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A Baking Themed Unity Ceremony

When I went to Vicky and Jennon’s house for one of their pre-wedding meetings it was evident that Vicky was an avid baker - her brownies being the stuff of legend. In their ceremony I involved their parents, grandparents and daughter in a brownie ritual. Each had a different dry ingredient which were all poured into one jar, the symbolism of each ingredient being referenced before it was poured, each element bringing something vital and important, but by bringing them together and baking them, creating something amazing.

Here's some words that could work in your ceremony if you wanted to do something similar.

Brownie Unity Ceremony Wording - written by Vikki Harris

The very process of baking of taking unique and special individual ingredients and giving a bit of each of them to something creates something incredible. Much like this family, each giving a bit of themselves to each other today to create unbreakable bonds.

First we’ll need a glass to keep it all in - made using the elements of earth (sand), fire, air and water. Greek philosophers believed the universe comprised these four elements: so this glass represents you being each other’s all.

First, if I can ask the groom’s parents to step forward. You have got flour. Flour is essential as a base ingredient for so many things. It’s not showy or pretentious. It is unassuming but a solid base for so many things. In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. In many recipes, the role of flour is as a source of strength and a supplier of energy.

Next, we’ve got Cocoa Powder. If I can ask the bride’s grandparents; to come forward. Cacao was a trade item, a symbol of wealth, and an important ingredient in rituals, since it was believed to be one of the foods the gods bestowed on the Maya. In traditional indigenous ceremonies, cacao is often used as a way to connect and induce a state of mindfulness and relaxation. It is believed to open the heart and bring about a sense of inner peace and connection to the present moment.

Next, we’ve got some light brown sugar, if the bride’s parents would like to take your jar. Sugar represents sweetness,energy, happiness, sweet memories, good times, happy news, success, victory.

Next we have some white sugar, if the bride and groom would like to come forward. Salt and sugar are two important things in our lives. We can live without spices, but we can't live without salt and sugar because we need them to add taste to the food that we eat. Give me some sugar - means give me a kiss.

And last but by no means least, Chocolate Chips - for your beautiful daughter. Chocolate has become one of the most desired and loved foods and flavors in the world. It’s a gift that brings smiles to faces everywhere.

These elements symbolise your separate lives, and all that you have brought of yourselves to this union. They represent all that you are and all that you will ever be as individuals. As these elements are poured into the glass, the individual elements will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one creating something truly wonderful. Just as these elements can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, you too will be inseparable. And like a marriage when you bring all these elements together, and bake them with love, they make something beautiful.

May your baking always rise to the challenge

May your love for each other never sink

And may your cake tin of happiness always be full.

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