Are you wanting to have a specialty ceremony but want something different? Is nature an important part of your life? Do you want something that will grow as your love grows over the years, and not a trinket that collects dust? You may be interested in doing a tree planting.
Let me tell you about two fabulous couples that chose iterations of a seed/tree ceremony to share with one another at their wedding ceremony.
One couple had their mothers contributed soil from their family homes, and during a beautiful rendition of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”, sung by a talented family member, Bride and Groom added the soil to a potted tree they would be planting in their yard at home together.
Another couple chose to plant an apple tree that they’ll put in their first yard together. Here’s an excerpt from the ceremony:
“As we are here today, Groom and Bride’s marriage is like the velvety roots of this young, yet resolute sapling. As they have found each other and chosen to share their lives together, two roots will burrow through the mysterious unknown until they find their true counterpart. Intertwined, supporting and being supported by each other, they shall grow stronger in their union into endless depths. The soil they will use to nurture this young sapling has been gathered from the gardens of their parents’ homes. Fertile by nature and nourished with love and attention, this blend of life’s ingredients will be the foundation of great things to come.”
Here are some other wording options:
“Bride and Groom 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. 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. Bride and Groom, would you please water the sapling? 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. The Bride and Groom will plant this tree in their backyard to always be a symbol of their love for each other.”
Written by: Penny Reynolds