Unity ideas, and other ideas we like.
In the hand ceremony, the officiant invites the bride and groom to view the hands of the other as a gift.
As an expression that your hearts are joined together in love - will you please face each other and hold
hands, so you may feel the gift that you are to one another.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours
on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the
slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still
giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
“Our prayer for you today is that both of you will use these hands to build a marriage where all your
dreams come true.”
I like the idea of hand-making boutonnieres and corsages for the bridal party, and each pair of bride's maid/groomsmen carry these lantern down the aisle together with cranberry ribbons, and the bridesmaids hold them by the alter in lieu of bouquets. (Assuming we have the wedding in the afternoon/evening.)
I'm going to make boutonnieres for the groomsmen using a larger feather and two smaller grey feathers, and a pin of some sort, and then tie this to the pin with a ribbon.