~ Vince Cullen helps the Bride and Groom tie the knot ~
A Wedding Celebration with a Difference
Vince was recently asked to help Moura and Eoin create a unique service of celebration to follow their registry office marriage. A day was set aside following the civil ceremony for Moura’s and Eoin’s family and friends to come together for a very special celebration of their union in marriage.
Each member of the ‘congregation’ was given a white ‘Khata’ scarf as a gift from the happy couple to remember this special day.
Later on in the ceremony, the marriage ‘knot’ was tied with five differently coloured ‘Khata’ scarfs, each one offered and tied by someone specially chosen by the Bride and Groom.
The colour blue representing the element of sky and the quality of spaciousness. The offering of a blue scarf bestows a blessing of wisdom on the bride and the groom.
The colour white representing the elements of air and wind. The offering of a white scarf bestows a blessing of peace on the bride and the groom.
The colour red representing the element fire and the quality of energy. The offering of a red scarf bestows a blessing of power shared equally by the bride and the groom.
The colour green representing the element of water and quality of fluidity. The offering of a green scarf bestows a blessing of confidence on the bride and the groom.
The colour yellow representing the element of earth which grounds and supports all of us. The offering of a yellow scarf bestows a blessing of happiness on the bride and the groom.
The complete Order of Service lasted around 30-minutes and looked like this –
- The Arriving [A Short Guided Serenity Breath Meditation]
- The Offering of Khata (scarfs) and Mudita Blessing
- The First Poem: The Guest House
- The Exchange of Vows
- The Exchange of Rings
- The Lighting of Candles: Two flames become One
- The Second Poem: Excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
- The Hand-Fasting: Tying the Knot: Hand Blessing
- A Shared Blessing
- The End, and the Beginning!
- The Exit Procession
Vince could not legally marry Moura and Eoin. The ceremony that was performed did not, of itself, unite the couple in marriage. That legal relationship as symbolised by the state of marriage already existed between them.
The ceremony was simply a celebration of that unification in the presence of their friends and family. It also offered them, and all who know and love them, the opportunity to add their blessing to the adventure upon which they were now embarking.
If you would like Vince to help you plan your special wedding celebration please contact admin@Nalagiri-Mindfulness.ie or call +353 (0) 85 130 4184