Church attendance has reached all time lows in many secular western countries but despite this, spirituality in our community is alive and well. By this I mean, many individuals and couples like you and me, although not attending places of worship still feel spiritually connected to one another and to our environment. And its because of this that we wish to incorporate our thoughts and feelings into our ceremonies and celebrations.
Acknowledging traditional ownership of the land on which we are having our wedding ceremony is one way of expressing respect and spiritual connection to the land on which we now occupy or use intermittently. This is something we can do do at the start of our ceremony. The celebrant or officiant, tribal or group elder or representative may speak at this time.
Our marriage vows can also reflect our spiritual inclinations, hopes, desires and promises for one another. When looking for guidance or ideas for spiritually inclined vows, Buddhist vows offer fine examples.
Another way to acknowledge spiritual connection is to remember deceased loved ones and friends through ritual. Those people who have had an influence on your life, especially the formative years, andÂ importantly, instrumental in the making of the person you are today. A candle or candles may be lit at this time in remembrance of a person or a number of people.
Beautifully written, spiritually inclined readings and poetry in ceremonies can spell out unsaid feelings and thoughts of the couple, enhancing the ceremony. Such readings are often rich with profound thoughts and symbolism.
To seek more information on spiritual wedding ceremonies, Elizabeth has compiled an e-book on spiritual ceremonies including vows, readings [and suggested authors], poetry and rituals. To see for yourselfÂ go to…….