When creating your wedding ceremony with me, you can choose to include that extra special touch by adding mini ceremony elements. Here are a few examples to inspire you, and we can also come up with something entirely personal to you.

Handfasting

Handfasting is believed to have come from the Celts. It involves having the betrothed’s hands bound together to show their lives being bound together. You can have different coloured ribbons or fabrics to use as binding. Some people choose the colours to match their wedding colours, some sports teams, and some create their own ornate handfasting cords.

It is also an excellent time to exchange your vows, perhaps placing different cords with each promise? Something for you to decide. 😊

Bride is facing groom with Celebrant in the middle. The celebrant is wrapping ribbons around the bride and groom's hands in a mini ceremony known as the handfasting ceremony.
Handfasting

Sand Ceremony

This is a lovely ceremony especially if you have children (or other family members) you want to include in your day. Basically, you have some beautifully coloured sand, different colours for each person, and you take turns to pour it into a vase or bottle that you finally seal.

You can get some gorgeous layered patterns. Each colour symbolises the individuals within the relationship. And the finished container is your relationship, showing how you are connected and essentially how tricky it would be to separate you.

Five mini-milk bottles filled half way with different coloured sand: blue, purple, pink, light blue, and yellow. All ready for mini ceremony called a sand ceremony.
Sand Ceremony

Jumping the Broom

Another Celtic tradition which has travelled the world and taken on its own mythology. I’ve read various histories including ones based on Romani Gypsies and African slaves in America.

However, the gist is the couple jump over a broom together to signify their new lives together.

Some say the broom used to be placed in the newlywed’s front door. The couple had to enter their home without dislodging the broom. This was seen as the first challenge that the couple had overcome as a married twosome.

In your ceremony you can swap the broom for something that is more relevant to you: a hockey stick, a Dyson, a light sabre – the choice is yours. And also, you don’t have to jump over it, if that’s not your thing. You can step, roll, dance, scamper…you get the idea 😊

A background of pebbles, concrete and grass, a couple (we can only see their feet) jump over a decorated traditional twig broom or besom. This is a mini ceremony called Jumping the Broom.
Jumping the Broom

Let’s end on a fun one that I saw at a wedding in South Korea:

Carrying the Mums

I am not entirely sure how traditional this practice is, but it is a LOT OF FUN to watch. Basically, the Groom to prove his strength and worthiness for the Bride is expected to give a piggy-back first to his mother and then to his mother-in-law-to-be. He runs down the aisle and back up, making sure the mother remains safe.

So that’s an option for your wedding and it doesn’t really matter who carries who as long as everyone finishes on their feet, safe and sound.

Background is a wedding. Down the centre aisle a young groom dressed in a tuxedo gives a piggy back to his mother who is dressed in traditional Korean Hanbok. This was a mini ceremony called Carrying the Mums.
Carrying the Mums

Your Wedding – Adding That Extra Special Touch

There are many ways to adding that extra special touch to your wedding ceremony. I shall write about some more mini ceremonies soon. The most important thing is you have the wedding ceremony you want, and you celebrate your love your way.

Because why be ordinary when you can be unique?

Sarah x

A white background with brown haired, brown eyed smiling woman looking at the camera. She wears a gold and black necklace and a yellow flowery top.  This is Sarah Nelson.