Including an 'optional ceremony or tradition' into your wedding ceremony is a great way symbolize the joining of your lives in marriage. They add a 'visual effect'. Your guests are more likely remember what they see. One of my personal favorites is the wine ceremony..
Long ago, wine was revered as the blood of the earth.
When a bride and groom pledged themselves to each other, they drank wine from a single cup, signifying that they were becoming one blood, one family and one kin.
Cup-raising was an invitation to witness their oath and hold the persons to their words.
Wine is a symbol of abundance, joy and life.
Your officiant can describe the properties in the wine that are symbolic of 'Life's Journey'.
Those who drink deeply from the "Cup of Life" with an open heart and willing spirit, invite the full range of challenges and experiences into their being.
May you find life’s joys heightened, it’s bitterness sweetened and all of life enriched.
A venue with a vineyard is the perfect place to include this ceremony. Contact me for details.
+Brenda M. Owen Wedding Officiant, Minister http://WeddingWoman.net
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