I have adopted this ceremonial thought and inspiration from the Middle East.
Eight wooden bowls are placed on a table near the bride and groom. Each bowl contains a spice. I call these "The Spices of Life" or rather "The Spices of Marriage". Each spice is a representation of a blessing that is to be bestowed upon the couple. During the ceremony, the couple is handed a pouch, and spice by spice, they spoon a bit of each into their sachet. As they scoop, the blessings are made. A spoon of Salt for the tears that will be shed during your marriage, may they mostly be tears of joy. A bit of Brown Sugar is a wish for sweet days ahead. A scoop of Garlic with a prayer for a safe home and good health. A pinch of Rosemary and a blessing to prosper, may you be rich in love and friendship as well as money. Some Nutmeg with a reminder to keep the romance and some Paprika for passion. Savory is needed for balance and stability and a Bay Leaf is added for extra flavor.
I believe in the ceremony of things. I believe in making personal occasions PERSONAL.