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.