The big wedding season is right around the corner. Most summer wedding couples are putting the finishing touches on all parts of the wedding day, including the ceremony. Looking for something different and unique to symbolize the joining of two lives into one, or two families joining together on this special day? Enter the “green” version of a unity ceremony – the tree planting ceremony. Here is one variation “How-To” performed by a long time family friend at her wedding ceremony.
1) Set up at the altar to include potted tree (often taken from a special place, whether it be a parents home or a location special to the couple), two small buckets of dirt (each can be collected at the bride and groom’s respective homes or from each set of parents’ homes), and two gardening trowels . A small watering can be placed up front if desired as well.
2) Upon the mother’s entrance, each mother approaches the front and scoops in a small amount of dirt from their small bucket before returning to their seat
3) During a specific song or reading, the bride and groom each add the remainder of the dirt to the large potted tree. The couple can water the plant together as well at this point.
4) After the ceremony, take the potted plant, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots and longevity and strength within this marriage!
Dozens of variations on this tree planting ceremony can be made to suite the couple, the ceremony and the meaning behind this special ceremony, but no matter what, it’s a great way to have a “keepsake” from your marriage ceremony that will last a lifetime with you two!
The Mother’s Entrance
The Tree PLanting Ceremony and Reading