I am a collector of rocks. They call me from the ground. I like sparkly rocks or swirls of color. I like smooth stones to rub in my hands and place in my pockets, I call them my worry stones. I like to skip flat stone across the water. I know I am not alone in this attraction. So if you are like me and snatch pebbles from your favorite places to keep as a memento you will love the ideas I have for stone and a wedding ceremony.
The ceremony requires river rocks and your imagination. The stones would be handed out to the guest upon their arrival. At some time during the ceremony the officiant would instruct the guests to place a blessing or wish upon the stones for the couple. The blessed stones could then be presented to the couple by the guests. They could be placed into a glass vase or basket for the couples keeping. The guest could bring up the blessed stones one by one and circle the couple in good wishes or pile the blessings at their feet. If the ceremony is taking place outside by the water the guest could be invited to walk to the waters edge and cast their wishing stones, blending two of earths elements. My favorite idea is that after the pronouncing of the wedded couple, the couple stays at the altar and the guest are the first to exit, placing their wishes on the ground as they leave...giving the couple a path of blessings to follow on their way out.
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I believe in the ceremony of things. I believe in making personal occasions PERSONAL.