Monday, 12 June 2017

Additions to a Wedding Ceremony: Part 2 : Wine Ceremony

As a Celebrant, I have learnt that there are a number of wonderful additional ceremonies that can become part of a couple's wedding day.
In this second piece, I will be describing the popular Wine or Loving Cup ceremony and some of its variations.

Wine has been part of celebrations and ceremonies from our earliest history and the Loving Cup or Wine ceremony at weddings has its roots in Celtic, French and Jewish cultures.
They all have a similar theme; that of the sharing and or mixing of drinks to celebrate and mark the joining of two people and their families. Drinking the wine also symbolises the sharing of the sweet and the sour- the good and the bad times together.

Just before the Wine Ceremony

A popular version involves red wine and white wine.The Bride and Groom will combine some of the two wines into a common cup, creating a blush, which is symbolic of their blending together through the committed relationship of marriage.

I like to do a variation on this; in a ceremony later this summer, the Bride has chosen Champagne for her drink and the Groom a rich Hedgerow Liqueur made from Sloes, Blackberries and Rosehips, which is perfectly in keeping with their romantic woodland wedding. This cocktail can then be made in quantity and served to all the guests immediately after the ceremony.



 I enjoy making a variety of English countryside liqueurs which are perfect for unusual Wine Ceremonies


I like to give my couples a chance to make their ceremony as unique and personal as the rest of their wedding day.
What about this for a Mexican Fiesta style celebration?


Although the traditional ceremonies are all about the wine, there is no need for things to be less exciting if the couple prefer not to drink alcohol. I have just been making a batch of Rose and Pink Elderflower cordial for a summer celebration.


If there are children who wish to be included in the wedding ceremony, then this is a perfect choice. The children can even be the ones who mix the loving cup. I'll be there to lend a steadying hand if needs be!

Everybody enjoys the spectacle of the Wine Ceremony. It makes for lively and interesting photographs and adds fun and laughter to the wedding day.
I will source unusual, antique or bespoke glasses to suit the couple's tastes and then present them as a special gift after the wedding.



If you have any questions about this ceremony, or indeed any aspects of my celebrant work, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help. My details are:

jane.arnold@uksoc.com

Mobile 07706 617 838
Or you can message me here or on my Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/JaneArnoldCelebrant/

Thanks to Samuel Gwillim Arnold for photos

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( The first photo was taken by friend and fellow Celebrant Cindy
http://www.uksoc.com/petersfield-hampshire-civil-celebrant-cindy-groves.html )



Thursday, 1 June 2017

Additions to a Wedding Ceremony: Part 1: Ring Warming Ceremony

As a celebrant, I have learnt that there are a number of wonderful additional ceremonies that can become part of a couple's wedding day.
Some are new ideas, others are based on traditions going back to medieval times. These ceremonies are colourful, unusual ways of making the wedding ceremony unique. Many of them involve family and friends, which adds laughter and enjoyment to the day.

I have decided to start by describing the ceremony of ring warming, as I have just picked up a beautiful hand-made cushion and I couldn't resist taking some photographs of it!




A ring warming ceremony is a simple addition to the wedding day. All the guests can take part and it allows everyone to share their feelings of love and goodwill.

During my meetings with the couple I learn about the style of the wedding and the bride and groom's favourite colours. I then commission the perfect hand-made cushion for the ceremony. It's the little touches that count- I love the crystal beads at the edges of this cushion.




One the day, the best man carefully ties the wedding rings onto the cushion and just before the vows are made, I will explain the ring warming ceremony to the guests.
Depending on the number of people and the age of the bridesmaids, I like to let the bridesmaids take charge of this precious cargo. They will hand the cushion to the family member nearest the bride and groom and it will then be passed around everyone. Each person briefly lays their hands on the rings and sends loving thoughts, blessings and good wishes to the couple.
When the cushion is returned, the rings are warmed by the loving hands and thoughts.


If there are a large number of guests involved, this is a good time for a piece of music to be played and it also gives the professional photographer a lovely chance to take some heart-warming photos.

I'm very fond of this simple, loving ceremony and the beautiful cushion makes a perfect keepsake for the bride afterwards.

If you have any questions about this ceremony, or indeed any aspects of my celebrant work, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help. My details are:

jane.arnold@uksoc.com

Mobile 07706 617 838
Or you can message me here or on my Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/JaneArnoldCelebrant/

My thanks to Lavender and Belle Vintage for the cushion.