Tree planting ceremony

got this somewhere online... but here it is:


Tree Planting Ceremony.
Celebrant: Sarah and John will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each other's family today.

Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change.

Sarah and John, would you please plant the sapling?

Sarah and John plant the sapling.

Celebrant: Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment.

Sarah and John, would you please water the sapling?

Sarah and John water the sapling.

Celebrant: Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love. This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential - just like this tree.




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!





Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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VheartsM
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I like that gammagirl! I have never seen one done before :)

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm
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yeah, me either! and trees/rustic is totally part of my theme so i wanted to do it!!!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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ooh! We're having our wedding in our backyard. We could totally do that!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm
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you should AJ!!!!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm
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That's awesome!!!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm
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I love that idea.  OOOH, I hope someone videotapes that for you!!!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm
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Gamma, I LOVE that idea!! So unique!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm
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aw thanks! i didn't even think about videoing! i need to get on that! thanks for the reminder becca!!!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm
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this is pretty cool! it would be especially awesome if its a backyard ceremony and it can be done right in the ground. what a nice thing to do!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm
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yes, we are going to use dirt from both houses and a tree sapling from my dad's japanese maple tree b/c i LOVE it!

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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