Ceremony Traditions Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of wedding ceremony traditions. The most important part of your wedding ceremony is to make it your own and to express you and your fiances love for each other and your families.


The medallion presentation is a tradition that incorporates children from previous marriages. The new step parent presents a medallion, pendent, or piece of jewelry to the child or children; that will serve as a reminder to the commitment to each member of the newly bonded family.

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The wedding wine box ceremony is a newer tradition. The Bride and Groom write love letters to each other. They may include things such as why they fell in love, how you’ve grown as a couple, or what makes you happy together. The idea during the ceremony is to put these letters in a wine box with a bottle of good wine and nail the box closed. The box should be displayed in their home, so every time they walk by they can remember the love they have for each other. The box can only be opened on two occasions.

1. When the couple feels like they are in trouble and nothing can save their marriage they can open the box have a glass of wine and read the letters they wrote to each other, in hopes that it can rekindle some romance.

2. On their 10th anniversary, they can enjoy a glass of wine and remember the younger days.


13 Gold Coins is a Hispanic tradition. The groom would give the bride in an ornate box or tray 13 gold coins to symbolize the willingness to support her. The bride accepts this gift to symbolize the trust and confidence of unconditional love and dedication. The coins are then meant to become a family heirloom that the children can use for their weddings. These coins were originally the dowery the groom paid to the family. The 13 coins can also symbolize Christ and his apostles.


Thirsty Thursday!

Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail


Makes 4 servings

8 Tablespoons of Pomegranate Juice

1 Pint Raspberry Sorbet

4 Teaspoons of Pomegranate Seeds

1 Cup Champagne

Serve in a chilled Collins Glass

Don’t like the name of the cocktail? Change it to something fun!

You can use your nickname, your new last name, or even something to do with the theme of your wedding.

Ceremony Traditions Part 1

Every wedding ceremony is special in its own way of course. It is just a matter of finding a special tradition that fits your style and maybe even your heritage.

Unity Candle

A pretty well know tradition is the Unity Candle. The Unity Candle is a Christian tradition where the brides parents light the first candle and then the grooms parents light the second candle, the bride and groom then use the candles to light their big candle. The tradition is to signify the joining of 2 families and love that burns as bright as the flame.

Jumping the broom

The jumping of the broom is an African American tradition. The couple would actually  jump over a broom that is festooned in ribbons to honor their ancestors. This was a tradition started during slavery when the marriage of slaves was illegal.

Tying Hands

Hand fasting emerged out of Great Britain during the pagan times. The bride and groom bind their hands together with a ribbon to symbolize the joining of their lives.

Rose Ceremony

The ceremony of Roses can be done two ways.

1. The bride and groom present the roses to their mothers to symbolize love and gratitude.

2. The bride and groom present each other with the roses along with a reading explaining that the rose should be a symbol in their relationship of forgiving and loving. A rose should be presented when one person wants to say I’m sorry or when they just want to say I love you.

Thirsty Thursday— Cucumber Lemonade Chiller

I do apologize this post was to come out yesterday, but I must have scheduled it wrong. 

I am starting a new section of the blog called Thirsty Thursdays. I will feature a new signature cocktail every Thursday. Just to give you some ideas for your weddings!


This week we have the Cucumber Lemonade Chiller

Two sprigs of Rosemary and then one for garnish. 

A few slices of Cucumber


6oz of Gin

3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice 

And a dash of Agava syrup.

Serve over ice for a nice refreshing summer cocktail!

Not Just Cake

Sure, you want to go with tradition and have a wedding cake, but why not add another dessert to make it extra special

straweberry shortcake

A nice summer treat, strawberry shortcake!


Take the campfire inside. Have your guests make their own smores.

Cotton Candy

You can do this for the kids, but I’m sure the adults will enjoy some Cotton Candy too.

Milk Shake Bar

Everyone loves a milkshake!


Have a variety of fresh made donuts. These can also work as favors too!

waffle bar

Waffle Bar anyone?

Crazy Guest Books

Many couples think “I don’t want a guest book no one ever looks at it after the wedding. It’s just a waste of time.”

Why not have a guest book that you can enjoy through out your marriage.

puzzle piecesHave guests sign puzzle pieces. You and your fiance can then assemble after the honeymoon; while you read all the nice notes; and then you can turn it into cool wall art.

engagement book

Have your photographer make a book of your engagement photos that guests can sign. It can then serve as a great coffee table book for years to come.


Have your guests type you notes on an old type writer you can then turn into a fabulous old time book or even some wall art.

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Guests can write advice or words of wisdom in different categories and then when the time comes you can pull them out. Its the guest book that keeps on giving.


This one takes a little work. Guests sign pre-cut squares and after the wedding have a family member or a professional sew these pieces together.  You now have a guest book that can keep you warm!


Now these may get weathered a little but its still fun. Have guests sign rocks and then use them in your garden.


 Guests can take pictures of themselves and write notes on the bottom. You can then assemble them into a great coffee table book.

Julie and Bo September 15, 2012

Julie and Bo were married on September 15, 2012 at a Private Estate in Germantown, NY.



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Ceremony and Reception: A Private Estate Germantown, NY

Ceremony Music: Kristi Shade Harp

Photographer: The Weaver House

Band: The Nu-Cullers

Officiant: Naomi Fay

Caterer: New World Home Cooking Saugerties, NY

Baker: Flatiron Restaurant Red Hook, NY

Rental Company: Events Unlimited

Wedding Coordinator: Every Little Detail

Carolina and Daniel September 21, 2012

Carolina and Daniel were married at the newly constructed Roundhouse in Beacon. What a fabulous venue!!


Ceremony and Reception: Roundhouse Beacon NY

Picture Location: Storm King Art Center

Photographer: Tim Coffey

DJ: Turntable Events

Ceremony Music: Jay & Lee

Videographer:  Merrill Grace Productions 

Florist: Seed to Fruit

Wedding Planner: Every Little Detail