There was a time when a man and woman came together, got married, and stayed together until death parted them. Life has changed, and our beliefs about what constitutes a commitment, family, and more have changed. So have our desires for how to mark the important milestones in our lives.
Blended families are becoming more and more prevalent. With this, comes a desire to commemorate the joining together, and even to go one step further, to spiritually bless the new family unit. During a wedding, commitment ceremony, or just a straight blending the family ceremony, a ribbon can be passed from member to member, each holding onto it and passing it to another member. Multiple colored ribbons can be used to make it more picturesque. A favorite poem or words from a minister or parents can be said. Afterward, the ribbon can be given a prominent place in the home to signify the new family, or each member can be given a piece of the ribbon on a necklace, bracelet, etc., that they can carry or wear to remind them they are loved and family.
Ceremonies for joining families together can be deeply meaningful and very personalized, and not just during a wedding. A family choosing to be baptized together, or an adoption ceremony can be very moving and make a world of difference to bring a family even closer.
For more ideas on how to bring your family closer together, please contact me.
Rev. Ronnie was ordained in 2010 as an interfaith minister through The New Seminary, located in New York City. She is available to perform ceremonies throughout the United States, aboard ship or in other countries.