Your big party is planned, you are full of anticipation. Everything is organized: the location, the food, the photographer, the music, the wedding speaker. The invitation cards have been sent, the rings fit perfectly, the wedding dress and suit are hanging in the closet. Yes, even the honeymoon is booked.
The most popular wedding songs
No wedding without music. But which songs are most popular with Swiss wedding couples? As specialists for free weddings, they want to know exactly and record year after year the sound to which couples say yes. After three years as number 1, John Legend had to give up his top position this year. The bride and groom most often accompanied their wedding with the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran how fitting! These are the Top Charts 2020:
Some smell the scent of incense when they hear the word “ritual”, others have no idea what exactly is behind it. The all-clear in advance: This is not hocus-pocus. We explain how rituals can enrich a wedding. A ritual is an act that celebrates and expresses something special. Words are irrelevant; it’s about the symbolism and the meaning of the action.
The exchange of wedding rings
The most famous wedding ritual is the ring swap. Just as the ring has no end, so should the love for one another be endless and constant. Wearing it on the left ring finger also symbolizes the direct connection to the heart.
The ring swap is a classic ritual that is often part of free ceremonies. However, the concrete implementation is very individual. Some couples don’t exchange rings but choose a different item to express their bond. Or the rings slide first, threaded on a beautiful ribbon, along all the guests. On the way, they symbolically give their wishes for the couple along the way. In addition, the guests become part of the ring symbolism and are all connected to each other and to the bridal couple by the ribbon. The Morganite Rings would be the best solution there.
There are no limits to the design of rituals. It becomes particularly enriching when actions with personal reference are integrated. A suitable ritual not only enhances the ceremony, it may also create something sustainable. It’s a kind of souvenir that reminds of the wedding day and the marriage vows.
For example, a couple was handling the Bunsen burner at a ceremony: the wine lovers sealed a good bottle of Bordeaux in a box together with their promise of marriage. If this is doubted in the future, the motto Rain makes the grass grow, wine makes the conversation applies. Have them take out the box, read the vows and discuss what stands between them over a glass of wine.
Rituals express what words cannot so quickly and easily. And it is well known that expressing love in words is difficult. Hence, it stands to reason that rituals are perfect for weddings. Rituals can be sophisticated and complex. But you don’t have to. It is important that the ritual fits the bride and groom and that they feel the meaning in it. Hocus pocus is not behind it. As ceremony leaders, however, we love to conjure up individual rituals and thus create a special experience that will be remembered.
An even more personal ceremony
As the leader of the ceremony, our aim is always to put the couple and their very personal story at the center of the action. We do individual, tailor-made ceremonies that cannot be copied. A ceremony becomes even more personal when friends and family members are involved.
Wedding without a wedding ring: five alternatives
Many married couples wear wedding rings as a symbol of their bond. The circular shape stands for the infinity of their love. Five alternatives show that a ring on the finger is not the only sign of eternal love.
A lack of precious metal on the ring finger does not indicate that the person in question is unmarried. While some couples forego a symbolic sign of love entirely, others choose one of the following five alternatives:
A chain around the wrist is prominently placed and, like the classic wedding ring, always in view. In addition, the symbolism of a ribbon is synonymous with that of the ring. A bracelet leaves a lot of freedom in terms of material and design. In addition to precious metals, leather is also popular. Individual engraving is possible on both. Those who take the “tie the knot” literally at the wedding can tie their own bracelets. This can be integrated as part of a ritual in the ceremony.
It’s a fancy idea for people who like to wear shirts in everyday life. This is always in your own field of vision but still discreet. The variety is almost infinite and goldsmiths are now offering individual one-off items again, as cufflinks have become more popular in recent years.
A watch is primarily functional and practical, but we also wear it as a piece of jewelry around the wrist. Why not combine the practical with symbolic power and turn the watch into a “wedding ring”? The watch can be personalized with an engraving.
Especially brave and pain-free couples not only swear eternal love, but also set a symbol for eternity with a tattoo. Not only rings or symbols on the finger are tattooed. Some have elaborate tattoos on other parts of the body as proof of love.
Although a chain around the neck is less in view than a ring or bracelet, it is all the closer to the heart. Some also choose this variant to wear the classic wedding ring strung on a necklace. By the way: Historically, the man presented the wedding ring to his wife to prove to her that he had received her dowry. No matter what couples choose, today it is a purely visual symbol of their bond.
The civil marriage is mandatory, which is why every bride and groom must go to the registry office in order to get married. This type of marriage can also be completely sufficient for pragmatic couples; after all, not everyone is into exuberant romance. For all those who want to make their wedding more individual or more solemn, there are church and free weddings to select. The church wedding has the advantage that it is particularly solemn and also enables people of faith to be married before God. The free wedding, on the other hand, is even more individual and can be designed by the bride and groom in exactly the way they want. So whether you’re wedding is religious or secular and where the focus is, is determined by the bride and groom.