knot, so are your lives now bound. As a couple you are now entwined in love, bound by commitment, joy and sadness, suffering and victory, anger and reconciliation- all of which brings strength to this union. Remember it is not these ribbons but what they represent that will keep you together.

In traditional Celtic handfasting, the ribbons that bind the couple's wrists are made up of thirteen different colors, each with its own special meaning.

The Lei Ceremony

The Lei Ceremony has it origin in Hawaii where the bride and groom exchange Leis to express their love, affection and respect. There are several different ways you can incorporate the Lei Ceremony at your wedding. It is also a great way to include children and family members.


The Loving Cup Ceremony

The Loving Cup Ceremony originated in the 15th century by the Celts. It also has its roots in Scotland, French and Jewish cultures. There are many versions of the Loving Cup ceremony. Most couples choose to use a crystal wine glass and have their names and the date of their wedding etched in glass.

The purpose of the Loving Cup ceremony is for the bride and groom to share their first drink together as wife and husband and to show the coming together of two families. Any liquid can be used but the most popular is a wine that the couple likes or grape juice.

Special words can be added to include the Bride and Groom's parents (and friends) as part of this ceremony. The cup can then passed down from generation to generation, ensuring happiness and good fortune to all who drink from it. This is a special moment for the couple to toast their love, devotion, and friendship.

The Chocolate Wine Ceremony

This ceremony represents that life has both bitter and sweet moments and that you will experience them together.

"There will be times in your married life of great sweetness, and days of bitter sorrow.  There will be celebrations, and there will be tears.  There will be triumphs, and there will be tragedies.  Life holds indescribable happiness in store for you both and unavoidable pain, as well.  And so to symbolize your acceptance of this reality, today you will share the bitter and the sweet together, just as you will share them in the years to come together"


The combining of the Chocolate and Wine represents what you may experience in life, and just like today, you will share them and experience them together.

This Ceremony Enhancement can be placed anywhere in the ceremony but many couples choose to have it just before their wedding vows. You will need two small portions of Dark Chocolate that represent the bitter and two glasses of Red Wine to represent the sweet. 

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