Breaking the Glass
The Breaking of the Glass symbolizes the destruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Couples include this tradition in their wedding ceremony as it symbolizes the absolute finality of the marital covenant. Just as the broken pieces of glass can never be put back together and returned to its former state, so the covenant of marriage irrevocably binds the new husband and wife in their new state of marriage.
A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual. Today, a handfasting ceremony is a beautiful and unique way to represent your union and honor your heritage. The ritual takes place during the ceremony, before the rings are exchanged.
Jumping the Broom
Jumping the broom is a phrase and custom where the couple jumps over a broom. The tradition of Jumping the Broom symbolizes sweeping away the old and welcoming the new—a symbol of a new beginning. Jumping the broom may have its roots in an African tribal marriage ritual where sticks were placed on the ground, representing the couple’s new home. However, it became popular among African- American slaves who could not legally marry, so they created their own rituals to honor their unions. The broom was chosen because it has been the household symbol of home throughout history. It also has been said that the spray of the broom symbolizes the scattering of the African race, and the handle represents the Almighty, who holds them all together.
Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony
A love letter exchange is a romantic ceremony that will serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heartfelt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away in a wine box to be revealed several years into your marriage. Whiskey, Scotch or Tequila can easily be switched out for the wine. The Bride & Groom have chosen as a couple to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. The box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. Should the Bride and Groom ever find their marriage facing hardships, they will open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then read the letters they wrote to one another to be reminded of the reasons why they fell in love and are together. The hope is, however, that Bride and Groom will never have a reason to open this box. And if this is the case, they are to open this box to share and enjoy on their 5th year wedding anniversary, replenish and open on their 10th anniversary, and so on.
A Sand Ceremony or Blending of the Sand is a unique way to symbolize two lives becoming one. This is also a great way to incorporate children or family into the wedding ceremony.
Unity Candle Ceremony
Lighting a Unity Candle during your wedding ceremony is a special way to symbolize your two lives joining together as one.