When planning your Interfaith Wedding by far the most intimate (and perhaps tricky!), will be planning your ceremony. Do you use one officiant or two? Do you blend two religious traditions or avoid it altogether? How do you pick what to include in the ceremony, without offending anyone or leaving something out? These can be really difficult, but SUPER important questions to ask your partner. But before anything, we truly believe that it’s most important to put together a ceremony that feels perfect and representative of you and your partner.
We found a great list of symbolically simple, but still beautiful traditions to use in Interfaith ceremonies to help any Interfaith couples out there! Although all of these aren’t necessarily attached to any particular religion, they are great ideas to run with — whether you want to add something to make it your own or just keep it how it is. We listed our absolute FAVORITES down below, but you can check out the whole list here!
- Candle Flames – In this symbolic ceremony, each individual lights a candle. The lights of the two candles are later joined in the flame of a larger candle in the middle, symbolizing their union. The act of joining the two individual candles means forming a union while preserving individuality since the couple exchanges the candles in the process. This traditional act can be performed with just the couple or having their family members present. It is often performed in interfaith ceremonies although it is widely recognized as a part of the Christian tradition.
- The Cup of Life – Glass of wine in this ceremony is considered the cup of life, from which partners share wine. Wine, being both bitter and sweet, symbolically stands for the twofold nature of life which the couple will face together.
- Growth – As a tree, a marriage needs dedication and effort in order to grow. As a part of this symbolic ceremony, a couple plants a tree or a plant. Each species carries a unique symbolism which is explained during the act.
- Hands in a “Knot” – Handfasting ceremony is a part of the ancient Celtic tradition which entails tying a knot around the couple’s hands as a symbolic manifestation of their union. Wedding attendants may participate in the ceremony by passing the cord while uttering blessings and words of wisdom for the couple.
- Exchanging Roses – Partners who decide to incorporate the rose act into their ceremony exchange two red roses – well-known symbols of love. This act is usually performed after the couple had exchanged their vows and rings. The couple saves the roses and each of them picks a special spot to keep them in their home, as a reminder of this important day and their vows, even through hardships.