Today celebrants use resources which come from many cultures to enhance a ceremony. These include readings from fiction, poetry, prose and religious works. Music also plays an important part in the ceremony to set the scene, announce the bride’s arrival, to play a special song during the ceremony and while the signing takes place.
Ritual and symbolism also play an important part in a wedding ceremony to add meaning. Many different cultural traditions can be added to wedding ceremonies. These rituals can include:
A welcome to culture done by an indigenous elder.
Lighting a candle in memory of a deceased relative to include them in the ceremony.
The symbolic lighting of candles by the couple’s parents then the lighting of a single candle by the bride and groom to symbolize the coming together of the two families.
A rose ceremony where the couple exchange roses as their first gift to each other.