Symbolic Island Wedding Ceremonies

We have special additions you can add to any ceremony. Sand ceremonies, rose ceremonies, shell ceremonies and “jump the broom” offer special meaning to the exchange of vows, whether for the first time or to remember that first time.

Click below to learn more about the special ceremonies and ceremony additions:

The Sand Ceremony

About the Sand or Beach Unity Ceremony…

“The Sand or Unity Ceremony for the beach is a bit nontraditional, as you may imagine. Candles don’t want to stay lit as the breezes blow in off of the water. So the Sand Ceremony was created, and it has become very popular. The words are very similar, as the wedding officiant explains the meaning of the unity ceremony. It represents leaving your two separate lives and joining to make one life together.

The separate lives are symbolized by two vases of sand, in different colors. After the exchange of rings, the officiant explains the meaning of the Sand Ceremony. The Bride and Groom then come together, and pour into one vase, the two individual colors of sand. Their flowing together creates a design made by the couple as they share their first experience of unity as husband and wife. The newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the couple. This symbol is then a keepsake of your wedding day.”

A Sand Ceremony

As you stand beside the ocean tide, may your love always be as constant as these

never-ending waves that pour near your feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea;

Your love came softly upon each others heart, just as the foam comes softly upon the sand, and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean’s flow,

…so there will never be a day without love for each other.

You have pledged yourselves on this day your love will be as dependable as the tide; as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life, may your constant devotion nourish and sustain you until the end of time.

Groom & Bride, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings, and this covenant is a relationship agreement between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives.

The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship.

You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other.

This relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one representing you, Bride and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, Groom, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be.

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.

Far more important than your individuality is now the reality that you are no longer two but one, never to be separated one from the other.

Rose Ceremony

The Rose and The Vase:

These are optional vows.  The groom hands the bride a rose and reads his part, which is to follow.  The bride hands the groom a vase of water and reads her part to the groom.  The rose and the vase are put together.  We conclude this section with a small significant reading of our own.  (Bride & groom need to bring the vase.  They may also bring a silk rose or we can offer a live rose for $15.

THE ROSE AND VASE

Groom’s Part:

Bride, I give you this Rose.  Because this beautiful flower grew from a tiny seed, it symbolizes the way my love for you has grown.  From the first faint tingling of its inception, it has become stronger and larger until today it blossoms for all to see.  Each year on our wedding anniversary, I will give you another Rose.  In so doing, I will remember this day and renew the vows we’ve made.  I am confident that each year my flower will be symbolic of ever deeper and more beautiful feelings of love.

Bride’s Part:

Groom, I give you this vase of water.  Because water is the one element without which we would surely perish, it symbolizes the importance of your love in my life.  Water, like love, can take many forms.  Sometimes it is steam, sometimes ice, but no matter what happens to it, even if, for a time it seems to disappear, it always returns.  Each year on our wedding anniversary, I will refill this vase offering it to you as a symbol of my ever-renewing feelings of love.

Shell Ceremony

MINISTER:

SEASHELL CEREMONY 

Each guest has been given a small seashell upon arriving.

Before you met, your lives were on different paths with different destinations. But love has brought you together and joined these separate paths into one. Each one of your friends and family here today have been given a small seashell that represents their unique individuality and their presence at your wedding today. You also each have a shell of your own that symbolizes your previous separate lives, separate sets of friends, separate families and the different life’s journeys you once traveled.

 I will now ask that everyone please take out the shell you have been 
given and pause to make a wish or blessing for happiness and 
good will for the couple for the future of their marriage.

Everyone pauses to make their wish.

MINISTER:

We will collect the shells by you coming forth and placing your shells into this container and the couple will then add their individual shells to the container as well.

Wedding guests stand up & add shells to the container & return to seats.

The couple adds their shells to the container.

MINISTER:

With the combining of these shells, you have now symbolically joined your once separate lives. As the shells have been combined with love into one container, so now are your friends and family joined, through you, into one. And your once solitary life’s paths are also now one. All that was once separate is now shared, and in this sharing you both will find new strength and joy as together you forge a new life’s path and destination.

Jump the Broom Ceremony

MINISTER:

As ________ & _________ jump the broom, they physically and spiritually cross the threshold into the land of matrimony.  It marks the beginning of making a home together.  It symbolizes the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new; the sweeping away of all negative energy; making way for all good things to come into your lives.  It is also a call of support for this marriage from the entire community of family and friends.  _________ & _________ will now being their new life together with a clean sweep.

(a designated person now hands the broom to the groom who ceremonially makes a sweeping motion.  The groom hands the broom to the bride who places it on the ground.)

MINISTER:

Everyone count 1,2,3, jump!  (1,2,3,jump!)

The couple jumps, music begins, they walk down the aisle…

The Apache Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.

You are two bodies, but there is only one life before you- and one home.

When evening falls, look up and you will be there for each other.

Take each other’s hand and turn together to look at the road you’ve traveled to reach this hour of your happiness.

It stretches behind you, even as the future lies ahead.

A long and winding road, whose every turn means discovery.

Old hopes, new laughter, shared fears

YOUR ADVENTURE HAS JUST BEGUN.

Cherokee Prayer

“God in heaven above
please protect the ones we love. 
We honor all you created
as we pledge our hearts and lives together. 
We honor mother-earth – and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger
through the seasons.
We honor fire – and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts.
We honor wind – and ask we sail though life safe and calm as in our father’s arms.
We honor water – to clean and soothe our relationship – that it may never thirst for love.
With all the forces of the universe you created,
we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together. Amen.”

“I Promise”

I PROMISE – to love you always for who you are and
never ask you to be who you are not.

I PROMISE – to respect the fact that your ideas and
opinions my be different from mine, but hold as much
truth and value for you as mine do for me.

I PROMISE – to verbalize and demonstrate my
admiration, respect, and appreciation for you as a
person.

I PROMISE – to care more about your feelings than
about being right. To always listen without judging.

I PROMISE – to take responsibility for my own
happiness and not expect you to provide it for me.

I PROMISE – to love myself, for the more I love
myself, the more love I am able to give you.

I PROMISE – to acknowledge and honor my own feelings
and to share them with you.

I PROMISE – to pay equal attention to both your
emotional and physical need for closeness.

I PROMISE – to always treat you as the most important
person in my life, because you are.

Irish Wedding Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.  The rains fall soft upon the fields.

May the light of friendship guide your Paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips,
A twinkle from your eye.

And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you
The whole length of your joy-filled days

May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts.

Native American Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you is shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you is warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place
to enter in the days of your togetherness.
And may your days together be good, and long upon the earth.