The timing of unification rites varies by marriage, but they most frequently happen without delay before or after the exchange of vows. They are asked to recall this symbol of their love in the more trying seasons of wedding. The officiant invites her to view his hands as a present, and says : "These are the hands which will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as together you giggle and cry, and together you share your innermost techniques and dreams.
" The groom then takes the bride's hands, palm side up. Does it appear like the phrases "ecology" and "marriage" could barely have less in common? And yet, the "green" or ecologically-friendly marriage is gaining momentum across the country. By tribal, I mean the signs and signifiers that help tell the guests what the marriage is meant to mean, and the way in which the couple would rather appear. From a tribal point of view, a green marriage can be hauntingly romantic, with its outside setting, its target living plants, and its less-formal robe ( frequently made from hemp ) that brings to mind fairy outings from four hundred years back. In private appearance, the ecology bride is frequently the gamine type. * The Foot-Washing Rite The foot washing rite ( not to be confused with the Scottish bridal foot-washing rite, a raucous pre-wedding event ) is an interesting, solemn custom emphasising the task of dual servitude in a wedding. Do not forget that you may use more than one.