Choose our "special ceremony"
I searched and searched for what I wanted to do for our unity ceremony. I didn't want a candle because A) its very traditional and I wanted something different B) we are outside and ive been at several weddings where the candle didnt stay lit..annoying. So I thought of sand ceremony-nope, tree planting ceremony- FI wasnt too keen on that and then I found the marriage braid or the God's knot! LOVED IT! But theres only 1 company who makes them and A) I didnt like the colors and B) it was $$$$! So I googled DIY marriage braid and TAD DA! there it was! so Im sharing with you all!
Here is the materials you will need:
-Drapery tie backs from Hobby Lobby ($2 each) , glue gun, "D" rings ($3 for the pack), needle thread and wire cutters (not shown)
Step 1: The drapery tiebacks have fabric covered wire loops on each end.
on one end pinch the loop together
Step 2:Next you will bend it over the straight side of the D-Ring and then glue it back
down onto itself. (dont actually glue the cord to the D ring. it should slide around freely)
Step 3- Do the same with the other two cords. ( I put the cord I wanted to represent God in the middle of the "bride and groom cords"
Step 4- The loops at the other end of the cords have a thin piece of wire going through them. Use the wire cutters to snip that off
Step5- Use needle and thred through the top of the cords where you put the glue..just to reinforce the cords so the glue doesnt come loose right in the middle of the ceremony!
Here is what it will look like once braided (or at least part of it..couldnt get a full picture)
Here is a mock up of the actual ceremony:
Ephesians 4:9-12 reads "Two are better than one, because they have good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also if two lie down together, they will keep warm, but how will one keep warm alone? Though one may be over powered, two can defend themselves. A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken."
The braiding of the three strands is a symbol of how Ashley and Jake are joined by God in marriage today.
(Bride and Groom begin braiding)
The gold strand in the middle symbolizes that the Lord Jesus Christ has been invited by Ashley and Jake to the position of Authority in this marriage.
The green strand represents the groom. As Jake promises to love his Bride and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate his great love in this marriage.
The White strand represents the Bride, having been cleansed by salvation in Christ.. As Ashley promises to submit herself to her husband and to Jesus Christ, the Lord in return will nurture and strengthen this marriage.
Today Ashley and Jake have been woven into ONE by God in marriage.
Once the wedding is over we are going to have a wooden plaque made with a hook on the top where we will hook our braid. We will prob have a gold plate made with our names and wedding date. We will be able to display it in our house and i like that when people ask about what it is and what it means it will give us a chance to share our faith!:)