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Weddings are focused on the couple as they should be. But sometimes the couple wants to acknowledge the role their mothers have had in their life and honor them at the ceremony. One example of the Rose Ceremony is found here

Red Rose Ceremony

I have done this in many weddings using  red roses  but any flower can be used. Both mothers are always appreciative of being recognized as a key factor in the couples life up until this point.Rose and rings The ceremony ends with “These Roses are a promise that no matter how far away you are that you are not forgotten and that you are always in their hearts.” This is very touching and fun to be a surprise at the wedding. Photo by




Mothers Holding the Rings

Another way to honor both mothers is to have them hold the rings and bring them forward for the ring exchange during the ceremony. This a way to include your mothers and also make it easy for the wedding party to keep their hands free for bouquets, helping with bride’s dress, etc. 

The Last Kiss as a Single Person to the Mothers

The last kiss as a single person before you become a couple includes the mothers

 In this blog the officiant invites the mothers up just before the couple kisses to give them one last kiss as a single person.

“These mother’s their lips were the first to kiss them and bring them into this world and today a mother’s love – together with their blessings – will be first to send them on their way to their new life together as wife and husband.

Mothers. . . please kiss the Bride and Groom!”

Another way to do it is to surprise the mothers by having the couple go to them early in the ceremony and give them a kiss, with the officiant saying : “At this time ( the couple) would like to have their last kiss as single people……they would like to have that kiss come from the two people who taught them love and gave them their first kiss, their mothers.” .

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Unity Ceremonies can be included in your wedding ceremony. They symbolize the couple’s separate lives becoming joined into one future life together. One of the most popular is the candle lighting ceremony , where the couple lights an individual candle then uses each separate candle  to light the center candle. It is a beautiful ceremony. Pinterest is a good source of information for Unity Ceremonies :

I has been my privilege to help direct many  types of Unity Ceremonies. The Sand Ceremony  can include children from a previous relationship such as the sand ceremony. The couple as well as each child has a different color sand. They pour them together in a vase and realize the individual sands once joined can not be separated . It is a fun way to include children. This is from Vicky and Jessica wedding and including Jessica’s  3 children .






The Hand-fasting Ceremony is also known as  “Tying the Knot” . It is done by draping pieces of cord or cloth over each couples hands and arms , then the couple pulls the strands apart and it forms a knot. It symbolizes the couples’ devotion and connection to each other.   This was a very creative way for Andrea and Ian to say their vows to each other. 







The pebble ceremony includes the guests during a ceremony. Each guest holds a stone during the ceremony, making a wish for the couple and then drops it in the jar near the end of the ceremony. The couple may light a candle over the pebbles.  Kathryn and Rich chose this ceremony. 






The Unity Painting is a really fun ceremony but can be a little messy. A blank canvas with an interlocking heart in  the center, made from masking tape, is placed on a table covered by white paper for spills. The couple and even the family can be included. Each person pours a tiny can across the top of the canvas ,letting the paint drip down. It makes an abstract painting. When you remove the masking tape, you are left with an interlocking heart in white in the center of the painting. Kendra and Matt decided on this fun unity ceremony.

Photo: Lindsay Aikman Photography







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