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Rituals

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Here is a list of the rituals we have carried out. Some are only for the bride and groom, in others more people can participate: the parents of the bride and groom, if the couple has children and even some very special friends, in other rituals the guests can also participate, we have some for ceremonies of about 40 guests so as not to make it too long and we really like to be able to participate in some way in that unique moment. We can incorporate the one you want because of its symbolism, the way it is done, tradition… Call us and we will explain how each one is done and which one is the most suitable for your civil ceremony.聽 We are available by whats app on (+34) 699 903 691.

 

Ritual de los lazos de flores para bodas civilesThe ritual of the ribbon of flowers: Some foreign couples have asked me about the ritual of the ribbon as something typical of Spanish tradition, but I have not had the opportunity to do it in weddings between Spaniards, in fact I have only performed it in a ceremony between a Russian and a Mexican woman. This ritual actually comes from the Spanish late Middle Ages and after the discovery it was exported like many other customs to the other side of the Atlantic. In Mexico this custom took a special hold and nowadays it is carried out with bows of flowers, rosaries or simply ropes, which are put around the neck of the bride and groom, representing their union.

ritual de las piedrasThe ritual of the stones comes from the Scottish tradition. Long before there were rings, the elements of the earth were taken as a symbol of the union of couples: stones come from the earth and earth is life, they are also ancient and strong, symbolising the endurance and strength of the couple. There are several versions of this ritual, one in which the bride and groom say their vows by placing their hand on a large stone on the altar table, another version in which the guests participate by picking up a stone when they arrive at the ceremony and another version in which the guests write a message of blessing for the bride and groom. During the ceremony the stones are collected in a basket and the bride and groom take home the blessings of the guests.

ritual de la copa ritual alemanThe ritual of the cup: In all these years we have performed ceremonies for couples from almost all over Europe and some bring their own traditions to the ceremonies such as the ritual of the cup, where the bride and groom drink at the same time from the same cup as a symbol of their union and not a single drop should fall. The origin of this ritual goes back to the Middle Ages, in the city of Nuermberg in southern Germany, where a young noblewoman fell in love with a goldsmith and her father did not approve of this marriage and she refused the proposals of the nobles who asked for her hand. Her father was so enraged that he had the young goldsmith locked up in the dungeon. But this did not make him forget the goldsmith and the father created what he thought was an impossible task: ‘If your goldsmith can make a chalice that two people can drink from at the same time without spilling a drop, I will release him and you can marry. The goldsmith created a girl whose skirt was hollowed out to serve as a cup and her raised arms held a ‘much smaller cup’ which she spins so that she could fill it and then turn it towards a second drinker. The ‘Bridal Cup’ or ‘Wedding Cup’ is still a symbol; love, fidelity and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.

El ritual de la rosa para bodas civiles laicasThe ritual of the cup: In all these years we have performed ceremonies for couples from almost all over Europe and some bring their own traditions to the ceremonies such as the ritual of the cup, where the bride and groom drink at the same time from the same cup as a symbol of their union and not a single drop should fall. The origin of this ritual goes back to the Middle Ages, in the city of Nuermberg in southern Germany, where a young noblewoman fell in love with a goldsmith and her father did not approve of this marriage and she refused the proposals of the nobles who asked for her hand. Her father was so enraged that he had the young goldsmith locked up in the dungeon. But this did not make him forget the goldsmith and the father created what he thought was an impossible task: ‘If your goldsmith can make a chalice that two people can drink from at the same time without spilling a drop, I will release him and you can marry. The goldsmith created a girl whose skirt was hollowed out to serve as a cup and her raised arms held a ‘much smaller cup’ which she spins so that she could fill it and then turn it towards a second drinker. The ‘Bridal Cup’ or ‘Wedding Cup’ is still a symbol; love, fidelity and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.

Ceremonia de la vela_ Ritual de las velas, candle ritual, rituel des bougiesThe candle ritual is very simple: each of the bride and groom lights their own candle and together they light a third candle, symbolising their union in marriage. The presence of fire on the altar, even in the small form of a “candle flame” is very significant: fire is a natural element that has accompanied mankind since its origin. I recommend this ritual for indoor ceremonies, when it is outdoors with a little breeze the candles go out, sometimes it is difficult to light the third candle between the two of them and when they finally light it, it goes out and if the couple is fond of messages, let’s see if this is going to be a sign. In the photo, in an outdoor ceremony, despite having the third candle inside a glass vase, you can see how the bride puts her hand to protect it from the air. There are glass solutions on the market that protect the candles quite well if you finally decide to do this ritual.

