Most Vietnamese Weddings are typically the same; this is because it has the same ceremony according to the Vietnamese tradition. However, young grooms & brides are searching for new ways to express themselves on their special day, besides the traditional ceremony. Therefore, we will give you some suggestion to create a unique and fun wedding day.
1. Unity Candle Ceremony
Lighting a Unity Candle during your wedding ceremony is a special way to symbolize your two lives joining as one. BRIDE and GROOM, together as you light this candle of unity symbolizing the flame of your own individual selves is joining to ignite the partnership of marriage.You also bring the warmth, strength and wisdom of your family’s fire as kindling for your own. The ceremony is also attaining the meaning of the beauty of the light of the couple love, that will light shine bright and steady upon their path together and may its heat keep them warm through all the days of their lives and beyond.
2. Tree Planting Ceremony
The unity tree planting ceremony can be used to symbolize the joining together of two individuals or the joining of two families.The ceremony is conducted in much the same way as other unity ceremonies are. You set up a separate table near the altar. On this table you would have a potted tree/sapling, something perhaps with a particular meaning to the couple or taken from a special place. You would also have two small buckets of dirt, two gardening trowels as well as a small watering can put on the table.
If you choose to have the ceremony symbolize the joining together of both family’s then upon the entrance of the mothers, each mother goes to the table and scoops in a small amount of dirt. Then they take their seats. During a particular reading or song, the couple will each add the remainder of earth and water the plant together. After the ceremony, the couple plants the tree in at their home or a special location to symbolize the putting down of roots, longevity and strengths in their marriage.
3. Tying a Knot
Both the groom’s mom and the bride’s mom can present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colors, maybe your wedding colors) which you will tie in a knot to symbolize the union of the two families. You can also plan to “tie the knot” every year on your anniversary with the same piece of ribbon/cord.
Handfasting Wedding ceremonies are Celtic wedding rituals, which goes back to the medieval and renaissance period. It includes the tying of hands together to symbolize the coming together and remain tied together.
5. Jumping the Broom
Jumping the broom has become one of the most famous African traditions at weddings-traditional and African-centered. Jumping the broom is about incorporating your past, and giving it a place of honor in your new life. Therefore combine it with your personality and style. It should be an uplifting and spiritual addition to any ceremony.
6. Unity Sand Ceremony
This ceremony a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The mixing of two different beings, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage — the joining of their lives. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate these two people. Multiple sand vessels can also be combined to include God or children.