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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…

Unity Candle (Multiple Traditions)

This joining ritual is quite popular tradition at Catholic weddings, but its significance is universal: the joining of the couple as a new family, as well as the merging of their two original families. Usually the officiant will explain the unity candle’s meaning – the following is an example: _____ and _____, the two separate…

Welcome!

A happy Couple

Welcome to the Tulsa Alternative Ceremonies We specialize in civil, non-denominational, interfaith, and theme weddings.  We also perform renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, hand-fasting, or any other specialized ceremony you might need.  We welcome custom requests, your wedding day should reflect who you are and we’ll do everything we can to give you the ceremony…

Jumping the Broom (African-American Tradition)

An African tribal ritual had couples placing sticks on the ground to symbolize their home together. This may be the origin of the broom jumping tradition, which was popular among among African-American slaves (who could not have official wedding ceremonies); it may also symbolize the sweeping away of evil spirits. The couple holds the broom…

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…