Rituales para bodas civiles o laicas, el ritual de los lazos o uni贸n de las manosThe ritual of the ribbons. This is probably one of the most popular rituals. We often do it without ribbons: the simple joining of the hands of the bride and groom is something wonderful. It is a moment when they go from sitting in front of me, to standing, looking at each other, while I read the meaning of the hands. I love it! And they love it too. The guests are amazed because they have never seen something like this, so simple and so beautiful, facing each other, holding hands. Here I have put a photo of ribbons, we have done it with ropes, natural ribbons, others with colours that represent the bride and groom and in other occasions the guests have also participated in this ritual. I hope you like it.

 

Rituales para bodas, el ritual del vino y la cartaThe ritual of the wine and the letter is another one that we have had the opportunity to do: almost at the end of the ceremony we ask for a small wooden box containing a bottle of wine to be brought to the altar. Once the box is on the altar table, the bride and groom will place some letters they have written to each other inside this box, with the commitment to uncork the bottle in 1 year and read at that moment what they had written to each other on their wedding day. And you, could you wait a year?

Ritual del arbol, ceremonia del arbol bodasPlanting a tree in a secular wedding ceremony is one of the rituals that we have done and I think that in all its forms, of course there are not many, there are only 2 variants, I think: on one occasion, the couple had a family farm and it was here where a tree was planted in the ground, the other times we have done it, it has been on the altar table, in a pot: the tree can be a kumquat or any kind of bonsai, so there will be no problem to have it at home.

 

Rituales de bodas civiles. El ritual de la arena en bodas de oro

Ritual of the sand at a golden wedding. This is an example of a ritual in which the whole family can participate. It was a golden wedding anniversary, 50 years of marriage well deserved a celebration and the participation of all, in total 14 people: the bride and groom, their children and grandchildren, were passing and throwing each one his little jar of sand in the bottle along with a big hug to the bride and groom, very excited to see the whole family together, in such a special moment.

 

 

 

 

Romper el vaso ceremonia judia, ritual vaso rotoThe ritual of breaking a glass at Jewish weddings. We have had the opportunity to perform this ritual with a French couple, where the groom was Jewish. At the end of the ceremony, a glass wrapped in a napkin is placed on the table and the groom breaks it by stomping on it. Afterwards, all the guests shout with one voice: “Imazal Tov!” It is important that the cup is well wrapped so that no pieces fall out.
This ritual has various interpretations throughout history, such as the one that recalls the destruction of the Jewish temple at the time of Jesus Christ. This shows us that even in their happiest moments, such as their wedding, they are obliged, and wish, to remember the moments that defined their people and that even today continue to move them. I am left with the one that represents the fragility of a marriage, so that the now husband and wife must take care of that union just as one takes care of a crystal glass so that it does not break.

Rituales para bodas civiles: El ritual del panThe ritual of bread at weddings. Although bread is something universal, the custom of the ritual of bread in ceremonies comes from Slavic lands, in which a few days before, the family participates in the preparation of the bread that the bride and groom are going to eat as the first common food of their marriage (bread is considered a symbol of happiness, wealth and abundance). Although I have had the opportunity to carry out this ritual in a ceremony with a Russian bride and a Spanish groom, a variant has also arisen in which instead of eating a piece of bread, the bride and groom throw a pinch at the bread and the one who takes the biggest piece is said to hold the reins of the marriage for the first few years. This may cause a moment of surprise for the guests, but we don’t know if it is scientifically proven about the reins in marriage. 馃槈

Ritual de las especias para bodasThere are many more: the ring ritual, the seed ritual, the thread ritual, the fire ritual, the 4 elementeos ritual, the salt ritual, the chocolate ritual, the spice ritual, the cocktail ritual, the grape and wine ritual, the rope ritual, the aisle ritual, the burning of fears, the footprint tree ritual, the padlock ritual,,,,
in these more than 10 years doing civil ceremonies we have done more than 30 different rituals in the ceremonies: only for the bride and groom, for couples with children, for the bride and groom and their parents and for some or all the guests to participate. If you are thinking of something special for your ceremony, talk to us. We will be happy to help you.

Los anillos pasantes en la ceremonia
The passing rings
Ritual del vino en las ceremonias de bodas
The wine ritual
Ritual de pintur un lienzo, ceremonia del lienzo
The ritual of the canvas
Ceremonia arras en la ceremonia civil
Exchange of聽 coins

 

 

 

 

 

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