A Hand Blessing as Unity Ritual
This super creative Bride and Groom – the lovely Meg and dashing Joe – wanted to have their senses fully engaged in their wedding ceremony. They incorporated sensuous sights, acoustic sounds and uplifting scents . . . and they kept savory tastes for the reception! Their celebration occurred at the Arizona Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. An AMAZING venue for outdoor ceremonies.
Instead of the often used Unity Candle or Sand Blending rituals, I offered them a custom Blessing of the Hands Ritual with essential oils. They chose Bergamot and Lavendar oils, for the uplifting and reassuring scents those offer.
After I placed drops of oil into their palms and drew the infinity sign in each, Meg placed her palms on top of Joe’s open palms and I shared these words:
“Above you are the stars, below you is the earth, as time does pass, remember this:
Like the earth, should your love be firm, grounded in your humanity.
Like a star should your love be constant, imbued with pure light.
Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage.
Let the strength of your wills bind you together.
Let the power of love and desire make you joyful,
And the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.”
(Source: Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb)