What are ‘Elements’?
Elements are added enhancements to your ceremony. These are extremely personal and can include family and friends to take part.
Use ‘Element’ for
- Baby Naming
- Renewal of Wedding Vows
- A ‘Special’ Anniversay
- Any occasion where family or friends gather to celebrate something special.
This element has quite recently entered the public’s awareness. More formally known as the unity sand ceremony. Much like the unity candle with which many of us are familiar, the sand version offers a symbolic, visually poignant moment that can add not only a personalised feel but also a bit of whimsy to an otherwise formal affair.
While the unity sand ceremony has a lot in common with the unity candle ceremony, it differs in some important ways. In this article, we’ll find out what the sand version means, what it entails, how to pull one off seamlessly, and about some time-savers available to make it even easier to incorporate this ritual into a wedding.
First, what the ceremony is, what it symbolises and how to make it happen…
How does the unity candle work? When is it lit? Can the two sets of parents light it, and then the bride and groom use it to light theirs?
A:The unity candle is lit by the bride and groom from two separate family candles, representing the union of your families and the fact that you and your fiance are creating a family of your own. Often your mothers light the family candles, and then you two each hold your family’s candle to light the unity candle together (it may be a larger candle, or a different colour, and it’s placed in the centre, with the family candles off to your respective families’ sides). But your dads can be in on it, too — a nice option, because it mirrors the commitment you two are making and reminds everyone present of your parents’ commitments. Usually the unity candle is lit directly after you exchange vows.
Jumping the Broom
Jumping the broom is a time-honoured wedding tradition in which the bride and groom jump over a broom during the ceremony. The act symbolises a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past, and can also signify the joining of two families. For all of these reasons, jumping the broom is an increasingly popular part of many modern wedding ceremonies [source: African American Roots, Inc.]
Today’s wedding brooms, however, are a far cry from those first used in jumping the broom ceremonies. They’re still made with a wooden handle and natural bristles, but they’re kept as treasured keepsakes and probably never actually used to sweep the floor.
I provide a beautifully decorated broom to match your colour theme. The wording of this ceremony is also very appropriate for mixed ethnicity couples as the couple symbolically sweeps away all “prejudices and differences between people” making way for all things wonderful to come into their lives.
My Wishing Wells’ do not only cater for weddings; we also cover all kinds of special functions from special anniversaries, baby showers, aged birthday parties to charity related functions and even house warming’s or any occasion where a ‘gift’ is bought or money donated.
Having a Wishing Well at your special occasion provides a charming focal point, a delightful way of requesting money, and doesn’t offend your guests. They will have a central point of where to place their cards and donations and also provides you with peace of mind that what you receive is very safe and secure.
The problem is how to ask guests for this in a tasteful way. These requests are sent out with their invitations in the form of a small poem. By putting a cash gift in an envelope anonymously or not, into the well, they are then invited to wish the recipient good fortune and happiness in their life and help to make their dreams come true.