Inspiration: Ceremony Rituals, Traditions & Creative Ideas

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Looking for a few rituals or traditions to add to your ceremony? Sand ceremonies and unity candles are popular options, but we've also seen a ton of other creative ideas over the past two years of real weddings. I'm rounding them up for you today - hope it inspires you to think outside the box!

modern beach wedding ceremony by leslie-hollingsworth.com

A traditional sand ceremony with a modern touch, captured by Leslie Hollingsworth

Sand Ceremonies

A sand ceremony during a beach wedding is a natural fit, but you can also mix it up a little by using a non-traditional vessel.

Florida Beach Wedding Bob Care Photography Sand Ceremony

Victoria and Rahsan used a fun fish-shaped vase - and sand in their wedding colors - for their beachside ceremony in the Keys. Photo by Bob Care Photography

sand ceremony by luminairefoto.com

Jennifer and Nick used a simple glass vase, but poured sand from conch shells. Photo by Luminaire Foto

Traditions Old & New

feet washing ceremony, jilliantreeblog.com

I thought the feet-washing ceremony that this couple included was so sweet, loving and humble. Photo by Jillian Tree Photography

Addison wedding by Soul Echo Studios (17)

Asal and Michael included several Persian traditions in their wedding, including the one above: a cloth is held over the bride and groom while two sugars are ground over them, showering them with sweetness and happiness. Photo by Soul Echo Studios

ceremony serenade, photo by peachykeenphotography.com

Lucky enough to have friends with amazing musical talents, this couple was serenaded during their ceremony by "Endless Love". Photo by Peachy Keen Photography

Miami Beach Botanical Garden wedding by Brittany Anderson Photography (20)

Samantha and James released butterflies, which was so perfect for their garden wedding in Miami Beach. Photo by Brittany Anderson Photography

Time Capsules

Time capsule during the wedding ceremony, photo by luminairefoto.com

These two zookeepers added to and sealed a time capsule during their Naples Zoo ceremony. Photo by Luminaire Foto

wine box ceremony, psphotography.net and themiamibrideguide.com

Jessica of JCG Events shared this lovely wine box ceremony with us: the couple wrote each other a note and placed them in the box with the wine. They'll open it on their anniversary and drink the wine together. Photo by PS Photography

Erika Delgado Photo - Wine Box Ceremony - Floridian Weddings

Jeffrey and Jessica did the same thing during their ceremony - it's so fun to see the gorgeous bride hammering the rustic box shut! Photo by Erika Delgado

Tying the Knot

ceremony tying the knot, photo by setfreephotography.com

We see a lot of couples tying the knot - which makes complete sense in our seaside Florida lifestyle! Tara and Tyler incorporated this ceremony into their wine-themed wedding in Naples. Photo by Set Free Photography

Tied the Knot Ceremony photo by Reign7Photo.com

AJ and Matt, who are boat lovers, did the same (and added a celebratory fist in the air). Photo by Reign 7 Photography

Rustic Glen Saint Mary Wedding by Jennifer Sullivan (11)

Instead of a knot, how about a braid? Photo by Flora + Fauna

Including Children

Pink & Green Wedding | photo by 1313blog.com/sarah

Denia and David gave a bracelet to their daughter, symbolizing the fact that their marriage was also about their family coming together. Photo by 13:13 Photography

National Hotel Vow Renewal by Peachy Keen Photography (16)

And as an alternative to a flower girl, how about having her carry and ring a bell down the aisle? Photo by Peachy Keen Photography

More Fun & Creative ideas

Photography by Erika Delgado Photography

Erin and Sean planted a tree together during their ceremony... love this idea! Photo by Erika Delgado

Sundy House Wedding Captured Photography by Jenny (12)

Okay, maybe it's not quite a ritual, but it's one of my favorite ceremony bits ever: Nicole wrote her vows on a roll of toilet paper because, as she told us, "He does all of his serious thinking in the bathroom!". Photo by Captured Photography by Jenny


Did you catch all of our anniversary roundups? We've been sharing our fave photo inspiration from the last two years in the areas our readers love most - first looks, cakes, bouquets, rings and guestbook ideas!

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  1. Jill Marshall says

    Just really trying to contemplate…sand ceremony or not….just taking it all in…

    I LOVE THE WINE BOX/LOVE LETTER CEREMONY! :-)

    C.

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