Looking for a unique and personalized alternative to a unity candle at your wedding? If you have a green thumb, this is for you...a planting ceremony. You can reflect upon the symbolism of your unity every spring when the plant blooms again. Warning, just like marriage this will require care and love to thrive!
At one of our weddings this summer the bride and groom joined in unity with a planting ceremony. It was a special moment during the ceremony that made their wedding stand out. Both the bride and groom share a passion for farming and with their roots from different states, a planting ceremony was a perfect unifying sacrament. There were two clear jars filled with dirt taken from the state of their origin, representing their roots. One from Wisconsin (the Bride's home state) and the other from Iowa (the Groom's home state). On the lid of one of the jars was the outline of the state of Wisconsin and on the other jar was the outline of the state of Iowa. Along with the jars of dirt, a beautiful planting pot and their plant of choice, (an ivory hydrangea) were all strategically arranged on the alter table. It was such a special way to symbolize their separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends, in other words, their lives before that day being joined together as one.
If you are interested in a planting ceremony for your wedding here are some helpful tips on how to have a successful planting ceremony:
1. Have your two jars of dirt taken from your home state or wherever your roots are. Preferably have a unique way to indicate the respective jars. Here is a shop that does custom jars: Concepts2creations.
2. Have the plant of choice be presented on the alter table and make sure it is well preserved in a container of water.
3. Have the pot that will hold the plant on the alter table, you may need to fill a portion with dirt ahead of time just to have the right amount of volume, depending on the size of your jars.
4. Have a special song dedicated for this part of your ceremony, anything romantic, sentimental to you or conveying "unity" is a great choice.
5. Have a special reading. Here is a wording option for the officiant or special reader to use:
“The Bride and Groom 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 other’s family today.
Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens 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. Bride and Groom, would you please water the sapling? Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love. This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential – just like this tree. The Bride and Groom will plant this tree in their backyard to always be a symbol of their love for each other.”
About the Author:
As a wedding planner with a passion for wedding décor, Jaffe Wojcik started www.gracefulevents.net, a resource for event decor, wedding planning advice, and inspiration for special events. Jaffe is a work-at-home mom with two energetic children who love to dance…especially at weddings.
Graceful Events offers unique collections of wedding favors and decor to make your event shine! We can help you find the best product for your wedding or event. However, what makes us stand out is our wedding planning expertise. Our team of experienced wedding planners offer the highest level of customer service. We would love to help you style your event to help you realize your vision for theme and design. Contact us today or follow us on Instagram @graceful_events_weddings for promotions, wedding trends and inspiration. You can also like us on Facebook under Graceful Events.