#Inspiration: Ceremony Aesthetics

Though I absolutely love writing, I know my last few posts have been very word-heavy. So! To move into a more eye-pleasing post, let’s go to another #Inspiration board, eh?

Today’s topic is on our ceremony decor and ritual. I have been going back and forth on ideas for decor at the ceremony, which is in our church, and finally made a decision on what I want to do. With us running towards the end of our budget, I have no plans to make anymore big purchases so I’m relying on my thriftiness to put the final touches together.

G and I take our faith very serious. Our marriage is founded on our beliefs and we met through our Bible study group. As we were doing one of our book studies together (we’re currently reading From Me to We by Lucille Williams) a passage from the Love Chapter of the Bible — 1 Corinthians 13 — popped up. Not a new passage to the two of us, but we both liked the reminder of the verses on what Love means. Then before I fell asleep I was cruising Pinterest and happened to have this picture pop up on my feed:

And I was sold.

My plan is to use picture frames and personally created images to recreate this look. I’m going to make a total of 9 signs, each with a different characteristic of Love, and hang them from the rows. Beneath them will be a tree stump (a staple for all our wedding decor), a jar with a candle, and some flower petals. Simple, clean, and rich in scripture.

I am also debating on using baby’s breath for some extra texture. If I purchase a few stems on Saturday morning from a local grocery store they won’t be a large expense and may add a bit more to the romance of the set up.

What do you guys think?

Other than the sanctuary’s decor, the biggest piece of decor I need to be concerned about is our mid-ceremony ritual: a tree planting ceremony.

A tree planting ceremony is just like a unity candle and unity sand ceremony. It symbolizes the joining of two individuals. A table is set up near the altar where a potted sapling sits. Two containers of dirt, sometimes two trowels, and a water can are also on the table. During the ceremony, the couple will each add one of the containers of dirt and then proceed to water the tree together. The couple can then plant the tree at their home following the wedding to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength into their marriage, as well as growing their family tree.

For G and I, we plan to use a lot of symbolism in our tree ceremony. The basket we will use as a planter was given to us by G’s grandmother during my bridal shower. The dirt, contained in two jars, is from G’s hometown in Indiana and my parent’s property in Michigan. The water is out of Lake Michigan representing our current home and our first date location which was a hike along the lake’s shore. The tree sapling we have chosen is an evergreen — a symbol of wisdom, longevity, and fertility. The sapling came from my maternal grandmother’s property.

All in all, the entire ritual includes many years from our pasts and provides a symbol for nurturing and growth of our future. I am in love with this whole concept! Not to mention it falls perfectly into place for our rustic themed wedding.

This is the verbiage we’re leaning towards for our officiant during the ceremony as well:

A and G will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each others family today.

Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love enriches our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change.

Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment.

With all of these ideas, I don’t think I need anything more. We want to keep the church simple for clean-up following the ceremony so our loved ones can enjoy the reception. Can you think of anything necessary to include? I’d love to hear any additional ideas which I may not have thought of since ceremonies were rare when it came to my wedding coordinating career. Please feel free to comment below or send me a DM at @uncorkingpeonies on Instagram.

Until next time, 

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