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Wishing Stone Ceremony Option 1.
The ritual of the Wishing Stones or Blessing Stones, as they are sometimes called, is a way to include everyone in the wedding by way of offering blessings and good wishes to the newlyweds. It also is a way to ensure that everyone will make contact with the Bride and Groom at some point during the day. This ritual may be performed within the actual ceremony (before the Marriage Blessing) or at the conclusion of the service in a receiving line manner.
When the guests arrive at the ceremony, they are given a Blessing Stone along with a note card with words printed on it such as: My wish for you is, or May you be blessed with, or May God bless you with, to name a few, together with a pen or pencil and during the ceremony the celebrant will explain the significance of the Blessing Stone and how to share their wishes for the newly married couple.
Officiant: We all recognize that today is a very blessed occasion in the lives of (Groom) and (Bride). You have been invited here today because of your special relationship with them. When you arrived, you received a stone along with a note card. The stones are called “Blessing Stones.”
Since we all wish nothing but the best that life has to offer this couple, I’d like to ask each of you to complete the sentence on the card and sign your name, so your best wishes and your blessings for the bride and groom may always be a reminder of your love for them on this day of celebration.
Wishing Stones Ceremony Option 2
This ceremony involves the bride and groom, bridal party and guests. Each person at the wedding is given a stone, which is cast into a body of water nearby.
Although this ceremony is best conducted near a river, lake, pond or beach, it can easily be adapted to include a large bowl of water. As each stone is cast into the water, the person casting the stone makes a wish or blessing for the wedding couple.
The rippling effect of the stone hitting the water is a symbol of the wish or blessing being granted.
Officiant: The ripples that are made in the water represent the love and good wishes not only for this couple, but for all the world. For as our ripples cross and recross one another, so our love and good wishes touch and retouch all those around us and all those with whom we come into contact throughout our lives.