Like many contemporary traditions, the blessing stone ceremony can be
incorporated into your wedding or reception in the way that you feel is
most appropriate and meaningful for your special day. Many beach
wedding packages include, or will include, blessing stones for a nominal
charge. There are many different ways blessing stones can be used.
Blessing stones for a beach wedding ceremony can be highly
appropriate and special when used during the official marriage ceremony
in a unique way. Each guest may hold a blessing stone and say a silent
prayer or wish for the couple. The bride and groom may also share a
blessing for one another.
Couples may choose to showcase a special
stone and recite a blessing for their guests, families, or as a way to
remember loved ones who have passed on. Blessing stones can also be a
unique way to involve children in second marriages. The bride and groom
can each say a special blessing for the children and place stones
together to represent their unity; if children are old enough and at
ease with the marriage, they may offer a blessing for the changing
family as well.
The tradition of throwing rice is a well-known tradition dating back to the middle ages or earlier when guests would shower the new couple
with the grain. The significance behind this act is that the rice shower
represented abundance, fertility, or prosperity for the new couple.
Guests, therefore, were dousing the couple with warm wishes for their
For a beach wedding, blessing stones offer the same chance for
couples to offer well wishes to the couple, while borrowing a unique
twist that fits perfectly with a beach wedding location.
Tossing the blessing stones at a beach wedding echoes the gesture of
throwing rice. At some point, during the wedding ceremony or just after
the ceremony, request that all of the guest gather along the shore and
toss their stones into the water with a blessing, wish, or prayer for
the new couple.
Blessing stones can be the perfect beach wedding favors. Blessing stones are available in many colors and may be etched with simple words and phrases that offer a special blessing
to each guest from the couple. Couples can also personalize their own
blessings for guests and attach them to the stones.
Stones can also serve as a paper weight for place cards and setting
décor. Attach simple cards to the stones and have each guest write a
special blessing, wish, or piece of newlywed advice and leave the cards
at the gift or sign in table.