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Traditional wedding ceremony order

Unless you’ve been to a ton of weddings you probably have no idea of the ceremony order.  The vows are the center of most wedding ceremonies. Religious and cultural rituals differ, of course, but if you were to outline a standard service, the ceremony order would look something like this. Processional – The couple and…

Handfasting Traditions

Handfasting (Afrocenric) In some African tribes, the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass. To symbolize your own unity, have your officiant or a close friend tie your wrists together with a piece of kente cloth or a strand of cowrie shells (symbols of fertility and prosperity) while affirming…

Circling the Table (Eastern Orthodox)

Circling the Table The priest (and sometimes the Koumbaros, too) leads the couple three times around the alter on which a Bible and cross rest. This ritual predates Christianity – it originated in Judaism- and represents the dance around the Ark of the Covenant. The choir sings three hymns as the couple circles. In this…