When planning your wedding there are special little ceremonies that you can easily
include to make your ceremony more memorable, or to include family and guests in the ceremony. These ceremonies provide
special moments and mementos that can add to the happiness and joy of your special day!
Wish Upon A Shell Ceremony:
Upon A Shell Ceremony is for the bride and groom who wish to include their family and guests in the marriage ceremony.
It is ideal for a beach or lake-side wedding. The guests are all given a shell (usually a small clam shell) which has
the bride and groom's names and the date of the wedding written on them. During the ceremony, the family and guests
are asked to step to the water's edge and make a wish for the future of the bride and groom. Then all of the guests
toss their shells into the water. This is a fun and happy ceremony, and it makes the guests and family feel extra special
to be included in the ceremony. Shells can be purchased in most craft stores, shell shops (which are all over Florida),
or ordered on line. The information on the shells can be written in permanent marker (this is the most environmentally-friendly
way), or can be imprinted onto clear, permanent address labels and affixed to the inside of the shell. Shell's are
handed out to guests as they are seated, or put in a basket where they can pick them up during the Wish Upon A Shell Ceremony.
Honoring The Mothers:A very touching and significant way to honor the two mothers at the wedding ceremony...
It is easy for your florist (whether silk or fresh flowers) to design two detachable floral sprays (or a two
single loose flowers) into your bouquet. After your father walks you down the aisle and presents you to your groom,
remove one of the special flowers from your bouquet. Hand it to him and give him a kiss. Let him know
in advance that you will be doing this and tell him that as he takes his seat beside your mother, to present the flower to
her on your behalf. Then at the end of the ceremony, as you and your
groom begin to make your way back up the aisle as husband and wife, stop at the seat where your mother-in-law is
seated. Remove the second special flower from your bouquet and present it to her, along with a kiss, before continuing up
the aisle. Keep this special little ceremony a secret from the mothers as it is
the element of surprise which helps to make these moments you create so very sweet and special. If you are
carrying a casual or pre-made bouquet, it is easy to purchase two extra flowers and carry them with you, or tuck them into
your bouquet. Also, instead of special flowers, a more lasting memento of this occasion is an embroidered, lacy
handkerchief. You can carry one for each of the mothers and present them in the same way as the flowers above.
You can also give one to each of the dads (sans the lace).