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Symbolism in Weddings in Tenerife ceremonies

Symbolism has been used in ceremonies for centuries, they can be used to mark the beginning of a life, a wedding and even a divorce, there are many different ways in which to symbolise your ceremony, for some people it offers a visual outlook on the journey they are about to embark on, here are some examples. 

The Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a beautiful visual ceremony of a couple joining together in marriage, it comprises of 2 small vessels and a larger normally heart vessel which can be engraved. 

The couple pour two different coloured sands in the heart vessel forming layers of the different coloured sands, symbolising the fact that once joined together you can no longer separate them into their original individual colours.

 





The Hand Fasting Ceremony

The hand fasting ceremony is way of physically joining the hands of the couple together, some clergymen drape their stole over the couples hands. 

This ceremony actually binds the hands together using ribbon (often to match the wedding colour scheme) or a soft chord which is tied in a knot which can be kept by the couple - a truly symbolic joining of two people.

     



Unity candles

The Unity candle ceremony is the most common ritual performed at weddings. 

It comprises of two thin tapered candles and one larger candle, the two thinner candles represent the couple as single people, and the larger candle represents the unity of the couple.

 








Jumping the Broom

This is where the couple jump over a traditional but decorated broom, it can symbolise the sweeping away of their old single life and entry into a new married life, it dates back to  the 1600s. 

Within the Afro American slavery community, slaves they were not permitted to marry so the couples jumped the broom to unite each other ceremonially. 

 










The Rose Ceremony

The rose ceremony is perhaps the most romantic of the symbolism ceremonies, roses have been a symbol of love for centuries, the giving of a single steamed rose is the clearest way to say to someone
I Love You?.

The couple exchange a single rose, as an outward declaration of their love for one another, and it is also the first gift they give to each other as man and wife.

 




Pebbles.

Pebbles, can be used as an excellent gift also, you can now buy, polished stones/pebbles for any home decoration store, you can paint encouraging words e.g Love, hope, laughter, strength and so on-

It is also an excellent wedding gift for family members.