Today is a day for a wedding for two good friends.
I shall be acting as celebrant for the wedding and thought I would list it here for the record....
Hayley and Simon - Celebration of Marriage
The guests are mainly in a horseshoe with the Celebrant (me) at the end with a small table suitable covered with a colour scheme of the wedding.
Friends and family of Hayley and Simon. On behalf of the Bride and Groom I welcome you to this circle and would ask that you ensure that your phones are off – or at least on vibrate or similar, as the ceremony that now follows is as important, and solemn as any other, and should not be spoiled in any way….
Some wedding ceremonies are based upon religion, some on spiritual belief, some on tradition… Today, Hayley and Simon have chosen to demonstrate their love and commitment – each to the other – in front of family and friends, of those they love and who love them.
My name is Iain .. My other names are unnecessary as today I act only as Celebrant – I shall conduct and assist in the celebration that is the Hand-Fasting of Simon and Hayley..
As this may be the first time that some of you are attending a hand-fasting you might be interested in the symbolism of what you will see today. Much of which are familiar in all but their context
The circle in which you all stand is symbolic of the cycles of life. A circle has no beginning and no end, and therefore is in itself a symbol of eternity. It symbolizes the rings exchanged in marriage. The circle itself is an infinite thing. It is magical and never-ending, never changing and yet always adaptable, a ring with no beginning and no conclusion.
Like the circle, true love itself is infinite. It goes on, knowing no boundaries or restrictions.
I now invite the Hayley and Simon to enter this circle and join with us for their hand-fasting..
Some will recognize the symbolic binding of the hands at the end of the service that inspired the terms “Bonds of Holy Matrimony” and to “Tie the knot” This custom has also been known the world over, through many different periods in history.
During the Middle Ages to be seen in public holding hands was a sign that a couple were exclusive to one another. And while rings were for the very rich, love knows no bounds and a simple cord would do just fine.
Those of you who are fans of the Renaissance period will be happy to see the jumping of broom at the closing of the ceremony which symbolically sweeps clean the past reminding our Bride and Groom that the power to create the future ahead and the quality of life that they both so richly deserve is their own.
[hands broom to the bridesmaid who will take charge of it for the ceremony]
Jumping the broom is a symbol of change and renewal
It is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new
A symbol of new beginnings..
The straw end represents the brushing away of all their old cares and worries.
The strong wooden handle represents the strength of your commitment to each other, and the straight, unconditionally-committed path you will follow together in marriage.
The leap that the couple takes over the broom is also symbolic. Starting a new life with another person does require a "leap of faith". But by taking the leap, the individuals make a gesture of dedication to working together through the tough times ahead and the willingness to care for and defend one another.
Some say that whoever jumps the highest will be the boss of the house!
Hayley and Simon - I now ask that you stand here in front of your family and friends so that they may witness your commitment to one and other.
Please face each other and look into each other’s eyes… for the eyes are the mirror to the soul and reveal all to each other…
I call on Friends who are witnesses in the East.. for the East represents new beginnings that come each day with the rising sun, communication of the heart, mind, body and soul.
I call on Friends who are witnesses in the South -- for the South represents the light of the heart, the heat of passion, and the warmth of a loving home.
I call on Friends who are witnesses in the West -- for the West represents the rushing excitement of a raging river, the soft and pure cleansing of a rainstorm, and a commitment as deep as the ocean itself.
I call on Friends who are witnesses in the North -- for the North represents a solid foundation on which to build your lives, abundance and growth of your home, and the stability to be found by holding one another at the end of the day
And I call upon you both to make your commitment each to the other..
Do you, Simon, promise to show Hayley your honor and fidelity, to share her laughter and joy, to support and stand by her in times of difficulty, to dream and hope together with her, and to spend each day loving her more than the day before? Answers??
Do you, Hayley, promise to show Simon your honor and fidelity, to share his hopes and dreams, to laugh with him and share endless days of joy, to stand side by side with him in times of trouble, and to spend each day loving him more than the day before? Answers??
The vows of love have been spoken.
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